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January 1, 2008

Surfers to take Spirit of Christmas to Baja California

Scotts Valley Times, January 1, 2008

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In the Spirit of Christmas ten surfers to drive the Baja Peninsula, donating desperately needed items—and their vehicles—along the way

Santa Cruz, CA – In March, 2008, five teams of surfers will pile into four-wheel-drive trucks and negotiate 1600 dusty, bumpy miles to Mexico in the search of solitude, perfect waves, and people in need.

The surfers will load their vehicles with 5000 pounds of clothes, toys, books, bikes, tools and other essentials they’re collecting from now through March. As they pass through poor Baja villages, the group will donate everything—including the much-needed 4WD trucks—to recognized charities. In all, the team hopes to make donations worth more than $30,000.

“We’ve been surfing Mexico for a long time, and we love it, said Robert Brough, one of the expedition organizers. “ This year, we decided to return one small token of thanks to a people and place that has become a part of our lives.”

The trip, dubbed Baja3000, is governed by a set of rules designed to maximize donations, ingenuity, teamwork and grit. Each two-man team may spend no more than $3000 for everything—vehicle, food, gas, license, and tolls. Points are awarded for a variety of tasks ranging from doing one’s own vehicle repairs or rescuing stranded motorists, to surfing fabled out-of-the way breaks. Scores will be tallied and a coveted Baja3000 trophy will be awarded once teams all reach Cabo San Lucas.

Most of the group has surfed Mexico regularly for the past quarter-century. At first, the trips amounted to little more than a sprint across the border, a tent on the sand, and a campfire.

“We decided to get back to our roots, travel simply, meet people, and just surf” said team member Bob Ellenwood. “Because we surf some very remote locations, we’ll be able to make our donations in towns that seldom receive any kind of assistance. We hope to have a direct, immediate and positive impact.”
Ellenwood, a filmmaker, plans to document the entire trip by shooting a DVD movie complete with surf footage, music, stories of how donations are used, and the inevitable mishaps of a Baja road trip. Donors will receive a copy of Ellenwood’s Baja3000 DVD. To see a DVD of last year’s Galapagos surf trip, visit www.baja3000.com.

The surfers are: Jof Abshire, 42, Bremerton, Oregon, Robert Brough 42, La Selva Beach, Mike Brozda 52, Santa Cruz, Bob Ellenwood: 48, La Selva Beach, Randy Lunsford: 42, Soquel Dan Newmann: 42, Cary, North Carolina, Jeff Olson: 41, Scotts Valley, Wyatt Wolfe: 42, Burbank, and Joe Zucolotto: 42, El Dorado Hills.

Baja California Groups Targeted for Donations
Currently, the surfers have identified three groups as potential donation recipients.

1. Fortalecer provides classrooms-on-wheels to the poorest of the Mexican poor: 500 children of migrant farm laborers near Todos Santos.

2. Special Needs School: provides education and therapy for severely emotionally and physically challenged kids including autism, deafness, Down’s syndrome and others

3. The Palapa Society runs nine different benevolent programs including scholarships, library, medical clinic, rural-area road grading, and others.
Baja California Facts: 2.5 million inhabitants (2000) • 1076 mile-long peninsula, mostly Sonoran desert • Poverty rate: 34% live in “extreme” poverty

Donations Welcomed
The Baja3000 team welcomes donations of quality items. Especially needed are warm clothing, shoes, infant and children’s supplies, books (especially children’s books in Spanish), tools, toys, bikes, mechanical services, household items and cash. Donors will be able to see photos and video and read how their contributions are used via regular updates posted on the Baja3000 web site.

January 16, 2008

The Latest: Team Manresa

Update: January 15, 2008

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Bo Stout of Kennedy Auto came through as promised. Bob Ellenwood and I ran down to Stockton last Friday and picked up the Manresa Suburban's replacement tranny, no charge! Thank you Bo. Juan Villaron of Graniterock has offered to put in the tranny, again at NO charge. Juan has already tuned-up the Team Manresa Suburban! I'm stunned at the way people are giving their time, talents and even products for the trip. Many folks can't make the journey but have the fever and have risen to support us and those we'll meet in March. The boys and I really appreciate it and we will honor these efforts. 100% of the money, donated products will go directly to people in need down in Baja. There is no overhead, just a vision to help some folks out.

We've already received over $5,500 in cash along with GOBS of clothing, toys and misc. goods. If you want to help out too, email Bob.

Recently, we've been talking to Foundation for His Ministry (FFHM.org) about assisting us with crossing the border with donations as well as transporting some of their goods down to a facility in northern Baja. FFHM runs a few different programs in Mexico and they focus on orphans and occupational training.... Additionally, Mike did a scouting trip to Todos Santos and visited with some of the sites we had already identified as high need recipients. We should hear more on that soon...

