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San Carlos Stories?? Wave Clinic w/ Wyatt Miller Oct 17-24

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 12:32 am    Post subject: San Carlos Stories?? Wave Clinic w/ Wyatt Miller Oct 17-24 Reply with quote

I am running a Wave & Freestyle Clinic with Solosports Adventure Holidays

October 17th – 24th.

San Carlos is the best spot in the world to have your first go at the waves. The offshore winds give you tons of power while you are riding down the wave, unlike Maui or the California coast where once you turn down the line the power drops off. This means that you do not have to rely on (or have any) surfing skills. All you need to know is how to sheet in and fly downwind!!

Not to mention the wave just crumbles at the top so it does not destroy you like a pitching Maui wave. You can be sitting in the water with a logo high wave coming to crush you, but instead it just picks you up and rolls right past you without the rinse cycle.

On the other hand down at the Chili Bowl section the wave, bowls up and offers a strong lip for powerful aerials.

AAAAhhhhh I'm drooling already and I just sailed 4.2 in the Gorge today.

San Carlos is heaven for windsurfers.

So if you have never been to Punta San Carlos or if you want to go again and really push yourself, sign up for my clinic October 17th-24. I promise you will have a blast and take some new tricks home to show the local crew.

Come Join Pro Sailor Wyatt Miller with Solo Sports for a wave and freestyle clinic. Learn the basics of wave riding or fine tune your top turn, while learning some freestyle skills to take home and impress your local crowd. Wyatt had his first San Carlos session at the age of 16 and has been coming back every year since. "PSC is like a skate park for windsurfers, you could not have designed it any better." (Wyatt Miller)
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 12:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got a few questions from interested parties and ..........

Ya the clinic is only offered through which is the only way to go. They pick you up at the San Diego airport, then you either take their van on the 6 hour ride down or you hop in one of their small planes and get there in 2 hours. Flying down you also get an extra day or two of sailing.

Solosports provides windsurf gear, SUP boards, Mountain bikes for the awesome single track trails. They give you a big tent on the plush carpet, all your awesome meals are cooked and you get full access to the open bar. Not to mention that they have an incredible windless (which is great after day 2) movie room and pool table. All this in the middle of no where with no electricity other than their wind and solar powered battery system.
Ohhh ya and you get to take showers which is impossible if you go on your own because you need to bring all your own water.

Solosports is definitely the way to experience San Carlos, especially for the first time so you can get an idea of what you will need for your next drive down trip.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 12:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

[b]New Update!!!!

As of late it looks like we are turning this into a clinic with the Naish Crew.

Team and Product Manager (not to mention wave sailing and SUP expert)
Michi Schweiger will be helping out with the clinic along with wonder kid
Bernd Roediger. These two will be flying in from Maui and giving us extra instruction on and off the water.

Also we will have a bunch of 2010 Naish Demo Gear!!!!!!

And Who knows if the waves beckon we may even entice ROBBY!!
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 12:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was thinking that this would be a great thread to post San Carlos stories from all you PSC Veterans......

I was also wondering if there are any fellow CLIFF JUMPERS out there......check story below......

How Not to fall off the cliff at San Carlos – Go with Wyatt Miller &SOLO

I’ve done it already.

My first trip to Solosports was in 1998, when I was but 16 years young. My dad and I followed our good friend and San Carlos veteran Jay Conners down to PSC.
After winding our way down Mex 1 we hit the turnoff to the dirt road to Punta San Carlos just before dusk. After a coupe hours of bouncing down the gravel road Jay pulls to a stop next to a well lit camp and we follow suit. I hopped out of the car so stoked to be at the legendary spot I had head about time and time again. It was a dark and moonless night but I could hear the sound of good sized waves breaking and the clippity clop of the big cobble stones rolling in the surge. As my dad and Jay walked over to talk to the folks at the flood lit camp, I tried to peer into the darkness and catch a glimpse of the waves. With the light from the camp it was hard to make out anything but the glistening whitewater. After straining my eyes for a moment, I decided that I could probably see the waves better if I stepped out of the light from the camp………BAD DECISION……..the line that I thought was the end of the camp flood light was actually the edge of the 15-20 ft cliff. With one leg I stepped strait over the edge, my back thigh catching on the edge of the cliff as I plunged head first into the darkness!!!
When I came to on the cobbles at the bottom of the cliff I knew I was pretty messed up, but somehow I managed to find a way up the cliff. As I walked into the camp where my dad and Jay were talking, everyone turned in horror as they saw my dusty and bloody figure appear out of the darkness. I managed to groan “I am pretty %$&* ‘ed up.”
They laid me down on a boardbag with the headlights of our suburban pouring over me. They simultaneously checked my body for broken bones while pouring tequila down my throat right from the bottle. Amazingly I escaped with no broken bones, my face was pretty cut up on one side, while the tips of my fingers had been popped like grapes from a finger first landing. With no life threatening injuries the decision was made to stay.
The next day we woke to epic San Carlos conditions, wind and waves galore. Unfortunately my finger injuries kept me off the water that day, while I devised a duck tape glove. I would wrap each finger completely tying them into a palm wrap that was then tied into a wrist wrap. Effectively a duck tape claw.
With the claw in full effect and my face greased up with Neosporin I had the best week of sailing of my life. Epic 4.2-5.0 winds and a great southswell delivered the true San Carlos experience 7 days strait. I made more bottom turns on my first wave than I had ever had in a full day sailing the California Coast. Not to mention the offshore winds provided a full powered sail when flying down the line, which I had never experienced at any other location. The ability to outrun whitewater and make it to the next wave section was amazing. I could not believe how easy and fun wave sailing was at San Carlos. I was hooked. (And I had not even experienced the luxury and killer food that a trip with SOLOSPORTS includes.)
Rumor of my mishap with the cliff spread through camp quickly and I was dubbed the “Cliff Jumper”. After a couple of days I would be sitting in my camp chair with my claw and my scarred up face, when some of the little kids in camp would sneek up behind me and I could hear them whispering to one another “That’s the cliff jumper right there, my mommy said he fell off the cliff and that’s why we are not supposed to play near it.”

Since that first trip I have been to San Carlos more times than I can count
each time more fun than the last..
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It still sounds great.
I was there in 87.
drove straight from Idaho and was on the beach in a couple days.
One other camping group, a father and son.
We finally had to drive out for more ice and beer after 7 days.
Moved to Maui for 15 years after that, and now the colder water sure makes a difference.
Still, I will go back again one of these days, cause the wave is there!
Wink Wink Wink Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's my story from San Carlos:

My buddy and I first went down to San Carlos with Solosports back in 1999. it was our first time wavesailing. One day, the nw swell got big and the bombero (one of several breaks here) was probably mast high. And the wind was lite. My buddy, in a tequila-dazed moment of confusion likely brought on by the previous nite's excursions, foolishly decided to attempt to wavessail it. He entered on the first wave of a fairly large set (not following the guidelines of catching the 2nd or 3rd wave of the set), blew his top turn, and got dumped right in front of the remaining waves. According to him, he was pretty panicked at this point. Kevin Trijo, who as the owner of Solo was able to properly assess the situation, sailed by my buddy and yelled "YOU'RE GOING TO DIE!" - This comment offered little solace to my friend. But as it turned out, Kevin was correct to be unconcerned. The rinse cycle was pretty gentle, even given the size of the waves, and my friend was able to get up and get out before the next set arrived. It's true what Wyatt says, this break is pretty gentle on everyone and it's a great place to learn.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2009 1:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haaaaahh, That is classic Tim,
Just the type of story I was hoping to evoke.

I just cant believe there is no other cliff jumpers out there....

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