two successful instructional events under
his belt, Matt Pritchard has agreed to more
wave clinic dates in 2008. "It was so much fun to
be back in Punta San Carlos with
so many wonderful people, I couldn't refuse.
Of course there were awesome conditions
help me to tune up for my competitive schedule in
the fall" Matt was quick to point out.
Kevin Trejo added "Matt has raised the bar
for quality events we offer our
guests. We were impressed by his commitment
to make the 2008 events even better than
what we experienced this year, those will be
events not to miss.
Assisted by Kevin McGillivray the two
instructors provided the attendees with
first rate tips in all aspects of wave
tutoring and helmet cams were very
helpful to the group obtaining their goals.
We're still firming up schedules but we
believe Matt may be our season opener. Don't
let this great opportunity pass by.
Last year the events filled up quickly.
For the latest info, call our offices at
believe that our campo at Punta San
Carlos in the best venue for getting
the gang together. How do we know?
Because we've witnessed the great
times year after year and actually
got caught up in the fun. Why not
get your group together for the
ultimate adventure holiday? We can
at least 10 of your friends together
and your holiday is free. For
every additional 10 people you book
on that same trip, you get another
free holiday. Now we've put
together a program to help you
succeed. We will make a
special web page on site that is
exclusive to your group. We
will work together to include
special photos and copy. How
easy is that?
even send mass e-mailings to your
group lists. Want more information?
call 949.289.7779 or e-mail
We've all seen or heard the
plethora of top ten lists of
everything from places to visit
to dining that you have to
see or do before you die.
Windsurfing Magazine had even
compiled a list of places you
have to sail before...well you
know. San Carlos made that
list in the top ten.
was recently reviewing comments
made by some of our guests.
There was a common thread around
Punta San Carlos being on a list
of activities that needed to be
fulfilled before they quit or
were otherwise forced to stop
always thought Punta San Carlos
to be a special place and
experience but that is because I
fell under its spell during my
first time there. What was
it about the place that made it
almost an El Dorado to many
sailors? What made and
still makes Punta San Carlos
such an enigma?
the early years, the pioneer
sailors swore oaths of silence
to keep it from being ravaged by
the masses. There were threats
and actions taken on those
that had other agendas. Soon
after, there were stories almost
epics of their adventures, told
only in secrecy and reverence to
those that could be trusted.
I believe it is that lore that
has created such a mystique.
Sure photos of incredible wave
riding no doubt fueled the
desire to make the journey
but it was those precious
stories of experiences told with
such enthusiasm and passion that
fueled the desires to see for
all those stories, myths,
legends & lore there was also
something lacking. It was
and still is that inability to
adequately describe the
experience that creates
the mystique and the yearning to
experience it first hand.
I know this all to well even
after my 22 year love affair.
was during an attempt to
describe it to someone who
wanted to go that I had an a-ha
moment. I stopped talking,
paused, smiled and calmly spoke
"you just don't know until
you go.". Words so
for all of you out there who
still have not checked off that
box next to San Carlos, I
urge you to make the pilgrimage
this coming year to see for
yourself what has mesmerized the
rest of us for years. To
experience firsthand why you just don't
know until you go.
Real de Penjamo
Recently KT & I had dinner at
our favorite Mexican Restaurant
- Avila's El Ranchito -
inspiration for our own Solace
Lounge and Chili-Bomb Cantina.
We were joined by friends Peter
Jones and Ezzy Manager Tim
the years of dining there, we
have developed a friendship with
owner/ surfer Salvador Avila.
After an incredible meal, Sal
joined us at our table with two
bottles of tequila.
He asked if we would share our
experience with him after
savoring both brands. He
started out telling us about how
these tequilas were produced
very near the place of his
family, Guanajuato Mexico.
He knew the grower, a personal
friend of the family. This
set the stage for what was
to come. Both Kevin and I
are always trying different
tequilas but it is rare that we
have such an intimate
relationship with a brand.
poured each of us a jigger.
As soon as the tequila touched
my taste buds, a most
pleasurable sensation occurred,
changing as the liquid cleared
my throat. It was smooth
and almost creamy. This is a
very unique and pleasant tasting
tequila. All of our group
had similar experiences.
is the consensus at a recent
tequila tasting in Chicago -
de Penjamo Reposado Tequila
a pale golden straw color.
Rich aromas of baked pineapple
and papaya, sweet cream, floral
honey, and brown spices. A round
entry leads to an off-dry
medium-to full- bodied palate
with round creamy vanilla,
tropical custard, grilled
pepper, and sweet spices.
Finishes with a soft, sweet
creamy fade of coconut cream,
minerals, and spice.
tequila is very reasonably
priced at between $30-40.
We recommend it to all our
friends and SoloSports family
Rich Myers &
were special guests at the SoloSports Campo
this past October. It has been about
20 years since Rich had been to the
Point. Credited with popularizing PSC
as a wavesailing destination in 1984, Rich
was pleasantly surprised to find things
better than he'd left it. Now living
in Western Oz, Rich doesn't sail as much as
he used to because in his words " I don't
favor port tack". He showed everyone
in camp that he still has a few moves left
both behind the bar and on the water.
