- Professional surfers and paddlers Fernando Stalla and Javier “Bicho” Jiménez returned with top honors from their US tour representing Sayulita, the Riviera Nayarit’s Surfing Capital.
Professional surfers and paddlers Fernando Stalla and Javier “Bicho” Jiménez each snagged two first place awards during their US tour this past June, in addition to other awards garnered during the five stand up paddle (SUP) and paddleboard competitions where they represented Sayulita, the Riviera Nayarit’s Surfing Capital.
“There are younger generations that surf very well and now that SUP is all the rage they’ve taken it very seriously and train hard. We’ve had some great results on an international level that have put us on the map; now when they hear we’re from Sayulita they start to get worried!” said Fernando Stalla.
Stalla won The Payet River Games competition, one of the biggest events of the year with the largest purse in the history of the sport, with $100,000 USD in prizes.
He also snagged first place in New York; two fifth places and a sixth place rounded out the stellar participation of this seasoned surfer and paddler.
Meanwhile, youngster Javier “Bicho” Jiménez—who has turned out to be a revelation as far as boards and paddles are concerned—took home two first places during the South By Dozen and Survivor Beach competitions. At the latter he fetched a second place award for individual technique, as well.
“Bicho” also brought home an additional second place plus two third place awards. Jiménez commented they were both very proud to represent Sayulita and the Riviera Nayarit. “And so we’ll just have to keep on training to get better on a world-class level,” added “Bicho,” who also took the opportunity to thank his sponsors, such as Punta Sayulita.
Sayulita is known worldwide as one of the safest places to learn these two watersports. The New York Times and other international media have placed it among the top ideal spots for beginners, always noting there’s also an area specifically for professionals.
The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau would like to extend its congratulations to these two leading competitors, as well as to the entire team of surfers and paddlers from the Riviera Nayarit, all of who honorably represent Mexico around the globe.