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WaveSlayer



Joined: 25 May 2001
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 3:32 pm    Post subject: Moving to L.A. (USC) from the Gorge... yah baby!... Reply with quote

I'm so stoked!!
No more rain!
But I have no idea of the sailing scene... can anyone give some clues?
Muchas gracias!!
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3-phase



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 3:49 pm    Post subject: Moving to LA Reply with quote

Welcome in Sunny SOCAL.

There are nice places , check in Iwindsurf for Los Angeles as well Lake Isabella is great in Spring and Jalama is cool for waves, in 5 to 6 hours you can drive to San Carlos Baja California, there is always some guy's for Car pool and it is in the top five wave sport in the world.


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jpbassking



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Location: Leo

PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Leo Carrillo beach, Cabrillo beach, and Seal Beach are the most popular local spots and are within an hours drive of USC. Leo has the possibility of both surf and wind. You will probably need bigger gear than you are used to using as we don't get the nuclear winds down here that you get at the Gorge.
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allen



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"You will probably need bigger gear than you are used to using as we don't get the nuclear winds down here that you get at the Gorge."


DUDE, You won't PROBABLY need bigger gear, you'll definitely need sails in the 6-7.5 range and boards over 100L unless you're a gnat. Kites work pertty well in SloCal

No rain...........no wind.
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allen



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"You will probably need bigger gear than you are used to using as we don't get the nuclear winds down here that you get at the Gorge."


DUDE, You won't PROBABLY need bigger gear, you'll definitely need sails in the 6-7.5 range and boards over 100L unless you're a gnat. Kites work pertty well in SloCal

No rain...........no wind.
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D-wo



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Basically the maximum wind in So Cal never reaches the mininum wind you are use to sailing in The Gorge. The exceptions: Jalama and the Central Coast can rock in the spring (although Central Coast winds seem to be getting lighter), and San Carlos ( really an 8-9 hour drive from LA). I've heard Leo can be good, but I've never sailed there, and on the rare day that C-Street in Ventura has waves and wind it can be epic. Otherwise, take up kiting. The winds are much more consistent here than in The Gorge and the kite launching is much friendlier and easier. I have a friend that claims to have kited 130 days last year.
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capetonian



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Get a big board and a big sail and you won't need to take up kiting.
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WaveSlayer



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2007 1:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks guys...
the gear won't be a challenge, I have equipment that I sailed in Mexico and Maui.
I'm more interested in the places with good swell, that I can hit after and between classes!
thanks again!
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FredBGG



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2007 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Leo Carillo is the place. Best wind tends to be late afternoon.
In spring we get epic clearing winds. However it's very often too light for most windsurfing. A few windsurfers opt to kite in lower winds.



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bad_dolphin



Joined: 26 Feb 1995
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2007 10:29 am    Post subject: Windsurf LA Reply with quote

The Los Angeles area has terrific windsurfing in the summer. Cabrillo Beach is by far the most consistent. Just outside LA harbor in San Pedro, a significant percentage of summer days will see wind averages between 16-18, with gusts into the mid twenties. This is the local home of slalom/race gear, with most sailors using race equipment using 6.0-7.5 range, while those using bump and jump gear 5.0-7.5. Cabrillo is a thermal place and works when the beach stays cool and it's hot inland, providing that we are not visited by the infamous "Catalina eddy." It is most often sailable by 2 and 2:30, and often will blow until 6 PM. Sometimes it starts later--3-3:30, depending primarily on temperature differences between inland and the shore.

Leo Carillo, at the northern end of Malibu near the Ventura County line is one of the most spectacular sailing spots on the planet--when it works! Also a thermal spot, it is not as consistent as Cabrillo Beach and is tricky with rocks--you need to talk to locals before you sail--and is not a fun launch at low tide. It boasts everything from smooth water with nice swells in the lee of the kelp beds (can anyone say corduroy sized chop with big swells in 20 Knots of wind?) to bump & jump and surf, and some of the cleanest, clearest water this side of the tropics. Not unusual to sail with dolphins and/or flying fish. Tends to blow late--starting around 4:30--but there are days when it's sailable earlier with larger stuff. Water temp at CA beaches is Japan current dependent, so check the newspapers before you go--anywhere from a brisk 56 to sometimes close to 70 fahrenheit.

Note: for most parts of the SoCal coast, there is a current moving down the coast at about 1 1/2 knots. Not a problem when it's windy, but be aware if the wind backs off...!

Lake Isabella is the place to be from April-June, until the summer jet ski crowd moves in. Then we sail the beaches, or drive 6 hours up to the Delta near Sacramento (3.7-5.Cool for spectacular bump & jump tidal river sailing--or SF Bay. At Isabella, it's not unusual to have smooth sailing in the upper portion of the lake, and fine 4.2-5.0 bump & jump further down. July wind is good, and the water is VERY warm, but it's very crowded with small powered watercraft on the water and mobbed on shore. By August, it tends to get very light. After Labor Day, the crowds have mostly left, and you can get some good sailing days. The water remains quite warm. But most of your Gorge equipment is going to be way too small down here at the beach, with the exception of winter/spring clearing winds.

Welcome Gorge pilgrim!
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