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marathonhalffrontApproved by the Association of International Marathons and Road Races (AIMS). Is pleased to invite all runners and their families to participate in the "8th Half Marathon and 10K Tourist Riviera Nayarit 2016", which will be held by the main avenues of tourism development Nuevo Vallarta, Flamingos Golf and El Tigre located in the Riviera Nayarit, México.

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Lush tropical jungle meets eminently ridable waves for all levels in this former fishing village turned artsy surf town just 40 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta on Mexico’s central Pacific coast. Colourful cafes and bars, and galleries peddling local Huichol tribal art, are plentiful and street food vendors sell original takes on the taco. Lunazul is a family-run surf school, where lessons start at $40pp including equipment, and they’re so confident of their teaching that anyone who doesn’t stand up on their first lesson doesn’t pay. Lunazul also rents high- quality shortboards, longboards and softboards for beginners, and runs trips to nearby secret spots.

Canggu, Bali

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A decade ago, Canggu was just a black-sand beach with one food shack, rice paddies as far as the eye could see and a fantastic reef break for intermediate surfers wanting to take their skill to the next level. The wave is unchanged, though a little more crowded in peak season and there’s now a vibrant cafe scene and some hip places to stay, though it’s kept a laid-back, wellness-crowd vibe with none of the brashness of Kuta or swankiness of Seminyak. The Shady Shack is a great new spot for juices, low-alcohol coolers and tasty vegan food. Canteen Café, where vintage surf and skateboards adorn the walls, does excellent coffee and brunch. The Chillhouse (doubles from €110 B&B) also offers surf lessons from €49, including board hire and a ratio of one coach to two guests. Yoga classes cost €9.

Sennen Cove, Cornwall

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If Newquay is the loud, beating heart of the UK surf scene, Sennen Cove is its more peaceful and reflective soul. It takes another hour to get there, almost as far as Land’s End, but it’s worth every minute. The waves are some of the most consistent in the country, with a beach break that works left and right and will suit most abilities, but is far less crowded than many Cornish surf spots. The location feels wild and unspoiled with clear ocean, rolling grassy hills and craggy cliffs. The Sennen Surfing Centre offers lessons from £30, and board and wetsuit can be hired on the beach from £14. Yurt accommodation costs £19pp a night at Whitesands Lodge just inland from the beach. Ben Tunnicliffe’s Sennen Cove family-friendly restaurant is worth a visit for fresh, unfussy seasonal cooking, or a guest ale with a view of the waves at its wooden outdoor bar, the Surf Den.

Hoddevik, Norway

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Thanks to recent advances in wetsuit technology, surfing in the icy waters off Norway is not just possible but wholly enjoyable. There are zero crowds and the beaches are wild and rugged – in natural amphitheatres with steep majestic mountains all around. The cliffs also protect the waves from the wind and the swell is remarkably consistent, with breaks to suit all levels. Lapoint Surf Camps runs packages in the fishing village of Hoddevik for beginner and intermediate surfers, including accommodation for seven nights, small-group lessons, board and wetsuit hire and use of the house kitchen from €577.

Waikiki, Hawaii

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California may be the obvious capital of surfing in the US, but Hawaii, where the sport originated, is its spiritual home. Waikiki, the beachfront neighbourhood of Honolulu, is a great place to learn to surf, as the water is warm, the waves roll in gently and the rides are long, so when you do stand up you really get to enjoy it. With its high-rise backdrop, Waikiki is often dismissed as a tourist trap but it’s now finding fresh favour among visitors wanting a tropical beach holiday with some urban benefits, such as good food and decent coffee. Affordable hotels aren’t easy to come by but Maile Sky Court has doubles from $105. Star Beachboys runs group surf lessons for $40pp.

Lagos, Portugal

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In the south-west corner of the Algarve, Lagos is well-placed to pick up swells from every direction; it has breaks for all levels of surfer within easy reach. The town beach, Meia Praia, is a good beginner’s wave, while Zavial, 20 minutes’ drive west, is a world-class point break for experienced surfers. The attractive old fishing town boasts great sea-themed restaurants such as Escondidinho (Rua do Cemitério 38) and The Blue Door (Rua dos Ferreiros 17), but a big part of the Lagos sell has always been that it is a good place to party. Mellow Loco, run by pro surfers Marlon and Melvin Lipke, is the wildest spot, and Stevie Ray’s has popular live funk and soul nights. Health-conscious surfers will love new juice and salad bar Bora, healthy breakfast gem Fresca and the health store and restaurant Mar D’Estorias.The oldest surf camp provider in town, Surf Experience, is introducing a Girl Fitness Surf Week () by sports coach and surfer Sophie Everard from 24 September-1 October. It costs £800 and includes meals, surfing, yoga, trail running, mountain biking, outdoor fitness classes, accommodation and transfers from Faro airport; flights are not included. Lagos Surf Rentals rents boards from €15 a day.

