A Kiter’s Guide: La Ventana

A Kiter’s Guide: La Ventana

Traveller’s Guide: La Ventana

By Jill Linde

Down in Baja, the season is just getting started, and with many already heading down to one of the best global kite spots. Some of the best schools from La Ventana reached out to us to be able to offer their insight as to what makes this such an amazing spot for all skill levels.

Wind/Water Conditions

Within a long sandy bay, La Ventana offers a plethora of options for launch access. Furthermore there is a widely popular 8km downwinder that starts at the hot springs and ends at the bottom of the bay.

Wind conditions, naturally depend on the time of year as well as weather systems over the baja region. The windy season begins as early as October, and starts to wind down around late May. La Ventana has consistent North East Thermal winds that range from 10-20 knots and frontal winds (NW, El Norte) blow a gusty 20-40 knots. Thermals dominate the spring and fall where Nortes are typically more present in the winter. Water conditions can range anywhere from flat, to ‘bump n’ jump’ chop or a double overhead rolling swell.

Water temperature in November is tropical and always warm (28C) (no wetsuit/just rashguard). By February the water temperature drops to 20, usually a 4/3 wetsuit is preferred by kiters during this time of year. Occasionally, it is possible to get Maui like wave sailing on the Pacific coast (a few hours drive from La Ventana), so it is always worth it to check the forecast!  

Where Can I Find Lessons?

There are no shortage of kite schools based in La Ventana, however, it is important to do some research beforehand.We would always recommend that you find a school that follows IKO standards and employs IKO-certified instructors.

It is also generally a good idea to book jet ski-assisted lessons, as they are safer and cut down on precious learning time.

Martin Dovick has been based out of Ventana Bay resort for many years and teaches on the latest Ocean Rodeo equipment. For those staying further south along the bay, Elevation is another great option.

Food

La Ventana offers some amazing cuisine! Fresh local seafood is a staple here, and can be found in just about any restaurant. The street meat is not only safe to eat, but also extremely tasty. If you’re feeling fancy, there are also options for more upscale dining.

Some of our favourite food places here include:

Dona Paty’s taco stand – $

Marlin Azul – $$

Cone’s – $$

Ventana Bay Resort – $$$

The local nightlife is usually centered around Baja Joe’s, Delaney’s and Playa Central.

Prices

Prices are generally low for north American standards. Food is fairly inexpensive – a meal and drinks ranges from 100-400 pesos (around 7-30 CAD) All businesses do accept USD, but be aware that cash can be hard to come by in  La Ventana. There are rarely any working ATMS, so be prepared for this. Visa is increasingly being accepted in businesses, but don’t rely on it. Bring all the pesos you need for the easiest experience. Expect to spend the most on accommodation. This ranges from free camping on the beach to private luxury houses. Expect to pay a 50-100 CAD per night for a decent basic room.

No Wind Activities

No wind? No problem. La Ventana and the surrounding areas offer a plethora of interesting activities for calm days, including: Mountain biking, hiking, mountain tours, fishing, freediving, scuba, island tours, and snorkelling along the reef.  

La Paz is the nearest city (about a 45 minute drive/shuttle ride) for sight-seeing, shopping, tours to Isla Espiritu, as well as swimming with whale sharks.  

The Pacific coast (about 2-3 hour drive) is also a popular surfing destination.

The next generation of bars are here

The next generation of bars are here

The next generation of bars is now ready for you

Press Release: September 11, 2018

After a long summer spent on getting you what would get you to go further on the water with our next generation kite lineup, we knew that we couldn’t just stop there. Our bars were in need of an upgrade that fit the caliber of kites and to provide you with gear that is an enabler and not a distraction.

After all this, Ocean Rodeo is proud to announce our new lineup of bars. Made to suit all your needs we’ve developed this lineup to match your style, be rugged and true, and not overbearing. Keeping things simple so you spend less time reading this article and more time kiting!

Introducing The Shift

The Shift bar notes some refinements from it’s previous iteration as the Stick Shift. Slimming everything down (including it’s name) the Shift bar is more profiled, built even tougher, and is engineered with the help of the performance engineering group r3. Using their ‘r3inforced’ framework, the Shift bar is built with key components that allowed us to take an existing backline trim bar and make it last longer in rougher conditions, act more precisely without taking your eyes off the water, and create a more direct feeling to your kites.

The Pilot Bar

Already soft released to the public for some time now the Pilot Bar was made to show that high end engineering doesn’t always have to have complex solutions.

Fulfilling our lineup and taking things down to basics the Pilot Bar allowed for us to put forth simple solutions to complex problems. The pilot bar contains an ‘r3inforced‘ framework as well, with a precision cleat lock, stainless steel center with a dual chamber polyurethane tubing to ensure no chaffing and no line tangle.

Read an overview of the Pilot Bar

Both the Shift and the Pilot bar come to you and are already in at some local retailers. We’re always looking to provide you with no excuses riding and Ocean Rodeo equipment for you and your local spot. Find where you can see one at our dealer finder, or if you are a retailer and are looking for bars to demo contact us.

