Philip Soltysiak: Canada's windsurfing star | Photo: Carter/PWA

Philip Soltysiak has been considered "Male Windsurfer of the Year" 2015 by the Association of Wind and Water Sports Industries (AWSI).

The Canadian windsurfer has had a busy year. He competed in the PWA World Tour, won the US Freestyle Windsurfing Championships, and placed in the top five at a couple of events on the American Windsurfing Tour.

"I'm really stoked to be awarded the AWSI Male Windsurfer of the Year. There were a lot of talented riders nominated who's windsurfing skills and style I look up to. I had a great season so far, and I look forward to finishing it even better with a lot of time on the water and competitions in various spots," expressed Soltysiak.

"Soltysiak is an incredible athlete who not only wins events on the water but also wins hearts on land. A true ambassador for the sport of windsurfing," adds Svein Rasmussen, founder of Starboard.

Philip Soltysiak was born on the 31st May 1987, in Toronto, Canada. He started sailing in 1995 on an Original Windsurfer, and he has already been crowned Canadian windsurfing champion. In 2010, he won the Cabarete Classic.

His favorite beaches are Cape Town (South Africa), Jericoacoara (Brazil), and Nitinat Lake (Canada). Soltysiak is also a fast racer, and his hobbies included skiing and mountain biking.

"The best thing I observed about Phil was when he took a first-time Freestyle competitor under his wing. Phil was on the beach with this kid every day laughing and having a good time. It takes a high caliber of athlete to help out the next generation of competition. I think the AWSI made the right call in awarding him AWSI 'Athlete of the Year'," notes Cody Steward, executive director at US Windsurfing.

The AWSI is a non-profit trade organization that represents the manufacturers, retailers, and schools in kiteboarding, windsurfing, and stand-up paddle surfing (SUP).

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