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surf-fishing-contestThe big winners were local fishermen from Nayarit: Óscar Escobedo from San Pedro Lagunillas came in first place; Javier Vergara from Tepic took second and Julio Parra, also from Tepic, placed in third.

Local Nayarit fishermen won the day during the 5th Annual “Lo de Marcos” Surf Fishing Tournament. Attendance soared from last year’s 41 fishermen to this year’s 66, as expected by the Tepic Surf Fishing Club.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau was instrumental in increasing the number of participants, thanks to their continuous promotion of the events that place this destination on par with the top sport fishing hotspots from around the world.

“I'd like to thank all the participants for a job well done and extend a special thanks to the Riviera Nayarit CVB for their support in promoting these great sport fishing events in our state,” said club president Mario Alberto Real.

Governor Roberto Sandoval’s State Government is focused on lending its support by developing this type of tourism activities in greater scale.

All in all, it was a fun family weekend at Lo de Marcos beach, where the locals gave their special guests a very warm welcome.

First place went to Óscar Escobedo from San Pedro Lagunillas, who caught a 2.5 kg sea bass. Second went to Javier Vergara and his 1.8 kg sea bass; Julio Parra placed third with his giant hawkfish, which was released according to the “catch and release” guidelines. Both men hail from Tepic.

The winners took home cash prizes as well as items in kind, including as lures, rods, reels, t-shirts and fishing kits.

Special mention goes to the women who participated in this year’s Tournament: Celene Ocegueda from Las Varas, Reyna Chávez of Colima and Chantal Contreras from the capital of Nayarit.

There were also a few surprises, including the participation of young Yusself Tapia of Tepic, who at the tender age of 7 already competes in major regional tournaments. This is just one more example of how the local population of Nayarit is making the most of the many natural resources that Mexico’s Pacific Treasure has to offer.

 

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pezPuerto Vallarta, Jalisco.- There are over 8 thousand pesos in prizes in kind for the first three places in the tournament’s Freestyle Category; there will also be gifts and plenty of fun for the kids.

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Runner participation has increased 600% since its inception, now boasting over 1,200 runners from 12 Mexican states plus the US and Canada. The Guayabitos 5-10K Race will be held this weekend.

The 6th Riviera Nayarit Tourism Half Marathon and 10K will be held on November 22nd in the morning. This is the only run of its kind aimed at visitors that helps the destination by generating income and positioning it on domestic and international levels.

The success of the previous events is noticeable in the increased number of participating athletes, which has grown from 180 in the first race to the more than 1,200 expected in the upcoming race. This represents an increase of 600% as announced in the recent press conference.

The conference was presided over by the director of the Organizing Committee, Arturo García; the Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau, Marc Murphy; and the Sales Director for the Villa La Estancia Hotel, Jorge Villareal.

Among the representatives there on behalf of the Municipality of Banderas Bay was the Tourism Director, Yosef Verduzco, and Marco Villegas, Director of Civil Protection and Firefighters, who affirmed their commitment to ensure everything ran smoothly. They also announced the addition of 200 volunteers in addition to the crews already working the run in the different areas where it will pass through.

The races include 8 categories in the men’s division and 7 in the women’s division, which include runners between the ages of 18 to 60+. Ninety-five percent of the participants are from Mexico, the balance from the United States and Canada. Jalisco is the state with the most participants (more than half) with the rest coming from 11 over Mexican states.

There was special emphasis placed on the hours and areas in Nuevo Vallarta where there will be street closures to avoid accidents and to help civilians take the necessary precautions when it comes to timing and what routes to take. For more information visit www.mediomaratonrivieranayarit.com.

Guayabitos 5-10K Race

The tourism promotion departments for Compostela and Guayabitos together with the Asociación de Atletismo del Estado de Nayarit invite everyone to end the Pinktober activities in the Riviera Nayarit on a high note by participating in their 1st Guayabitos 5-10K Race.

This race with a cause will take place on November 2nd and will have 5 categories that span runners from 15 to 60+ years of age, starting at 8 a.m. There will be up to $32,000 Mexican pesos in prizes.

