The IWT OBX-Wind.com Windsurfing Festival is more than an event. It is a windsurfing festival highlighting what makes our sport great. It is the one event in North America that any windsurfer from any skill level or interest can participate in. Everyone can relate because going fast is fun for anyone. One must not be intensely competitive or have the leading edge fast to enjoy it.
Long distance race champion Tyson Poor consistently pulled ahead of the pack fully powered on his NeilPryde RS:Racing EVOX 7.0 race sail winning the overall slalom in the OBX-Wind 2018. Sam Bittner Wilson held her ground with the top men through all 4 of her races for the day crowing her winner of the women’s division. Sam is relatively new to racing and enjoys participating in the Maui Race Series at home.
Tyson Poor has been teaching a slalom race clinic all week. His students improved by leaps and bounds on the final day of racing. Due to Tyson’s clinic, his students were hitting the start line right at the buzzer making for a competitive race to the first buoy and creating an exciting show for spectators who lined the beach on Island Creek.
Text and photos adapted from IWT.