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[*] posted on 9-4-2019 at 08:44 PM


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Harald, any thoughts on the historic value of my photo?


don't know - 10 years earlier maybe




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[*] posted on 9-4-2019 at 09:16 PM


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Quote: Originally posted by David K  
Harald, any thoughts on the historic value of my photo?


don't know - 10 years earlier maybe


But, you said...

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those images would truly be historic
you might be the only one with images of the Mexican roots of Windsurfing



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[*] posted on 9-5-2019 at 11:53 PM
Welcome to BN


Check out Vela Baja, associated with a “boutique” hotel on the beach in Los Barriles, about an hour north of the San Jose del Cabo airport:
https://velabaja.com/
They are open mid-Nov. to mid-March.
Easy transfer to LB from the airport, a small tourist town with everything you’re looking for and then some. Fantastic mountain-biking and trail-running. Windy season is Nov-Jan. Water is warm up to November and then again in Feb. El Norte wind cycle wanes late January, but shoulder seasons are less crowded and may be a better bet for beginners. Sailing/wind direction experience will help with learning. Lessons for both are about the same cost, some think kiteboarding is quicker to learn and advanced tricks in both take years to perfect. Kiteboarding is more popular. Cost of a board and kite or sail quiver are about the same. Smoother water in La Ventana, more amenities in LB. Lessons are a great idea. With the lucky winds and perseverance, people are usually up and underway in a week or two.




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[*] posted on 9-6-2019 at 05:07 AM


Here is a link to a page with a good overview of Sea of Cortez winds. The page also has a forecast link.

https://blog.weatherflow.com/understanding-baja-winds/
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[*] posted on 9-6-2019 at 11:44 AM


I have windsurfed at San Felipe in the past. It was an okay place to learn but at that time you needed to bring your own gear. The water is quite flat which is good for learning but you need to understand the tides. If you leave at high tide and come back several hours later, you may have to walk or drag your equipment across several hundred yards of sand.

The other issue is shrimp boats. They have cables that extend out many times their boat width. There will only be a tiny ripple in the water where that cable is connected to their under water gear.

If you have never done either windsurfing or kiting there are several things you should think about. The learning time for kiting is probably 1/5 or less than windsurfing. The safety issue is also a concern. There have been a lot of equipment changes with kiting that make it much safer but it will always be more dangerous than windsurfing. With a windsurfer you can always drop the sail and remove the power. A kite can have issues where you need to eject the gear and people down wind can be affected.

As of last year I do not know of any beginner lessons at La Ventana but I would check out:

https://prowindsurflaventana.com/

as they have the gear and do lessons for more advanced sailors.

There are lots of kites and windsurfers at La Ventana. There is an island about 10 miles off shore that makes a wind tunnel which causes the wind to be stronger than in many other areas. It also causes the shore break to be less than places like Los Barriles.

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[*] posted on 9-6-2019 at 11:51 AM


Quote: Originally posted by wiltonh  
I have windsurfed at San Felipe in the past. It was an okay place to learn but at that time you needed to bring your own gear. The water is quite flat which is good for learning but you need to understand the tides. If you leave at high tide and come back several hours later, you may have to walk or drag your equipment across several hundred yards of sand.

The other issue is shrimp boats. They have cables that extend out many times their boat width. There will only be a tiny ripple in the water where that cable is connected to their under water gear.

If you have never done either windsurfing or kiting there are several things you should think about. The learning time for kiting is probably 1/5 or less than windsurfing. The safety issue is also a concern. There have been a lot of equipment changes with kiting that make it much safer but it will always be more dangerous than windsurfing. With a windsurfer you can always drop the sail and remove the power. A kite can have issues where you need to eject the gear and people down wind can be affected.

As of last year I do not know of any beginner lessons at La Ventana but I would check out:

https://prowindsurflaventana.com/

as they have the gear and do lessons for more advanced sailors.

There are lots of kites and windsurfers at La Ventana. There is an island about 10 miles off shore that makes a wind tunnel which causes the wind to be stronger than in many other areas. It also causes the shore break to be less than places like Los Barriles.



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[*] posted on 9-6-2019 at 01:47 PM


Quote: Originally posted by wiltonh  
There is an island about 10 miles off shore that makes a wind tunnel which causes the wind to be stronger than in many other areas. It also causes the shore break to be less than places like Los Barriles.



this site explains well why La Ventana sometimes has stronger winds:
https://blog.weatherflow.com/understanding-baja-winds/




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[*] posted on 9-6-2019 at 04:32 PM


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And MJS I would love to hear when you plan a trip if we could! My interest was definitely for wind surf than kite surf though my husband would probably be into either 😁


Sorry I can't help you with lessons and instructor info but I will say this: I windsurfed for over 30 years and then learned to kiteboard three years ago at age 55 (after years of resisting). Not only is it easier to learn but the equipment is so much smaller and easier to transport. My wife also learned two years ago and she is a better kiter now than she was a windsurfer after 25 years.

La Ventana is the best spot in Baja to learn and Los Barriles is second (slightly more challenging with more wave action). The best wind blows from November through April. Sadly, windsurfing instruction is becoming very rare but there are numerous kiteboard instructors all over the world. Hope this helps
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