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DAILY WRAP: Sunday, January 10th

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The fifth and final day of the 2016 La Ventana Classic began under the Baja sunrise as the pre-qualified athletes arrived north of the event site for an early morning start to load up the pangas for the final Crossing. Allowed to bring no more than one board and two kites, riders chose between either a twin tip or a surfboard and the rules forbid any kite swapping for the race. What you bring is what you ride. 16 competitors began the race at the southern end of Cerralvo Island and all completed the 10 mile crossing in under 30 minutes. It was Los Barriles’ Mac Scaggs who took the win, followed by Baja’s favorite DJ, DJ Guacamole and Elevation Kiteboarding’s Mark Bavis. Marie Leclerc came in first for the women and was followed by Vasilisa Zaytseva.

After the Crossing was complete, a second division of foilboarders and windsurfers set out on the Criss-cross. Athletes departed from the Hot Springs Beach, crossed the La Ventana channel to round a buoy near Cerralvo Island and then began the treck back to the Hot Springs. A total of five windsurfers and 10 foil kiters battled for bragging rights over the fastest time. It was foil competitor, Adam Withington’s orange kite that first appeared on the horizon, followed by Nico Landauer and Oliver Willi. They sped towards the beach full of spectators to beat out the windsurfers and claimed victory for the kitesurfers. Astrid, the only female competitor won the women’s category while the windsurfers came in with Tyson Poor placing first, Wyatt Miller in second and MacRae Wylde in third.

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The freestyle event got underway in the early afternoon. The women’s final heats faced challenging conditions as the wind got light and flukey. Marie Leclerc found the power she needed and landed an S-bend to blind along with 2 raileys to blind. Meanwhile Laura Maher landed some smooth unhooked backrolls and a front to blind. Unfortunately, Min Kim released her kite mid-trick, which crashed and rolled onto the rocks and ended her heat.

The shining star of the sportsman class was Baja local, Dave Beddows, who after competing in the Crossing as well as the 5.5 mile downwind SUP race appeared on the water as a late entrant during the Sportsmen’s heat.

Evan Netsch and Rocky Chatwell, the winner’s of yesterday’s final, awaited to see who would advance from today’s heats and join them in the Super Final. Four qualifiers, two semis and a final between Anthar, Reed, Adam and Fritz put Anthar, who landed a double heart attack, the trick of the event, along with Adam, who continued to wow the crowd with his lofty freestyle foil tricks, into the Super Final.

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The Super Final was a showdown between the top pro athletes at the event. With solid wind for a strong start, Evan took off like a banshee landing a 315, KGB, slim chance and a back mobe. Rocky landed a front mobe before dropping his kite, which ripped in half amidst the shore break and put an end to his day, leaving only three competitors to battle it out. Although Adam boosted to the moon and back, he was not landing his jumps as consistently as he had in previous days, but he did land a board off 360, a first in competition history. Up-and-commer, Anthar Racca, effortlessly unleashed a deep bag of tricks and landed a blind judge, front mobe, slim chance, double heart attack, and a 317.

SUP competitors ended their week with a 5.5 downwind race from the Hot Springs to Baja Joe’s. Their overall rankings were announced at the end of the day with Bonnie Fromm, Terri Plunkett and Dianna Steven taking first, second and third respectively for the Wahine class. While by no surprise, Anthony Vela, who has dominated all of the week’s SUP races, took first followed by Jeremy Vaine and MacRae Wylde.

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Wind for all five days, tons of parties and all for the kids, the event continued at Pizza Vela where the awards were announced. Big thanks to all the sponsors and volunteers at the event— without them it would not have been possible! The mayors of local towns, Los Planes and El Sargento, were both in attendance and were incredibly thankful for everybody’s support.

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After the awards were announced, Tim took the mic to announce the final sum that was raised in support of the local school kids. All money, beyond costs of running the event, will go directly to the Amigos de Alumnos group, to contribute to high school scholarships and help local students in La Ventana/El Sargento continue their education. The grand total of $12,666 dollars will allow 42 kids to continue high school! 