El Paredón, Guatemala

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A growing band of travellers are converging on the small fishing village of El Paredón, which offers Guatemala’s most consistent surf at a beach break that never gets crowded and can accommodate most levels of surfer, depending on the tide. Turtles nest on the black sand beach, and mangrove forests grow all around. At Paredón Surf House private surf lessons cost about £12, board hire starts at £10 a day, and dorm beds £8 a night. The surf house supports a social enterprise, La Choza Chula, which has built a secondary school and library in the village, and provides English lessons for children.

Hossegor, France

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When the swell is pumping, Hossegor’s pounding beach breaks are not for the faint-hearted, but experienced and strong intermediates revel in some of the best waves in the world, and some of the warmest sea temperatures in the Atlantic. La Sud, at the southern end, is a calmer, more sheltered spot for beginners and improvers. With world-class waves come world-class surfers, and as a result there’s no shortage of relaxed places to hang out and party. Lou Cabana on the naturist Plage des Culs Nus has a tasty daily menu and great music and vibes at sunset. Meg’s Café is the place for coffee and Tante Jeanne the ultimate ice-cream spot. Collective Soul is good for vintage furniture, art and clothes. Local surf shaper Chipiron makes custom boards, offers surf lessons from €38 a day and rents good quality boards from €10. The rental cost is taken off the price for anyone who later buys a board. Hostel h2O Holidays does B&B from €30pp.

Tofo Beach, Mozambique

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From a wave-riding point of view, Mozambique is relatively unexplored, yet much of its 2,500km coastline is surfable, with tropical blue waters washing on to palm-fronted white sandy beaches. Tofo, on the Ponta da Barra peninsula, is a pretty beach town with a central market that sells bright sarongs as well as fruit, veg and fish. Small, clean waves are protected by a headland and a reef, so it’s a good place for learners and improvers, though more advanced surfers won’t have to travel far to find challenging reef breaks, and the world-class, right-hand point breaks at nearby Tofinho beach. Errant Surf offers seven nights in a shared house from £78pp, surf lessons from £12 and board hire from £13 a day.

San Vicente de la Barquera, Spain

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On the coast of Cantabria, amid the meadows, dunes, forests, cliffs and beaches of the Oyambre natural park, sits the estuarine village of San Vicente de la Barquera. Merón is its main beach, with great conditions for learning and more difficult peaks for more advanced surfers. San Vicente has many excellent seafood restaurants, such as Boga-Boga, which has been running for 50 years and has a great nautical-themed interior, but the region is also famed for its ham, wine and cheeses. Nácar, an offshoot of the Michelin-starred Annua, does tasty and reasonably priced tapas. Dream Surf Camp offers a week’s accommodation plus full board and surf kit in both normal and glamping tents from €229pp. Ten hours’ lessons costs €95. Yoga, mountain biking and massages are available, and there’s an on site bar with musical instruments to borrow.

 

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Since its inauguration in March 2015, the Nuevo Vallarta Bike Path has become a welcome attraction to enjoy in the Riviera Nayarit. Every day, tourists and locals come to run, skate or cycle along this recreational trail.

The Fraccionamiento Náutico Turístico Nuevo Vallarta neighborhood is home to many of the Destination’s hotels, which is why building the bike path was an excellent decision on the part of the Nayarit State Government for continued development of this microdestination.

The bike path is nearly two miles long and follows the Avenida Paseo de los Cocoteros, just a few yards from the beach. As they meander down the trail visitors can enjoy the diverse flora and fauna of the area, especially the birdlife.

Bicycles have recently grown in popularity in Mexico, with both families and cyclists as a community always seeking safety, which is something the bike path offers with its well-placed street and transit signage.

It’s a known fact that North Americans love to run, and here they’ll find a great space to indulge their pastime when they visit Mexico’s Pacific Treasure.

The Riviera Nayarit hosts several races during the year, including a 5K, 10K and even a Tourism Half Marathon; thus the bike path has become an ideal spot for training and preparing for the competitions.

