Kamikaze pelicans, navy seals and house sized cactuses, oh and one of the best waves I have ever sailed… just a few memories from my Mexico trip. It was definitely a journey to remember.
On the ride down, the dirt road turned to a night club: the Pacifco (beer) was flowing, the music was pumping and the car was bouncing around on the pot-hole-ridden road, like it was moshing; 3,000 miles of partying and car surfing… only in Mexico.
We setup camp a short distance from the Solo Sports Centre on the point at Punta San Carlos. This consisted of a van and a pickup, which I made into my tent, a Starboard tent for some shade and some other dome tents. We took all the seats out of the mini-van and made a lounge! We put a tarp down to try to stop the dust (boy is there a lot!) and held it in place with our 5 gallon water bottles – we have to bring 12 – there were 6 of us free campers’ in total so we had a lot of water! Our camp was right on the point – ideal because we had our own private point break for surfing in the morning but this also meant that it was very exposed to the wind in the afternoon. Being a short distance from Solo Sports, we could head down there for some wind relief and a Baja Fogger or three. A Baja Fogger is a Corona where you drink the neck of the beer and then top it up with tequila. So, if it’s been a long day’s sailing and that alone doesn’t put you to sleep…
There are thousands of pelicans in Baja. They are like the Mexican air force. The Mexican Navy are there too – the seals – they are the only locals you have to worry about on the water whilst surfing. The little sea dogs get angry and they bump you and pull your leash – pretty scary really – they usually pick one person and then just bully them. It’s pretty funny to watch but as soon as it’s you, you’re outta there!
After a few nights of pasta and peanuts, we were invited to the Solo Sports Centre for dinner. Oh my god, have they got it setup well: crab starters, a whole buffet of food, cold beer, cakes for dessert – 5 star dining! Needless to say, I was so full when I left it was hard to make the trek back down to our camp (a 200m walk!) – it was either the food or the five Baja Foggers! If you have the money, it is well worth it for Solo Sports hospitality – their venue has soft beds, bikes, showers, great food, a free bar and a flight that lands in the camp! It is an experience holiday and if you don’t go, you don’t know – that is their slogan!
The sailing was awesome! Starboard Quad 82, head to logo waves and my Tushingham Rock 4.5 was all I needed every day it’s so consistent! The mountain biking was like a computer game – they have great trails to ride before your windsurf session.
Wake up with the sun, surf, breakfast, bike ride, wind kicks in, windsurf, lunch, windsurf, dinner, Baja Foggers, bed – a great day!
After 5 days of the routine it didn’t get old but the trip had come to an end – craving a taco and probably in need of a long shower we headed home.