Lord of the Winds Showdown - Los Barriles Mexico
Just back from three exciting days of competition, in Los Barriles Mexico, for The Lord of The Winds Showdown. The winds and seas were off the charts! Solid 25 plus with head high shore pound. So extreme that several buoys were torn from anchor, campsites on the beach were washed away, and a large Corona beer tent was blown over, damaging thousands of dollars worth of windsurfing equipment, while fortunately not injuring any people or bottles of beer.
In the Elite Course Racing class Johnny Heineken took 1st, with Nuria Goma snagging 1st and Cynthia Brown 2nd for the women. In the Elite Slalom, Cynthia Brown bagged a 2nd, with Heineken 2nd and Alex Aguera 3rd for the men. In the Elite Freestyle, Cynthia claimed gold.
For the Hang Time event, Cynthia Brown grabbed 1st, with Alex Aguera claiming 2nd for the men, with monster, floaty airs that only the Ozone Edge can produce. Regretfully Adam Koch suffered a knee injury and had to bow out, two days into the competition.
The culmination of the event was The Lord of the Winds Showdown. This is a long distance race, which pits windsurfers against kitesurfers, with only one winner taking home the big bacon. The conditions started out super light and shifty, then ramped up to massive swells and victory at sea status about 2 miles into the 6 mile upwind leg. Bryan Lake from grabbed the cheddar, with Johnny Heineken in 2nd, Joey Pasquali from in 3rd, and Alex Aguera in 4th. The women were scored with the men so Nuria Goma’s 1st and Cynthia Brown’s hard fought 2nd, after a wrap at the start, received no accolades.
Just a few days into 2013, and it is fair to say that Ozone is flying high, creating smiles and claiming podiums South of the Border.
Photos - Lori Makabe