Girmantas | Surfing, Windsurfing, Travel | May 16, 2011
Everything that begins has to end. This year, we’ve already spent almost a month in Punta Abreojos. We did almost everything over the last four weeks: we surfed; windsurfed; played chess; gone fishing; were camping; grilled best dishes on the bonfire; celebrated birthdays; laughed at australians; fixed boards; sewed sails and neoprenes; enjoyed the nature including dolphins and whales; even edited some movies and draw for some projects. We’re leaving not because we’re tired of it, not because the wind or waves are over, it’s just time to go north – there’s plenty of new adventures waiting for us on the way.
Over 30 days we’ve spent in Abre, me and Marius sailed on 4.7 for 18 days. We had good surf almost everyday and considering that we came here from the very early beginning of the season – it’s quite a good result though. One way or another – after this trip we both will remember most for our “first times” on surfboards. Even though we’ve played in waves and surfed some whitewater earlier, even though we shaped surfboards and organized the very first surf camp in Lithuania, even though we surfed and windsurfer not only Baltic sea, but Chile and Spanish coastline as well, we have never caught a good surf on a surfboard before. As we surfed our every next biggest or longest wave, made our first or second turn on it, we rediscovered surfing and got fascinated in surfing again.
Abreojos will always remain a special place for me. And not only due to perfect right-handed waves and everyday wind. It’s so far away from home (for everyone) that you simply forget about yours when you come here. you simply enjoy living here and now. Of course staying here is not suited for everybody. Camping conditions – extremely wild, comfort – non-found. Every traveler you will meet in Abreojos, came here because he wanted to come here. Run away from civilization and commotion. These travelers are united by something more than wind and waves.
Aside of everyday sailing “until I can’t no more”, I’ll miss Abreojos sunsets the most. People are going to the seaside to watch the sun setting in the ocean. However, I prefer paddling out on a surfboard to watch the sun setting in the desert. There’s nothing more spectacular than that. Temperature difference in the desert creates many colors and tones and they vary from day to day. And sunlight is always coloring the clouds, that are coming from little oasis and estuaries. Even though Punta Abreojos is on Baja California west coast, it’s deserted south oriented point separates you from the setting sun out in the west and creates this magic feeling.
Next stop for us – Isla Natividad. Small island around 10 miles off Baja California shores. The plan is to rent a boat and look for new adventures and spots. Surfers are well familiar with this island, thus every spot catalog has something to say about this place. This is one of the most western points of Baja California. It works as a trap for southern swell and the wind is supposed to blow in the afternoons just like in Abre. But all of it is just a Legend. We’ll see what is waiting for us when we get there.