For more details call the Compostela Hotel and Motel Association at 01 (327) 274 15 61  You can also contact the General Coordinator, Benito Castillo, at 045(322)189 62 10

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civil-military-paradeThe City of Puerto Vallarta and the Ministry of National Defense, through the 41st Military Zone invites Vallartan people to attend next Monday September 16th, the civic-military parade which will take place in downtown Vallarta to celebrate the start of the Mexican Independence.
The realization of this event seeks to spread among the civilian population a spirit of patriotism, for it involves different educational institutions from kindergarten to university, besides charro associations, and of course the Military Region V and the 41st Military Zone.
The civic-military parade, helps to reinforce the image of the Mexican Army, by showing the discipline and training that characterizes them, during the framework of the "100 years of the Mexican Army"

 

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0419The 5th Open Water Nado Seguro Competition will take place on April 25th with 5 and 3K races in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle with 700 participants; April 26th marks the start of the first Gran Fondo 150K/Medio Fondo 75K that will cruise though several coastal towns as well as the Sierra de Vallejo.

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Abraham.1Levy is the only man to travel down the more than 7,100 miles of Mexican coastline in a kayak. His new challenge is to paddle his way—alone—across the Atlantic from Spain to Mexico.

Abraham Levy is a self-propelled explorer, that is to say, his expeditions don’t depend on a sail, the wind, or any motor whatsoever. He’s currently training at the Marina Riviera Nayarit, taking advantage of the bay’s geography, the gamut of places he can visit during his preparation and the support he’s receiving from local authorities.

 

This Mexican explorer has been the only man to travel the more than 7,100 miles of Mexico’s coastline solo aboard a kayak in 2007 – 2008. His new challenge: to paddle solo across the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea from Puerto de Palos in Huelva, Spain, all the way to Cancun. In order to perform this feat, Levy will travel aboard a transoceanic rowboat named “La Cascarita”.

 

“My first test with the boat and all its equipment perfectly installed will be when I leave the Marina at Puerto Los Cabos and arrive at Marina Rivera Nayarit,” said Levy. “It will take some 6 to 10 days to complete the over 370-mile journey. This is the trial by fire before I send the boat to Spain in order to start my voyage”.

 

Levy began his trek from Los Cabos to the Riviera Nayarit this past October 25th; he’s expected to arrive at the Marina Riviera Nayarit on or around October 31st. The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau would like to invite the media to stay tuned for a confirmation of his arrival date (via this medium), at which time they will hold a press conference.

 

His major voyage across the Atlantic will begin on January 9, 2014, and will last approximately four to six months. He’s expected to arrive back to the Marina sometime in June.

 

Levy has been in Banderas Bay and the Marina Riviera Nayarit for the past three months, where he has been fully supported, which was key to his decision to train here. Said support, offered by the People’s Government headed by Roberto Sandoval, has always been present in all the activities that promote the destination as an ideal spot for water sports.

 

“I like Banderas Bay very much. Its geography is great and I have several good friends here who are very knowledgeable about the ocean,” said the Mexican athlete. “Many sailors from around the world meet here, plus the shape of the bay helps me during my test runs”.

 

He added that it offers all the different water conditions he needs to work with, including being perfectly sheltered. It also offers many places to visit during his training such as Punta de Mita and the Marietas Islands, plus other great “excuses” for a little sailing.

 

“The Mexican Pacific is the big leagues in sailing here in Mexico,” said the 33-year-old Colima native. “This is a top spot and that’s also why I chose to make the crossing from San José del Cabo back here. The formation of the Baja California peninsula, the entire Sea of Cortez and the Banderas Bay are ideal places to execute this crossing”.

 

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Miller Park officials want to create a soccer pitch for the Swansea City-Chivas Guadalajara exhibition at 8 p.m. Wednesday that has the illusion of permanence.

"We're going to do our best to make sure this soccer field looks like it's been here for a while, whether that means a little fertilizing, a little bit of paint, a little bit of mowing pattern," head groundskeeper Michael Boettcher said Monday.

But the overriding goal is to ensure the baseball field is exactly as it was left Sunday for when the Brewers return on July 21.

"Keeping the turf major-league ready is our highest priority," said Jason Hartlund, vice president of Brewers enterprises and events services.

Somewhere in between, the Brewers hope to put on a good show for the 30,000-plus expected to attend.

