The weather forecast for La Ventana changed drastically in the last 24 hours and unfortunately the previously forecasted wind did not arrive today. Participants awoke to cloudy skies and light winds that persisted for the entire day.

The light winds did not stop the fun here at the La Ventana Classic and the activities rolled on. This morning Anthony Vela and Candice Appleby held a kid’s SUP paddling clinic for both local and visiting children. Not only did they get everyone on the water, but they were even to run a few races with the kids!

The change in weather meant a change in the schedule, so the completion of Big Air has been moved to Sunday. Today another two course races were held in extremely light wind.

Beach games kept the crowd entertained today and included a first for the La Ventana Classic – The greased pole contest. A Slingshot board was attached to the top of the pole and would be awarded to the first to reach it. After a lot of trial and error, the only way participants could reach the top was to stand on top of each other. After retrieving the board, the crew that worked to reach it decided to donate it back to the event to be auctioned off to help raise money for the event.

The 2-Mile SUP race was held in ideal conditions and involved laps around a short course with a beach run between each lap. Anthony Vela and Candice Appleby, winners of the Paddle Royale Island Crossing, came out ahead in this race as well.
Anthony Vela
Candice Appleby
Stephen Winiarski
Jason Martenese
Roberto Avena

Tonight’s big activity is the Lucha Libre. For those that don’t know, this is a full-on event with professional masked wrestlers from La Paz. The activities were about to start as we posted this update, so keep your eye on The Kiteboarder’s Facebook Page for photos from what is sure to be an interesting night.


1-mile SUP Race — 7:30 am Skipper’s mtg, 8 am race start, Expo Beach.
Performance Paddling Clinic– 9 am – 1 pm, Expo Beach.
Course Racing — Skipper’s mtg. at Expo Beach, 11 am, races to follow.
Old Skool Big Air — Skipper mtg. at Expo Beach, NOON, event to follow
SUP Downwinder — Skipper’s mtg. and load trailers, 2:30 pm, Expo Beach, race to follow.


Sunday is the last day to find your next perfect ride by demoing boards, bars,  and kites. Visit our vendors at Expo Beach and test the latest innovations while talking particulars with the experts.  While you’re at it, eat tacos and drink beer (remember, it’s all for a good cause), while watching the competition heat up in SUP racing, course racing and old skool-big air on the water.

Sunday night is the time to get yourself to Pizza Vela. Help us wrap up the busiest fundraising week of the year with dinner, an awards ceremony, beer drinking, and dancing to the tunes of Blues Explosion. Bring an appetite for good food and your dancing shoes. Festivities start at 7 pm.

The La Ventana Classic is now in its seventh year and is an official non-profit Mexican corporation. The event has raised almost $75,000 USD since its inception. The La Ventana Classic A.C. is the equivalent of 503(c) Corporation in the United States and donations are tax deductible. All of the money raised by this event goes to projects to improve the schools and community in the small towns of La Ventana and El Sargento. Paypal donations of any amount can be made to We appreciate your support!