2017 OBX Long Distance Race: 178 windsurfers sailed two 20-kilometer races

Tyson Poor stormed the 2017 Makani Fins Long Distance Race, in North Carolina.

The OBX Windsurfing Festival welcomed sailors of all skill levels and ages for a grueling endurance race. Athletes were spoiled with warm weather and southwest winds in the 20-25 knots range.

No less than 178 windsurfers battled it out in two 20-kilometer long distance races, in near perfect conditions on the glassy Pamlico Sound.

Tyson Poor, from Hood River, Oregon, won both long distance races. Part owner of La Ventana ProWindsurf Center, Tyson specializes in slalom and freestyle.

Tyson Poor: winner of the 2017 OBX Long Distance Race

"It feels great! Seeing so many windsurfers on one start line was amazing! Conditions were great and watching everyone come into the finish line stoked was a blast. I already can't wait for next year," expressed Poor.

"I am going back to Hood River to enjoy the early spring conditions. Stoked to be back home for a bit before heading back out and hitting as many stops on the International Windsurfing Tour as I can!"

A freestyle expression competition followed the races. Pros and semi-pros performed windsurfing tricks in front of a cheering crowd.

Eight talented freestyle riders - Phil Soltysiak, Tom Soltysiak, Mike Burns, Alex Mertens, Jonathan Erbele, Adrian Grelon, Max Robinson and Chris Eldridge - showcased their skills with moves including konos, burner 540s, spock 540s, e-sliders, vulcans, loops and some epic crashes.