Three great events took place this past week that made the Vallarta region a wonderful place for water sports enthusiasts. First there was the Banderas Bay Regatta, now in its 19th year. This five day event held from the 8-12, is a regatta designed with Cruisers in mind – fun but competitive races between boats designed for coastal and offshore cruising. It was great being offshore watching them race from Nuevo Vallarta to Punta de Mita, but I’m sure if was even better on board. Race boats and catamarans joined the fun as well in this non-profit event that included nightly fiestas, live music and entertainment; at this signature event for the Vallarta Yacht Club.
Next was the Punta Sayulita Surfboard and SUP (Stand-up Paddleboarding) Classic held in Sayulita. Top name surfers and SUPers from around the world were there to surf and race. It was three days of festivities in Sayulita, which is always a fun place to hang out at anytime. On Saturday night recording artist Mishka performed on the beach to a very large crowd.
This was followed by a SUP clinic held at the Hotel des Artistes del Mar in Punta de Mita, led by the surf legend himself, Mr. Pipeline: Gerry Lopez. The three-day clinic is currently going on, with a slideshow presentation given this evening that was open to the public, given by Gerry showing photos and sharing stories of his amazing life is surf starting back in Hawaii in the 60s.
While some people were freezing to the north, or worried about the very slim chance that they could be a victim of violence in Mexico, others were having a very, very good time in PV!