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LV Classic raises 35K sending local students to high school

26 Jan , 2018   Gallery

WHAT AN EVENT! This year’s LV Classic presented by Palapas Ventana and The Kiteboarder magazine was an enormous success.

Our team headed down to La Ventana, Baja Mexico to participate in this week-long extravaganza filled with good people, great food, kite races, sup downwinders and much more. We wanted to extend a special thank you to Marina Chang and her team as well as Tim Holter From Palapas Ventana for continuing to put on this wonderful event for a great cause.

Congratulations to our F-One & Manera National team competitors Ella Johnson, Luis Diego, Shannon Gowan, John Von Tesmar & Pablo Gaston!


Freestyle Competitor – Men
1- Luis Diego Geraldo
2- Reed Brady
3- Miguel

Strapless Freestyle – Women
1- Rachael Callahan
2- Justi Vonada
3- Ella Johnson

Freestyle Sportsmen – Women
1- Shannon Gowan
2- Bec Howard
3- Diana

Kiteboard Crossing Competitor – Men
1- Mac Skaggs
2- Luis Diego
3- Devon Carrol

Kiteboard Crossing Sportsmen – Women
1- Shannon Gowan
2- Laura Flath
3- Megan Monroy

Slalom Racing Sportsmen – Women
1- Laura Flath
2- Shannon Gowan
3- Inger Jensen

Foil Criss Crossing
1- John Von Tesmar
2- Will Cyr
3- Amil Cabil

SUP Overall

Men’s 12’6”
1. Jon Walsh
2. Dave Beddows
3. Gerry Lopez

Mens 14’
1. Macrae Wylde
2. Tom Vance
3. Pablo Gaston

Women’s 12’6”
1. Mary Rose Kissinger
2. Ella Johnson

JANUARY 24, 2018

What an event! With clinics and events all day long on the beach, a multi-day KiteXpo, as well as daily raffles, nightly parties and more, this year, the 2018 La Ventana Classic raised a total of $35,350 to send local students to high school as well as a pay for a transportation bus for disabled students! Thank you to all of the generous donors and everyone who supported the 2018 La Ventana Classic!

All LVC proceeds go to the Amigos de Alumnos Program who disperse funds appropriately to send local students from the La Ventana/El Sargento/Los Planes areas to school. Here’s what they have to say:

“On February 2011, Amigos de Alumnos started as a small group of people wanting to give back to our beautiful communities in La Ventana Bay. Funds were raised primarily through donors who supported our goals. We promised that all funds are spent directly for student scholarships. Beginning with the 2011 school year we offered 5 scholarships to cover the cost for a student’s transportation and tuition for the full 3 years of high school. The students are required to maintain an average of B or higher in every class. Two students from this first group are attending university in Nursing and Business Administration. By 2014 we were sponsoring 14 students. We were very happy we could help so many students but we had only been able to offer scholarships to the students from El Sargento and La Ventana. Los Planes was an area with great need but we were without sufficient funds to expand our numbers. Enter Tim Hatler with an offer to team up Amigos de Alumnos and the La Ventana Classic. All donations we receive from the LV Classic are used to fund our scholarship program. What a partnership! Within two years the number of students we support for high school attendance soared to 42. This number now includes students from Los Planes and Agua Amarga and for the first time we have offered a university scholarship to a young man from a farm worker family who will attend UNIPAZ. Juan is pursuing a nursing degree with a long range goal of eventually becoming a doctor. We offer chances to change lives of our students and their families!”

Complete 2018 Event Results can be found here –