Mary Osbourne in the 2012 Women's event Punta Sayulita Classic


OLUKAI ONBOARD WITH PUNTA SAYULITA CLASSIC
Saturday, 9 February 2013

In keeping with its 'Ohana' commitment to family and its active approach to giving back, OluKai has announced it will be the official Giveback Sponsor of the upcoming Punta Sayulita Classic on March 8-10, 2013. Presented by the Riviera Nayarit Tourism Board, the competition is regarded as one of the premiere international surfing and stand-up paddle (SUP) destination events in North America. The event will also feature a very special benefit concert by international reggae recording star Mishka.

As the official Giveback Sponsor, OluKai will support the several activities kicking-off the event through hands-on participation as a company; a surf clinic for special needs and underprivileged children under the supervision of renowned longboard surfer, Jimmy Gamboa  and members of his TheraSURF organization, plus other participating professionals and instructors from local Sayulita surf schools; a community-wide beach cleanup managed by former pro surfer James Pribram of the Eco-Warrier Foundation and members from Project Save Our Surf; a children's interactive Reef Day art camp with local artist Treva Dea of Sayulita Art Camps.

All these events are free and open to the public. In addition, OluKai will also donate shoes and tee-shirts to locals and event participants.
"The Sayulita Classic is a unique opportunity to support the core industry as well as make a positive difference in the local community," says Kerry Konrady, director of marketing.  "As the Official Giveback Partner, this is not a 'your logo here' sponsorship, we are taking an active approach to giving back, rolling up our sleeves to make a meaningful difference. It is with this spirit we run our OluKai Ho'olaule'a in Maui each May."

Attracting thousands of spectators, the Punta Sayulita Classic features one of the deepest international fields of professional athletes and amateurs competing in longboard and stand-up paddle ("SUP") surfing.

The event will take place in the beautiful surfside village of Sayulita, Mexico, 40 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta.  Unique to the Punta Sayulita Classic and unlike other international competitions, competitors are not competing for prize money. The primary goal of the event is to raise awareness for environmental protection and respect for the world's oceans and wildlife.

Additionally, the event raises funds for the Reef Check Foundation's area Eco-Diver Program as well as the Punta Sayulita Foundation's children's educational and sports development programs. Founded and organized by the Punta Sayulita resort community, the competition is made possible by the generous support of the event's sponsors, professional athletes, the Sayulita community and the event volunteers.

According to Event Director Kevin Roberts, "By far this will be the deepest and most talented field at the Punta Sayulita Classic. Every year the field grows with talent and we are so appreciative of the pros carving out time from their competition schedules to come compete in the event and help raise awareness and money for the Reef Check and Punta Sayulita Foundations."

The event lineup includes surfing legend Gerry Lopez; defending SUP surf champ Zane Schweitzer; defending SUP Men's Elite and Distance champion Connor Baxter; 2-time defending women's SUP elite race champion Candice Appleby; Mexican SUP National champion Fernando Stalla; 2-time defending men's longboard champion Darren Eudaly; women's defending longboard champion Karina Ozunka; as well as past champions, Chuck Patterson, Slater Trout, Sean Poynter, Mary Osborne, Patricio Gonzalez and many more.

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