Zane Schweitzer and Vanina Walsh Win in Punta Sayulita

Some of our top Starboard Riders descended upon Punta Sayulita, Mexico for what they call “one of the most fun, family events of the year.” Zane Schweitzer (USA) was there along with 2013 ISA Gold Medalist Sean Poynter (USA), Giorgio Gomez (USA), Izzy Gomez (USA) Shelby and Matty Schweitzer (USA), and Mrs. Moe Yasu (Japan), who came in 5th in the women’s elite race.

Zane Schweitzer won the 4th Annual Punta Sayulita SUP Classic for the second year in a row! Defending his championship title against some of top wave riders in the world, Zane proved that spending time training in the Mexican town of Sayulita paid off big time. The 19 year old from Maui Hawaii walked away with a 1st place in the wave event and a 2 nd place in the Elite SUP surf race.

(Photographer : Jay Ailworth)

Mexico locals were sure to deliver in both conditions and talent! The 4th Annual Punta Sayulita SUP contest was a huge success! This year we scored Sayulita with head high sets breaking both left and right, and thousands of spectators on the beach watching the fiercely contested heats. Zane Schweitzer won every one of his heats, advancing with Mo Freitas into the Quarter Finals and Starboard teammate Sean Poynter into the Semi Finals.Local knowledge seemed to pay off. the final was 3 of Mexicos top wave riders: Fernando Stalla, Tigre , and Ryan Helm to face off with Zane. In a very tight final every one of the surfers proved worthy of the win. But in the end Zane’s progressive arial maneuvers scored the victory, narrowly beating Fernando Stalla whose wave selection and speed turns impressed everyone on the beach. 3rd place was Tigre with his big power turns and Ryan helm finished 4th with rides all the way to the beach.

(Photographer : Jay Ailworth)

The ladies surf action was also fun to watch with everyone commenting on the improvement in the womens field this year. Starboard team rider Vanina Walsh from Hawaii won the Women’s Division hands down! She out surfed Karen Jacobson (2), Fiona Wylde (3) and Starboard Rider Izzy Gomez (4)!

The sup racing was just as exciting in a battle of the paddle style elite surf race around buoys in and out of the surf and running along the spectator filled beach in a four lap course. The surf proved to be devastating to many of the racers, with boards flying into one another,
knocking contestants off their boards and and boards speeding through the surf without their paddlers! Local favorite Fernando Stalla won the elite race to huge cheers from the crowd, with Zane Schweitzer inching out Ryan Helm to the beach for 2nd and 3rd respectively. Matt Becker from California came in 4th place. And congratulations to Starboard Rider Adam Finer for his second place finish in the Men’s Master Race Division.

A great showing by all Starboard Riders!!


Men’s Sup surf top 5
1st Zane Schweitzer
2nd Fernando Stalla
3rd Tigre Cadena
4th Ryan helm
5th Sean Poynter

Women’s SUP Surf top 4
1st Vanina Walsh
2nd Karen Jacobson
3rd Fiona Welder
4th Izzy Gomez

Elite sup surf
1st. Fernando Stalla
2nd. Zane Schweitzer
3rd. Ryan helm
4th. Matt Becker

Long distance
1st Ryan helm
2nd. Mo Freitas
3rd. Fernando Stalla

Team Starboard
(Photographer : Matty Schweitzer)

Zane on the podium
(Photographer : Matty Schweitzer)

Zane & Young SB enthusiast Ori!
(Photographer : Matty Schweitzer)

Zane & Vanina with their Winning trophies
(Photographer : Matty Schweitzer)