OBX-WIND 2023 is the largest windsurfing festival in North America. It took place from the 28th of October until the 4th of November on Hatteras Island in North Carolina, United States of America. Big shoutout goes to the organizers from the Ocean Air Sports Center. More than 130 athletes came together from all over the world. The competitors measured their skills in different disciplines such as Slalom, Long distance race, Freestyle, and Course racing. The OBX-WIND is not only an event but also an experience. Check out the video highlights from the Long Distance Day!
Our Starboard riders were on top!
In the Freestyle division, our Starboard rider Philip Soltysiak claimed the victory. Philip showed an incredible form and took home the US Freestyle Title. Our Starboard Sales Manager Dirk Doppenberg finished in 4th place in both the Long-distance race and the Slalom competition. For the Slalom races, Dirk was using the Starboard iSONIC 73 in wood construction in 12-18 knots wind conditions. During the long-distance race, the wind was much stronger between 25-30 knots and Dirk bet on his Starboard Futura 110 in wood construction.
Philip about his US Freestyle Title:
“I’m super stoked to win the 2023 US Nationals! We had an awesome event with the top US freestylers and some special guests from Bonaire. The conditions were choppy with strong wind and lots of weeds. The setup that got me to the top in this event was the Starboard iGNITE 93 paired with a really powered-up 4.5m sail and a 15cm weed fin. “