La Ventana Classic 2011 – Slingshot Update!
This year had to be one of the biggest and most attended by far and Slingshot was well on hand with support, stoke, and demos for all that were able to make the trip! One of the many highlights of the event was at the beginning of the week with the start of the annual Burning Bush. With a good vibe and fire bugs to get the party started the disco-tech near the beach was ultra sick! Lots of mesquite wood structures to burn, free roaming scorpions and random fire artscapes to blur the mind and with an added well rounded line up of rad tunes to get the vibe in line, the people of the night dance till the break of dawn.
The next score of the week was a fishing trip that Dave Smith organized with a local La Ventana fisherman to go on the hunt for the massive schools of Tuna that migrate throughout the Sea of Cortez. Lucky enough we were able to bring back two prime 25lb+ tuna to feed the troops for the remainder of the week. Fresh cut sushi, tuna steaks, tuna pizza, and the best damn tuna sandwiches were enjoyed by our supporting Slingshot crew; it’s amazing how far a couple good size fish can feed.
As the week pressed on the wind really started to pick up for the main events that included the crossing, course racing, stand up racing and big air old-school freestyle; all events were a go with killer competition and sportsmanship from all competitors. To give the event a good solid start Neil Hutchinson and Baja Joe came in hot from the sky for a killer show of skydiving skills and landed within feet of the main event… It was sick and even more amazing once you see the GoPRO footage of the jump and gives you an ultra perspective of the area and how vast and bare Baja is.
Video of the jump can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPRuFvrQ4CQ
Everyday before the wind picked up around noon the day was off to a great start with freshest coffee/espresso in Baja from Mark and the crew at Baja Joes. It’s a must stop for any die hard coffee junky! Also an array of fresh pastries was on hand to work off that late night hang-over. So stopping there before you start your day is a must.
Make sure to check out Baja Joe’s website and don’t forget to check out the live web cam. http://www.bajajoe.com/
Friday thru Sunday were the days to demo and riders scored it good with epic conditions and all 2011 Slingshot products on hand to use and a top shelf crew to help get riders out without wait or hassle. Gear highlights of the demo were the first release to the public of the 2011 RPM’s. Stellar reviews and ear to ear grins on all that had a chance to demo those new RPM’s!
Big shout out to Dave Smith, Glen Mulvey, Laura Myer, Neil Hutchinson, Jamy Donaldson, Shannon, Grom, Rachel and anyone else I forgot to mention for there support throughout the event. If it wasn’t for all your help it wouldn’t have ran so freakin smooth!
Great to support an event that yielded $18,000 USD for the local La Ventana community and schools in the area; big shout out and thanks to The Kiteboarder Magazine for all the work with putting on a event of this nature. It was a ton of hard work and the KTB crew did a stellar job at capturing and running all the activities. Since I have no way of possibly added everything that went down, I would highly recommend checking there website for more coverage, final results, and tons of sweet videos.
THE KITEBOARDER MAGAIZNE – http://www.thekiteboarder.com/
It was another great year and Slingshot will be sure to be there next year in full effect as always, see you in 2012!