Get Ready for the Party Island Downwinder Poker Run!
Get ready to drink up, dress up, and try your hand at the Party Island Downwinder Poker Run. On January 6, 2016, grab your teammates and pile onto an inflatable innertube. With a kite, steer your way through the 5 mile course while picking up cards from different buoys to complete your poker hand. Arrive at Baja Joes for the final party and play your hand for prizes!
F-ONE to Host Foil Clinic
Looking for a morning activity before the wind really picks up? Always wanted to learn how to foil but not sure where to start? Already know how but need some pointers on how to improve? You're in luck.
F-ONE is hosting a foil clinic on January 5th, 2016. Grab a spot while they're still available.
Register here: http://www.laventanaclassic.com/the-event/registration
Barrett Tester to Direct LVC SUP Races
We're excited to announce that Barret Tester will be directing all SUP races at this year's LVC! A true waterman who will bring nearly a lifetime of race experience down to La Ventana, we caught up with him for a quick interview.
Where are you from?
Orange County California but I currently live in Silverado, a small rural community in the Cleveland National Forest/Santa Ana Mountains (about 20 miles from the OC coast).
How long have you been involved in the SUP industry?
Since it’s modern inception. I was lucky enough to be Dave Kalama’s (Hawaiian Waterman, windsurfer) as Quiksilver team manager in the early 2000’s. Through Dave and his Maui crew I learned a lot about the sport(s), approach and possibilities. In 2008, Sparky Longley (owner) asked me to develop and produce the Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle event. I'm still lucky enough to be working in the SUP industry now in 2015-2016.
How did you get your roots in race directing?
I was involved in the ocean racing scene as a swimmer and California ocean lifeguard during my teens and twenties. I was fortunate enough to make some surf lifesaving trips to Australia & New Zealand and experienced cultures that ocean sports were a big part of the community. I was a swimming coach for many years and love both surfing and racing sports. In the mid nineties, I co-founded to the Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard Race and began race directing the San Clemente Ocean Festival (1996 to present).
What other organizations have you been involved with?
Professionally, I have been with Rainbow Sandals (San Clemente) for the past seven years producing the Gerry Lopez Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle SUP event. The event became the world’s largest (Guinness World Record holder - Largest Paddle Board Race) and we produced eleven (11) in California, Hawaii and Brazil. Unfortunatley Rainbow Sandals has recently ended it’s sponsorship of the event.
Currently, I am race director for the ISA (International Surfing Association) World SUP & Paddleboard Championships (since 2011) among others. I serve many events/groups including The Mongoose Cup (Sport of Kings Foundation), Santa Monica Pier Association (Santa Monica Pier Paddeboard Race & Ocean Festival), Tahoe Nalu, Round the Rock Race (Athletes for Cancer), Waterman League (World SUPTour & World SUP Series) and Battle of the Bay (San Francisco). I have also been part of Los Angeles County Fire Department (ocean Lifeguard) and California State Parks (ocean lifeguard).
What are your responsibilities as race director?
To make sure the races are well coordinated, organized and safe. We work to make sure racers understand courses, format/rules, age/board categories and basic safety. The job includes working with event organizers/announcers on scheduling and run-of-show, and coordinating with timing/results & water safety/emergency teams. It could also include working with media/visual professionals on capturing the the race, and depending on the race setting, working with international sporting organizations such as World Paddle Association (WPA), International Surfing Association (ISA), World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA), International Olympic Committee, Court of Arbitration (CAS), making sure their rules/codes are enforced.
How is the La Ventana Classic shaping up so far?
I think the La Ventana Classic is going to experience some resurgence in the paddeboard categories. Even though I have yet to visit La Ventana, it seems the course, community and conditions are there to make it an awesome event. Soon the word will be going out to the global paddling community and our goal is to get it on the RADAR as a world class “Downwinder" event.
What’s the most exciting thing you’re expecting at this year’s La Ventana Classic?
Looking forward to playing up the downwinder paddleboarding aspects of the event and working to bring both athletes/industry to La Ventana. It should be lots of fun and great times for everyone visiting.
New SUP Dowwinder Unleashed
Are you ready for the El Norte? 13 Miles of sleigh ride. Move over Maui, Baja's got it!
Evan Netsch to Teach Freestyle Clinic
Cabrinha pro rider, Evan Netsch will be teaching a freestyle clinic on January 6th as part of the LV Classic.
Evan Netsch grew up in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. With a windsurfing background from his youth, he learned to kite 14 years ago and never looked back. Now 25, he is a professional rider for Cabrinha. Evan has spent quite a lot of time in La Ventana over the past few winters where we have connected with him. He is both a top freestyle and surf rider and will be helping to host our freestyle clinic this year.
Limited space is available! Sign up now on the LVC registration page>>
Baja Joe and Neil Hutchinson planning a charity skydive for LVC
Place your bets on how close to the pink hula hoop they will land! Watch their 2011 jump here: http://ow.ly/TgczX
Grom signed to LVC as the Official Grom of the event!
Grom will be being just that...
Being himself, announcing, DJing, riding and pumping up all the parties.
Keep an eye out for him at this year's La Ventana Classic!
Nils Stolzlechner named as Race Director for the La Ventana Classic!
Nils comes to La Ventana with a boatload of experience. In 2010, Nils Stolzlechner organized and held the 2010 Kitesurfing Racing World Championships in Corpus Christi and the year prior, in 2009, he ran the North American Championships. From 2006 to 2010, Nils ran races from Corpus Christi Yacht Club as a race committee member. Prior to that he pioneered and organized the first Maui Long Distance Race back in 1991. Nils isn’t only an organizer, he’s also a champion racer. He has competently raced in regattas since 1982, winning the Maui Slalom Series and the Hawaiian State Championships as well as the European Championships in windsurfing prior the switching to kitesurfing. In kitesurfing he was one of the original racers in the first ever kite race series held at the St Francis Yacht Club in 2005. Nils has been designing kiteboards for over 10 years and continues to design for Gaastra Kites. With Nils as this year’s race director, it’s safe to say the La Ventana Classic is in good hands!
Sponsors step up!
La Ventana Bay Properties and Captain Kirks have both stepped up as Silver Level Sponsors!
Its on!! Jan 6-10, 2016
Biggest and Best event ever
Long distance races, big air, freestyle, course racing, foiling, SUP event, lucha libre, parties, bands, gear expo with all the major brands, and alot more surprises!! Book your tickets to La Ventana to arrive on the 5th of January. Participate in the La Ventana Classic and stay for the Lord of the Winds and La Ventana Windfest - actually why ever leave??
Get stoked!! More info coming soon....