Monthly Archives: June 2008

More Weather!

Did I mention it is getting warmer? I must have, right?

Way south of us there are currently two tropical storms, Boris and Cristina, twisting away, pushing warm water and air up our way. The battle between the cold ocean water (gloom) and the warmer, clearer tropical influence is slowing being won by the tropical powers. Days are noticeably warmer and nights are only cooling down to about 70 F. In La Paz, 100 F temps have already arrived. One morning we have fog and grey skies and the next two we have sunny hot sunrises. The trend is clear to see.

Not to worry about Boris and Cristina as this time of year all the storms go west and don’t come near us. But this is about 2 weeks early (by my recollections) for this type of weather to be here in Todos Santos. Could be a long hot summer coming our way. Let’s just hope the hurricanes stay away from our coastline.

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Bikini Contest Photos

Finally!!! PG rated photos below.

Los Cerritos Baja Bikini Contest

Los Cerritos Baja Bikini Contest

Los Cerritos Baja Bikini Contest

Los Cerritos Baja Bikini Contest

Los Cerritos Baja Bikini Contest

Los Cerritos Baja Bikini Contest

Los Cerritos Baja Bikini Contest

Los Cerritos Baja Bikini Contest

Los Cerritos Baja Bikini Contest

Todos Santos Bikini Contest
If you want to see when the t-shirts came off, click on the above photo. (R rated!)

Todos Santos Baja Mexico

Odds And Ends

Just a couple of quickies with perhaps photos to follow tomorrow.

Over the last week, I have seen a large number of small dead fish on the beach along with 4 large squid. My friend Kaia informs me that the squid are known as Humbolt squid. I wouldn’t know the difference. Yesterday there were two freshly dead squid (3-4 foot long) on the beach as I walked in the early morning fog. They looked alive and I wished I had my camera but I didn’t. This morning I took photos of the “not so fresh” squid as well as many of the dead small fish. One of the odd things about the fish is that the birds don’t seem to be eating them, leading me to wonder what killed them and if the birds know something we don’t.

There was a road race yesterday, from La Paz to TS back to La Paz. I was again unaware of it, had no proper camera to photograph it. Oh well. After some pondering I remember that last year there was a June race named “Pato Rojo” (red duck) so perhaps this was the same race. Guess I need a photo op calendar!!

And I have not forgotten the bikini contest photos. I believe I have figured out how to post them so only those who desire to see female nudity will see it.

Los Cerritos Surf Contest – June 7, 2008

The contest was held Saturday, June 7 at Los Cerritos. There was a good sized crowd on hand and many hopeful surfers drawn by the prize money, $500 US 1st place, $300 US 2nd place and $200 US 3rd place. I understand that Irak Collins took the first place prize. As promised, some photos from the contest.

Todos Santos Los Cerritos Surf
The scene at Los Cerritos for the contest.

Todos Santos Surfing
My French friend, Josolyn, and his very large lens. Yep, I am jealous.

Baja Surfing
The changing of the heats.

Todos Santos Surf
Roger Pollock’s HUGE home construction project on the rocky point at Cerritos.

Surf Baja
Claudia, Mario and Aaron. Mario made it to the quarterfinal heats.

surfing todos santos
The judges and the sweet chicas!

surfing todos santos
The little sign in front of the Cerritos Beach Club says “Private Guests Only” – hmmm, a “sign” of things to come, i.e. the Caboization of local beaches. By law, the beaches belong to the people who are guaranteed access. But everyone in Los Cabos knows how that works.

surfing los cerritos
Los Cerritos Beach Condo construction, a really scary sight!

surfing los cerritos
Jimmy from Cabo Extreme, our contest announcer.

Surf Baja
The ladies were competing also, though there was only one heat.

surfing los cerritos
Mas chicas surfing!

surfing todos santos
Even Colm and Emma showed up for the photo ops.

surfing los cerritos
There was even an old guys heat!

surf baja todos santos los cerritos
Let the main event begin!

surfing los cerritos

surf baja

surf cerritos

surfing todos santos
Yes, he made it!!!

surfing
The best barrel of the day!

surf baja todos santos los cerritos

Surf Baja

Red Bull Girls
The Red Bull girls were having a fine time!

surf baja todos santos los cerritos
This sequence of 4 shots rocks!

Surf Baja

surfing baja

surfing los cerritos

surf baja todos santos los cerritos

surf baja mexico
The pre-bikini contest scenery was top notch!

surf mexico
Future bikini contest entrants and one lucky dog!

That’s it for now. The astute among you may have noticed the incorrect copyright date on the photos. Canon Factory Service reset the date/time on the camera and I just now noticed it. Ni modo.

New Mayor and Rain!!!

Okay, hard as it may be to fathom, it rained today. Not a lot, not for long, but around 1 pm it rained. Big fat drops fell for maybe 90 seconds. Then it went away. The sun took over so the first day of the Music Festival at Los Cerritos had good weather. I was unable to attend. I’ll miss the Reggae tonight also. But with luck, I’ll attend the Jazz portion tomorrow afternoon.

Once again I heard about it after it happened. The new mayor was sworn in last night in the main plaza. I guess it was a big deal, with chairs and a podium setup. Not sure how I was supposed to learn of it and I didn’t. My friend Alvaro stumbled across it and got some photos that he will hopefully share. I am told the new mayor, Jose Luis Castillo, spoke energetically to the crowd and harped on the fact that the Todos Santos’ road grader, purchased and paid for by the community with large contributions from foreign residents, was in La Paz not in Todos Santos where it belongs. He said he would retrieve it. Let’s hope he does. The dirt roads here need grading frequently.

Always Happens

As soon as I wrote about “June Gloom” it went away. We have now had three sunny mornings in a row. This means it gets hotter a bit earlier in the day. Mornings are still cool so don’t misunderstand. But if the gloom is gone, then the heat isn’t that far behind, just waiting for that next tropical storm down south to stir things up.

Todos Santos Mayorial Elections

How could I forget this? Just goes to show.

Last Sunday, June 15 was local election day (as well as cock fight day). At stake was the position of mayor (delegado) of Todos Santos. Competing for the honor (and monetary gains that go along with it) were Jose Luis Castillo and Arturo Martinez (aka “Papule”). I was talking with some Papule supporters and got an interesting story about how the election went.

The voting encompasses not only Todos Santos, but also Pescadero and as far south as Elias Calles. The Todos Santos proper voting put Papule about 170 votes ahead. After calling the Pescadero election office, Papule was certain he had won the election. But a while later, another call from Pescadero revealed the necessity of a recount as some uncounted ballots had been found. At the end of the recount, Papule had lost the election by 33 votes.

A closer look at the statistics reveals some interesting numbers. In Todos Santos, about 50-52% of the eligible voters came out and voted. Historically this is right on track. In the Pescadero area, over 70% of the eligible voters came out and voted. Historically this is 20% higher than other elections and perhaps the largest turnout ever in the southern area. Was there hanky-panky involved? Quien sabe? The Papule camp decided not to contest the election.

Jose Luis is our new mayor beginning sometime in July. He has worked in the municipal office for as long as I can remember. He is the official who shows up at weddings to make the marriage a legal civil union. I have no doubt that he knows how to make things happen here.

Just so you know, I have no bone in this tussle. I didn’t think there was much difference between the candidates. Both are young and energetic and want the best for Todos Santos. Vamos a ver que pasara!