Baja Surf Safari 9 Day

Push yourself on a surf adventure and bond with other new UCSD students you travel to a little known surf destination in Baja California for multiple days of surf instruction and practice. You’ll spend your days exploring a beach break that consistently produces perfect waves for learning how to surf. Days may include multiple surf sessions, hiking through costal chaparral, exploring tidepools, and learning outdoor living skills. Evenings will be spent getting to know your group members and eating delicious meals around the fire at our oceanfront campsite. And if that weren't awesome enough, nothing beats waking up to the sound of waves, getting out of your tent and looking out onto the sparkling Pacific Ocean in the morning light. This trip provides the environment necessary to learn the skills of this dynamic sport as you learn more about life at UCSD. The Trip UCSD is touted as being the nation’s #1 surfing University, so why not start your time at UCSD with a surf and camping trip? While our school has many talented surfers, the Baja Surf Camp is an excellent trip for both those who are experienced surfers looking to take their skills to the next level and those who have never tried the sport and are wishing to build a solid foundation for it. Our Wilderness Orientation surf guides will not only help you learn the ins and outs of this great sport, but also give you the insider's perspective to life at UCSD. During this WO surf trip, students will spend their days exploring a beginner friendly beach break in Baja California. Lucky for us, beaches in Baja tend to be much less crowded than the beaches in San Diego, and we often are the only surfers at the break. Our surf trips travel to an area just a few hours south of the border: a location we've become familiar with over the years. Click here for a trip video Course Area Punta Cabras, Baja California Outback Adventures has been conducting surf trips in Baja California for several years now and we have fostered many positive relationships with our friends in Mexico and have developed an extensive working knowledge of the area. Punta Cabras is a point of land jutting into the Pacific about 5 miles north of Ejido Eréndira. North of the point is a long bay, to the south is a south facing bay perfect for those learning to surf as well as those already skilled. Ejido Eréndira is a small community located in the municipality of Ensenada in the state of Baja California. It is 100 km south of the city of Ensenada. It has a population of about 1,170 people most of whom make a living by fishing.  Erédira is an isolated and undeveloped beach. While it has areas with the rough, cold seas common on the Pacific side of Baja California, there are rocky outcroppings that form pools of seawater that are protected from the open ocean. Nearby there is an area that had been used by pre-historic peoples that gathered seasonally here to collect shellfish such as clams, sea snails, mussels and other. They left a layer of shells over eight meters thick that Canadian archeologists have dated back over 10,000 years. The first Europeans arrived here in 1542 when viceroy Antonio de Mendoza send Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo. Wildlife to be found in the areas, aside from shellfish, include migrating whales, dolphins, seals, pelicans, seagulls, sea anemones, limpets, sea snails and small fish. Please click on the links below to learn more about Baja California and travel in Mexico. Trip Itinerary Day 1 - Meet at Outback Adventures Office / Rental shop at 10 am on the first day. Gear check and experience the Outback Challenge Course. Camp at Outback Adventures on the first night. Day 2 - Depart for surf destination early this morning. Arrive at surf break and set up camp. Days 2-4 Several surf sessions/day, hang out at the beach, camp, campfires, day hikes Day 5-7 Surf at Shipwrecks surfspot near Colonet Day 8 - tDrive back to campus, final celebration dinner and camp at Outback Adventures Day 9 Depart 10am Physical Demands

No prior surfing experience is necessary, however; please note that all participants must be capable swimmers and pass a swim test (200 meters any stroke, 5 mins treading water) prior to the first surf session. You can take this form to any lifeguard at a pool to complete. Surfing is tiring, the better shape you are in will mean more time in the water surfing and honing your skills.

Useful Links

Baja Links

Spanish for Travelers

Surf Skills

Surf Line - surf forecast for Northern Baja

Surf Report - for Punta Cabras

Registration Fee Info Registration fees cover transportation from UCSD to the trip destination, instruction, most food and all group gear (tents, cooking equipment, surfboards, first aid supplies etc.). Participants provide personal equipment on the trip packing list, most of which can be purchased or rented at Outback Adventures.


Drugs, alcohol, tobacco and firearms are not permitted on any Outback trip. Presence of these items is grounds for immediate removal from the trip at the participant's expense.

Current emergency contact and medical information must be provided.

All participants must complete a Liability-Waiver (PDF) prior to the trip.

Cancellation Policy

Rental gear listed as provided above by Outback Adventures must be reserved and picked up at the Outback Rental Shop prior to the trip, during store hours. There is no extra charge.


Adventure travel has inherent risks of injury and/or death. These risks contribute to the "adventure" aspect of our trips. UCSD Outback Adventures and its employees assume no liability for any damages, loss, injury or death as a result of our trips. Some trips have a prerequisite fitness level, for which the participants are responsible. Any person participating in an Outback Adventures trip is personally responsible for his or her own safety.

WO DOES NOT REPLACE FORMAL COLLEGE ORIENTATION and students must schedule WO and college orientation without a time conflict.