Shawn Watson and I have been spending the weekend in Valle de Bravo (about an hour outside of Mexico City) for the largest wake event in Mexico. Wakefest Valle de Bravo attracts riders of various levels from all over Mexico to come compete in a laid-back and encouraging atmosphere. Divisions include grom, intermediate, open, pro, wakesurfing, and even divisions for the competitors' parents. I had the chance to coach some of the groms this weekend prior to the event; it definitely looks as though Mexico will be producing some solid young talent for the next couple decades.
This weekend marks the event's 10th anniversary and it's clear that Wakefest has been a huge catalyst for the popularity of the sport here in Mexico. International events like Wakefest ensure that the contagious and family-oriented nature of our sport remain the foundation of its growth. Huge thanks to Daniel Roig and Daniel Gremion, the event organizers, and their crew for all the time they put into the event and for the incredible hospitality. Also, thanks to the event sponsors (Nautique, Zinka, Liquid Force, PROA, and Femew) for the support! Check out the photos below for a look at what goes down at Wakefest Valle de Bravo.