Bruce Peterson and Phil Soltysiak Finners vs Foilers fun. Photo by Karel Tyc.

2017 US Nationals

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After the Fuerteventura PWA World Cup I flew into Portland, somehow getting away with checking in all my board bags for free, and drove down for the US Nationals which were held on the East side of San Francisco Bay, at a launch called Berkeley Marina. The US Nationals consist of 3 disciplines, course racing, […]

Soltysiak Shaka coming into the beach. Photo by PWA/Carter

13th at PWA Fuerte

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After 5 days of competition and a full double elimination I managed to finish the PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam in 13th place. This past week Fuerte delivered some of the best conditions we’ve ever had. The wind was blowing over 30 knots side to side-off. The tides were extreme, flooding the lagoon and even the […]

Philip Soltysiak take-off at the 2017 IWT Gorge Beach Bash windsurfing event. Photo by Bob Stawicki.

Rio Vista, Whales, Hood River

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40 degree heat and dry camping are not the best combination. Luckily the Sacramento River off Sherman Island was refreshing enough to keep the Rio Vista Grand Slam competitors cool during the event July 15th – 18th. On the first day we ran 5 slalom races on 8.6m sails. Diony Guadagnino from Venezuela dominated winning […]

The Pro Men Podium at the IWT Pistol River Wave Bash, L to R me, Boujmaa, Morgan, Russ.

IWT Pistol and Coastal Times

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It was my birthday 2 weeks ago and I celebrated by completing my best workout of the year and most skillful negotiation; I dragged 6 checked bags through airports, and convinced the check-in girl it was only 2 sets of windsurf gear. I paid $300CAD for my excess luggage, for those of you not well […]

4.7m Sailworks Revolution and 93l Starboard Flare

DAM X European Tour

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After the Sylt PWA event I had a 2 day break at my  friend Steven’s house in Belgium, then we went straight to Holland to probably the coolest windsurfing center ever, and the European Freestyle Pro Tour Dam X contest. Brouwersdam is probably the coolest windsurfing center I’ve ever seen. It’s October, between 7 and […]

Phil Soltysiak checking the flags at the PWA World Cup Sylt Grand Slam

5th in the World!

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1 drive, 3 flights, and 2 trains is all I needed to get myself and my life packed in a suitcase and board bags to Sylt, Germany. All that effort paid off as I boosted my world ranking to a career high 5th place, and finished the Sylt Windsurf World Cup PWA Grand Slam in […]

Top 4 after the single elimination - Left to Right - Phil Soltysiak - Yentyel Caers - Amado Vrieswijk - Gollito Estredo

5th at PWA Fuerte

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The PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam opened up with a bang as gusts to 40 knots greeted us riders on the first day. Classic Playa Sotavento conditions continued into days 2 and 3 in which we completed the first single elimination where I placed 4th, followed by the double elimination where I dropped down to 5th. […]