Follow waves to the edge of the world
Girmantas | Surfing, Windsurfing, Kitesurfing, Travel | February 09, 2011
Everyone is following his own passion and dreams. One might dream of some fancy toys, while others will look for emotions and adventures. Nevertheless, all of us have something that will lead us to the edge of the world. For me and Marius, who have joined my travels recently, it is waves. We’ve already been on the edge once – riding waves in Chile back in 2008. But now we’re in Baja, and believe me, the edge is here too.
Punta Marquez is the most southern wavesailing spot on Baja west coast. Even though you will find some nice waves further south, there’s rarely enough wind for your sail or kite. The forecast predicted some head high swell and we’ve decided to run away from our daily routine in La Ventana. We’ve loaded a bunch of boards and sailsand kites to Steve’s truck and set of for another adventure.
Traveling in Baja is quite unique. Maps and legend can give you the general view, but new roads come up faster than the old ones get covered with dust and cactus. Only the basic instinct and the need for wave will take you to your spot. After we’ve reached the edge of the world, Marius was surprised by endless shoreline of Baja. It seems that it lasts literally for ever. Literally there are no signs of human being or civilization. However, we were brought back on track pretty quick. Sort of paradox but there’s always someone parked in your spot!
Morning fog started to clear and we had our breakfast sitting on the edge of a small cliff. We’ve checked the breaks around Punta Marquez and decided to go for a nap. Pretty soon after that, whistling wind and sand blown to the car woke us up and forced us to check what’s going on on the water. Me and Marius rigged 5,3 & 84 Thruster and 4,7 & 74 TwinFin, while Steve inflated his 9m Obsession and prepared 6’2″ Rocketfish.
Right after the tide started to go out, waves became much clearer and some of them started to peel properly on the point. We hit the water immediately, there was a gossip that another 12 wave hunters are following our path. Even though the wind was a bit light, conditions were much better than flat La Ventana Bay. Clouds were coming back little by little and the wind dropped. Marius took bigger board and I went out on Steve’s rig.
Some head high waves were exactly what we needed for the first run. We reminded ourselves what is what, got a couple of walks of fame, broke a line here and there. Well… we’ve got prepared for another new wave season. Later events showed, that we really needed this warm up. But about that…later on.