RESULTS: 

SUP Overall Men

1. Anthony Vela

2. Jeremy Vaine

3. MacRae Wylde

SUP Overall Women

1. Bonnie Fromm

2. Terri Plunkett

3. Dianna Steven

Foil Races Women

1. Astrid Bertz

Foil Races Men

1. Nico Landaurer

2. Adam Withington

3. Edjer Ginyol

Short Course Racing Sportswomen

1. Ashley Burnside

2. Pam Glendinning

Short Course Racing Sportsmen

1. Eric Vanek

2. Jaime Ancira Valverd

3. Robb Zurrin

Short Course Racing Women

1. Vasilisa Zaytseva

Short Course Racing Men

1. Evan Netsch

2. Grom Gormley

3. Mac Scaggs

The Crossing Sportsmen

1. Jaime Ancira Valverd

2. Dave Beddows

3. Phil Schonger

The Crossing Women

1. Marie Leclerc

2. Vasilisa Zaytseva

3. Pam Glendinning

The Crossing Men

1. Mac Scaggs

2. DJ Guacamole

3. Mark Bavis

The Criss-cross Women

1. Astrid Bertz

The Criss-cross Windsurfers

1. Tyson Poor

2. Wyatt Miller

3. MacRae Wylde

The Criss-cross Foilers

1. Adam Withington

2. Nico Launderer

3. Oliver Willi

Strapless Freestyle

1. Evan Netsch

2. Mac Scaggs

3. Grom Gormley

Freestyle Sportswomen

1. Astrid Bertz

2. Pam Glendinning

Freestyle Sportsmen

Tie for 1st: Jaime Ancira Valverd and Phil Schonger

2. Eric Vanek

Freestyle Women

1. Marie Leclerc

2. Min Kim

3. Vasilisa Zaytseva

Freestyle Men

1. Anthar Racca

2. Evan Netsch

3. Adam Withington

THE OFFICIAL LVC SUP RESULTS ARE IN! 

Click here to view the updated SUP results and scoring through day three: 2016_LVC_Results3.pdf

DAILY UPDATE: Sunday, January 10th

SUPER SUNDAY: GRAND FINALE!

Pizza Vela Italian Buffet and FlipSka band AWARDS PARTY!

  • 8:00 am - SUP Yoga with Jeramie Vaine @ Hot Springs Beach.
  • 8:00 am - SKIPPER'S MEETING FOR THE CROSSING - Qualifying Competitors and Sportsmen meet at the arroyo just north of the Hot Springs (where party islands launched) to load pangas. Athletes should arrive with jerseys on and can bring no more than 2 kites and 1 board. Qualifying jersey numbers: 44, 51, 138 148, 134, 139, 9, 135, 165, 169, 45, 144, 8, 66, 59, 176, 174, 69, 177, 178, 57, 28, 99. 
  • 10:30 am - SKIPPER'S MEETING FOR THE CRISS CROSS - All foil and windsurf racers qualified. 
  • 11:00 am - EXPO open all day. Event finals! The Crossing, Criss Cross and Mucha Lucha Downwinder, followed by more FREESTYLE! 
  • 1:00 pm - SKIPPER'S MEETING FOR SUP 5.5 MILE MUCHA LUCHA DOWNWINDER
  • 6:00 pm - Pizza Vela Italian Buffet.
  • 7:00 pm - Awards Party at Pizza Vela with FlipSka rock-n-roll band!

DAILY WRAP: Saturday, January 9th

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Day four of the La Ventana Classic started with dark ominous skies, wind outside of the channel and a building swell lapping on the shores of the beachside town. The first kite event of the day was course foil racing under fairly strong conditions. Athletes continued the battle from the previous two days to complete a total of 10 races. Nico Landauer, who had taken first place in all of the races so far, decided not to compete during the last race, giving another competitor the chance for a first place win. In a neck and neck battle, Adam Withington took his first first place of the contest. 

The day continued with the second day of slalom course racing. Yesterday’s race that could not be scored due to the chaos caused by kite tangles was rerun for an official result. At first the wind was at a different angle than the previous day, but the course had not been reset. Because of this, the first two competitors didn’t clear the mark and had to tack back and duck below the fleet that then saw the error of the leader’s heading. The carnage continued as Evan Netsch and Grom Gormley wrapped kites just after crossing the finish line. 

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In the second race, the foil kiters graced the waters on old race gear hoping to smoke the guys on twin tips, but it was the twin tippers who pulled through and took the win. 