Brazil, one of the Emerging Markets of interest to the Riviera Nayarit, is also known for its runners. In fact, Brazilian journalists in town for a FAM trip participated in the last Tourism Half Marathon.

 

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Zika, security concerns overblown says Rio Olympics boss (PBS NewsHour)

A total of 120 Mexican athletes will participate in the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Mexican Olympic Committee (COM) President Carlos Padilla has announced.

"All (athletes) will be going with dignity representing Mexico so that we can achieve the best results," Padilla said during a news conference last week.

The sporting director acknowledged that it is the first time that Mexico will have a significant number of athletes and he added that all of them qualified as a result of their quality and several years of training.

"The quality of the athletes is more important than the quantity," Padilla said.

For Padilla, even though it is difficult to predict the number of medals the Mexican delegation could win, he reminded that Mexico has stood out internationally in sports such as diving, taekwondo and archery.

"We can't rule out athletics, boxing and shooting, where I hope we will have good results," the COM president added.

Padilla also said that because this Olympic Games they have not been able to count on economic support from the Mexican government, the committee have had to obtain the funding from elsewhere to cover needs such as security and health.

 

 

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 xtrailbike 1 mini.jpg.pagespeed.ic.FaJVy7dcnTSayulita has a new jungle trail, designed specifically for mountain bikers, hikers, and joggers. Javier Chavez, owner of Wildmex, and an avid mountain biker and adventure seeker, is behind this new and exciting development. Javier tells El Sayulero more about this new trail, the various tours he offers, and much more.

You’ve offered mountain bike tours for the last 9 years in Sayulita. Why put more time and energy into these type of tours now?

Well, Sayulita is growing and people are now coming to town for more than just surfing. We have so many mountains and so much jungle that surrounds the town. I think we should use it and make the most of it.

How long have you been working on this new Sayulita trail? Is it complete?

The current length of the trail is 3km and it took about 3 months to finish. We are currently adding another 2km, which should be finished by October. When it is done, it will be a complete 5km loop.

You offer three guided mountain bike tours in and around Sayulita. Will you tell me about these tours?

The first tour (Ride #1) is the Punta Sayulita trail. This is for beginners and is a dirt road and single track trail, meaning it is the width of one biker or hiker. The second tour (Ride #2) is Las Lomas to Sayulita and is an intermediate ride, mostly ATV and single track trail. Bikers are taken by vehicle to Las Lomas and then bike to San Pancho, check out the town, and then bike back to Sayulita. The third tour (Ride #3) is Monkey Mountain, which is all single track, going up and down the mountain. It’s steep, technical, super fun, and mostly for advanced riders.

Tell me about your hiking tours/trails?

Our hiking trails are basically the same as our mountain bike trails. But, on a hiking tour we cover a shorter distance since you can cover a lot more distance on a bike. We offer tours in the same zones, but slightly different. For Punta Sayulita we would hike approximately 1.5 hours, we’d hike San Pancho to Sayulita rather than Las Lomas to Sayulita, and we’d hike up Monkey Mountain and back down, rather than going all over the mountain.

What can you tell me about the Wildmex guides?

The guides are all passionate about hiking, biking, and nature. They are knowledgeable about plants and animals and they are trained in first aid. Also, they all speak English.

Is there also an option to rent mountain bikes and head out solo? If so, will you tell me more about this?

Yes. People have the option of renting a mountain bike by the hour or even renting it for the entire week. There are a lot of people who come and rent a bike for the week as a way to stay in shape. When people rent a bike, we loan them a phone with a GPS system that mounts on the handlebars of the bike. So, there’s no way they can get lost on the trails.

What feedback have you gotten about the new Sayulita mountain bike trail?

We’ve only been running the new trail for a few months, but we’ve heard that people really like it.

You’d also like to open more new trails in the area. I’d love to hear more about that.

We’d like to open more because there’s so much space around here for trails. I enjoy hiking and biking and opening more trails is like creating my own activity to do.

Aside from mountain biking and hiking, what other Sayulita tours does Wildmex offer?

We offer surfing, paddle boarding, snorkeling at the Marietta’s, and we’re also adding a new snorkeling tour at Rincon de Guayabitos.

Anything else you would like to add?

The goal right now is to build and maintain these Sayulita jungle trails. So, 100% of the profit from mountain bike tours this year and next year will go back towards that project.

 

 

     
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