San Carlos has been a world class wave sailing
Mecca since the
first pioneer sailors discovered it in the early eighties. The
unique side-off wind conditions make San Carlos ideal for classic
down the line surf sailing.
class pro sailors Matt & Kevin Pritchard, Keith Taboul, Ritchie
Myers, young gun Graham Ezzy and many others refined their skills
here while climbing the ladder to world status. But San Carlos
is also the perfect playground for serious amateurs and weekend
warriors alike. Because of the myriad of wave conditions in
close proximity, it is perfect for all styles and ability levels.
There are 4 main wave
sailing arenas to choose from - The Point, The Chili Bowl,
Beachbreak, and The Bombora. Depending on the direction of the swell
will dictate which of these spots will be working.
wavesailors will find the
Beachbreak very good for
developing skills and style.
The gentle rolling
waves protected by the island are forgiving but don't let these
conditions fool you. Pro's frequent this area to tune-up,
practice and enjoy classic wavesailing as well.
is an outer reef off the east end of the island. The wave
comes from open water and hits the shallow reef creating a powerful
pitching wave, great for jumping. and quick wave riding end & outs.
offers wave riders a steep peak that can break far from shore.
As it approaches the beach it will decrease in size as it lines up
ideally connecting to the Chili Bowl in the bay. This spot is
for advanced wave riders that wish an extended ride into the Chili
The Chili Bowl
is the flagship wave spot seen so frequently in the
windsurfing media. The reef is in the middle of the bay and
breaks left and right. The perfect ride starts on a point wave
and lines up connecting to the left created by the reef. Wave riders
will smack the lip of the left coming at them. Every great
photo of the Chili Bowl captures this thrilling maneuver.