Another huge turnout of spectators enjoyed a fun filled weekend of festivities in Sayulita as some of the top longboard and stand-up paddle (“SUP”) athletes competed in surfing contests and SUP races at the 5th Annual Punta Sayulita Longboard & Stand-Up Paddle Classic. The surf god’s cooperated big time this year with great surfing conditions throughout the weekend.

After two days of competition lasting late into Sunday afternoon, defending champion Tony Silvgani of Carolina Beach, North Carolina successfully defended his Men’s longboard title as did Chloe Calmon of Rio de Janerio, Brazil successfully defending her Women’s longboard title.

In the Men’s & Women’s SUP surf contests, it was Sayulita local Ryan Helm edging out fellow Sayulero Fernando Stalla to claim the Men’s SUP surf title.  On the women’s side, it was Vanina Walsh of Honolulu, HI repeating as the Women’s SUP surf champ with tough competition coming from San Diego’s Emmy Merrill who also competed in the men’s competition.

In the SUP surf youth division, it was Ori Icaza from Sayulita taking first place with Ori also winning the SUP 2.2k fun race. In the “Old Boy’s” division it was Adam Finer from Bucerias edging out the other exhausted old boys.

For the SUP Elite and 10K distance races, it was a clean sweep on both the men’s and women’s side as Georges Cronsteadt of Tahiti and Lina Augaitis of Canada claimed victories in both races. Both surfers displayed awesome performances and showed why they are considered as top elite racers in the world.

One of the highlights from the weekend festivities was the Saturday evening benefit concert performed by international recording artist G. Love & Special Sauce who played a 2-hour non-stop set in front of a packed Sayulita beach who witnessed G. Love’s first live performance in Mexico.  G. Love “loved” Sayulita so much he even extended his stay for a few days so you may have seen G. Love and his girlfriend around town or G. Love in the line-up surfing.

The Punta Sayulita & Reef Check Foundation activities were on display over the weekend with the kids surfing clinic for special-needs and disadvantaged kids, which was organized by the Sayulita Surf Club. The beach clean-up had a fantastic turn out by Sayulita’s schoolchildren and volunteers and the kids art camp hosted over 100 kids who participated with local artist Treva Dea making cool environmentally themed art.

And lastly, congratulations go out to the winners of the Punta Sayulita & Eco-Warrior Foundation essay contest! Third-grade student Summer Graham of the Costa Verde International School and Galilea Montano Cisneros of Esculea Revolución Mexicana were both winners and received the grand prize of new iPad Air tablets which were generously donated by a private individual.  Costa Verde School’s JENSEN GRACE HASBURGH received a special achievement award for the best overall essay.

2014 Punta Sayulita Classic Results

by puntasayulita on March 10, 2014

Below are the top three results from our main surfing competitions and races. For full result details visit our 2014 Results page.

MEN’S LONGBOARD

  1. TONY SILVGANI
  2. PATRICIO GONZALEZ
  3. ISRAEL PRECIADO

WOMEN’S LONGBOARD

  1. CHLOE CALMON
  2. VANINA WALSH
  3. MARY OSBORNE

MEN’S SUP SURF

  1. RYAN HELM
  2. FERNANDO STALLA
  3. FELIPE HERNANDEZ

WOMEN’S SUP SURF

  1. VANINA WALSH
  2. EMMY MERRILL
  3. KAREN JACOBSON

MEN’S ELITE RACE

  1. GEORGES CRONSTEADT
  2. RYAN HELM
  3. FERNANDO STALLA

WOMEN’S ELITE RACE

  1. LINA AUGAITIS
  2. SHELBY DE LA ROSA
  3. KRISTIN THOMAS

MEN’S 2.2K DISTANCE RACE

  1. ORI ICAZA
  2. MARCO MIGNOT
  3. ARTURO LAVIN

WOMEN’S 2.2K DISTANCE RACE

  1. MARTHA DIAZ
  2. ALEJANDRA BRITTO
  3. LANI MERRIL

MEN’S 10K DISTANCE RACE

  1. GEORGES CRONSTEADT
  2. RYAN HELM
  3. JAVIER JIMENEZ

WOMEN’S 10K DISTANCE RACE

  1. LINA AUGAITIS
  2. KRISTIN THOMAS
  3. SHELBY DE LA ROSA

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Starting this weekend you can purchase 2014 Punta Sayulita Classic hats, visors, training jerseys and t-shirts at the Classic Information Tent. All proceeds benefit the Punta Sayulita and Reef Check Foundations. Supplies are limited, so don’t wait – get yours today!

5th Annual Punta Sayulita Classic Official Program

by puntasayulita on February 27, 2014