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Punta Mita Beach Festival 2015 – Special Guests! – July 9th to 12th

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The Punta Mita Beach Festival has become one of the most popular events of the year in Punta Mita. If you have been here before we are sure you’ll want to come year after year!

This event is a true celebration of summer in paradise, and Punta Mita, The St. Regis Punta Mita, Punta Mita Expeditions and Riviera Nayarit have put together an amazing group of special guests who will be sharing their expertise on each of their particular areas to create an amazing event full of ocean activities, delicious food and spectacular parties.

Meet the special guests who will join the Punta Mita Beach Festival 2015!

151Chef

Chef Diane is rapidly becoming an international renown celebrity Chef, both in the United States and Latin America. Her current well-known restaurant, Hook & Cleaver, where she is Chef and Owner is in Brooklyn, New York. Her second restaurant in Brooklyn, NY just recently opened, ‘barRachos’ and is a Mexican Cantina, serving Mexican Street Food.  Her third restaurant ‘ChinaQ’ will be opening up July 2015, in NY.

Chef Diane DiMeo has been on several TV shows including, ABC’s / FOX ‘The Taste’ champion of Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ 3 times, ‘Beat Bobby Flay’ and TLC/Discovery International program, ‘Chef al Rescate’.

Chef DiMeo’s restaurant experience runs from the East Coast & the West Coast, and to Latin America. Her expertise in different cuisines allows her to always be on top of the trends.

251Professional Surfer

Originally from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Javier began his career at the tender age of 14. His devout love for the sport has allowed him to surf a large part of the Mexican Pacifica coast and international surf sports such as Indonesia, Hawaii and South America. His passion for the ocean has lead him to explore alternate water activities such as scuba diving, SUP, tow surf, yoga, kite surf, wind surf, free diving, and spearfishing.

292Chef

Chef Olivier Deboise made his first steps in this profession early, in Ilatina restaurant in Guadalajara, in 2001 he took the road in really prestigious cuisines in France like “L´Étrier” at the hotel Royal Barrière in Deauville with Chef Éric Provost and “Le Candille “ at the hotel Le Mas Candille in Mougins with Chef Serge Gouloumès, both awarded with one star in the Michelin Guide.

Tukipa’s  philosophy is respect and exalt the locals tastes and ingredients using with harmony the best  techniques of our time. The result is reflected in every of the culinary creations and in the atmosphere of the site.

181SUP Yoga Instructor

With a background in gymnastics & psychology, she is drawn to activities involving movement, present awareness, & lead others a better quality of life. She has many influences and enjoys exploring a variety of adapted styles & techniques. This led her to the creation of Bala Tula. She is specialized in Body Dialogue yoga, alignment & core-stabilization training for functional movement & athletic performance, using these principles as a platform for all modalities of her fitness instruction.

17Executive chef at Café des Artistes

Chef Blouet began his career in 1983. The late 80’s came with man recognitions including Chef of the Year. In 1999, along with two partners, they created Café des Artistes. A 20 year career culminated with the most prestigious award of all chefs, the “Maîtres Cuisiniers de France”.

26Celebrity DJ

A native from Mexico City, Mauricio Lemus has hosted numerous exclusive VIP parties, countless club events, as well as at world-renowned luxury hotels in multiple beach destinations. His experience as Music Director for Miami-based beach club, Nikki Beach has brought him to his current residency in Puerto Vallarta.For years he has maintained a consistent goal for each and every event he presents, simply put: Ensuring everyone has a great time – whether it be a Hollywood celebrity birthday bash in Baja, a Trunk Show for NY Fashion Week, or a petit social gathering in Punta Mita.

201Founder and director of the Mexican Institute of Yoga, A.C.

She studied the career of International Relations in the Institute of Technology of Superior Studies in Monterrey. She is a certified instructor of KundaliniYoga. She completed her training in the Institute of Ayurvedic.
She is the founder and director of the Mexican Institute of Yoga, A.C. and responsible for the organization and conduct of the National Meeting of Yoga and Yoga Expo. She created the Corporate Yoga program that has been implemented by companies like Procter & Gamble, Nextel, Pfizer, Campbell’s, Gatorade, and Dow Chemical. For several years, she continues her formation in Kundalini Yoga and the art of Sat Nam Rasayan, healing under the guidance of his teacher Guru Dev Singh Khalsa. She is the author of the book “Yoga for happiness, health and other things” and “The Map of Happiness”, both edited by Planeta. She recently published the book “Mama I love you Zen” co-authored with Lourdes Botello. Sheis a facilitator of meditation and yoga for the organization of PeaceEarth by the actor Forest Whitaker.

231Professional surfer

Scott Chandler was Raised in Carlsbad, California. He competed in high school on the NSSA amateur circuit. He helped his high school surf team win a championship in 1982 and went on to compete as a pro in PSSA and ASP events finishing top 15 a few years on the PSSA tour and a few good showings in the ASP events. As longboarding began, Chandler competed in the ASP and finished 3 years at top 16. Also competing in PSTA and was invited to the World Championships in Hawaii in 1997. He finished in the top 3 for the past 3 years in the tube riding championships in Puerto Escondido Oaxaca, Mexico. Chandler might have been one of the first Stand Up surfers, before SUP boards were being shaped, he was surfing SUP-style, beginning eight years ago on tandem boards.

38Archaeologist, Explorer and Visual Artist

Fabio Esteban Amador began his career at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and then followed his dream of becoming an expedition artist. He studied Archeology and finally obtained his PhD in the field focusing on the study of the Mayan Culture in Quintana Roo, Mexico. During the past few years, Fabio has dedicated his life to the exploration and visualization of underwater, land and air environments. His goal isto integrate the concepts of Artand Science ina transcendent visual narrative. Fabio Esteban works currently a Senior Program Officer for the National Geographic Society/Waitt Grants Program, which is dedicated to funding exploratory research around the world.

40Chef

Chef, entrepreneur and TV personality. Since 1992 she is has dedicated her passion to the world of gastronomy. After some experiences in hotel kitchens and restaurants in the City of Buenos Aires, Narda traveled to Paris where she perfected her culinary career. In 1999 she began working in television, preparing recipes and toured the world displaying the Argentine culture and gastronomy.
Chef Narda Lepes is a consultant for major brands, developed a line of products with her name and delivers lectures throughout Latin America. Narda has published two books, “Eat and have fun” “Qué.Cómo.Dónde” A gastronomic guide to shopping in Buenos Aires. Her most recent work “Yum Yum” a recipe book for children is set to realease soon.

She also integrates an association of Argentine chefs promoting common values and objectives, named A.C.E.L.G.A. Year after year Chef Narda carries out the ´Masticar Fair´, the largest food fair in Buenos Aires. And plays a role in ´10 Manos´, with Chefs Trocca, Gualtieri, Colagreco and Martitegui.

For more information about the different activities and packages available please visit: http://eventospuntamita.com/beachfestival/