2006 Season ushers in
SoloSports hosts guests from
Ireland, England, Quebec, Japan & of course the
good ole red, white & blue.
season opened with a bang with the arrival of our first
group - Team Ireland. Although most of a lads were from
the green, there were also two Brits and a strong New
England and San Francisco contingent. The week was
filled with a fine showing of wave riding by all and
good-natured revelry in the lounge and our dining
photo eludes to a moustache convention but its just another
night in the campo with SoloSports guests from Quebec - AKA
as Team Big Mama.
photo to the left is their A.M. yoga, flight landing
instruction and lacrosse cheerleading practice. This fun/wine loving group
scored with great conditions to refine their wave riding
(and wine tasting)
About the stash photo above? Clark Merritt was serenaded
in French by the Quebec Sailors Choir with a tribute to his own well
worn hood ornament. Even little Karina sported a shaggy
disguise and although she doesn't know a lick of French,
managed to belt out a good mimicked case of francophonia.
Both groups kept the staff running, singing, laughing and
occasionally playing the victim (or later on,
perpetrator) of many good natured jokes and pranks.
two super groups, we've had to redefine the meaning of
good time......... and have had to reinforce the
spirits locker. The gauntlet has been thrown down, what
are you waiting for? Get your bros and bro-ettes
SoloSports offers super deal
with Fly-in option
Would you like to
enhance your fun time on a SoloSports Adventure
Holiday in Punta San Carlos?
Now you can by taking advantage of our new fly-in option. You can
arrive in time to rig and sail on your first day and again during
your return travel day.
"Response to the new program has
exceeded our wildest expectations" commented Kevin Trejo,
owner. "This new option, along with our Internet
service has opened up unique opportunities for our
clients that are strapped by demanding work schedules. I'm now hearing from guests
that normally would only book every year or two . We see
this as the wave of the future." To quote a
recent Fly-in guest:
"I've done the road and it
should be experienced, but after flying in I can
never go back. I'm hooked".
For more information
about the Fly-in option call
Jose Cuervo Black Medallion
is a new añejo tequila aged in charred oak
Most tequilas are aged in previously used
barrels. Cuervo Black is aged at least 12 months
in charred oak barrels. The fire-charring
process eliminates impurities on the barrel’s
interior so that the wood’s true tasting notes
soak into the tequila. It gives Cuervo Black a
more complex taste with a smooth and slightly
oaky flavor reminiscent of fine, aged whiskeys.
There are rumors that this tequila goes well
with a splash of Coke & even as a rival to the
old standard Rum & Coke.......I think we'll
stick to having it as a refreshing after dinner
or night cap toddy. ED
Its almost Cinco de
Mayo again and although we don't celebrate it
like our friends in El Norte, I thought it would
be fun to pass on these helpful suggestions.
1. Want to get
the most out of a lime squeeze? While
whole, roll the lime around the table with your
palm. Its important to apply pressure. This
breaks down the lime's interior allowing the
juice to flow more freely.
2. Chopped jalapeños
are a great addition to guacamole .and while
we're on the subject - When buying them always
look out for bark type lines or marks on the
outer skins. That means they were grown in
warmer temps and will be hotter than those grown
in cooler temps
- a message from
just love helping my guests obtain their goals
whether it be beginner wave sailing or going for
their first push loop. Recently I was
taken aback by comments from some of our
international guests. They said that they had always
wanted to come but felt intimidated by the
When I pushed for
more information they informed me that all
they ever see is Kevin, Matt, Keith, Kauli,
Jason and others smackin' the potato on a mast
high down in the Chili Bowl. At that point
I now needed to deal with "smackin' the potato"
and all this misconception about our Punta San
I explained that
the fact is, we
get more 2-3 ft. days than anything else...more
than adequate for learning to wave sail or
perfecting intermediate to advanced wave sailing moves.
And yes, we do get mast highs and above on
occasion. Due to our geographic location
in the Pacific we can pick up our fair share of
south and west swells. I think that the
recent Windsurfing magazine article about Team
Advil in San Carlos may ease people's
And now about
"smackin' the potato". I first heard the phrase
several years ago from a guest trying to
describe beginning wave sailing moves of banking
off the whitewater - sort of an off the lip with
training wheels. Somehow it has now become a
phrase describing hitting the lip. No matter
what you call it.....anyone can do it in our
myriad of sailing conditions from neo-wave
sailor to pro. So don't be fooled by
photos of top pros ....as we say - you just
don't know until you go. KT
the Department of Homeland Obscurity
Watch your P's and
between my mom reciting biblical verses
about the end of times and my
part in it on my codephone, came this little ditty that
you can toss out during your next job
when, oh say 300 years or so, there were two basic drink container sizes served down at
your local pub - pints and quarts. The
barmaids had a time of remembering who got
what, especially after frequently
swilling down a touch or two with the gentry
to numb the effects of a well intentioned
grope or to enhance the possibility of a
gratuity from a gentleman. As the
evening wore on the Innkeeper would need to
remind them to ...."watch yer "P's
missy" as they were a tad "under the
weather" (which we will cover in the next
issue) ...need I say more.
Punta San Carlos Celebrity of the Month
George Mohoff, Punta San Carlos regular. A
serious wave sailor in his own right, George
favors the less crowded times in the fall
through the winter for an extended stay.
This past year George was instrumental in the
completion of the new additions and
improvements to Campo SoloSports. George
has a construction background and is capable of
wearing many hats. He tackled some complex
tedious projects on site and was seen to pull
them out of the fire many times when Baja fate
would step in.
