Solosports KITE WEEK, Mexico

 

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    Classic Punta San Carlos with a small to medium south swell. These south swells are long, groomed with plenty of waves in each set. You can take off right out the back where the peak is breaking then ride through then speed down the line where there's still another 100m of wave to go!
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    If you're an adventurous person this is one of the best parts of the trip.
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    We get on at Brown Field, just north of the Mexican border and from there we fly over the coast and finally land just beside the ocean at SoloSports.
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    Remote Baja desert from above. We fly over what feels like a million different tantalising point breaks the whole way down. An endless deserted coastline of point breaks to mindsurf the whole way down.
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    This says it all. You can lay in your tent and watch the waves peeling off. You couldn't be any closer to the action.
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    From SoloSports looking down the coast to more point breaks further down the coast. Early mornings have a touch of fog but as that burns off you can see more and more waves further in the distance.
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    This place allows you to learn more on the water than anywhere else; it's built for coaching. But at the same time you learn so much from watching others. Between sessions you can still be learning and improving.
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    A typical Baja morning starts with an offshore wind which is really perfect for SUPing, long boarding, foiling and although it's not the greatest spot for shortboards it's epic for other craft.
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    The launch spot is right next to the tents and at first looks a little daunting but is something you work out quickly. Plus our amazing crew is always there to help out.
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    The water is cold but the air is warm. It's good to have Tassie-born cold water professional Stu Gibson getting in the water and shooting a different angle.
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    When the sets roll though at Punta San Carlos there are plenty of waves for everyone. So much action all around.
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    One of the key things we work on and one skill everyone can probably improve on is toe-side riding. I really try to help people refine on this skill during the week.
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    It all starts with a bottom turn. A good bottom turn leads into a good top turn. Here's Haydn Fischer demonstrating.
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    The kiting is amazing but as always the best part about Kite Weeks are the people you meet. Here in particular where we don't have internet it feels like a good old surf trip - no phones, no internet. How rare is that!
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    Have you seen a cleaner, more groomed or longer lip than this? What make this wave so good is that beginner or pro you can have so much fun.
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    Pumping up your kite next to your bed. Best setup!
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    In between waves the view of these mountains is incredible. But we also have these mountains to thank for the thermal wind.
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    Seriously, is there a more fun, slopey wave to learn on? Here's one of our guests looking really comfortable and confident after a few days refining technique.
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    A few cervezas to top off a big day on the water
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    Wave machine. One after the other. Clean, kiting perfection.
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    All in one little remote place.
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    Some of our SUP guests say it's one of the best waves they've ever ridden. The crowd factor is pretty epic too!
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    The smile says it all. Another epic morning SUPing before the wind kicks in.
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    Drawing the perfect lines with nice down-the-line flow is one of the most critical parts to a successful wave ride and something we can really focus on here. This pic shows a nice bottom turn/top turn combination.
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    I wouldn't class the waves here as great for surfing but they're definitely a lot of fun and usually uncrowded.
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    This shot really shows the wave just down the point from the camp. It's a little more top-to-bottom and it's something that we progress onto during the week as our clients improve. Here's Haydn Fischer.
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    There are miles of mountain biking trails and all the gear supplied if you can find any energy left after all the surfing, SUPing and kiting.
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    The class of 2019
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    Time to head home. Planes waiting to take us back to San Diego

Ben's Mexico Kite Camps are one of the best ways to really improve your kiting and enjoy some incredible conditions. SoloSports Adventure Holidays in Punta San Carlos [PSC] is a fully catered adventure sports hub that’s been operating in Baja, California Mexico for over 25 years. 

"SoloSports was one of the first places I ever went to surf with a kite and I believe it's one of the best places to take your waveriding to the next level. The conditions here are ideal for spending the maximum time in the water and there aren't many waves in the world this long and perfect for kiting." - Ben

We’ve designed this camp specifically for North and South American clients to provide an ultra-accessible escape, just a quick hop from San Diego. Everything including the latest kitesurfing equipment is available on site so you really only need to bring yourself! This trip is pure adventure from the moment you jump on the light plane transfer. You will be absolutely blown away by the beauty, team and conditions at PSC! 

AVAILABLE DATES

2-9 May 2020 - AVAILABLE!

Join the wait list here or ENQUIRE 

 

Kite Coaching 

The sessions and local conditions are geared for kiters who are looking to improve wave-riding skills and take everything to the next level. Most students want to focus on kite positioning, riding toe-side, body technique and positioning, transitioning from strapped to strapless, riding backhand/forehand and riding un-hooked.

