Phil Soltysiak is a 29 year old professional windsurfer from Toronto Canada who finished 5th in the year this year in the freestyle category. Phil rides for Starboard and Sailworks and is one of the very few North Americans competing on the PWA world tour which predominantly takes place in Europe from May through October.
We hear about his early years sailing with his brothers and building a passion for windsurfing that ultimately leads him to the decision to turn pro. He won Male Windsurf Athlete of the year last year from the Association of Wind and Water Sport Industries and just had his best career finish ever this year on tour.
He's a super friendly guy who loves to share the stoke of windsurfing with everyone he sails with. I know I'd be psyched to get out and sail with this guy as he seems like the kind of person who raises the level of fun anywhere he goes. As a windsurfer who mostly sails in Vermont on Lake Champlain, I can appreciate the dedication and time it takes to make it to world stage from a cold weather environment.