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2018 Huatulco Pickleball Open 2017-09-21T08:02:44+00:00

2018 Huatulco Pickleball Open

We’re so excited to announce our expansion into a sport we love, pickleball. Below are the details of a handcrafted package and tournament set for January 2018!

Previous Guests Share Their Majestic Experience

“What a great vacation! Please sign us up for next year’s trip!! This trip was everything we hoped it would be and MORE! We made many new friends and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves each day on the squash and tennis courts, beaches and off resort excursions. Everything was well organized and we had a BLAST!!”

Brian M.

“The tournament was an all-around AMAZING experience. Everything from the squash, to the socializing, relationship building, to exploring Mexico. I truly could not have asked for a better experience. Loads of fun. The group of people that went made the experience as well. Highly recommend the tournament!”

Amy C.

“For us, these tournaments have now become part of our regular travel plans so thank-you so much for putting on such a memorable event! I can’t wait until the next destination squash tournament. Thank-you for an incredible week of squash with an amazing group of people!”

Chantal M.

“Had a fantastic time. They really cared about making this a great trip and it showed. The people made this an amazing trip and I would definitely do it again.”

Samantha E.

“Best tournament ever!!! Definitely, highly recommended. A great tournament draw, amazing prizes, excellent location (Las Brisas, Huatuco), very organized squash and non-squash activities, fantastic opening reception, even joined in on water basketball & did the dancing worm!!!! Cannot wait until the next one!!!!”

Rissa M.

“This trip was one to remember for me. Not only did it involve a lot of squash keeping me active and doing what I love almost each and every day it hit every other box of enjoyment for me as well. It was very well organized.  I will never forget the people and am looking forward to being part of many more future adventures!!!”

Jan P.

“The trip was the perfect mix of squash, social activities, relaxing, and exploring in a tropical location amongst a great group of friends. I would highly recommend it to any recreational squash player looking for a great holiday experience while not feeling guilty for all the overindulgences.”

Sachin B.

“We were welcomed us with open arms and Mezcal shots. The Resort was amazing, the beaches were sandy, and the people were friendly as could be. The squash was enjoyable, there were plenty of activities to do, and the guacamole was fantastic! I would recommend this resort to anyone and the company was superb.”

Stephen I.

“The resort, excursions and especially the people there were amazing. The squash players were awesome to hang out with and the staff at the resort was great!”

Steve M.

Departure Dates & Cities

In order to offer the an exceptional experience through non-stop departures from our departure cities, we’re excited to partner with both WestJet and Air Transat along with Expedia CruiseShipCenters (CSC). Thanks to these partnerships, we’re able to offer the following departure cities and times:

All Inclusive Package

Keeping it simple is a key to a great resort experience. Our package includes:

  • Airfare

  • Ground transportation

  • Accommodation (Deluxe room quoted – additional upgrades available)

  • Welcome reception

  • Tournament awards gala

  • Tournament souvenir dry-fit shirt

  • Daily buffet meals

  • 4 a la carte dinners (reservations required)

  • Unlimited domestic drinks (11 am – 1 am)

  • Mini-bar restocked daily (water, soft drinks and beer)

  • Snacks (noon – 6 pm)

  • Daily sports and activities

  • Select non-motorized watersports

  • Nightly entertainment

  • Tournament fees

ESCAPE WINTER

Be on the beach in five hours!

Las Brisas – An Exceptional Destination

Las Brisas Huatulco is a village-style eco-friendly resort located at one of the most beautiful beach destinations of Mexico, in the State of Oaxaca. Built on Tangolunda Bay, it has 50 acres of exuberant vegetation plus all of this:

  • 4 exclusive beaches.

  • Dining includes 4 a la carte and 2 buffet restaurants

  • Lively nightlife including 2 clubs, one with live music

  • 3 pools including one adults only

  • Non-motorized watersports including kayaking, snorkeling, and windsurfing

  • Aerobics (water) and yoga

  • Beach activities including volleyball

  • Daily resort activities

  • Nightly entertainment

  • Basketball court

  • Golf (nearby)

  • Free Wi-Fi

The Tourney

One of greatest things about the pickleball community is how open and welcoming it is! The goals of our tournaments are always, a little competition, some exercise, a bunch of comradery, and a whole lot of fun!

