Puerto Vallarta offers basically everything for visitors. The beaches, activities, dining, and nightlife allow visitors to spend not just long weekends or entire weeks-off, but multiple weeks. I know. But, I also know no matter how perfect paradise, exploration remains intrinsic to many of us. At times, we need a road trip. Thankfully, Puerto Vallarta offers access to great road trips too.
One such place, Sayulita, offers visitors a chance to experience and embrace surf culture. It’s a surf town. Lessons and equipment rental are available through the numerous surf shops for all those who desire to brave the waves. Yet, many relax with early morning yoga and then just watch the “experts” ride the pacific coast swells over a cerveza from the beach.
But, this weekend, March 12th-13th, everyone will be watching true professionals (and local amateurs) take part in the Punta Sayulita Long Board and Stand-Up Classic.
Last year thousands of spectators packed Sayulita’s beach to watch invited pros and local favorites compete. And this year promises to be even bigger with a larger field and the inaugural champions returning to defend their titles. So, if you decide to make the trip this weekend, here is the expected schedule:
Saturday, March 12
Huichol Indian Opening Ceremony/Blessing 8:30 a.m. Sayulita Beach
Day 1 Surf Competitions 9:00 a.m. Sayulita Beach
Offshore Elite SUP Race 12:00 p.m. Sayulita Beach
Benefit Concert Featuring Mishka 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 13
Day 2 Surf Competitions 8:00 a.m. Sayulita Beach
Punta a Punta SUP Distance Race 11:00 a.m. Sayulita Beach
2.2K Tour of Sayulita Fun Race 11:15 a.m.
Professional Expression Session 2:00 p.m. Sayulita Beach
Classic Awards Dinner BBQ 6:00 p.m. Don Pedro’s
Sayulita is located ninety minutes north Puerto Vallarta on the coast. The town is accessible by bus, taxi or car rental. Buses can be picked up from both Puerto Vallarta and the airport. For fares,the fairly frequent bus costs $25 pesos, while a taxi form the airport can run you over $500 pesos. If you want to rent a car, here you can find more car rental information.
A trip to Sayulita makes for a great weekend any time of the year, but this coming weekend, the town will be a buzz with its 2nd annual Longboard and Stand-Up Paddle Classic. So go and enjoy the ride.
Photos and schedule courtesey of the Punta Sayulita Surf Classic