Each day Ben takes kiting students through a theory and video feedback session before hitting the water when the wind picks up. Ben's sessions are practised and fine-tuned while having the flexibility to suit the needs of each student. Over the last ten years, Ben has taught over 5,000 students so you know you're in good hands! 

Theory sessions make the most of kiting footage shot the day before and allow an unmatched personalised feedback for each client.

"My ultimate goal is obviously to share as much knowledge as possible during the week, and for guests to all walk away with the tools to be able to figure out what's not working when they're back at home." - Ben

 

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TESTIMONIALS

"Great kiters aren’t necessarily great teachers. Ben is a great teacher." - Blair

“The kite camp was awesome!! Ben is a great coach; we could all see progress since day 1 and by the last days we were all riding the waves with style.” - Jose

"PSC is one of the most consistently windy spots in the Spring anywhere in North America." - Blair 

"PSC is a wonderland for sports, there is not enough time or energy to do it all… it's a great experience and I definitely would repeat both, Ben's camp and PSC." - Jose

"I come from a wakeboarding background and I really wanted to try and learn how to catch waves, and learn what kitesurfing really is." - Marty

"For me the clinic the crucial thing was to better my backhand riding, to get some insight into techniques I wouldn't normally have access to and to have more freedom on the wave." - Gert

 

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OTHER ACTIVITIES

Conditions tend to be reliably windy with good surf. However, as kiters you know we cannot guarantee wind and swell so we have a range of alternate activities as a backup. In the event of no wind, theory classes will continue as normal plus other onsite activities such as stand up paddleboarding, mountain biking, hiking and longboarding.

All this equipment is supplied by SoloSports and available to use throughout your stay at no extra cost. High-quality brands such as Slingshot, F-One & BWSURF. 


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Meals & Accommodation

All meals, beverages including alcohol, and equipment is supplied. Expect tasty hot & cold breakfasts, lunches of soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, well-earned snacks and beers followed by a delicious dinner. All meals are prepared on site and everything is included in your package price, so there are no surprises upon departure.

During your stay at SoloSports you'll experience deluxe camping accommodations in spacious, quiet Springbar tents on the carpeted, protected tarmac. SoloSports supply all your bedding needs for sleeping comfort. This camp is for people serious about adventure sports who aren't affraid to get a little dirty. Hot showers are definitely available but you are limited to one per day. 

While Internet and a Sat phone is available, prepare for being totally switched-off during your stay. Enjoy the opportunity to disconnect and get off the grid - it's a great feeling!

  

Photography & Video

All photography and video is included. Our professional photographer will be on the beach, in the water, at the bar and even on the mountain capturing the action. At the end of the trip these photos plus a short clip are yours to take home at no extra cost - the perfect momentos to your week at SoloSports. 

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PRICING

DATES:

09 May 2020 

Limited to 12 guests only. 

 

ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKAGES INCLUDE

$4,900USD per person per week. Book now before 1st July 2019 and save $300. 

6 full days of personalised coaching with Ben 

7 nights accommodation at SoloSports, Punta San Carlos

Round-trip transportation by private plane from San Diego (Brown Field) to Punta San Carlos 

Private hot showers, (limited) Internet and use of multi-media activity room & lounge

All hot prepared meals, snacks, beverages including beer, wine & spirits from hosted & fully stocked bar and Chili-Bomb Cantina 

Use of all gear: windsurfers, kites, standup paddle boards, longboards, shortboards, kayaks, mountain bikes (BYO harness). This gear is the BEST quality and there's something here for everyone

Photography and video (all your photos and video will be provided on USB at the end of week)

 

NOTES:

Prices are quoted in USD and are current for 2020. 

To secure your space we payment in full. We have credit card or bank transfer options available (4% credit card fee applies). 

Connecting flights to/from San Diego are not included. 

 

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Getting There

We will be arriving by light plane to Punta San Carlos' own airstrip, capitaned by highly experienced pilots (the head pilot has been doing this route for 25 years and PSC's safety record is immaculate!). 

Aircraft transfers from San Diego's Brown Field are included in your package (Brown Field is around 25min-1.5hr drive (pending traffic) from San Diego International Airport).

You will be met at the small airstrip by your pilots and loaded onto several small Cessnas. **Please refer to baggage restrictions in the FAQ section.

All aircraft are required to land and pass customs at a Mexican port of entry so PLEASE BRING passport and a minimum of $40 cash to cover the $35 entry fee and $5 departure fee. Do not be alarmed if you are separated from your travel buddy – this helps to speed up the customs process. Your pilots are really experienced at dealing with the intricacies of Mexican customs so please relax and go with it. It will all work out! 