The Kite Mag Talks the Future!

The Kite Mag Talks the Future!

photo by Jay Wallace

The Kite Mag Talks New Products

In our latest meeting with The Kite Mag, we talk about our tried, tested and true process, what it means to truly excel at making kites for our riders, and the unique position we’re in as a rider owned company to provide what no other brand can. You can read the whole article here

The Kite Mag Says

Ocean Rodeo have just pumped out new generation releases of all of their kites… They have a reputation as a brand that really thinks their products through and this is evident in the current lineup which really does have something for everyone. You might not see the appeal of kiting in the icy pacific northwest waters that they call home, but jump on one and the chances are you’ll see the appeal of an Ocean Rodeo kite.

photo by Jim Stringfellow

The Kites Are Out… Now What?

Ocean Rodeo is Proud to say we’re weeks away from our next release of our backline trim lineup. To go with our refinements we’ve even refined the name. Now titled the Shift Bar, this second generation Ocean Rodeo backline trim bar will feature everything of it’s predecessor, the Stick Shift along with some further refinements, including some you might have already seen on the Ocean Rodeo Pilot Bar.

Along with this we have another release coming your way this fall/winter as well! Stay tuned as we drop a great new twist on an old classic. 

IKSurf Mag Interviews Carla Herrera

IKSurf Mag Interviews Carla Herrera

IKSurf Mag Interviews Carla Herrera

 

 

Where did you grow up, when did you learn to kite, and what made you interested in the sport?

I was born in the Dominican Republic, but later my family moved to Spain. When I was 12 years old, we moved to Conil in Southern Spain, just one hour from Tarifa. Two years later, I flew a kite for the first time, and that’s when I got hooked. Ever since I have always kept one eye on the forecast and don’t see myself ever living away from the sea. What got me interested was the power of the kite, the adrenalin and Tarifa’s challenging conditions.

On the women’s side, you’ve been one of the pioneers in strapless freestyle. Has this always been your discipline of choice and what attracted you to it?

To begin with, I started with freestyle and achieved a pretty decent level! But two years ago I tried the surfboard and really enjoyed it. After a few sessions, I decided to move over to strapless freestyle. I guess I switched because I am a girl who likes action. Also, we don’t usually get nice waves for wave riding here!

How has living Tarifa influenced you as a rider?

Tarifa is well known for it’s strong winds; almost everyday we get great conditions for training strapless freestyle. Many of the riders here have a super high level, so I learn from them and get motivated to improve every time I ride.

 

Well done on a successful start to the season on the GKA World Tour. The women seem to be on fire! What have you done to prepare for the season?

Honestly, I thought that this year we would have some more freestyle events on the tour and the other women would be a bit more motivated and prepared for it.

Last winter, I moved to Brazil to train properly. There, I got more consistent and learnt how to go bigger. I was really close to landing my first strapless kite loops!

Sadly, this year most of the women’s events are wave-based with only a bit of freestyle, as most women don’t want to ride freestyle. At the moment, I am trying to train and improve my wave riding, although this is not the easiest in Tarifa. I really Think with the right support and training I could be on top in the wave events. Wish me luck!

 

Read  full article at IKSURF Mag by clicking here.

iKsurfmag talks pilot bar

iKsurfmag talks pilot bar

ikSurfMag Talks Pilot Bar

 

When iKsurf mag approached us with questions on our thoughts on control bars and where they fit in the grand scheme of the sport we couldn’t help but talk to them about how our present offering will start to affect the future. Having just released the pilot bar Ocean Rodeo was already ready to answer questions with them on what was most prevalent on our bar.

“Possibly the most overlooked and underrated bit of equipment in your quiver, the control bar is the connection between rider and kite. To find out more about this crucial piece of equipment”

 

Click here for the full interview!

The Pilot Bar

The Pilot Bar is our latest control bar system combining great innovation with a clean and easy layout. By combining time tested components and materials, the Pilot bar delivers enhanced precision and control to front line trim without clutter or complications.

The Kite Mag Reviews the Roam

The Kite Mag Reviews the Roam

The Kite Mag Tests The Roam

Photo:  Jay Wallace

 

While our pro riders were out competing hard in Morocco at the GKA world tour, they were able to get away from the action just long enough to pass our Next Gen Roam to the team over at The Kite Mag. Here’s a little excerpt from their article.

The Kite Mag’s Take

 

“there is a lovely smooth delivery of power as you dive the kite and then it drives forward in the window and delivered plenty of power for cruising around. Also impressive was the upwind performance which seemed to defy the laws of physics as it feels like the kite is sitting pretty deep but it still really trucks you upwind.”

A Wave Kite Like No Other

The Roam is Ocean Rodeo’s dedicated wave kite and the kite of Choice for Ocean Rodeo’s GKA pro rider’s Carla Herrera and Reece Myerscough. Built with a No Excuses attitude this kite is second to none in wave riding.