NX on Point
Phil Soltysiak is the newly crowned 2016 USWA National Slalom Champion. In a wind shortened event at Cole Park in Corpus Christi, TX, Phil came out firing and put up two early scores that proved to be the winning result. Phil’s clean jibes and quick acceleration put him in the hunt from the very first reach.
Phil sums up this event, "I went into the event hoping to make it on the podium in slalom. I opened up the first day winning the first elimination on my 7.8 NX and 114 ISonic and taking 4th in the second elimination. I was pretty stoked to be leading after day 1 as I haven't spent much time on slalom gear this winter. After that it was a waiting game for enough wind to continue with more slalom eliminations, but more wind never materialized. Unfortunately that also meant not enough wind for freestyle, so we'll have to save the moves for the next event at Rio Vista in a few weeks. I look forward to coming back to an even bigger Corpus Christi event next year."
Meanwhile, the same weekend back at Sailworks HQ in the Hood River, the first installment of the challenging Gorge Cup slalom race series was on tap. Big time spring conditions welcomed racers right from the get-go with stormy 28-39 mph piping in for the first heat. Competing in his first event since hamstring re-attachment surgery last summer, Sailworks founder and sail designer Bruce Peterson proved the winter rehab was successful, winning 4 out of 5 heats on the NX 6.2 and 7.0 in tough conditions, just ahead of teammate MacRae Wylde.
“It’s good to be back on board and at the start line again”, Peterson said, “The NX sails are so solid and controllable, with a huge range that works in changeable conditions. I felt a bit rusty on the starts but my straight line speed was really good, the old muscle memory helped me through the jibes. It’s good to be back”
NX race sails on point for power, speed and results!