INVENTORY YOUR GEAR
For those guys who feel they just have to use their own stuff or are undecided
about our DEMO GEAR OPTION, read this page first Solo Test
Check your gear before you go. Tendons,
down-haul/out-haul lines, you know the drill...they are all guaranteed
to fail and why spoil you sesh time messing around tuning your
equipment. It's also not all available in the campo so bring 2 of
the little stuff that can wear out. Examine your harness for wear &
tear. Masts and booms as well. A word about sails & boards.
Punta San Carlos is a great wave sailing location. The smooth water and
side off conditions in the waves are perfect for your wave gear.
Leave the race & slalom gear at home. In moderate size surf, the beach
break is a great place to improve your wave sailing. If all you have is
slalom gear best take the
Punta San Carlos ocean and air temperatures
are generally cool. Water averages between 53-60 degrees depending
on the time of year. Most sailors bring a 4.3 wetsuit. If
you are hearty, a 3.2. Spring is traditionally the coolest air & water.
Summer - cool water/cool air, Fall - about as warm as it gets. Spring &
Full suits (3.2) and if you are lucky- a vest or trunks on rare
The wind is also cool and manages to
penetrate the best of wetsuits over the course of your go-out.
Hoods, booties and gloves are welcome accessories in the Spring.
Bike gloves for the hands will keep you on the water pain free. Booties
are year around due to the rocky bottom.
For those folks that just hate booties
here's a Solo Staff tip - Fin
Socks. These lightweight, thin neoprene socks used by those
who wear swim fins, allow you to keep your foot straps in the same
settings. Advantages - your feet slide easily into the strap
without the danger of snagging the little toe. Protects from those
nasty mussel shells and provides a limited comfort from the cold.
Available from DaKine or your favorite surf shop. Price? About $12-$20.
Don't forget your favorite towel or plan
on the other walk of shame from the shower to your tent. Speaking of
that - a few words about... Shrinkage - Even in Miami this made famous
on Seinfeld predicament is solutionless. See your physician prior
to travel if you're worried. Combine that with a double "0" day on the
bombie and ....well? You're on your own.
Spring is traditionally cool day & night with
periods of downright North Atlantic. UGG boots are the all around foot
wear. Warm wind resistant jackets, ski caps & sweaters for night
are normally OK. During the day T-shirts and shorts or sweat
pants. Summer, fall & winter require a series of wardrobe changes.
At sun-up its UGGs, jackets & sweatpants. As the Sun clears the top of
the mesa - shorts, t-shirts and slaps for most of the day with UGGs &
jackets in the evening. Hats are necessary for sun protection,
wool caps for evening.
A word about shoes - 3 ought to do it - 1)
good, tough walking/hiking shoes 2) slaps for the beach 3) UGGS for
nighttime (leave the bunny slippers at home).
Small flashlight or head lamp, surf wax,
your favorite candy or gum, sunglasses & a good wide brim hat.
IPODS/music players - We often
plug a guest's player into our lounge sound system, so create a few
playlists for the trip. Better bring the AC adapter along.
Need to catch up on some reading? - our Solace Lounge is a great place
to read, nap converse, listen to tunes or however you prefer to chill
Advil for just about everything from sore
muscles to Tequila abuse. The Campo maintains a good first aid
center but you should bring your own over the counter pain reliever.
Don't forget SUNSCREEN - mandatory! the stronger the better, hand lotion
(don't go there)
lip balm & contact lense items.
SPECIAL NOTE - If you have any medical conditions that may
be complicated by first aid, advise SoloSports in advance.
Check all of your electronic devices for
charged batteries. Bring extra! Digital music players
with your favorite music are the perfect way to enjoy all the great
scenes Punta San Carlos has to offer.
BRING YOUR CAMERA! - be it Film,
Digital or Video. Replace your batteries right before departure and
bring a spare. If you haven't used your camera for a while - give it
a dry run to correct any issues you may have.
Film users- ISO 200 is an all around good
film speed. 400 speed tends to be grainy but is a good substitute if you
don't have a flash. ISO 100 or 200 works fine for action shots.
Most folks still use prints..very affordable and most good processing
shops have CD options. COSTCO is a great place for film & digital
Digital users....bring extra memory
card/sticks (1 - 4 gig volumes work
great) & video tapes. . The Campo does
have limited electrical outlets for charging, so depending on how
many digital users there are, will dictate availability.
MONEY & GOODIES
Your SoloSports Adventure is all inclusive
with the exception of any voluntary gratuity for the staff. You may wish to
purchase Mexican spirits for the folks back home or a special event in the campo. There
are tequilas available from our Campstore.
Your Tour host will be happy to show you what is available. The
SoloSports Campstore has many items - Souvenirs, clothes and curios.
Prepay a SoloSports gift card for no hassle buying.
Avoid USD denominations over $20. The best
plan is to keep about $50 in 10's, 5's & ones. Depending on your
vendor's ability to make change will determine your result.
You must have a valid passport.
If you are flying in, you may be ask to purchase a tourist card. http://travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2225.html
FIREARMS, OTHER ILLEGALS &
Guns are illegal to possess in Mexico. SoloSports does not allow firearms of
any kind at Punta San Carlos and that includes Paint Guns. Mexican law
enforcement takes a tough stance on infractions, so
leave them at home.
As for other illegals.....remember you are
traveling with a group and put everyone at risk. Best stay squeaky
PETS - Sorry,
your favorite pooch, cat, gerbil or gold fish will fair better at
home.... come to think of it,
we have a recipe for all of them, served separately of course -
seriously no pets.
This list will get longer as I receive more
tips from the weary.
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