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Wyatt and Tyson’s La Ventana / Baja Report Season 3 and 4
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wyattmiller



Joined: 23 Jan 2008
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tyson's Race Report Novel 2

The third race was the most interesting of all, with lots of place changes, people over early, and sailors colliding. As we are pulling up to the start line, it seemed like all the kites were barging at the line, blocking the whole start pretty well. I was late to the start, having to dive really low on the line to get some clean wind. There were two kiters and one windsurfer over the line early, making for an interesting race to the first mark. As we were flying to the mark, I was busy yelling at the kiters who were over early to get off the course, haha. The windsurfer turned around and rounded the start line a second time, to nullify his over early. By the time we were getting to the first mark, I had just caught and passed the kiter in first place, but by only about a foot. As i jibed in front of him, his lines clipped the top of my sail (see pic of me looking up at the top of my sail), almost putting me into the water, but bringing me to a slow turn. By the time I recovered, the kiter had picked up speed and I had to catch him again. This time I got him before the next buoy, making the jibe a bit safer. Things didn't go as well for the guys behind me. Casey told me that he slammed the kiter in the face with his sail. I guess as they were jibing, the kiter jumped up to transition on his heel side, just as Casey was laying the sail down for his jibe. Casey ended up knocking him over and taking the next position. As they all got to the next mark, the same kiter ended up running into the ankles of Jay Watermayer, and crashing again. Adam Withington decided to stay back in the pack to save his kite gear. I guess the racing lines are very sensitive and can break easily. After the race, there was a lot of talk during the break about what was going on. Who was over early, who wasn't, who hit who. But in the end there were no hard feelings and everyone was ready to roll for another 3 races.

After the break, the 4th race ended up being the hardest for me. Once again, I had a serious battle between my training buddy and good friend, Casey Hauser. Hit it the start on point and was blasting to the first mark. I was a bit late and had to make up some serious time. He hit the jibe first, and I was right on his tail. I was able to make up some distance between him and I on the next reach, only putting one board length between him and I on the second mark. This is where I took a bit of a gamble and decided to take the jibe low and try to come underneath Casey and get some clean wind to the next mark. If he had caught me one second earlier, he could have dove down and covered me pretty easily, but I managed to just get enough speed up to pull even with him on the reach. We hit the third mark at the same time, with Casey a bit more upwind of me and trying to cut inside. I managed to throw enough spray (unintentionally) into his sail on my jibe, that it threw him off balance, making him take the jibe a bit wider than he wanted. I was able to pull ahead and hold the lead till the finish line. Breathing pretty hard after that one.

For me the last two races went pretty similar. I hit the line with really good speed and right on time, making it to the mark in first and not looking back. This was by far the most fun race day we have had yet. Lots of energy and a good amount of racers and great talent! Looking forward to another one after the holidays! See you guys on the water!



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wyattmiller



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There have been way too many fun things going on down here that we are weeks and weeks behind on our reports on good times. I will have to back log here a while…..
January 10th -15th saw the 3rd annual Lord of the Wind Baja competition in Los Barilles. The wind cranked for all 3 days of competition with solid overhead swell for the freestyle comp on Saturday. The Rotary Club of Los Barilles did a great job again putting on the event with food, tequila tasting, pig roasts, parties and of course lots of sailing. Tyson got bullets in pretty much every race he sailed in, walking away with 1st place in Slalom and Course Racing. When it came time for the Freestyle Comp is was cranking I rigged 5.0 and the rest of the boys rigged 4.2, I was a bit overpowered but it worked out Bryan got 1st, I got 2nd and Tyson got 3rd. Partied pretty hard at the closing ceremonies and then headed back to LV the next morning and that was the start of 17 days straight of 5.0 or better.



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wyattmiller



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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goof



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Come on Wyatt, jonesing it for wind and you can't post an update since 12/31/12? Give us a hit and we'll all get well.
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goof



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oops, I spoke too soon. Feeling better already.
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wyattmiller



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So we got back form the Lord of the Wind comp in Los Barilles on Monday a bit hungover from the award ceremony party and by the evening the trees were shaking in an unusual way. Woke up crack of dawn on Sunday freaking out that our boat on the beach was probably drifting out to sea because the sound of crashing waves was a lot noisier than normal. Ran down to the gear sheds just as the waves were starting to flow over the beach and into the little arroyo that houses our gear. Ran back up the path for help and got back down to the gear sheds just in time to roll the carpets back, while tyson brought the quad with the winch to pull the boat that had been getting smacked by waves up onto the dunes. Then we all headed up to Pablos for breakfast after a quick look at the couch to make sure it was not floating away. 8:30 breakfast at Pablos where we watched 9 windsurfers ripping it up in head high waves with not a kiter in sight.

