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At Punta San Carlos on the Pacific coast of central Baja, 300 miles south of the US border and almost 40 miles from the nearest paved road. Punta San Carlos sits on a south-facing bay with a point break that throws up dreamlike, slow-turning barrels that can run for a mile or more. Since 1987, Solo Sports has been offering multisport aficionados a plush base camp to support all their passions – surfing, windsurfing, kiting, stand up paddling and mountain biking – in world-class conditions. If you’re in the water, multiple private beach breaks mean no crowded waves; on land, there’s more than 100 miles of epic single-track that rival anything Moab has to offer.
Our all-inclusive trips take the “rough” out of roughing it. Every adventure includes round-trip air transportation from San Diego to our own airstrip, all your meals from our kitchen staff, unlimited snacks and beverages (including beer, wine, spirits, cocktails and our world famous “Baja Fogs”) and use of all the latest toys like surfboards, stand up paddle boards, mountain bikes and kites. Each guest gets a deluxe tent fully loaded with pads, pillows and freshly laundered sleeping bags, daily hot showers, access to emails, and use of our game room with TV/DVD, pool table, darts, foosball, and library!
The best part? You get all of this in the empty, surreal beauty of the Mexican desert in the absolute middle of nowhere without having to drive, deal with border hassles, navigate the desert, pack boards, bikes, camping gear or a week’s worth of food, water, and booze only to realize your forgot something after you’ve arrived. With Solo, all you have to do is pack your wetsuit, harness, bike gear, and some clothes and start living the dream!
Our private landing strip is registered, and government-approved and sits just steps away from our base camp. Solo Sports staff will greet you upon arrival for loading and unloading your personal gear.
ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE AT PUNTA SAN CARLOS
There’s one reason windsurfers around the world all know about Punta San Carlos (PSC) – hands down, it’s the best place on the planet to learn to sail in the waves. With beach breaks, reef breaks, and a legendary point that throws a glassy wave that can peel for as much as a mile at a time, there’s something for sailors of every skill level. Side-off wind conditions make Punta San Carlos ideal for classic down the line wave-sailing. Ranging from head-high sets designed to dial in your bottom- and top-turns, to knee-level “ankle-biters” that are perfect for learning timing, wave selection, and the sweet science of slicing the swell, the close proximity and sheer variety of wave conditions is perfect for any windsurfer wanting to take their game to the next level.
With more than 30 years of experience in delivering the goods in camp and on the water, Solo Sports has every detail of providing the best possible wave sailing trip-wired tight. These days, the great conditions you’ll find in the usual spring-to-autumn sailing season has been boosted by a regular lineup of star-studded shredders from around the globe. After decades of being featured in every watersport magazine available, PSC is now an annual stop on the International Windsurfing Tour and home to a growing number of windsurf wave-camps. Each year, world-class pro sailors like Matt Pritchard, Jem Hall, Wyatt Miller, Tyson Poor, Colin Dixon, Joey Sanchez, and many others return to host weeklong, small-group sessions that deliver personalized instruction in world-class conditions.
PSC is set in a south-facing bay that sucks up every swell generated by storms in the southern Pacific. There’s a ton of terrain to cover, but most of the action is centered around the four main breaks that sit right in front of our Base Camp and extend down to the point.
When it comes to getting your first taste of taking your kite out in the waves, there’s no place better to learn that Punta San Carlos (PSC). For the last 20 years, kiters from all across the globe have followed in the footsteps of the windsurfers who pioneered the point to get a taste of this long, glassy wave. Whether you’re sharpening your game on the inside breaks or charging down the line into the Chili Bowl, PSC’s unique side-off wind conditions are ideal for classic down-the-line wave-riding. These days, Solo Sports hosts a growing number of kite wave-camps designed to help riders who either want to get into the swell for the first time or are looking to take their wave skills to the next level in unequaled conditions. World-class pros such as Mitu Monteiro and Ben Wilson have started making annual pilgrimages to PSC to host intensive, hands-on clinics for a week at a time and it’s not uncommon to see other pros ripping it up on the water right in front of camp. If you are looking for a spot that can deliver a challenge with plenty of room to grow, the variety of wave conditions in close proximity at PSC is perfect for every level of kiter.
Stand Up Paddling
Since it all started with the early bands of surfers who made the trek down from SoCal and across the desert, it’s no surprise that Stand Up Paddling (SUP) has become hugely popular at Punta San Carlos (PSC). Because it is such an easy way to get into the waves, many of our guests arrive never having been on a SUP before yet leave completely stoked on a new sport. Most of the waves that are right in front of camp are perfect for longboarding – predictable, steady swells that favor the ability to trim the board and enjoy the glide – and we’ve found that SUPing is an awesome way to start the day before the wind kicks in. These days, most of our guests seem to include Stand Up Paddling to their daily activity to maximize their water time and work on improving their ability to read the sets and pick out the best swell. Whether it’s a post-coffee paddle to warm up the muscles and clear the head before the breezes blow, or a just a great way to play in the ocean with friends on a low-wind day, the empty waves right in front of camp offer ideal conditions for paddling.