You will land at SoloSports' private strip and unload where Ben will give a welcome intro and go over the local conditions. Then if the wind’s on, it’s time to kite!

 

Notes:

You will need to complete the flight manifest at least 30 days prior to departure. It is a FAA legal requirement for all light international flights and will be provided upon booking. 

Alternatively you can drive from the USA; it takes about 6-8hrs from the border. You may also wish to hire a private charter from LAX. Pricing is POA. 

 

HEADING HOME

Arriving to San Diego

Light aircraft return to San Diego’s Brown Field from 2:30-3:00pm, arriving at around 5:00pm.

On arrival you’ll need to clear US customs and take a taxi (~$60USD) back to downtown San Diego. 

**Connecting flights out of SAN must leave at 7:30pm or later to ensure there is enough time (even more for an international flight).  

*Kathy at Solo Sports can help arrange a driver from Brown Field to SAN. 

FAQ

Do I need travel insurance? Yes. You will need a plan that covers medical emergencies and transport, trip cancellation, travel changes, loss of property and luggage. We recommend a comprehensive cover to ensure you're protected. 

Internet? Yes, wireless internet is available but is not reliable. Be prepared to spend a week off the grid. 

Water temperature? Pretty cool. Spring tends to have cold air and water temperatures. 

Do you need a wetsuit? Although the air temperature is quite warm, the water is cool. A thick 4/3 fullsuit or possibly a shortie is a good idea for windchill. The temperature can vary so you may want to go lighter. Booties are a good idea as it's rocky. 

Strength of wind? It can be any strength, but normally about 15-20knots and we mostly ride on 8m - 10m kites.

Do I need kitesurfing experience? Yes. This camp is not suitable for beginners or non-kiters. 

Can you ride a twin tip? You can, however we will be focussing on wave riding so we recommend a surfboard.

What are the waves like? Depending on swell size there are plenty of options. Typically the waves are quite mellow and long - friendly peelers with not to many steep or hollow sections.

How much baggage can I bring? Strictly limited to 50pounds/23kg. You will be arriving and departing on light aircraft so excess baggage will not be accepted. 

What should I pack? Please bring passport, cash, personal items including medication, suncreen, a harness, 4/3 full wetsuit, booties, a towel/poncho, ugg boots, running shoes (for mountain biking and hiking), waterbottle and warm clothes. All other equipment will be supplied. 

What kind of equipment will be supplied? SoloSports stock an insane range of the latest kites and boards including Slingshot, F-One, Liquid Force and of course BWSurf gear. Longboards, shortboards, SUPs, windsurfers, mountain bikes, kayaks and everything is there for you to use. 

What happens if I dammage something? If you tear a kite or break a board you will be charged to cost of repair or replacement. HOWEVER, insurance is available ($20 worth of insurance covers you for $100 worth of damage) and the team a SoloSports are really fair. They will always fix what they can on site at no cost. The bottom line is: treat the gear with respect as if it were your own. 

Can you ask for vegetarian meals when booking? Yes, we can cater to a range of dietary restrictions, just ask. 

Will harnesses & kitesurfing equipment be available to buy during the week? No. Please bring your own harness. Boards and kites will be provided by SoloSports & BWSurf. 

How will I know what kite and board to choose? We will have a staff member available to advise you on which kite brand and size will suit your level and current conditions. 

What if I get stranded and need help? We have a dedicated team member available to help you out and bring a fresh kite if yours goes down, HOWEVER, a rescue boat is also available at a cost of $50USD per person, per rescue. 

I hate pumping up kites! That's ok, there is someone available to pump your kite up for you. You just need to set up your own lines. 

I don't want to get in a light aircraft. How else can I make it to PSC? You are welcome to drive (6-8hrs from the border) or charter a larger private aircraft from LA (POA). In the 25 years of SoloSports they've never had an incident and they take safety VERY seriously. 

Is there a shop for basic items? There is a very basic camp store but please plan to bring all of your own personal items. 

Can I bring children under 18? Not typically. 

 

ITINERARY

Each day will start with breakfast and free time.  

Ben's theory sessions commence around 11am and are followed by lunch. 

Practical kiting sessions begin after lunch when the wind picks up and run throughout the afternoon. 

Dinner and drinks each night are provided. 

Here's what your week will look like:

Saturday 

Arrive and unwind. Free day to settle in and look around. Some of you have been travelling a while so relax and enjoy!