Then we went and rigged gear at the couch to sail the generals. Bryan had been calling all morning to try and get us to drive to Los Barilles and then an hour south to go to Punta Colorado which albeit is a great spot on a Norte but why drive 2 hrs for a maybe when it was absolutely firing right in front of us. I rigged 4.4 Boxer and 80L Koncept while Casey and Tyson rigged their 4.2s. I hit the water and immediately had to jump in and outhaul my sail all the way. The wind was howling with gusts coming through that were so strong I was blowing my jibes.

We sailed until our hands bled boosting huge airs and getting down the line waverides on Starboard. A few times we would pass each and laugh screaming "This sucks we should have driven 2 hours to Punta Colorado...ahahahahahah"

Basically it was the most epic session of the season.

Later that night we sent Bryan a photo of Tysons biggest Backloop and he send one over of him at Punta Colorado....you guys can decide which is better.



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usa4



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rule #4- never leave wind for wind.

Big tuesday in barriles was off the hook with 10' shore break & 30-40k.
I was amazed that the sea of cotez could get so big.

I think Bryan may have won this one
That loop looks pretty sick.

What Wyatt failed to mention is that the next day he & Tyson kicked ass on the double cross race. It was 23-35k across the channel w/ 15' swell breaking and those 2 took off like a rocket besting world champion Johnny Heineken on his kite board. Wyatt took the line honors with Tyson getting skunked by a fish on his fin.

PS- got another January bonus session at crissy today w/ 20-30k, 5k ebb & swell under the gate. Hands & feet blue after 90 min of sailing.
Missing baja already!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2013 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

February ROCKS!!!!!!! Its getting warmer, we are back down to wearing shorties or boardies town is clearing out and the wind and waves are still firing. Last week we had a killer Norte that pumped in with solid swell. One of our Guests Francois was ripping up at the generals with Tyson throwing insane tweaked table tops. Tyson was clearing kiters and pelicans stomping one handed back loops all day. I even saw him get a couple down the line aerials on 4 bottom turn waves.

The top two months down here really are January and February, gotta say that Feb is my favorite, warm strong winds and tons of space.

We had a solid day yesterday, today is dead flat perfect for SUPing and fishing, tomorrow looks like it is gonna rock and then just build thru thursday.

Viva Mexico!!!!!!!

Its not too late for a February vacation shoot us an email we have space.


Oh ya and if the forecast does not impress you must know that 9-10 mph in the forecast means 5.0 and 100L for my 200lb self. Oh ya its that good.



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh Man! The wind here is great but it is really all the non-wind activities that make this spot amazing. You are not gonna believe this.

So after ripping on 4.4 the bay was flat the following day so some friends and I decided to take the boat to the island for some fishin....er drinking.

On the way over we almost hit a 6 foot manta ray. We spooked it and it reached one of its wings up and hit our fishing pole in the rod holder like 2 feet above the boat, soaking the girl next to it and me. That was pretty wild especially since there were more all around us with their wing tips sticking out of the water.

We got to the island killed the motor, pulled out the big vat of guacamole, cracked some beers and started chowing. Just when you though things could not get better I pulled out the mini-speakers and we were grooving.

Just then Sara pointed out to see and said "WHATS THAT", we all looked and stood dumbfounded for a minute and then all agreed that it was a 200 yard long line of hundreds and hundreds of dolphins heading right for us.

We quickly put the guac away and headed for them. We did about 4 laps alongside them and they rode the bow wake and the wake behind us for miles.

It was glassy flat and we all had the hugest smiles when I said "Well we have the skim board and the dolphins are loving us ..we kinda have to wake surf with them dont we?"

Rachael jumped in the water first and we headed along side them. From previous passes we figured out that they liked it best when we went as slow as possible so they could ride the wake behind.

Well can't really put it in words so check the photos and check the video link here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIF3PyPdQkM

NEW LINK I PROMISE THIS WORKS!!!!!

All 3 of us got to surf with them, and when it was Grom's turn there was 2 grey whales in the group of dolphins. All and all it was one of the top 3 afternoons of my life.



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wyatt,

All I can say is ....WOW.......what an experience!

Never a dull moment in BAJA.

I'm putting this on my bucket list.
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