Kiteboarding and Windsurfing in La Ventana, Baja, Christmas 2015 by Rory Kennedy
La Ventana was not a place most cab drivers were aware of when we landed in Cabo on Christmas day. Our driver was one of few who knew the way and he drove a little too fast in the winding desert hills between the cacti and cows. By the time I asked to pull over it was already too late and I lost half breakfast into my ball cap (thankfully not right on the seat).
When we pulled into Baja Joes hostel I spewed the remainder of my breakfast in the parking lot during introductions. The first two days were surprisingly a little cold and the cloud cover kept the winds lighter than would be ideal. When the winds returned above 20 knots and temperatures back above 25C the rewards were well worth the fuss. Kite boarding over a school of rays on the last day was totally exhilarating.
All of the food in Baja Joes was excellent with the exception of some barley cooked hot wings at the bar. The local vendors and restaurants down the street were considerably cheaper (almost half price) and some were just as delicious. Still we returned to Joes for some variety. My staples were yummy fish tacos, ceviche and enchiladas.
For some reason I used to think to make upwind progress the kite had to be really low to the water. I discovered that especially in strong wind, that it is entirely unnecessary to fly it below 10 o'clock. When I flew the kite high above me a lot of the weight came off my feet making it a lot easier for me by reducing the wipe out frequency. My brother D as usual was a natural and learned to stay upwind inside of a few days. We were taking lessons with Elevation Kiteboarding School - Nitinat BC in Summer/ Baja in winter.
The beaches were stunning and on light wind days there was still plenty to do. People went bike riding, SUPing, kayaking, horseback riding and apparently there were hot springs somewhere in the area. After new years the amount of litter on the beaches was a little bit shocking. On the ride back my brother and I thankfully had a slower driver so I didn't get remotely nauseous. Dad stayed in Baja for a few more days and had the privilege of snorkeling with a whale shark before his return.