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Earlier in the day the SUP competitors loaded up the vans and drove north to Las Cruces to begin the eight mile downwinder. The start of the race was staged at the infamous private resort of Las Cruces which had once played host to Desi Arnez, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. Contestants paddled the pristine coastline with a morning chill and a difficult sideshore wind through the first quarter of the trip, but as the athletes made the corner and headed into the Hot Springs beach the wind was at their back for the home stretch. With no other paddler in sight, Anthony Vela shortstroked and surfed his way to the finish line in just over an hour and forty minutes. Shortly after, Jeremy Vaine appeared on the horizon for a second place finish. Women’s first place finisher beat out most of the men and landed on the beach in 4th place overall. 

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In the afternoon, spectators watched some of the most technical riding ever seen at the Hot Springs. The winds picked up and most athletes were able to ride their 10m kites. The qualifying pro heats were stacked with big name riders including Evan Netsch, Anthar Racca, Rocky Chatwell, Reed Brady and Adam Withington. Each rider’s bag of tricks was unique but most included KGBs, Slim5s and lofty airs to stoke out the crowd. 

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In between qualifiers, semis and finals, the Sportsmen stepped it up for their heat and the women in both the Sportswomen and women’s Competitor categories threw down.

The controversy of the day was when Adam Withington, this week’s crowd favorite and pioneer of freestyle on a foilboard, did not advance into the finals. However, the technical ability of Anthar, Evan, Rocky and Reed all proved the semi-final talent pool was worthy of a ticket to the final showdown. The deciding heat included big lofty airs, back mobes and a series of powered heart attacks by Anthar. With razor thin margins in scoring, the judges decided to withhold the results, to build anticipation for tomorrow’s two-man super final.

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The night’s activity was a pizzafeast at Delaney’s followed by a beachfront dance party with music by The Hot Parrot Band. 

LVC OFFICIAL SUP RACE RESULTS:

Anthony Vela, Jeramie Vaine, Macrae Wyld take first, second and third respectively in all races.

For complete standings, click here:  2016_LVC_SUP_Results_Day_Two.pdf

DAILY UPDATE: Saturday, January 9th

  • 8:00 am - SUP Yoga with Jeramie Vaine @ Hot Springs Beach.
  • 8:00 am - SKIPPER’S MEETING FOR ALL SUP LOS CRUCES COMPETITORS
  • 10:30 am - SKIPPER’S MEETING FOR ALL RACERS
  • 11:00 am - Kitexpo continues. SUP racing from Los Cruces in the morning. Foil and course racing continue. Freestyle and Big Air in the afternoon. 
  • 1:00 pm - SKIPPER’S MEETING FOR FREESTYLE COMPETITORS
  • 6:00 pm - PIZZA FEAST @ Delaney’s 
  • 7:00 pm - The Hot Parrot Band DANCE PARTY at La Ventana Beach Resort (downstairs from Delaney's)

DAILY WRAP: Friday, January 8th

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With chillier weather in the morning, day three of the La Ventana Classic broke with an early morning SUP crossing. The athletes were ferried over to Isla Cerralvo to begin what was measured to be a 9.5 mile course across the La Ventana channel to the event site at Hot Springs beach, but due to mixed winds and choppy conditions, most ended up paddling around 12-13 miles. Top finisher, Anthony Vela, went high at first to cross the channel’s bigger swell, and then halfway through the channel he pointed his board down to focus on surfing the waves for extra speed. His technique paid off as Anthony set a new record for the crossing time of two hours and nine minutes. Anthony was followed to the finish line by Jeremy Vaine, and MacRae Wyld. SUP race director, Barret Tester, was impressed with his athletes after the entire fleet of SUPers crossed in under three hours.

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As the last of the SUP racers neared the finish buoys there was a bit of confusion between paddlers and foil boarders. Event organizers had started the first foil course race of the day, but due to the high winds, local kiter and SUPer, Dave Beddows, accidentally headed for a foil race buoy unknowingly intervening in the ongoing foil race. Foil racers struggled to stay clear in the ensuing chaos.

Maintaining his streak from the previous day, F-One's Nico Landauer continued to lead the way, winning all of the day's races with bullets in all of the eight races over the past two days.

The wind dropped midday, but the crowd of spectators stayed entertained as children from a kindergarten class from the nearby town of Los Planes took the event’s main stage. The kids were dressed up as snowmen and performed what Grom wistfully called a  “wind dance” in hopes of bringing back the morning’s stronger breeze in order to move forward with the slalom race and freestyle categories.

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The wind gods were as delighted with the adorable kids as the audience was and rewarded them with enough wind to continue the event and get the slalom course racing going. 

