Thursday,23 Jan 2014


Justin Henderson is responsible for most of the the text on this site. Justin is an established writer, having published six novels as well as many non-fictions and travel guides. When he’s not writing, he’s usually riding waves on a surfboard or a paddleboard in Sayulita or Punta de Mita.


After all the partying, films, tequilas, surfing contest, and general good times had by everybody throughout the three days of Festival Sayulita, the whole thing ended on Sunday morning with an Awards Brunch, held at festival organizer Storm Richardson’s Sayulita Public House. With live music on the rooftop, Sayulita sunshine pouring down along with Champagne and Bloody Marys, and copious quantities of great food, it was one last special, Festival Sayulita moment.

There were a lot of happily tired people on hand to witness the presentation of awards—beautiful colored glass bottles set into sculpted blocks of wood, courtesy of the recycling whiz kids at entreamigos in San Pancho–to the Festival’s five winning films.

The winners:

Best Documentary: “El Andalon,” directed by Consuelo Alba and John Speyer

Best Feature: “A Band Called Death,” directed by Mark Christopher Covino and Jeff Howlett

Best Actions Sports Film: “K2: Siren of the Himalayas”, directed by Dave Ohlson

Best Short Film: “Holden,” directed by Roque Madrid and Juan Arcones

Audience Favorite: “Circo,” directed by Aaron Schock

Do make an effort to track these films down, either online or however you can. They are all—and this goes for many if not all of the other films presented by Festival Sayulita—worth watching.

Festival Sayulita was a remarkably well-produced and successful event, especially considering this was the first one, and the organizers had just six months to figure it out and put it together. Next year, and for years to come, we’re sure the festival will only improve with time and experience.

We here at sayulitabeach.com eagerly look forward to future Festivals Sayulita. See you next year!!