Fourth Annual Punta Sayulita Longboard and Stand-Up Paddle Classic

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January 11, 2013

4th Annual Punta Sayulita Surf Classic - Sayulita, Mexico (puntasayulita)

The Punta Sayulita resort community and presenting sponsor, The Riviera Nayarit Tourism Board, are pleased to announce the dates for the 4th Annual Punta Sayulita Classic to be held on March 8 – 10, 2013, in the beautiful surfside village of Sayulita, Mexico, 40 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta.

Now in its 4th year, the Punta Sayulita Classic is regarded as one of the premier international surfing and stand-up paddle (SUP) events in North America attracting thousands of spectators and one of the deepest international fields of professional athletes and amateurs competing in longboard and stand-up paddle surfing contests as well as in an array of exciting offshore SUP distance races.

"With Sayulita widely regarded as one of Mexico's top surfing and vacation destinations, now combined with the growth of SUP, Sayulita and the surrounding coastline known as the Riviera Nayarit have become an evermore popular second home and vacation destination because of being blessed with miles of pristine coastline offering excellent conditions for an array of outdoor pursuits," commented Kevin Roberts, a Principal with event host Punta Sayulita and Event Director of the Punta Sayulita Classic.

Unique to the Punta Sayulita Classic event is that unlike other international competitions, competitors are not competing for prize money, which is typically the primary draw for international events. The primary consideration is raising awareness for environmental protection and respect for the world's oceans and wildlife as well as to raise funds for the Reef Check Foundation's area Eco-Diver Program and the Punta Sayulita Foundation's children's educational and sports development programs.

Founded and organized by the Punta Sayulita resort community, the event is made possible by the generous support of the event's sponsors, professional athletes, the Sayulita community and the event volunteers.

This year's field for the Punta Sayulita Classic is filled with some of the biggest names in the sport of longboard and SUP surfing and racing including surfing legend Gerry Lopez, defending SUP Surf Champion Zane Schweitzer, defending SUP Men's Elite and Distance Champion Connor Baxter, 2-time defending women's SUP elite race champion Candice Appleby, defending Women's SUP Distance Champion Jenny Kalmbach, 2-time defending men's longboard champion Darren Eudaly, women's defending longboard champion Karina Ozunka as well as past champions, Chuck Patterson, Slater Trout, Sean Poynter, Mary Osborne, Patricio Gonzalez and many more top pros including 2 time SUP surfing world champion, Kai Lenny, Roxy team riders Vanina Walsh & Jen Smith, Anthony Vella, Mo Freitas and Sayulita locals Ryan Helm and Mexican SUP National Champion Fernando Stalla.

According to Event Director Kevin Roberts, "By far, this will be the deepest and most talented field at the Punta Sayulita Classic. Every year the field grows with talent and we are so appreciative of the pros carving out time from their competition schedules to come compete in the event and help raise awareness and money for the Reef Check and Punta Sayulita Foundations."

In addition to the surfing and SUP race competitions held over the weekend, on Friday, March 8, the festivities kick-off with a surfing clinic for special needs and underprivileged children under the supervision of renowned Malibu, CA longboard surfer, Jimmy Gamboa, and members of his TheraSURF organization along with other participating professionals and instructors from local Sayulita surf schools.

Moreover, in conjunction with honorary ambassador, James Pribram of the ECO-Warrior Foundation and members from Project Save Our Surf, a community-wide beach cleanup event is scheduled with an interactive-educational program following thereafter with a children's interactive Reef Day art camp with local artist Treva Dea of Sayulita Art Camps.

Participating surfers will also be on-hand for a "meet the pros" autograph session as well as members from the Olukai footwear company, the official giveback partner of the 4th Annual Punta Sayulita Classic, will be participating on Friday and throughout the weekend festivities with prizes and donations for children through its Ohana Giveback Program.

"We are excited to announce the return of international reggae recording artist, Mishka, to perform the free beachfront Punta Sayulita Classic benefit concert on Saturday night, March 9, which attracted thousands last time Mishka and his band performed. Mishka's reggae roots music has great sound and soul and will be a fantastic addition to the weekend festivities for all to enjoy the 'aloha spirit' of the Punta Sayulita Classic."

"Mishka, having grown up a waterman himself and having an appreciation for the ocean and the environment are attributes that make him an ideal fit for the Punta Sayulita Classic and we appreciate Mishka's generous support of the Punta Sayulita Classic," added Kevin Roberts of Punta Sayulita.

On his return to Sayulita, Mishka commented, "I am inspired to return to Sayulita for the 4th Annual Punta Sayulita Classic to feel the good vibes and play some music in one of my favorite places. The last time we played there in 2011 stands out in my memory; wonderful people in a beautiful place who know how to have a good time. This year we will be playing a whole lot of new tunes as I am releasing a new mini album on Jimmy Buffett's Mailboat Records, so this will be a release party for the new music. I'm stoked!! Hope to see you there!"

The Punta Sayulita Classic is pleased to welcome back the generous of support Alaska Airlines as the official airlines of the 4th Annual Punta Sayulita Classic. Alaska Airlines is offering a special airfare discount code ECMU117 to anyone travelling to Sayulita to compete or to simply take part in the weekend festivities.

For years Alaska Airlines has been one of the most active airlines flying to Mexico offering nonstop flights to Puerto Vallarta from numerous west coast cities including Los Angeles, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle.

Alaska Airlines is also expanding their surfboard length dimensions so competitors can travel with a SUP stock race board up to 12'6" in length.

Another flight option for travelling to Sayulita is on board XOJET, one of the leading private aviation companies and sponsor of the 4th Annual Punta Sayulita Classic. XOJET is offering special private charter packages on any of their super-mid-size or mid-size jets.

Media inquiries and general event information regarding the 4th Annual Punta Sayulita Classic can be obtained by visiting Punta Sayulita Surf Classic or by contacting Kevin Roberts or Jose Luis Caselin at U.S. Toll Free (866) 947-6017 or +52 (329) 291-3957.

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