There has been a lot of surfing competitions in Sayulita since I got here in October. March 7th – 9th was the 5th Annual Punta Sayulita Long Board & Stand-Up Classic. Previous competitions had a few sponsors and mostly locals participating, however this event was huge. There were a dozen or so large sponsors including Jack Daniels, the tourism board of Riviera Nayarit, and several others. Many were offering free drinks.
There were hundreds of people on the beach watching the competition and perhaps more throughout the entire beach area. Music was blasting and all of the tables were packed. We managed somehow to grab a table next to all the booths and where the action was. The tables in the front row were all reserved awhile ago but third row was still great. We ordered a few buckets of beers, ate some quesadillas, and chatted with some friends that joined us. We sat out there for over five hours enjoying the sun, beach, and scene all around us.
In the evening we were surprised by the huge concert stage. We were even more surprised to learn that the headliner was G Love and Special Sauce. You might recognize them by one of their most popular songs called Milk & Cereal. Sayulita might be a small beach town but they do big things! We sat on the beach with some friends and beers and listened to the funky and awesome tunes.