Let me begin by saying that I have not been to Todos Santos, a pair of islands about 12 miles west of Ensenada, and that I don’t surf.
But surfing is a big part of Baja’s appeal to sports-minded travelers. So I was glad to come across a recent travelogue posted by Nathan Gibbs on his blog – Nathangibbs.com – of the the Todos Santos Big Wave Event. Apparently, surfers wait out the appropriate wave conditions during the month of February until someone makes the call that the contest is on. In this case, the event took place Feb. 28 after forecasters predicted waves would get between 18-20 feet high.
I once interviewed some surfers (when I was a reporter) about what draws them to Baja California. Several told me it was the ruggedness and isolated atmosphere – the sense of what California must have been like before the urban sprawl and the knotted shoelace freeways. The chance to have a wave all to themselves.
Or, as in this case, to simply ride some pretty impressive waves. To get a sense of the Todos Santos area’s alluring waves, I’ve embedded a video (above) that Nathan made of his ocean excursion. But to get a more comprehensive sense of the event, do check out Nathangibbs.com to see some amazing shots of the surfers and waves that day.
And feel free in the comments section to suggest links to other videos or photos taken from that day.
YouTube video from NathanGibbs.com