Season Wrap Up – Baja 2011/12
It was a windy winter in La Ventana, with January leading the way with only 2 no-wind days for the month. Of course those days were during the annual La Ventana Classic windfest. It just proves that we are still at the mercy of Mother Nature…schedule or not. This was the second season of the current La Nina weather pattern where ocean temperatures in the north Pacific are cooler than normal. It’s no surprise that forecasters believe that the La Nina pattern is favorable for windy winters in Baja. Here’s a link to a more scientific discussion of the La Nina on the NOAA website: http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/psd/enso/mei/
Sunset in La Ventana highlights Cerralvo Island
Here are some highlights from the season. The La Ventana area continues to grow in popularity with the windseeking crowd. The waterfront campground/RV Park in La Ventana continues to be the center of action for people who spend weeks or months sailing and kiting during the winter. January and February were near capacity, and many people stayed well into late March before heading north. Even though the winds begin to diminish in March and April, I would say it’s still windy half the days. In fact the first week of March was 3.7-4.2 every day!
Jerry from White Salmon is “The Man” when it comes to fishing from a SUP
The cooler water (64-65 degrees) contributed to spectacular Yellowtail fishing in the bay and around Cerralvo Island. Many people have small boats, kayaks, and even SUP’s to fish near shore in the mornings before the wind comes up; and fishing is becoming a popular added bonus of the Baja lifestyle along with mountain biking. There’s a group of hardcore riders who have built and maintain several miles of spectacular single track through the desert and hills surrounding La Ventana. They also sponsored a ride/race with the local schools to promote physical fitness.
Another day at “The Office”
Nancy and I are back in the Gorge and I’ll be back on the beach this summer with demos. Come try the newTiger and Panther LTD for yourself, and see why the 2012 Ezzys continue set the standard for performance in the waves and swells. Take one for a ride and let me know what you think. See ya on the beach, Gary
A change of latitude = change of scenery, good morning Mt. Hood