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Surfin' Safari--All Roads Lead to Montanita...

We are in the middle of "high" season around South America, as school is out for three months, and many folks from the interior of Ecuador plan to spend quality time coolin' it here on the West Coast beaches.  Montanita is the capital of tourism in Ecuador--Hostels and restaurants are springing up on every parcel of build-able land...

In addition, the Reef Surfing Championships come to a head this Saturday, and all rooms are booked solid and there will be tons of people sleeping on the beach.  http://www.asbe-surf.com/internews.asp?Id_news=38855

Here are a couple of pics of last year's winner...

 

 And a poster for the event...

 Here are a couple of last year's pics just to make sure you all don't lose interest...

 

 

 

 

 

 

These guys must control the tides and the weather, 'cause it has been perfect--the waves are about double the size and strength as they were just two weeks ago...

Rox and I head off to Salinas today to stock up on stuff, and will begin taking photos Friday, and will see if we can capture some of the color of the event during the day Saturday.  This year there is a beauty contest (9:30 at night--hope to be awake...), in addition to competing rock sounds coming from every disco, bar, and hostel...

For this weekend, and for Carnival, the weekend after, we will experience an increased police presence--I asked last year if the extra police were needed to control rowdy behavior, etc., but was told that hundreds of folks have to sleep on the beach, as all hostels are full-up, and these officers are there to protect the sleeping party-goers, and to discourage any hint of bad "activities"...mostly they are a "live and let live" force--not the moral police...

It's midnight as I write this, and I have just spent 20 minutes walking Coquita on the beach without any light but the full moon--just like daylight--she surprised the hell out of a lot of sand crabs.  She is so fast, that I have to keep a tight rein on her leash or she will corner them and sometimes try to leap on them.  They still seem like a toy to her...  (Cornering a crab on the beach is a relative term--she can anticipate their every move, and can get them to just quit running).

 

Posted on Tue, February 10, 2009 at 10:55PM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | CommentsPost a Comment

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