There are not many events where the Notice of Race begins with the statement... "This event is not sanctioned by any authorities."
But the third annual Lord of the Wind Showdown is in Los Barriles, Mexico... off the beach... with kiteboards and windsurfers. Dude, rules are for people that need them.
The 2013 edition is being held January 10-15 in the best wind, water and weather that North America has to offer, and attracts the best windsurfers and kiteboarders. The schedule includes slalom racing and freestyle competition, plus the Hang Time competition challenging each rider to stay in the air the longest.
Also on the event itinerary is a Mexican pig roast followed by the legendary bikini contest and bands rocking into the night. The finale will pit kiteboarders against windsurfers in the Lord of the Wind Showdown to see who can dethrone American kiter Johnny Heinekin as the defending 'Lord of the Wind'.
Is it any wonder why this segment of the sport is growing? Here's a recap of the 2012 event: