LORD OF THE WIND 2017
At Baja’s East Cape
The battle on the sea begins on January 18th as the Lord of the Wind kicks off its 7th annual Kiteboard competition. With over $20,000 USD in prize money plus the prestige of being crowned the Lord or Lady of the Wind at stake, many of the world’s best kiteboarders will be coming to Los Barriles to put on a display that is nothing short of AWESOME! Whether you’re a kiteboard enthusiast or not, the Lord of the Wind event is a great time!
Los Barriles, just 45 minutes north of the Los Cabos International Airport, is a wonderful place to visit or to call home. Whether the goal is to excite the adrenaline or embrace serenity, Los Barriles and the East Cape have much to offer. The Sea of Cortez is well known for its sport fishing with plentiful species including marlin, tuna, wahoo, dorado and more! Some additional aquatic activities include: snorkeling, SCUBA, and Stand up Paddle. On land the activities include taking a quad out for a ride up an arroyo, riding a horse along the beach, and exploring the numerous trails on a mountain bike or on foot. For those wanting to simply embrace serenity, there are many spas and yoga studios to choose from.
And of course there’s kiteboarding! In the winter months the wind picks up and the sky fills with the colorful kites pulling riders across the water, sometimes at astounding speeds! Other times, the rider will launch themselves into the air and either simply fly for an apparent eternity or perform some gymnastic-like jump / twist / roll / kick / flip trick! Watching this never gets old!
This year, the Lord of the Wind riders will also be competing for points toward the Mexican Freestyle Championship. The competition starts on Wednesday, January 18th and finishes on Sunday the 22nd. This year’s Boarder Cross / Slalom will feature obstacles that the competitors will need to jump over during the race. The course is set-up to be similar to the Boarder Cross Kiteboarding event scheduled to be in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
The evening festivities start on Saturday, January 14th with the crowning of the first ever Miss Lord of the Wind! Then from Tuesday the 17th thru Sunday the 22nd there is a party every night!
– Tuesday the 17th: Riders registration and welcome to Los Barriles party will be at the Los Barriles Plaza for a rocking fiesta hosted by Vagos Bar and Jose’s Pizzeria.
– Wednesday the 18th: A local favorite, the tamale cook-off featuring great food and traditional dancing by some of the local youth.
– Thursday the 19th: Rock’n Roll and dancing in the street at Smokey’s Cantina
– Friday the 20th: The famous reggae party and auction night at Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort
– Saturday the 21st: Beach Party! This year hosted by El Gecko on the beach by Playa Norte
– Sunday the 22nd: Closing night and Awards celebration hosted by the Van Wormer Resorts at Hotel Palmas de Cortez
Come join us on the beach during the days. There is something fun and entertaining for everyone!
For more information, find us at LordOfTheWindBaja.com or Lord of the Wind Baja on Facebook.
Everyone at Grupo Riveras and Coldwell Banker Riveras is happy to be part of this incredible event since the true winners of the Lord of the Wind are the local community. The towns of Los Barriles, Buena Vista, El Cardonal, and La Ribera all benefit from this event as it is a fundraiser for the local Club Deportivo, a nonprofit organization supporting local youth thru sports and the Rotary Club (Club Rotario Cabo Este). The Rotary Club operates the local technology center, supports the local health clinic, manages projects for other charities that want to help in the area but do not have a presence, and provides assistance for urgent needs such as hurricane relief.