When the Brewers left Sunday for the all-star break, the infield was skinned and prepared for five truckloads of turf that began covering the base paths and the pitching mound Monday.

For the first time since the park opened in 2001, the mound was leveled and removed. Boettcher said he's confident it would be properly restored.

"That's what baseball is about, locations and numbers," he said. "We're making sure that's 100% kept. We've got markings underneath that make sure we're 100% where we need to be.

"The great thing is the mound is exactly how we thought it was built. We'll be able to put it back together very strategically."

Miller Park cannot accommodate a World Cup-size pitch, which is between 110 and 120 yards long and between 70 and 80 yards wide. Boettcher said the field would be 109 yards long and 66 yards wide, which is approved by Major League Soccer as sufficient for a "friendly" or an exhibition match.

The pitch will run from the first-base dugout to the left-field wall, providing the best views from the third-base side.

Hartlund said no seats would be blocked off in the 41,900-seat stadium. The Brewers are hoping for a good walk-up crowd after selling more that 30,000 advance tickets to buyers from more than 30 states. Chivas, one of Mexico's most successful and popular teams, and Swansea City of the English Premier League have sizable national and international followings.

The match could get a nice bump from the recently completed World Cup.

"There's no doubt the timing is perfect," Hartlund said. "I wish I could take credit for that, but I can't. I do believe soccer fever is at an all-time high. I believe that will translate into a good crowd for Wednesday."

Miller Park has played host to concerts and conventions, but covering the infield with turf is something new. Boettcher said the entire process of placing extra sod to lie flush with the existing turf should take 44 hours. He hopes to complete work by early Tuesday afternoon, when Chivas will arrive for a workout.

Hartlund said he did not want to reveal the cost of the conversion until the final bills were in, but he did mention that a portion of the trucked-in sod would be recycled.

"Some of the turf we'll provide to outside entities," he said. "We don't want to throw it away if it is usable for someone else."

Hartlund said the match experience for fans would be strictly soccer with no baseball trappings.

"I think we'll have a number of people who will be coming to Miller Park for the first time, so we've been in contact with our guest-relations staff and ushers who do a great job 81 times a year," he said. "But I think we need to go above and beyond this time so these soccer fans will come back to Brewers games."

The Brewers approached MLS almost two years ago about playing host to a soccer exhibition. Based on advance sales, Hartlund said soccer would likely return to Miller Park.

But would the Brewers consider staging a football game?

"We have toyed with it," Hartlund said. "I know in the state we have two great football stadiums in Camp Randall and Lambeau Field that actually have capacities quite a bit larger than Miller Park.

"I don't know what the appetite would be to put a football game here, but we'd consider anything."

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This weekend Zacualpan and Las Varas are expected to be jam packed with fishermen and their families gathered to enjoy casting out on the beaches of the Riviera Nayarit.

The yearly sport fishing calendar on the beaches of the Riviera Nayarit is keeping busy: April 5-6 marks the return of the 6th Annual Boca de Chila Beach Surf Fishing Tournament to the shores of Zacualpan and Las Varas.

The Tepic Surf Fishing Club and the Government of the State of Nayarit, as well as the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) are extending an invitation to lovers of the rod and reel to participate in this sports competition.

Registration costs are $70 Mexican pesos on the 5th, when the 4th place winner will take the pool of 80% of the registration fees. On the 6th the registration fee goes up to $220 pesos and the top three places will win the pool as follows: 1st place 40%, 2nd place 20% and 3rd place 10%.

All the prizes are based on the heaviest catch by species: red snapper, yellow tail, halibut, sierra, needlefish, dorado and snook. Minimum weights will be upheld in order to protect the species.

Those interested in participating are invited to visit the Surf Fishing Tepic Facebook page. This is a non-profit event, as declared by Mario Real, President of the Tepic Surf Fishing Club.

“The remaining percentages will be kept by the Club to cover logistics,” he stated. “We’re expecting another full tournament with local fishermen and visitors from other states, as well. Every year we hope to top the one before.”

One of the characteristics of this tournament is its family atmosphere. Last year’s event boasted 66 participants, among them men, women, adolescents and children. The year before that had 41 participants, so the tendency towards growth continues.

