Mexico 2014 ~ My second home
When I tell people I’m heading down South to go kayaking, they respond, “You are SO lucky . . . warm water, sun and hot temperatures! I am so jealous!” Little do they know I fill my bags with multiple layers of fleece, a drytop, drypants and always . . . ALWAYS . . . consider bringing my drysuit.
It has been about 7 years now that we have explored and returned to Veracruz, Mexico. Throughout these years, we have been fortunate to get as far South as Chiapas for the 2nd descent of the Santa Domingo as well as the infamous river, the Agua Azul. We have also visited rivers in the state of San Louis Potosi. These 3 areas of Mexico are so completely different from each other, which makes it exciting to come back year after year.
My husband and I have spent most of our time on the Alseseca River near the town of Tlapacoyan, Veracruz, Mexico. We have stayed in the city in the past, but in the last 4 years we have been invited to stay at Aventurec . . . and this place has officially become our second home.
The big draw for us to head to Mexico in January each year is the Alseseca Race, which is put on by Aventurec and Liquid Adventures Kayak School. This race is in its’ 6th year and we’ve been fortunate to have participated in this race for 3 of them ~ 2011, 2012, 2014. This event isn’t just a race, but a way to raise awareness of river conservation to the local community. There is a big push to make the rivers in Mexico healthier, cleaner and appreciated by the people who live there.
From Day 1 of our travels in Mexico it rained . . . rained harder . . . and, then rained even harder. As you can imagine, with saturated grounds and tons of rain, the river levels weren’t getting any lower. We had very high water for that time of year, which changed the race course and made it much more challenging ~ big hydraulics, boils, big hits.
Pre-Race Edit by Sheer Madness Productions.
With over 60 competitors in the short and long races this year, I managed to finagle 3rd place in the women’s long race and 26th out of over 40 competitors in the long race. It was a challenge, especially competing against some of the BEST paddlers in the world from the US, England, Austria, Costa Rica, Mexico and more!
Overall, I was stoked on my performance despite getting stuck in “Sticky hole” ~ a pretty gnarly hydraulic. With the great safety in this race, I was pulled out immediately and flipped back over, downtream and continued my race to the finish line.
This great event brought many people to the river from the community and wrapped up with a pretty kick a*s celebration/awards ceremony in town square.
Enjoy the video by Sheer Madness Productions.
For more info about the trip, visit my Level Six post.