our trail system ranges from beginner to expert and offer something for riders of every skill level. The crown jewel is a run through the Badlands, a winding, intricate arroyo maze nicknamed “The Little Grand Canyon,” that has been featured in Bike Magazine spreads as well as in multiple mountain biking videos. It’s one of the reasons PSC routinely draws some of the top pros in mountain biking – Cam McCaul, Tyler McCaul, Matt Hunter, Chris VanDine, Geoff Gulevitch – as regular visitors. Whether your fix is an easy pedal along an empty coastline, a technical descent through off-camber twistys, or a white-knuckle run downhill, we’ve got the goods for you! detailed trail maps are available in camp.
Surfers were the original explorers who discovered Punta San Carlos (PSC) back in the eighties and it’s no surprise that they kept coming back. Although the afternoon winds put a dent in many of their days, the consistent barrels they found led to them speaking of the point break here in hushed tones once they headed back north and crossed the border for years. Today, PSC has a swell for every level of surfer – from novices on their first paddle out to experienced surfers seeking shack time in the Green Room.
One of the most amazing things about the conditions at Punta San Carlos is that it offers the perfect venue for instruction across a number of sports. If you’re an intermediate or better, this is the place to come if you want to up your game!
We offer a range of unique instructional clinics hosted by some of the best instructors in windsurfing, kiting, SUPing, and surfing. Beyond having been pros – or even world champs – our instructors understand the value of having good conditions for coaching you to the next level. With the convenient location of Solo’s camp, you can attend instructional sessions or work on dry land training just a few feet from the water’s edge and the typical week-long clinic is the perfect amount of time to wire your new moves.
Some of the clinics we offer:
• Colin Dixon Instructional Windsurf Wavecamps
• Matt Pritchard Instructional Windsurf Wavecamps
• Ben Wilson Instructional Kite Wavecamps
• Jem Hall Instructional Windsurf Wavecamps
• Wyatt Miller Instructional Windsurf Wavecamp
SOLOSPORTS CAMP INFORMATION
After 30 years of surfing, sailing, paddling, kiting, hiking, mountain biking, and exploring in the heart of one of Baja’s most pristine wilderness areas, we’ve figured a few things out so you don’t have to sweat the details. Operating from our base camp set at the water’s edge, we’re proud to offer one of the most unique – and luxurious – multisport adventure experiences available. Every detail, from delivering hot showers or ice cream right out of the freezer 70-miles from the nearest energy source to serving up our legendary “Baja Fogs” as you stretch those sore muscles on an overstuffed leather couch while watching the last sets of the day roll in, has been thought of and dialed into perfection. Beyond the great gear and killer conditions, our staff and camp puts your comfort and experience right up front on our priority list so all you have to do is focus on the fun.
Here’s what’s waiting for you when you walk into camp:
Each guest gets a deluxe tent set up on a carpeted ground cover and fully loaded with double sleeping pads, pillows and freshly laundered sleeping bags, daily, hot freshwater showers, email access, use of our game room with TV/DVD, pool table, darts, foosball table, and revolving library. You’ll go to sleep and wake up each day to the soothing sounds of the breaking waves just a few feet away.
No matter what your sport of choice is, we’ve got the gear for you! Unlimited access to the latest windsurfing and kiting rigs, surf and SUP boards, mountain bikes, plus all of the key accessories. Everything we have is “Baja Tested,” and proven to stand up against the hard core conditions that Baja is famous for delivering. Every one of our staff is an experienced athlete and an experienced Baja hand who’s schooled on local conditions and is more than happy to lend a hand or some advice to make sure that the day ahead is your best one yet.
We have private shower stalls for our guests. Since water is a rare and precious resource here in the desert, each guest be allowed one shower per day. Multi-gallon shower bags are heated onsite for a nice warm shower at the end of the day and each stall has soap and shampoo on hand – all you have to do is bring a towel.
Our all-inclusive package includes three hearty meals a day, plus unlimited access to snacks and drinks. Depending upon your mood – or the weather – we have multiple dining areas to choose from including a sheltered, inside dining room and outside, ocean-view picnic tables and bar seating, as well as a cliff-side palapa overlooking the beach break. Led by our legendary chef Emerita, the kitchen staff work out of an outdoor open kitchen where guests can view the delicious food preparations.
- Baja Breakfast: Coffee/Muffins/Fruit/Yogurt/Tea served at 7:00am
- Full Breakfast: 8:00am
- Lunch: Served between 12:30pm-2:00pm.
- Happy Hour Appetizers: 7:00pm
- Dinner: 8:00pm
- Snacks all day long
When nature called in the early days, it meant hiking off into the arroyos with a shovel but we’ve eliminated that with a network of private, enclosed outhouses just a few steps from camp.
- Electrical Power : Off-Grid Power Available
- Cellular / Data : Available