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DanWeiss



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 1:08 pm    Post subject: Windsurfing is Back at Lake Hodges! Reply with quote

Entire article credit: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/apr/02/windsurfing-lake-hodges-rancho-bernardo-escondido/

RANCHO BERNARDO — Windsurfers returned to Lake Hodges on Wednesday for the first time in more than a decade.

The lake, located near Rancho Bernardo and Escondido, was known as one of Southern California’s best windsurfing spots before San Diego officials prohibited the sport there in 2003 to allow construction of a pump station linking the lake to Olivenhain Reservoir near Encinitas.

San Diego’s financial problems prevented the return of windsurfing when the pump station was completed in 2010, but city officials said Wednesday they have found a way to allow windsurfing again — with some different rules and regulations.

Daily fees have been increased from $5 to $7 and windsurfers must wear flotation devices, sign a liability waiver and allow their boards to be inspected for quagga mussels. In addition, instead of a full-time ranger-diver, the windsurfing beach will be periodically patrolled by city staff.

City officials said the rules will help protect windsurfers and ensure the quality of the water supply in the lake, which serves as a city reservoir.

City Councilman Mark Kersey, who represents Rancho Bernardo, praised the change in city policy in a news release.

“Our reservoirs are an integral part of our water management system, but I believe they should also serve as a recreational asset for our communities,” he said.

Windsurfing is allowed Wednesdays and on weekends. Fishing is also allowed on the lake. Paddle boards and kite boards are prohibited.

The windsurfers use a small part of the lake near Hernandez’ Hideaway restaurant.

Calls to the San Diego Windsurfing Association were not returned Wednesday.

According to the association’s website, other popular windsurfing spots in the county include the Tourmaline Surf Park in Pacific Beach, the J Street launch on San Diego Bay and two spots on Mission Bay: north of the Bahia Hotel and north of the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa.

Complete rules and regulations for recreational use of the reservoir are posted online at sandiego.gov/water.

David Garrick • U-T

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

very cool! hope to try that place out one day
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kevin: No, you don't.
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