CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: VILLA AMOR; SURFBOARD RENTALS; SOS EDITOR CLAUDIA LEBENTHAL AND SOULCYCLE’S STACEY GRIFFITH; MORNING VIEW FROM VILLA AMOR; POST-RACE CHILLIN’; BUOYS GOING OUT TO MARK THE RACE COURSE; STACEY GRIFFITH POST BOOGIE BOARD SESSION; “DINING ROOM” AT VILLA AMOR; CLAUDIA WITH HER SIC 14FT SUP!
Team Style of Sport is just back from Sayulita, Mexico, and the 5th Annual Punta Sayulita Classic stand up paddlesurf contest. SoulCycle Master Instructor and Style of Sport Contributing Editor, Stacey Griffith, and I made the trek down to the Pacific Coast of Mexico for the second year in row, having had such a fun sporty spa retreat last trip.
Nestled in a cove on the Riviera Nayarit, about 40 minutes north of Puerta Vallarta, Sayulita has got to be the most perfect little surf town. With its small and gentle waves at one end of the beach, and pumping point break at the other end, Punta Sayulita is considered one of the premiere Stand-Up Paddle Surfing (SUP) destinations for beginners and pros alike. The town is filled with one-of-a-kind surf and clothing shops, each with an irresistible selection of swimsuits, board shorts, t-shirts, jewelry, bags, and other great accessories. It’s a high-low mix of bohemian style, trending chicer this year Punta Sayulita Beach Club and residential project getting closer to completion, and a crop of new shops opening up in its wake.
CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: SUNSET IN SAYULITA; EL BREAK JUICE BAR (THE GREEN SMOOTIE IS A MUST!); LOCAL DREADS; BEAD BRACELETS BY DEBBIE DE LA CUERVA; PEARL NECKLACE FROM PACHAMAMA; TYPICAL BEACH WRAPS; POSITANO BIKINI BY MILLY; WALLETS FROM MEXICAN SURF MAFIA; ROXY RASH GUARD
Now in its fifth year, the Punta Sayulita Classic is weekend long competition of longboard and stand up paddle surfing and racing. In addition, there is a 2.2k fun race open to all levels brave enough to test their paddling skills in the ocean swells. Thankfully the conditions this year were far calmer than last. With a sweet Starboard SUP hook-up for Stacey from our friend Adam Finer at Pacific Paddle, and a hot 14ft raceboard for me from SIC (thank you!), we cruised through the course with speed and style!
So for those of you looking for that perfect getaway, filled with good surf, good eats and good fun, it’s time to paddle paddle on down to Sayulita for a relaxing AND action packed adventure!