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|The month of
September hosted several major events in Punta San
Carlos including the highly overrated "monster
from down under" swell of the century. All the
usual "hit & run" suspects were in attendance as
well as four dear old friends - Matt & Kevin
Pritchard, Brian Caserio and John Colgate.
Although the swell did not live up to its hype, it
did provide a proper field for the sons of
San Carlos to cut loose. Brian invited the
brothers down to star in his newest video project to
be released in 2006. During their brief stay
was able to shoot from a plethora of angles &
venues and show us all that he could still ride a
windsurfer as good as ever. Matt was kind
enough to drop by our campo to give our guests a
quick wave sailing workshop - thanks Matt! To see more
highlights of the boiz visit our
Currents page or click here.
|"There I was
just sailing along out to the Bombora and up
from behind I hear this insane boisterous laugh
and before I could turn around, there he
was....this blue masked man on a kite board.
He just grinned at me, caught monster
right over this Bombie grinder and then he was
gone!". This description matched
several other startled sailor's go-outs during the monster swell of
September. There were no incidents or
complaints, just nervous recollections of a
strange encounter with a super hero type,
shredding the logo high south swells between the Bombie Zoo and the Chili Bowl. hmmmmmmmm.
Sounds like Chuck
on his new burnt orange directional kite mobile.
We caught up with Chuck...ahhh.. the Avenger,
later on the beach. "I did it on a dare"
he said, " I don't recommend it while powering
out through the Bombie pit....nearly did me in
on a 5 wave set". Sounds like sage advice
Chuck & nice sesh on the new Avenger-mobile.
Our commitment to
quality & Improvement - a labor of
almost been two years since I have
been leading the new Solosports.
that time all of us here have worked
hard to bring the best possible
experience to our guests. I am
grateful to my staff for embracing
those visions & values I hold so
dear. Based on the comments I have
been receiving from our guests, I
can see that it has been good for
everybody, staff and guest alike.
that we have a good momentum
underway, it is time to engage in
some of our more ambitious goals and
projects for improvement. This
coming season you will not only see
better services but structural
improvements to the camp as well.
I would like to thank all of you
that have taken the time to share
your ideas with me. We have
taken all of them to heart and have
added many of them into our business
excited about our 2006 season and
the prospect of seeing all of you
back again. Please don't be a
first 5 people to e-mail
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Punta San Carlos local
Prodigal Son of
returns to his roots.
Welcome back Brian.
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This past September proved to be one of
the best we've ever had. We were privileged to have the world
renowned TEAM ADVIL along with pro sailor-Josh Stone and Eddy
Patricelli - editor of Windsurfing
Magazine all in the camp at the
same time. Whew! We're still breathing hard after a week
of sailing, partying and more practical jokes & classic story telling..(oh
those embellishments), we've ever
Team Advil is a group of close
friends that in addition to enjoying each others company,
love traveling to windsurfing destinations together. Although
they may be mistaken for stately elders
(and many are), these guys resemble a
college fraternity on pledge week...well without so much of the
crazy jiggy stuff. We are, in fact, still in Punta San Carlos.
I was reminded of the Satchel Paige quote - "...if you didn't
know how old you was..how old would you be?". or was it
"Age is a question of mind over
matter. If you donít mind, it doesnít matter."
No doubt these guys are still in
proverbial college, somewhere between their 3rd and 4th year.
As an added bonus, we were all entertained with brilliant
performances by Eddy Patricelli, Josh Stone and
Troy Collins. They also managed
quite well to hang
with the boiz, in the lounge, on the pool
table and at Eddy's surprise birthday party. HAPPY BIRTHDAY
It didn't take long before the whole
we'd known these guys for years. Up before dawn and down way
after Baja midnight, these revelers did it
all, putting the younger folks to shame. This group has
renewed my hopes and dreams that there is still a ton of fun left to burn in
the golden years.
