As is well known, it’s not cool to mention surf spots by name. So please don’t do that on this forum. However, wing foiling is more like putting a boat in and is less pressured by real estate and precious waves and take off spots. So, let’s talk about where you’re riding, if you are ok with some company.
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I’ve been learning at Belmont Shores in Long Beach (great spot, google the kiteboard launch and you’ll see it.) But I really wanted some flatter water to get the basics down. So I started looking for lakes.
Castaic Lake Lower Lagoon was my first stop (today.) There’s parking and an easy launch near the boat ramp, a small sand and gravel beach next to the ramp.
Parking is $11 and it’s $7 to launch a non-powered vessel (that’s what we are.) You must wear a PFD and a helmet is recommended. Apparently there was some confusion as to what these wing foils were so they banned it. I met a guy there today from up near Fresno (3.5 hrs one way, that’s hardcore) who came down and gave an info session to the lake manager and they opened it up. So don’t mess it up by running into the swim areas and such. There’s an LA County lifeguard on duty in a boat.
Also strange is that you have to get your “vessel” inspected when you come in. They are just checking that it’s dry. There are invasive mussels that are bad for CA lakes. They don’t live in salt water so no risk for surfers.
You’re only to launch at the ramp so if you’re doing the walk of shame maybe wait til you’re able to stay upwind. The lake runs North/South and the launch is at the SE corner. Prevailing winds seem WSW but the Santa Ana’s come down the other way and I got the early stages of those today. Too light, but a good warm sunny session. If you got stuck somewhere I’m sure they’d let you walk out but with North winds you’ll get blown back to the ramp.
Compared to the ocean sessions it was great for practice. Worst chop was maybe a foot. Word is, it white caps. But even that will be mellow compared to an ocean swell.
I can’t wait to get back on a good wind day.