Ry has many of the famous Myers-isms but has
managed to acquire the skill of finishing a
sentence. Ry -you're one lucky kid!
Look for the Rich Myer's story to appear mid
year in a windsurfing publication.
The Berkeley Boiz
town in November on their way to the tip and
managed to dazzle those at the point with
some snazzy freestyle and wavesailing moves
boiz brought with them a comfy couch
complete with built-in Lazy Boys. Nice
touch! Rob Warwick, Wyatt Miller,
Tyson & Whit Poor get a SALUD from all of us
at SoloSports for keeping our sport alive.
We will feature their time in the sun in our
AKA Modaddy and
producer of those zany RUNMAN videos made an
appearance in camp this summer. Family
life has curtailed his Peter Pan lifestyle
but according to Mo "it's all good".
Looks like a baby is due sometime before the
end of the year. Good Luck Mo &
to newly weds
and his lovely
bride Susan. The best to both of you.
This summer Chuck provided several superb
performances on SUP & a
kiteboard. Ezzy & Quatro rep
and crew were in the house this fall and
were treated to several nice south swells.
Look for Jake to have a wavesailing event at
SoloSports Campo in 2008. And finally
from the most unusual sight seen in San
Carlos department comes this from SoloSports
Canadian Guests -
& his lingering house guest friend
to get a rent-a-car in San Diego and
jonesing to get down to camp they accepted
the car rentals offer to take a PT cruiser.
This idea soon proved to be a grand boner
but the deal was done. It is a miracle
that they & their stylish mobile survived
the trip. There were rumors that the
lads were considering a used Filipino jitney
on their next trip down....Good luck guys!
After receiving numerous request
for photo services, Clark
Merritt will be available for
$50 per person, per hour when in
Punta San Carlos. You may e-mail
for more information.
"Are we nuts?" asked
our accountant. "That's a $300 savings off
the package price!".
"Well, a little I guess
but that comes from
sharing all those Baja Fogs with the guests",
commented Kevin Trejo. It's
though, if you want to save some serious
dough, you should check our schedule and
make a reservation. If you can't make
a firm date commitment, that's OK, we accept
bookings without a date.
Here are some
things you should consider -
Look at our
2008 Holiday Schedule
We now offer
kiteboard demo gear as well as windsurfing,
surfing & SUP equipment.
If you are
flying into So Cal you would also save
on the excess baggage charges which means
you also save on the wear & tear from
those baggage handlers, lost or delayed
savings to help pay for the FLY-IN
option and get 2 more opportunities to
holiday gift certificate for that
special someone. We can even help to
DEMO GEAR page , our
FLY-in page &
SPECIAL EVENT page
The latest craze
to sweep the beaches, lakes, rivers and any
of water is stand-up paddle-boarding or SUP.
Take an extra long, wide and thick surfboard
add a special paddle and you've
now got yet another way to wile away
those idle hours waiting for wind or surf.
There are two distinct types of SUP's the
high performance surfboard and a multi
purpose model that includes mast tracks,
dagger boards and other accessories.
curve is much less than windsurfing and you
should take a lesson or at least see a
training video to preserve your sanity.
SoloSports Campo offers boards to rent.
This year we
have seen many creative uses for these
the Labor Day weekend several surfer/SUP
enthusiasts were seen ripping the head high
to double over head sets
2 others paddled 2 miles offshore to fish -
(see photo). In wind that used to only
be for kiters, can now be enjoyable
wavesailing with a SUP with a mast
track. Dave Dominy of Streamlined can be seen
with both a paddle or a sail while at the
point. I guess there is something else
to throw on the roof as you head down.
teamed up with Jeremy Fry of North San
Diego, a maker of
SUPs. We plan to offer several
mini-clinics for those interested in
learning this new sport.
Call for more info
Standup.....Clay Feeter of Windtracks fame
has creates a standup paddleboarding mag
that also includes windsurfing
STANDUP surf & sail Journal. coming in March
been waiting 2 years to do this story.
SoloSports family member Tim McCoy told me
about his sister in Kentucky who has been
trying to mate her buffalo with a bull to
produce a hybrid known as a beefalo. This
had everyone at the bar scoffing and laying
down hard cash as to the story's
authenticity. Well there's no more
bull about it. The buffalo just gave
birth to the first of what Tim's sister
hopes will be many. OK Tim -I guess
I owe you a few Fogs for this one. The best
to mom & calfalo Photo Tim McCoy
thanks for clearing that up Tim!
San Carlos -
home of spectacular sunsets in the fall &
is proud to announce a strategic partnership
with Liquid Force Kiteboarding. Liquid
Force kite boards, kites & accessories will
now be available as part of our Demo Gear
"This will now
open up travel options for our kiteboarding
guests" said Kevin Trejo. "Corky
Cullen of Liquid Force is committed to
helping us provide a very positive
experience for our guests." For more
information about Liquid Force click on the
magazine conducted sail tests with a team
of windsurfers & SoloSports guests this past
October. Also included were Brian Caserio
and JP Bowles. Look for the results in
an upcoming edition of the mag.
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