By the end of
the week we all were blissfully exhausted ...something a few of their
previous travel hosts advised
(warned) us about in advance. It was very
gratifying to hear later that they had given us their coveted thumbs
up to fun award. You all are the bomb, and welcome back anytime.-
from the Solo Staff we raise a glass to you in tribute and
Look for the full story in Windsurfing Magazine in the Spring of 2006
always- the old bizzness first. Last issues photo
brought the house down with this entry from Jessie Mangst of Racine Wisconsin.
"Fresh from his divorce,
Shallow Hal found true
love on the point with Greta Mutley from Utah.
Wedding bells will again be ringing. It will be Hal's 2nd
marriage, Greta's 3rd. & they're registered at PetSmart"
Pick out something nice
from the camp store Jess, maybe something for the bride
for the new business
look at the photo &
create a caption ...geeez!
This is really a
good one folks.....I
crackin''' and send
them in to-
and win a Punta San
Carlos T-shirt or
SoloSports "get out
of Mexican jail
FREE" card. Here's
one from a fan down
the on the point
that just won't
of the SoloSports
Brown trout derby."
the photo above for the bizarre detail of this
issues visual tidbit.
Last year Campo Solo had a very special visitor - a tagged
California Condor. The condor appeared to
be in good health and after a brief visit, flew
away. San Carlos visitor, Jim Souza of
Colorado was in the right place with a camera to
capture this special moment. Good Job Jim!
We were able to
get in contact with Dr. Mike Wallace, the
director, of the Baja Condor Release program
run by the San Diego Zoo in corporation
with the Mexican Federal agency SEMARNAT.
Apparently condor # 79 has a unique history
in the program that since 2002 has been
releasing California condors, hatched from
eggs produced in the US, into the Sierra San
Pedro Martir. About 100 miles to the north
east of us, 11 condors focus their main
activities around the 7,500 ft release site
off in a restricted portion of the National
Park. After the release of # 79 in the fall
of 2004 his behavior became erratic and
eventually he left the area and the other 10
or so birds released at the time. They
tracked him by plane to the south into our
area using radio transmitters he has on both
wings but lost contact with him by the first
of 2005. Mike says it is difficult for
young, inexperienced condors to survive on
their own and they presumed he had died.
We are hoping that #79 has survived.
If you see this magnificent bird or other
condors in the vicinity, please notify us
immediately. Please note the date,
observe if there is a numbered tag on the
wing and what is the birds condition.
Hey Jim! Thanks
for the sneak preview of Jose Cuervo Black your
last night...very tasty!
|In our first
chapter we revisited Punta Kashigi by boat.
(pronounced KA-SHE-HE) Our brief adventure included retracing the
steps of Brian Caserio from years ago and
hiking several miles up into the valley.
There were so many incredible things to
see along the way that we decided to return in
the fall by vehicle to explore
the inner region. In mid-November,
Rodney and I drove up to the mesa and
proceeded to explore a new route to the
immediately discovered another major well
manicured trail capable of supporting pack animals.
Possibly another mining trail leading to the
smelter in the Fish Camp. Our primary
interest was a horseshoe cliff face area
with caves and manicured plateaus. We came within a kilometer
of it and had to turn back because we were
out of time. Another adventure in the
future on motos or perhaps a helio but not
We attempted to
reach the Solstice site however the normal
Hell's Hallway) were obscured by overgrown
vegetation and we became stranded about a
kilometer from the rim. Rodney walked
to the Solstice site and mapped a trail for us.
It is not a good thing to be stranded on the
top of the mesa - very remote, very lonely.
An hour later we made camp on the rim.
The sunset was spectacular.
The next morning we documented a few more
local areas and after
breaking off a shock mount from the axle,
destroying a Rancho 9000 shock and receiving
a large door dent from a boulder, we were
back at camp. It was still well worth it!
More to come......
Driving to the top of the Mesa is hazardous
to your vehicle and not recommended. Any
mechanical failure will lead to a self
rescue of hiking back to the fish camp for
help. Odds of encountering help along the
way are severely remote. Then there are the
logistics of getting your vehicle back out.