Sunday

Sunrise to 11am: Free time for surfing/kiting etc

11am: Goal building session and key principles for getting started, surf rescue etc.

Monday

Sunrise to 11am: Free time for surfing/kiting etc

11am: Body position and technique + video/photo feedback session 

12:30pm: Lunch

1:30pm till sunset: Kiting 

Tuesday

Sunrise to 11am: Free time for surfing/kiting etc

11am: Kite positioning + video/photo feedback session 

12:30pm: Lunch

1:30pm till sunset: Kiting 

Wednesday

Sunrise to 11am: Free time for surfing/kiting etc

11am: Video/photo feedback session 

12:30pm: Lunch

1:30pm till sunset: Kiting 

Thursday

Sunrise to 11am: Free time for surfing/kiting etc

11am: Video/photo feedback session 

12:30pm: Lunch

1:30pm till sunset: Kiting 

Friday

Sunrise to 11am: Free time for surfing/kiting etc

11am: Video/photo feedback session 

12:30pm: Lunch

1:30pm till sunset: Kiting 

7pm: Slideshow

Saturday

11am: Wrap up + video/photo feedback session 

10:30am until check out: kiting

12:30pm: Lunch

2pm: Departure

 

BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS

Additional Requirements are on a 'request only' basis and are not guaranteed.

We require the payment in full to confirm booking. 

Payment can be made by bank transfer

No refund for early departures or late arrivals

Check-in is at 11:00am on Saturday and check-out is by 2:00pm am on the following Saturday. Early check-in and late departure is not available.

Only the number of guests paid for and showing on the receipt may stay

All bed and bathroom linen is provided.

We do not accept any liability in contract or in tort for any injury, damage, loss, delay, additional expenses or inconvenience caused directly or indirectly by force majeure or other events which are beyond our control, including but not limited to war, cyclone, civil disturbance, fire, floods, unusually severe weather, acts of God, acts of Government or any authorities, accidents to or failure of machinery or equipment. Failure by the client to obtain a passport, visa, proper vaccinations or travel insurance.

Costs are quoted in US Dollars and therefore may cause fluctuations in prices when converted to other currencies.

PACKAGE TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Flight and accommodation details should be provided at time of booking or prior to travel. You are responsible for connecting flights, accommodation and transfers to Brown Field. 

Please notify us in advance of any dietary requirements so we can accommodate you

CONDITION OF OCCUPANCY

Accommodation must not be used for any unlawful purpose 

The Guest will be liable for payment of any charges incurred by any Guest together with all replacements and necessary costs for any damage or loss to equipment caused by any Guest 

The Guest authorises the manager to charge any credit card for any loss, damage or monetary contribution for which any Guest is liable under this document or otherwise 

Neither PSC, Ben Wilson, staff or crew is liable for any damage or loss of property, which a Guest may sustain while on the complex

CANCELLATION POLICY

 

Cancellations should be made in writing via email to 

In order to deliver our guests the incredible Punta San Carlos experience we are world famous for, we must incur substantial expenses and make many commitments long before the start of your trip. Therefore SoloSports Adventure Holidays requires full payment at the time of booking. 

For the same reasons we also have a no refund policy. 

If you cancel your trip 60 days or more prior to your arrival then we are happy to reschedule your trip date or credit you with a Ticket 2 Ride for a future trip. Your “T2R” never expires so you can use it anytime in the future. 

If you cancel within 60 days and more then 30 days prior to your arrival we will be happy to reschedule your trip date or credit you with a Ticket 2 Ride for a future trip minus a $750.00 change/rebooking fee. 

Cancellations made 30 days or less of your arrival date are 100% non refundable and you will lose your reservation. 

You are more than welcome to find a replacement for your booking. If you can have the new booking party pay you for the trip we can transfer the name of the booking over at no penalty. If we must charge the new booking party and refund your booking there will be a $250.00 change/rebooking fee. 

We understand that occasionally things come up that prevent you from joining us and it is therefore important to look into trip cancellation insurance. These Insurance Plans can vary greatly but can cover you for trip cancellation, lost or stolen luggage, missed flights, medical issues, legal fees and more. 

We have added a few links below to get you acquainted with Travel Insurance so dig in and decide for yourself if you want to purchase a policy to protect your trip! 

http://www.travelinsurancereview.net http://www.travelguard.com https://www.travelinsured.com http://www.travelinsurance.com https://www.squaremouth.com 

If you have questions regarding this policy please contact us. 

 

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