Weather

  • Tournament is being held outside so we have planned accordingly.

  • January is in the middle of Huatulco’s the dry season, so rain at the resort is not a consideration.

  • With average daytime temperatures reaching into the 30s, heat and UV are considerations in our planning.

Lingo

  • Division – a specific skill level that copies the structure of what tennis uses to divide the players. We are offering the following divisions, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0. Players are asked to self evaluate or give us their specific evaluated level of play when they register for the trip.

  • Event – we are running three specific events, mixed doubles, men’s doubles, ladies doubles. Each event will have seven divisions, 2.0 to 5.0.

  • We are not running any “age” specific events.

  • Game – service point with games to 11 points and win by two.

  • Match – best of three games.

  • Draws – minimum of 8 teams per division or the division will be combined with another division based on player pool makeup.

  • Prize Money  – awarded to the top division in each of the three events. This division will have a minimum of 16 teams. Using the mixed doubles event as an example, if 7 teams register in the 5.0 division and 12 teams register in the 4.5 division, they will be combined for a draw of 19 teams. Pay out will be $500 Canadian for the first place team to be shared between the two players, $250 for the second place team, and $100 for third place team.

  • Great prizes for the top 3 teams in the other divisions, such as a racquet of your choice from Onix Sports.

  • Official ball – Onix Pure 2 Outdoor.

Tournament Structure

  • There will be no matches scheduled during the middle of the day.

  • There will be early morning matches ending around 10 AM and then afternoon matches starting around 4 PM and running until 8 PM.

  • We will have 5 days of match play with a minimum of 6 hours of play each day.

  • You should anticipate a minimum of 6 matches.

  • Refreshments and towels supplied courtside.

  • A memorable awards event will be held the evening following the tournament’s concusion

  • We are planning on 12 pickleball courts on 5 of the 12 tennis courts. These courts are under the lights and some are in the shade of palm trees. Such a beautiful setting, it will take your breathe away.

  • A dedicated stadium pickleball court close to the swimming pools that has a large amount of seating available for our high profile and championship matches.

  • Once this tournament is sold out, the players to have input on how many matches they want to play along with some limited input on when they are playing.

  • Draws will have a consolation round whose winner can come back and play the winner in the ‘A’ final.

  • If you are looking for a ton of matches, we can accommodate that.

  • Having run events in this resort before, we recommend that when we ask for your tournament input, you keep in mind that is area has a lot to offer with a wide variety of day trips off the resort (the downtown market is only a five dollar cab ride away) and of course tons to do on the resort.

Who’s Running This Show?

Kevin Doucet
Racquet Sports Professional
Level IV NCCP

I found pickleball after playing a multitude of other sports, my racquet sport experience started with tennis in my grade school years. Badminton provided a college scholarship where my partner and I made the top ten national rankings for men’s doubles. After badminton, came squash and that became my career after five years of playing.

I became a head teaching professional at a club in Calgary, a position held for 13 years. Then worked for Squash Canada instructing other coaches and hosting National Coaching Certification Programs across the country. I attended the University of Calgary, to finalize my Level Four NCCP in what is now their Pedagogy and Coaching major.

As happens to us all, as time wore on and my body started to wear out, I needed a sport that was lower impact than squash and yet demanded a high level of racquet skill. I was introduced to pickleball in 2009. It was an instant hit for me. I could take my 25 years of experience in coaching racquet sports and apply it to pickleball. I really believe in this sport and I’m privileged to aid in its growth by providing coaching to beginners and developing players community associations and now fairly regularly in formal clinics.

In 2011 when Calgary hosted the first National Pickleball Championship, I started to focus on pickleball and ended up winning three titles (singles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles) along with two very talented partners. Since then I have been hosting and tournament director for the Alberta Open in Pickleball at the Oakridge Community Association.

This new chapter is exciting as we bring the pickleball community to some great resorts around the world while combining a great tournament with an exciting tropical destination. As a team, we are the perfect hosts thanks to our technical knowledge and event management backgrounds combined with the practical experience on how to get the job done. Our best advertisement is our clients who are now our friends.

I hope you give us the chance to show you an unforgettable holiday!

How to Order?

Just choose your departure city, complete the tournament registration form, and you will be contacted by Bill Wakefield, our dedicated Expedia CSC representative who will finalized your travel booking and collect your payment.

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