Friday, January 23, 2009

Regarding Ballenas


I felt as though something needed to be posted about the drink of choice for wind-travelers on the Baja Peninsula. It is a beverage called a "Ballena" which is 32 ounces of glorious Pacifico beer. It also is environmentally friendly since you bring back your old bottle(s) and exchange them for new ones when you buy them. I'll not say how many of these I've drank thus far on this trip, but I will say that these beers have been very, very good to me.


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The first few days...

I'm not going to write much poetry about this trip until it's completed because there is a lot to say about the beauty, the culture, and the desirable lifestyle of La Ventana and the Baja Peninsula. So for now, I'll just report on things that have happened. I've been extremely fortunate to have met some really awesome people down here. I've mainly been hanging out with windsurfing royalty down here; Namely Wyatt Miller and Tyson Poor. Those guys and their friends have been super friendly and we've shared a "few" beers and some great stories.

On my first day, I had a 5.5/95L session that was pretty fun. The water condition here was like laid-back bay conditions. The period of the chop and swell is a little longer and the wind is maybe a little steadier. It was a fun warm up day. By strange coincidence there was a huge party that night called "Burning Bush" which was a miniature version of burning man. The crowd was about half gringos and half chicanos. Things were being lit on fire in every direction with flame throwers, there was live music, and delicious food. It was a really fun event that's put on every year by a couple guys who normally sail in the Sacramento River Delta.

The second day the wind was too light to windsurf, so I ended up going to a real Mexican cockfight. I'm not going to post much about this because PETA will most assuredly find my blog and try to take me down, but I will say it was neat to experience a slice of real Mexico. The locals there were also really friendly and willing to take my money with their superior knowledge of razor-wielding poultry.

Yesterday was supposed to be very light wind, but I ended up sailing a 5.8 for a few hours, should-have-been 5.0 for the last hour. I was way juiced up and I must have planed out of 10-15 jibes. It was sooo much fun.

No windsurfing pics -- I've only been windsurfing when it's windy!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Voy a Mexico Manana!

Yup, it came down to the wire and I decided to head to La Ventana Mexico. Hopefully my travel will go without a hitch, there is a 3 hour drive from the airport involved. I'm going in with the attitude of not being a lazy blogger and actually rewarding your index fingers for their occasional humancatapult mouse clicks with some real actual pictures and content.

Stay warm!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Stolen Items

Two human feet, last seen at Crissy Field near the Golden Gate Bridge. Size 10.5, including a total of 10 toes. Suspect took feet while I was windsurfing in 45 degree winds and 50 degree water. Feet were replaced with imitation feet that are opaque white and have no nerve endings.

If you have any leads on who may have stolen my previously functioning feet, please email me.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Windsurfing Resolutions

Here's my list of things that I WILL be doing by Jan 1, 2010... What's yours?

1. Duck Jibe
2. Forward Loop
3. Vulcan

If you see me sailing without going for these moves, I ask that you badger me incessantly.

Peace in the Middle-East!