When not in
San Carlos George migrates between Los Angeles
and his home in Montana. But George has
another very interesting facet to his life. He
is of Russian heritage that migrated to the east
side of Ensenada. At one time in the turn
of the century there was a thriving Russian
Colony near Ensenada. This colony was
directly involved with the development of wine
production in the area. Now George did not
live in this colony as he was not born yet; however, his
great grandparents - parents were a
major part of the group. In fact, his
grandfather has penned several books on the
subject. George grew up in Southeast Los
Angeles county where his parents settled after
leaving Mexico. If you see George ask him
about his ancestry, it is a fascinating story.
A special heart-felt thanks to George for all his hard work and
support during this growing phase of SoloSports.
SEE YA THIS FALL JORGE!!!
Daryl & Bill
Morrissey of Hood River were in camp
and enjoyed a week of good conditions.
Bill, of DaKine, had never been to the
point and milked the seshes until there
were was no more fun to be had.
Near the last day he developed a few
trophies to show the folks back home.
We were amazed that even though
were battered, he kept on charging. So
amazed in fact, that we featured him in
our upcoming ad in Windsurfing Mag.
Don't ask for an autograph yet, I think
he's still a little sensitive.
Thanks for being good sports Bill
Sean Aiken in the house for a
sneaker south swell
Punta San Carlos welcomed
back one of her wayward sons recently when Sean Aiken
showed up with some of his German friends at the point.
Sean has been a
longstanding Solo family member for many years.
His instructional clinics always brought in rave reviews
by his attendees and all present were always wowed at his
expertise in the water.
The good life has been catching up
with Sean lately. Almost a year ago he married and now
its time to paint the extra room for their soon to
baby! "I needed to have one last sailing adventure
before the life altering event" Sean sighed "..and I
couldn't think of anywhere else I'd rather be." He
did promise to return as soon as things settle down.
I didn't have the heart to tell him that would be right
after college. - ED
From all of us at
SoloSports - Congratulations to both of you and pack up
the family and head back down soon!
Dave & Graham Ezzy will be
back this year for two Rig-n-Rip clinics this Summer.
They are excited about this year's program and, of course,
the popular free EZZY 2007 SE wave sail tops off a fun
filled week of hands-on instruction and special events.
This year's program also includes a special offer from
SoloSports. Imagine spending three weeks with Dave & Graham,
attending two clinics and getting two EZZY SE wave sails all
for the price of two clinics. For more information
about this year's program click this link:
A little more than a
"Three Hour Tour"
In 2005 Harro Breninek and his
partner began to fulfill their dream to sail around the
world on the 27ft sailboat Ginger. It was a
routine voyage from Vancouver B.C. heading south to Cabo
San Lucas when a winter storm drove the vessel into the
bay at Punta San Carlos. It was January 2005 in the
height of a nasty storm when an unfortunate set of events
beached them southeast of the Chili Bowl in the
morning darkness. Thankful to be alive the two crew
members made their way in the rain to Campo SoloSports
where Kevin Trejo happened to be preparing for the new
Unfortunately there was
nothing that could be done and the giant storm-surf soon
wrecked the boat beyond repair.
After a minor salvage attempt both men returned to
Canada. Local fishermen soon recycled most of the
wreckage until only a few twisted pieces of fiberglass
remained. The stern came to rest in the arroyo at
Pinball Alley until the SoloSports staff
removed it to convert it into a love seat.
In March 2006 Harro returned
to Punta San Carlos for reasons that aren't exactly
clear. He stopped by
SoloSports Campo spoke briefly to Kevin about the
incident and disappeared. I guess we should ring the
camp bell for the loss of a fine vessel.
beach photo courtesy
Mountain Bikers hail
trails as top notch
This season we've seen
record activity on our bike trails. The words out -
bring your bike. Our trails are in great shape, so
says a small bike group from SoCal. The trails
aren't too technical which makes for a good
morning workout before the water sports activities.
In the late afternoon
(golden hour) the desert turns into spectacular bright
colored landscapes. Riders enjoy scenic views
while being fanned by cool ocean breezes. It is the
perfect compliment before dinner. We have over 50 miles
of trails for every ability level from off road touring
to crazy down hill racing.
Drop by our office for a
free trail map or you have any questions regarding
the trail areas.
SoloSports adds 3 new
board lines to Rental Fleet
In addition to RRD,
SoloSports has added
sailboards to its gear rental fleet. Guests can
ride and compare during their stay and even purchase if
Noteworthy is the
RealWind 270XL, a 130 liter lightwind
freestyle/wave board that is perfect for guests over
200lb in good wind and a good all around fun board for
the feather/mid weights. This winter Clark put his
board to the test in Gorge conditions, under powered,
over powered and in perfect wave sailing conditions with
stellar results. Says Clark "My regular board is
the 110 RRD freestyle wave. Since testing the 270,
I haven't wanted to sail anything else ...this
board is awesome!".
but first the old
Lugash of Newport News Va. took top
honors with her catchy one liner
is now being served on the poop
line Evans, this may take a while-
the bloody Irish are still buying
souvenirs for the folks at home
of the WEEK
Glenn Dubock sold the old
Solo Nada Bus to a group of
Missionaries bound for
Angola to do the Lord's work.
In an unsubstantiated report
on FOX news recently,
footage was shown of the
beast sinking atop a barge
in the Sudan tying up canal
traffic for weeks. Dube - we
hope you pulled the stereo.
And now to the
the photo above for the bizarre
detail of this issues poignant
course the boys in the back couldn't
wait so in lieu of a raise we've
thrown them a bone.
"Its not that he ate the whole
thing. its just that the head & feet
were still on it."
believe it was Flip Wilson who said "You can't
have one for the road, because the road is
already laid out."
photo courtesy of the Driscoll
home for the perpetually perturbed
get out of here!! until the next "ish"