January 15, 2008

Surfers to take Spirit of Christmas to Baja California

Aptos Times, January 15 2008

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In the Spirit of Christmas ten surfers to drive the Baja Peninsula, donating desperately needed items—and their vehicles—along the way

Santa Cruz, CA – In March, 2008, five teams of surfers will pile into four-wheel-drive trucks and negotiate 1600 dusty, bumpy miles to Mexico in the search of solitude, perfect waves, and people in need.

The surfers will load their vehicles with 5000 pounds of clothes, toys, books, bikes, tools and other essentials they’re collecting from now through March. As they pass through poor Baja villages, the group will donate everything—including the much-needed 4WD trucks—to recognized charities. In all, the team hopes to make donations worth more than $30,000.

“We’ve been surfing Mexico for a long time, and we love it, said Robert Brough, one of the expedition organizers. “ This year, we decided to return one small token of thanks to a people and place that has become a part of our lives.”

The trip, dubbed Baja3000, is governed by a set of rules designed to maximize donations, ingenuity, teamwork and grit. Each two-man team may spend no more than $3000 for everything—vehicle, food, gas, license, and tolls. Points are awarded for a variety of tasks ranging from doing one’s own vehicle repairs or rescuing stranded motorists, to surfing fabled out-of-the way breaks. Scores will be tallied and a coveted Baja3000 trophy will be awarded once teams all reach Cabo San Lucas.

Most of the group has surfed Mexico regularly for the past quarter-century. At first, the trips amounted to little more than a sprint across the border, a tent on the sand, and a campfire.

“We decided to get back to our roots, travel simply, meet people, and just surf” said team member Bob Ellenwood. “Because we surf some very remote locations, we’ll be able to make our donations in towns that seldom receive any kind of assistance. We hope to have a direct, immediate and positive impact.”
Ellenwood, a filmmaker, plans to document the entire trip by shooting a DVD movie complete with surf footage, music, stories of how donations are used, and the inevitable mishaps of a Baja road trip. Donors will receive a copy of Ellenwood’s Baja3000 DVD. To see a DVD of last year’s Galapagos surf trip, visit www.baja3000.com.

The surfers are: Jof Abshire, 42, Bremerton, Oregon, Robert Brough 42, La Selva Beach, Mike Brozda 52, Santa Cruz, Bob Ellenwood: 48, La Selva Beach, Randy Lunsford: 42, Soquel Dan Newmann: 42, Cary, North Carolina, Jeff Olson: 41, Scotts Valley, Wyatt Wolfe: 42, Burbank, and Joe Zucolotto: 42, El Dorado Hills.

Baja California Groups Targeted for Donations
Currently, the surfers have identified three groups as potential donation recipients.

1. Fortalecer provides classrooms-on-wheels to the poorest of the Mexican poor: 500 children of migrant farm laborers near Todos Santos.

2. Special Needs School: provides education and therapy for severely emotionally and physically challenged kids including autism, deafness, Down’s syndrome and others

3. The Palapa Society runs nine different benevolent programs including scholarships, library, medical clinic, rural-area road grading, and others.
Baja California Facts: 2.5 million inhabitants (2000) • 1076 mile-long peninsula, mostly Sonoran desert • Poverty rate: 34% live in “extreme” poverty

Donations Welcomed
The Baja3000 team welcomes donations of quality items. Especially needed are warm clothing, shoes, infant and children’s supplies, books (especially children’s books in Spanish), tools, toys, bikes, mechanical services, household items and cash. Donors will be able to see photos and video and read how their contributions are used via regular updates posted on the Baja3000 web site.

January 21, 2008

Team Westside

Mike has drawn third blood. The deal was done today as Mike crossed the bay area and slapped down 17 crisp Benjamins and claimed his steed. This 1990, 3/4 ton, Silverado package equip'd machine is a sweet ride.... If team Manresa is a 1 and Team AMZ is a 10, Mike's black and silver apaloosa is a solid 7.5. The nameless steed performed flawlessly from Salinas to Santa Cruz, riding smooth the entire way. Well done Michael.

A proud Michael
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Mike and Mike, 2 out of the 3 Westsiders.
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Fine lines on the 1990 ride.
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My favorite feature:
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January 29, 2008

New Tranny!

Update: January 29, 2008
Juan gets it on!

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Juan Villaron has stoked out Team Manresa installing the transmission donated by Kennedy Auto and Bo Stout. Spending hours of his weekend time in the dirt and auto-muck, Juan took the failed 700 Chevy tranny out and installed the donated tranny. THANK YOU JUAN for your time and talent! We appreciate it and the Morales family of Cabo San Lucas will thank you on March 15!!!!

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