Monthly Archives: January 2009

February Issue El Calendario de Todos Santos Online

I just uploaded the newest edition of El Calendario de Todos Santos. You can access it by clicking on the issue cover below:

El Calendario de Todos Santos - Feb 2009

El Calendario de Todos Santos - Feb 2009

Mexicans In The US Send Less Money Home

For the first time since the records have been kept, the amount of money that Mexicans in the US have sent back home to family and friends in Mexico has declined.

Yearly Mexican Remittances Drop for 1st Time

Todos Santos Winter Surf – Grey Day, Ripping, Barrelling and Crowded

We finally got a winter swell! Seems like it took forever. Normally we have already had dozens of great surf days by mid-January but this year is different and shaping up to be a terrible year for surf here. But this morning the swell finally filled in (it was supposed to be here yesterday) and even though it was cloudy and grey, the waves lived up to expectations. There were lots of barrels and we had a set of three ringers in the water – these guys came with still photographer and videographer in tow. Wonder what brand or magazine they work for?

Some photos you might enjoy, all taken with my new Canon 5D Mark II which is not a sport camera but still managed to get some great action shots.

Double Lines!

In The Barrel

In The Barrel

Thats A Ringer!

That's A Ringer!

Hes A Ringer Too!

He's A Ringer Too!

Barrels Abound!

Barrel's Abound!

More Barrels!

More Barrels!

Ring! Ring! Ring!

Ring! Ring! Ring!

Another Barrel!

Another Barrel!

Those Ringers Can Really Surf!

Those Ringers Can Really Surf!

A Bit Crowded In The Water

A Bit Crowded In The Water

Koy Catches A Barrel!

Koy Catches A Barrel!

Mexico Cuts Interest Rates

This won’t appeal to all the blog’s readers, but some will welcome the knowledge. Expect the peso to continue to weaken against the dollar.

Mexico’s IPC rose 0.2% to 20,325.39, the first session in nine that it’s finished higher. The last time the index finished with losses for nine sessions in a row was in the summer of 1998.

Banco de Mexico cut its benchmark interest rate by 50 basis points to 7.75%, in line with market expectations. The central bank last cut its rate in 2006.

“It’s an aggressive cut. Inflation is still on the rise and the currency is almost at historically low, weak levels,” said Rafael de la Fuente, chief economist for Latin America at BNP Paribas. The size of the rate cut “suggests to me a level of determination about the risks facing the economy, and clearly the central bank sees the risks skewed toward lower growth.”

Mexico’s peso on Friday traded at 13.893 against the U.S. dollar, up 0.6% from Thursday’s close and up 2% from Wednesday’s all-time low. Win Thin, senior currency strategist at Brown Brothers Harriman, said in a note Friday that the peso is likely to remain in the 13.80-14.33 range in the short term, with greater risk for an upside move because of the country’s rough economic conditions.

The central bank said earlier this month that inflation rose to an annual rate of 6.5% in December, the fastest pace since 2001 as prices for food and energy increased. Third-quarter growth, meanwhile, fell to a five-year low of 1.6%.

More Unsettling Press for Mexico

This stuff is scary. Is it real? I don’t know, but somewhere out there people think Mexico is in danger of collapse due to narco-trafficing.

You can decide for yourselves:

US Pentagon Says Mexico In Danger of Becoming a Failed State

More Tommy Lewis Info

I just discovered this link from the North Country Times. It has even more info on Todos Santos’ surfer Tommy Lewis and his life.

Tommy Lewis Obit

My New Canon 5D Mark II

Ooopsss. I forgot to mention that I only have such a wonderful new camera due to the hectic travel schedule of my dear friend and part time “mule” GoGo Diaz. Thanks a zillion GoGo! 🙂