Girmantas | Surfing, Windsurfing | February 26, 2010
…you would call it the “on shore beast” after looking at the pictures. But the that’s just the name of the spot. El Norte was blowing for the whole night, so right after the breakfast I took the same 5.2 North Wave sale, the same 76 l Mistral board and set off to the wave hunt.
The beautiful sandy La Ventana bay turns to the East and continues for a few kilometers accompanied by the sand dune. This dune is famos because some Mexican guys like to get stuck on it once in a while. All this South part of the bay is perfect with the East wind. Still with the North wind it’s totally on shore. I was hoping to catch some waves, so I went to the point at the very end of the bay. I was right. Waves here were beautiful and often mast high.
I was excited as well as worried. I haven’t been in waves for a few months. Still, being alone in the unknown spot and unknown wave is a challenging thing anytime. I was watching how the wave is peeling and where the underwater rocks are for more than half an hour. The answer was quite simple – the rocks were EVERYWHERE! I have rigged my gear, went to the water, waited for the set to end, hopped on the board, caught some rock with my fin, went down, washed, back to the shore. Waited for the set to end again. Second try – almost there, still, result was the same. Got back to the shore. Even worse. Frustrated. Third try. I was not going to miss it, went deeper pretending that rocks are less sharp than they were, gust, beach start, footstraps, I was out! Right after that it didn’t take long for me to realize that El Norte was a bit too on shore to enjoy the whole beauty of logo to mast high vertical beasts.
I wasn’t picking the wave to ride. I had to pick the one to be washed by – the following one. Sections were super fast, closing out not leaving a chance to get out. Being out on borrowed equipment tried to avoid going too deep because the rocks were everywhere. With on shore winds its pretty hard to run from the closing out wave. After some time got to know the wave better. Even tried to ride some bigger ones. It was hard. Anyway – better than a good day in the office!
Next time I guess I’m gonna take a surfboard and a kite. It should be better for this wave. Just to put the kite steady and have some backside ride on 3 meters vertical wall.