Punta San Carlos is located 275 miles south of the San Diego-Tijuana border on the Pacific Ocean of Baja California Norte. The nearest town is El Rosario about 50 miles to the northeast.
Punta San Carlos has been a world class wave sailing Mecca since the first pioneer sailors discovered it in the early eighties. The unique side-off wind conditions make San Carlos ideal for classic down the line surf sailing.
World class pro sailors Matt & Kevin Pritchard, Keith Taboul, Ritchie Myers, young gun Graham Ezzy and many others refined their skills here while climbing the ladder to world status. But San Carlos is also the perfect playground for serious amateurs and weekend warriors alike. Because of the myriad of wave conditions in close proximity, it is perfect for all styles and ability levels.
There are 4 main wave sailing arenas to choose from - The Point, The Chili Bowl, The Beachbreak, and The Bombora. Depending on the direction of the swell will dictate which of these spots will be working.
Novice wavesailors will find the Beachbreak very good for developing skills and style.
The gentle rolling waves protected by the island are forgiving but don't let these conditions fool you. Pro's frequent this area to tune-up, practice and enjoy classic wavesailing as well.
The Bombora is an outer reef off the east end of the island. The wave comes from open water and hits the shallow reef creating a powerful pitching wave, great for jumping. and quick wave riding end & outs.
The Point offers wave riders a steep peak that can break far from shore. As it approaches the beach it will decrease in size as it lines up ideally connecting to the Chili Bowl in the bay. This spot is for advanced wave riders that wish an extended ride into the Chili Bowl.
The Chili Bowl is the flagship wave spot seen so frequently in the windsurfing media. The reef is in the middle of the bay and breaks left and right. The perfect ride starts on a point wave and lines up connecting to the left created by the reef. Wave riders will smack the lip of the left coming at them. Every great photo of the Chili Bowl captures this thrilling maneuver.