The La Ventana Classic Is Back and Better Than Ever



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PV.air1After taking a few years off to reorganize, the La Ventana Classic is back and bigger than ever. Local, national and international wind enthusiasts will heavily attend the five-day event. Organized by Tim Hatler of Palapas Ventana Resort and Marina Chang of The Kiteboarder Magazine, the 8th Annual La Ventana Classic and Kitexpo 2016 will be held in the town of La Ventana, BCS from January 6th to the 10th.

The Classic includes a long distance foil, kiteboard and windsurf race, course racing, an 11 mile island crossing SUP Race, a 13.5 mile downwinder and two mile SUP race, SUP relay races, big air and freestyle competitions, and a five day expo of Kite and SUP gear.

In addition, there are beach parties, bands, food sales, dance presentations by local schools, 4 evening parties at local businesses, and an awards party. The event will once again be MC’d by Kiteboard Icon Neil Hutchinson of Xrated KiteBoarding. The event includes racing classes for top competitors battling it out for 5,000 US of prize money and also sportsman classes for those who want to ride recreationally to support the cause of raising scholarship money for local students.

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. Although the cost to attend high school is only $300 US annually per student, this cost is a roadblock for some Mexican families and stops many bright and motivated young people from attending high school.

In the past seven years, the La Ventana Classic has raised over $90,000 US in projects that took place in the five local schools and health center.

La Ventana is just a 40-minute drive from the La Paz Airport and 2.5 hours from the Cabo Airport. Once just a small Mexican fishing village, it was discovered by windsurfers about 15 years ago and has become the perfect kitesurfing spot thanks to its steady winds from November to March.

 In La Ventana, you can find activities for every outdoor enthusiast including watersports, snorkeling, kayaking, diving, and sport fishing. You can also just hang out on the beautiful, L shaped sandy beach. You will be easily put at ease by the warm, small town welcome, amazing views of the bay and Cerralvo Island, and the beautiful contrast of the desert and sea.

 

The La Ventana Classic 2016 DATES:

 

  • Jan 5th Welcome Party and Registration at Palapas Ventana
  • January 6th – Gear Expo and Pro Clinics (Entire event site will be open for gear testing) plus the locally world famous party island downwinder poker run – with after party at Baja Joe´s.
  • Jan 7, 8, 9, 10 Main Event – Gear Expo continues. Long distance race
  • Big Air and Freestyle
  • Course Racing
  • SUP long distance crossing race, 13.5 mile downwinder and relay races
  • Evening of Jan 7th Rock and Roll beach party at the event site
  • Evening of Jan 8th Big Hair Big Air pool party at Club Cerralvo
  • Evening of Jan 9th Rock and Roll Pizza party at La Ventana Beach Resort
  • January 10th Evening Awards party

For more information, please check out the La Ventana Classic website www.laventanaclassic.com. Photo courtesy of Tim Hatler.

 

 

 

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