MEXICO & PERU
Then off to Mexico for the 3rd stop of the AWT, the Baja desert showdown.
“It had been over 3 years since I last came to Punta San Carlos, and this trip reminded me how this place needs to be a yearly destination for me. It is such an amazing spot for wavesailing; long, clean, uncrowded waves. We had unbelievable conditions for the event! Logo+ high waves in the sets and wind!!! Too much wind even for the sails I brought! This event was especially challenging for me as my brand new 69L Fanatic quad (from a brand new sponsor!) got stolen on the way down to compete. I showed up without a board and really missed not bringing my smaller sails especially in the final against Fiona Wylde who had been sailing some solid heats through amateur and youth division on her 3.2. It wasn’t easy to sheet in and make turns being so overpowered but I managed to finish on top. Big thanks to Camille Juban for lending me his custom 68L quatro board for this event.
After winning Baja, the chances of getting the overall title was nearly a lock. I headed home to Hood River, but couldn’t stop thinking about wave sailing. I needed to make the Peru trip happen. So I scheduled myself solid at work for most of August and took off for to Peru for the 4th AWT event: the Pacasmayo classic.
Unfortunately, the turn out of women wasn’t great despite the free entry, food and lodging offered to female competitors by El Faro resort. Because of this, I got a chance to compete also in Men amateur, and master (thanks to IFCA rules allowing women over 30 years of age to compete in master division). I went down there with no expectations, as I was so new to port tack sailing, but was stoked to not only win the women, but also the men amateur and take a 5th place in the masters (loosing in quarter finals to Kevin Prtichard and South American Champion Willhem Schurmann). Port tack sailing was so much fun and Pacasmayo was the best place to learn this new tack!”
Photos from Baja: Clark Merritt
Photos from Peru: Ruben Lemmens