Headed to the Puerto Vallarta paradise soon during May 17th through May 19th? If you are, you are in luck as the 9th edition of the Riviera Nayarit Wind Festival which will be held in Nuevo Vallarta, which is just a short drive north of Puerto Vallarta. Organized by the Mexican Kiteboard Association, the 1st Edition of Wind Festival was held back in 2011 with the goal of promoting the Banderas Bay as a top sailing destination. Since its inaugural event, the event has been held each year and continues to experience huge success. Strong community support and a motivated organizing committee are sure to make this year’s 2019 Riviera Nayarit Wind Festival the best yet. Read below to learn more about this year’s Riviera Nayarit Wind Festival this May 17th to May 19th in Banderas Bay.
Wind Festival Competitors and Spectators
Will this be your first visit to Puerto Vallarta, or do you consider yourself at home in the area? Whether you have never been, or even live in the area, you will quickly see that the area has incredible natural beauty and there are endless outdoor activities to enjoy. With its warm and sunny climate year round, Puerto Vallarta is also ideal for enjoying water sports on Banderas Bay. Individuals who love to get outside and spend time on the water will no doubt be in heaven! Thanks to the coordination and support of the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA), Mexican Sailing Federation (FDV), Mexican Association of Kiteboard, and the Government and Tourism of Riviera Nayarit, the Wind Festival is one of the top events to attention in Mexico. In fact, the Riviera Nayarit Wind Festival was designated a 100 Moments of Mexico winner in 2016 which recognizes the top events to attend in the country. The next year in 2017, the Riviera Nayarit Wind Festival had over 250 competitors which was a record breaking number of participants at that time. This year in 2019, the Wind Festival is expected to receive over 300 competitors from all across the world, in addition to over 5000 spectators and 100 news and media outlets.
Wind Festival Competition
Mark your calendars for May 17th to May 19th when you should head to the upscale resort neighborhood of Nuevo Vallarta 20 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta to attend the Riviera Nayarit Wind Festival. Visitors will be mesmerized by the impressive sailing and kiteboarding competitions, great food and entertainment. The largest number of competitors are participating in the Kiteboarding competition and categories include Freestyle, Downwind, Slalom, Big Air, Long Distance and Regata de Foil. Competition rules state that participants must start at the same time, and the winner is whoever reaches the goal most quickly. The Riviera Nayarit Wind Festival is also sponsoring Mexico’s International Kiteboarding Championship which aims to further promote windsurfing in Banderas Bay and raise awareness of the area as an ideal location for water sports and sailing. Wind Festival also help to support amateur kiteboarders and assist them in attaining their professional goals. Come out and help support this incredible event, and get ready for a weekend of fun in the sun in Riviera Nayarit from May 17th to May 19th.
Need to make travel plans? Visitors can find reasonable flights from most major U.S. and Canadian cities into the Puerto Vallarta International Airport. Once you arrive, you will quickly see that Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit and all of Banderas Bay is an amazing destination. Remember, it is nearly time to head to the Riviera Nayarit Wind Festival on May 17th to May 19th in Nuevo Vallarta. Prepare to be amazed!