Words from Executive Director Serge Dedina: Surfing the Border Cape Region Tour

I did a book tour of the Cape Region of Baja – Todos Santos, San Jose del Cabo, Vinorama, and Los Barriles from April 9-12, 2015. Thanks to Sofia Gomez and Fay Crevoshay for organizing media coverage of the tour.

With a staff member of the municipality who came to my talk in Todos Santos.

Todos Santos is a Pueblo Magico in Mexico and has done a great job of using the arts to promote economic development and tourism.

I gave a talk at La Esquina on the west side of Todos Santos and was happy to see my longtime friend Gary there. I’ve known Gary since I started surfing in Imperial Beach.

With our WILDCOAST Chapter members in Todos Santos and Paula Angelotti (second from right), the manager of La Esquina, who hosted the talk.

When I lived in Todos Santos more than 20 years ago, the beach at Los Cerritos, south of Todos Santos, was bereft of development. Now the dunes there have been replaced by buildings that are at risk from storm-related erosion there.

Thanks to Armando Figaredo of Cabo Mil radio for interviewing me on his very popular midday radio show. I was on the air after a candidate for governor, so I knew it was a good audience. Thanks Armando!

Osiris Herrera of the Papalote Sports Bar kindly hosted my talk in San Jose del Cabo. Thanks Osiris and Anne for the wonderful poster design!!!

We had a great group in San Jose, including Raul Rodriguez Quintana, the Los Cabos Municipality Director of Ecology (kneeling) and Martha Moctezuma (in the green blouse to my right).

The Estero San Jose Wetland Reserve is a natural gem at the edge of Los Cabos. It is also a sister reserve with the TJ Estuary in Imperial Beach.

The reserve is an important habitat for migrant birds.

The Estero San Jose Reserve is also a wetland of international importance.

The reserve is incredibly beautiful.

With Sofia Gomez of WILDCOAST (left) and the Los Cabos Municipality crew, along with Martha Moctezuma of Los Cabos Coastkeeper.

With Melina Arana of Imperial Beach and her husband Horacio, who manages the Los Cabos Organic Market.

With Judy Tolbert of Baja Books, who hosted me at the weekly organic market.

At the very nice VidaSoul Hotel and Restaurant on the East Cape. Thanks to owner Joan, who generously hosted my talk.

With Cabo Pulmo National park Director Carlos Godinez (blue shirt) and Park Monitoring Coordinator Ronald Zepeta, along with East Cape resident and writer Dawn Pier at VidaSoul – which is a great place for talk.

Thanks to our WILDCOAST Chapter members who organized a talk at the Hotel Palmas de Cortez in the East Cape town of Los Barriles. It was great to see my longtime friend Markos Higginson, who I used to lifeguard with at the Silver Strand State Beach more than 20 years ago.