The course was set; a two minute zig zag lap between two boys. In an unanimous agreement, all competitors — twin tip, directional and windsurfers all decided to compete together (although the windsurfers smoked the kiters in every contest). The only segmentation was between the pro division and the sportsmen division.

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With enough wind to run the race, the Competitors took to the water for the first of the two slalom races of the day. Chaos ensued with consistent kite wrapping when the first, second and third place kites all tangled and another rat’s nest of kite lines entangled the second, third and fourth place finishers as they attempted to cross the finish line.

The wind picked up for the Sportsmen’s first race. After witnessing the pros' pandemonium, the Sportsmen were less aggressive from the start and around the buoys, behaving much like their title and showing more sportsmanship than the pros in the previous race. Results are pending.

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The wind played games for the rest of the day and race two for the Sportsmen seemed to be more of a race to stay upwind. Freestyle was postponed another day, but demos and gear testing continued for into the setting sun. Even in the lighter winds, kiters could still ride the 2016 gear thanks to the latest in kite and board technology.

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Club Cerralvo hosted a killer Big Air Big Hair party with costumes, big hairdos, food by Chef Ruben’s Tacos and awesome beach tunes by surf lucha bands, The Barracudas and The Mexican Weirdohs.

DAY 2 FOIL RACE RESULTS: 

1. Nico Landauer

2. Adam Withington

3. Ejder Ginyol 

For full results, click here: La_Ventana_Classic_Day_2_Foil.pdf

DAILY UPDATE: Friday, January 8th

"Big HAIR/Big Air" POOL PARTY @ Club Cerralvo with Chef Ruben's Tacos, Surf Lucha Bands Barracudas and The Mexican Weirdohs!

  • 8:00 am - SUP Yoga with Jeramie Vaine @ Hot Springs Beach.
  • 8:00 am - SUP SKIPPER'S MEETING
  • 10:30 am - SKIPPER'S MEETING FOR FOILS, COMPETITORS, SPORTSMEN AND FREESTYLE
  • 11:00 am - EXPO open all day. SUP Island Crossing in the am, course racing or long distance racing immediately followed by freestyle. 
  • 6:00 pm - Chef Ruben's Taco Bar @ Club Cerralvo.  Tacos, beer, and margaritas!
  • 7:00 pm - Big HAIR / Big Air Pool Party @ Club Cerralvo. Food, drinks, costumes, big hair doos!  Get dressed up. Grab a wig and go big. Put on your Speedo! Music from the sounds of legendary surf lucha band The Mexican Weirdohs and Barracudas. Dress to get wet!

DAILY WRAP: Thursday, January 7th 

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Day two of the La Ventana Classic kicked off with an early standup paddling skipper's meeting under the Baja sunrise. SUP competitors completed laps around a triangle shaped course to complete the SUP course racing division of the classic.

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The Kitexpo continued today with lighter winds in the morning, perfect for demoing and testing out the latest foil kites and boards. The morning’s light winds were ideal for foil course racing, with bigger kites almost doubling the wind speed with their velocity made good. The first start was chaotic with stragglers starting almost thirty seconds behind, but by the second race the fleet of 11 racers was tightly grouped when the starting gun fired. Nico Landauer led the pack with Adam Withington following close behind for the majority of the races. Nico took the day’s win followed by Adam and Ejder Ginyol. Foil course races will be held everyday for the rest of the event as foilers battle it out for the overall win.

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The day’s festivities kicked off with kiting of a different nature. The sky was lit up with skydivers buzzing the LVC event site as MC Neil, Baja Joe and friends Monty and Billy aimed for a target hula-hoop just south of the event site. Earlier in the week, spectators placed bets to see who would land the closest to the hoop. Neil won out, landing less that 21ft from the hoop. After landing Neil exclaimed, “I’ve skydived all over the world but in La Ventana, there’s nothing like it! If you’ve ever thought about skydiving, you have to do it here”! Signups for tandem skydives continued throughout the day with proceeds benefiting the kids of La Ventana. 

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Local children and dancers filled the event stage midday to put on traditional Mariachi performances. 

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The SUP mini downwinder kicked off at 1:30 with a 4 mile course race from the Hot Springs Beach to Palapas Ventana. World class paddlers Anthony Vela and Jeremy Vaine of San Clemente took first and second respectively with Los Barrilles native Macrae Wyle coming in first. The standout paddler of the day was La Ventana local, Julio Ceasar Lucero, who paddled himself to the event site from town with a soft top and rope leash, but event organizers arranged for Julio to use an F-One demo board to compete in the downwinder. Julio finished the race with a giant smile and high-fived all his fellow competitors.