“On Saturday April 5th we’ll be starting off with a lightning tournament from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and afterwards the participants are invited to camp out on the beach and enjoy themselves. On Sunday the 6th the tournament begins at 5 a.m. and ends at the closing of the scales at 1 p.m. Following that the winners will be awarded their prizes on the podium,” explained the Club President.

All times are shown in Pacific Standard Time (PST).

The continuous nature of these tournaments guarantees plenty of practice and enjoyment for the fishermen, while continually generating tourism and positioning for the Riviera Nayarit in the sport fishing market.

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Every four years, a handful of players come out of nowhere, play well at the World Cup, and end up transferring to big clubs for a ton of money.
Some of these guys pan out, while others fail.

Here are the candidates this year.

  • James Rodriguez (Colombia)

James was already on the map after getting sold to AS Monaco along with Joao Moutinho for a combined $102 million last summer. At the World Cup, though, he looked like one of the best players on earth. He outplayed Ronaldo and Messi, scoring six goals in five games for a Colombia team that was the most exciting squad in the entire tournament.

According to the Spanish newspaper AS, he will be sold to Real Madrid for $107 million.

  • Toni Kroos (Germany)

The 24-year-old finished the World Cup with two goals and four assists. In a team filled with star players — where the likes of Mario Gotze, Andre Schurrle, and Sami Kheidra came off the bench at times — Kroos stood out.

Three days after the final Bayern Munich sold him to Real Madrid for $34 million.

  • DeAndre Yedlin (U.S.)

Yedlin makes $92,000 for the Seattle Sounders, 72-times less than teammate Clint Dempsey. He might be the most underpaid player in the world. At age 21, he came into three World Cup games and was one of the USMNT's most threatening players. He still has to learn to defend, but he looked like he belonged against Belgium.

The Sounders have reportedly set their price for Yedlin at $6.5 million. Italian giants AS Roma are interested.

  • Matt Besler (U.S.)

The Sporting Kansas City player was the best defender on a U.S. team that did a ton of defending in Brazil. At 27-years old it might be now-or-never for him making a move to Europe.

Besler told a radio station this week that he has two offers on the table from English teams, believed to be Fulham and Sunderland. If he stayed with Sporting Kansas City, they'd have to use a designated player slot to give him a raise from his current $200,000 salary.

  • Enner Valencia (Ecuador)

There was a strange lack of standout strikers at the World Cup. Of the top-five goalscorers in Brazil (James, Neymar, Lionel Messi, Thomas Muller, Robin Van Persie), only Van Persie is a true center forward. Enner Valencia was one of the only No. 9's to break out. He scored three goals in three games.

He's moving to West Ham in the Premier League from the Mexican club Pachuca for $20 million.

  • Divock Origi (Belgium)

Origi played so well that he took Romelu Lukaku's starting spot after just two games. He scored a game-winning goal against Russia, and could have had multiple goals against the U.S. if it wasn't for the heroics of Tim Howard.

The 19-year-old played for Lille in France last year. Now there are rumors that Liverpool wants him to replace Luis Saurez.

  • Keylor Navas (Costa Rica)

It was truly the World Cup of CONCACAF Goalkeepers. Mexico's Memo Ochoa, the U.S.'s Tim Howard, and Costa Rica's Navas all played great. Navas may have been the best of the bunch. He helped the Ticos to their best World Cup ever, letting up just two goals in the process.

Like some other World Cup standouts, he's now heading to Real Madrid from Levante for a $13-million fee.

  • Memphis Depay (Netherlands)

The Netherlands wasn't supposed to do anything in Brazil. Most people had them going out in the group stage. Yet they made it all the way to the semifinals, mostly because unproven players like Depay turned out to be better than expected.

A handful of Premier League teams are now interested in snatching him away from PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.

  • Paul Pogba (France)

The 21-year-old looked like the best box-to-box midfielder in the world in Brazil. His game is drawing comparisons to that of Yaya Toure, so it shouldn't be a surprise that he's being linked to Manchester City should Toure leave.

He won't come cheap, though. Reports in the English media put his price at $102 million.

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410x200Karen Jacobson is a beautiful native Vallarta surfer who, with the support of Fidetur (Puerto VallartaTourism Trust), promotes Vallarta-Nayarit region at all the events in which she participates.