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|December 16, 2016 (from www.philipsoltysiak.com)|
|Secrets of Jeri|
|La Ventana, Baja California, Mexico
By Andrée Gauther
This past November I had the opportunity to visit La Ventana in Baja,
Mexico. Thanks to Jean-Robert from Makani Fins for promoting a special
deal with Pro Windsurfing La Ventana. A group of strangers arrived for 12
days of windsurfing (not including the travel days). Our hosts, Wyatt Miller
and Tyson Poor, showed us around and helped us settle in. What a
wonderful two weeks of wind, fresh fish, yoga with Kay-Kay, donut truck,
Mexican sushi and ATV riding.
What a group of diverse people who came together November 1-14, 2015.
There was myself and Chris Hope from Toronto, JR, Louis and André from
Québec, Isobel (JR’s sister) from Montréal, Matt the aerospace engineer
from California, Chris the endocrinologist from San Diego, and Ray from
Wyoming (a retired fresh water fish biologist). What a group!
The wind was very consistent over the 2 weeks. It would start around 11
am and end by 4-5 pm. Wyatt did recommend we wait until the wind was at
its peak before going out otherwise we’d be too tired to last the day. Of
course, coming from Toronto I had to get out as soon as there was wind.
Windsurfing 5 days in a row from around 11-4 pm did catch up to me.
Luckily my sick day happen to fall on a no wind day! In the 12 full days I
was there, I was able to sail 8. The water was warm, the air was warm and
there did not seem to be any scary critters in the water. My sail
size ranged from 3.7 to 5.4 and board size ranged from 70-103L. There is
so much choice of equipment but my favorite was the 80L Naish Koncet
and the 4.4 Servern Freek. The waves are wind driven and this was great
for my learning. They were not as intimidating as in Maui. I was able to
learn so much more with the help of the group. We would sit down for
dinners or on the roof to watch the stars and discuss our jibes, jumps,
wave riding struggles and get great tips from the pros.
On the few no wind days the group split up and took advantage of the
snorkeling, fishing and ATV activities. A group went ATV riding into the
mountains. One night we had fresh marlin for dinner. What a meal. Even
the vegetarians had to try it.
The conditions were just a little too much from Chris Hope but in the end
he became an expert ATV rider. He was seen around town riding the ATV
and even went deep into the desert. He hired a dive master and went
scuba diving with the sea lions while a few of us tagged along for
La Ventana is a 2 hour shuttle ride from San Jose Los Cabos. For this trip,
the shuttle was included. It is not a commercially developed tourist town.
We drank the water! We could sleep with our doors open at night and
never locked our rooms. The accommodations are houses within
hidden areas surrounded by cactuses. The fences are there only togardens. The cows roam freely and even sat on
keep the cattle out of the
the beach on occasion. We did run into them
coming up from the gear shedlocal
after windsurfing on a few occasions. For food we would eat out at
Mexican restaurants and had breakfast and lunch at home.
Save the date for the first 2 weeks in November 2016 as Makani Fins’ Jean-
Robert wants to do this again.