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Because the wind was on the light side, organizers postponed the freestyle division until Friday. Instead, a strapless freestyle contest was held with Mac Scaggs, Evan Netsch, Nemo Taylor and Grom Gormley climbing out their semi-final heats to compete for the gold. In true La Ventana style, Tim Hatler insisted on a mandatory beer chug before the athletes could hit the water. Precision suffered, but tricks were landed and the crowd went wild during the 15 minute super final. Nemo wowed the crowd with a Jesus walk in the shallow water just off the beach, while Mac pumped up the crowd and landed a series of strapless backroll transitions. Evan nailed a frontroll with some styley variations while Grom delivered a stoke-filled bonanza of skimboard tricks.

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In between heats Adam Withington dazzled the crowd with massive foilboard/foilkite airs, Eurostyle rodeos, mind blowing board off scissor-kick inversions, all the while landing each maneuver with immaculate finesse and precision.

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For the night’s activities, the event site was lit up with a massive beach bonfire while band, BIPOLAR, took center stage. 

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DAY 1 FOIL RACE RESULTS ARE IN! 

1. Nico Landauer

2. Adam Withington

3. Ejder Ginyol

SEE FULL RESULTS HERE: La_Ventana_Classic_Foil_Races_2016.pdf

DAILY UPDATE: Thursday, January 7th

Beach Bonfire Party with Teddy's Restaurant catering, Bipolar Band, Duelling Hot Dog Carts!

  • 8:00 am - SUP Yoga with Jeramie Vaine @ Hot Springs Beach.
  • 8:30 am - SUP Performance Paddle Clinic with Anthony Vela.
  • 9:00 am -SKIPPER'S MEETING - SUP - short course racing
  • 10:30 am - SKIPPER'S MEETING - FOILS
  • 11:30 am - Joe, Neil and Monty skydive into the LV Classic
  • 1 pm - SKIPPER'S MEETING - FREESTYLE
  • 1:30 pm- SUP Mini Downwinder from the Hot Springs to Palapas Ventana 
  • 6:00 pm - Real Mexican food catered by Teddy's Restaurant and Baja Hot Dog Cart Duel
  • 7:00 pm - Beach Bonfire Party with band BIPOLAR.

DAILY WRAP: Wednesday, January 6th

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The first day of the 2016 La Ventana Classic kicked off under blue skies and 20 knot winds with the Kitexpo/Gear demo. Featuring the latest 2016 gear from Best, Airush, Slingshot/Ride Engine, Naish, F-One/Manera, Ozone and Cabrinha, participants were able to test out the latest and greatest in kite and board technology. 

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Cabrinha pro rider Evan Netsch taught a freestyle clinic while F-One’s Nico Landauer explained the ins and outs of foiling to eager-to-learn kiters. 

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Halfway through the afternoon the official La Ventana Classic party bus rolled up with a full load of rowdy kiters ready to duke it out on the Party Island Downwinder Poker Run. The teams were dressed to the nines in flamboyant costumes and were chomping at the bit to drink, float and be merry. Grom Gormley, infamous announcer and event schemer, explained the rules behind the Poker Run. Nothing says Baja fiesta like a mandatory beer chug at the start. Teams of 5-8 friends lined up and chugged their beers simultaneously before each team blew up and rigged a single kite to pull their Liquid Force branded party island six miles downwind to Baja Joe’s. On their downwind adventure, the teams had to stop at each of the five pre-set buoys and cut a floating bottle that contained a single playing card.

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At the end of the day, sun and wind weathered participants stumbled off off their party islands with card filled bottles in hand, awaiting the night’s award ceremony and party at Baja Joe’s where their poker hands would be revealed to see who had the best poker hand. 

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The boozing continued to the night as each team: The Classic Crew, Golden Dolphins, Too Cool 4 Skool, Part Time Heros Full Time Legends, Space Invaders, Purple Nipples and Pirates De Cortez each downed a shot of tequila. Grom explained the rules to the crowd with energetic showmanship and drew a card at random to see who win 2016 12m North Rebel along with free booze for life at Baja Joe’s. The winner was none other than Elevation Kiteboarding’s own Marie Leclerc.

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A special award was created for the most interesting story of the day, and was aptly named The Road Runner Especial Award. This award went to Adam Withington, who saved the day for his team. Upon running out of margaritas, Adam hopped off his team’s raft, ran to the closest gas station to purchase a bottle of tequila and sprinted back to his team’s island to make drinks for the crew as they floated offshore on their way to the finish line. 

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The final awards were given after each team had revealed the cards they collected earlier in the day. Team Too Cool 4 Skool won the winning hand with three eights as the band started up and continued the party into the night. 

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DAILY UPDATE: Wednesday, January 6th

EXPO Opens!

Party Island Downwinder and Party @ Joe's Garage!

  • 8:00 am - SUP Yoga with Jeramie Vaine @ Hot Springs Beach.
  • 10:30 am - F-One Foiling and Racing Clinic with Nico Landauer.
  • 10:00 am - Freestyle Kite Clinic with Cabrinha's Evan Netsch.
  • 11:00 am - The EXPO opens and the new gear is yours to try!  Come out and test all the new gear.  Be the first to ride all the new kites, boards, and equipment!
  • TBA - Windsurf Jibe and Trick Clinic with Pro Windsurf.
  • TBA - Party Island Downwinder Poker Run sponsored by Baja Joe's and Elevation Kite School. 
  • 7:00 pm - Joe's Garage Post-Downwinder Poker Run Party!  Play your hand and win! Awards for the Poker Run winners!  

[for the COMPLETE EVENT SCHEDULE click here]

 

DAILY UPDATE: Tuesday, January 5th:

The 2016 LVC Welcome Party at Palapas Ventana - 6:30pm! 

Early Registrations @ 11:00 am - Do you have a favorite NUMBER?  Better show up early and grab it, 'cause tonight you get whatever jersey we give you!

Skipper's Meeting (mandatory!) - 6:30PM

  • 10:00 am - Strapless Clinic with Cabrinha's Evan Netsch.
  • 11:00 am - early registration at Palapas Ventana Restaurant and Bar for Wind and SUP Competitor and Sportsman (no other registrations), early Jersey pickup for Wind and SUP Competitor and Sportsman.
  • 4:00 pm - early registration and jersey pickup closes at Palapas Ventana Restaurant and Bar.
  • 6:30 pm - Welcome Party!  Skipper's Meeting (mandatory).  Jersey pickup for Wind and SUP Competitor and Sportsman.  Video presentation. 2016 LVC T-shirt and hat sales - get yours early before they run out - supply limited.  Get the rules, latest schedules based on weather forecasts, meet your friends, support the schools.  Beer, wine, margaritas, mixed drinks and bar food available for purchase.  Registration for Wind and SUP Competitor and Sportsman.  Registration for Party Island Downwinder Poker Run with Baja Joe's crew.   

[for the COMPLETE EVENT SCHEDULE click here]

LV Classic SUP Downwind Sprint starts at Rancho Las Cruces

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The private resort of brat pack fame of the 1950s has graciously opened its gates to the LA Ventana Classic to start its 8.5 mile downwind SUP race. Racers will get a chance to enter the private resort that Desi Arnez Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra used as their exclusive Mexican getaway. Whether you are gunning for prize money or just cruising as a sportsman to help raise scholarship money for our local kids, do not miss this unique opportunity to get a glimpse of this pristine gem of natural beauty and exclusive part of Baja's History.





 

F-ONE´s Nico Landauer to Host Foiling and Racing Clinic

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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´s team rider Nico Landauer is hosting a foil clinic on January 6th, 2016. Grab a spot while they're still available.

Register here: http://www.laventanaclassic.com/the-event/registration

 

 

 

 

 

Surf Legend, Micky Muñoz at LVC

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Hear some stories from someone who was there when it all started. This year, surf founder and legend Micky Muñoz will be hanging around the La Ventana Classic. Catch him at the SUP beach and then at the Palapas Ventana bar for a special happy hour story session during the event. More details to come.
Photo courtesy of seabreaze.com.au.

 





Get Ready for the Party Island Downwinder Poker Run!

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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!

 

 



 

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. 

B. Tester head shot Bazil smallWhere 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? 15 Miles of sleigh ride. Move over Maui, Baja's got it! 

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Evan Netsch to Teach Freestyle Clinic

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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 skydiveBaja Joe and Neil Hutchinson planning a charity skydive for LVC

Place your bets on how close to the pink hula hoop they will land!la ventana 7095 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 feature smNils 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....