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vtm81



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 23, 2010 6:46 pm    Post subject: Lake Lopez questions Reply with quote

I have a few questions for the locals at Lake Lopez.

Last year, the water level was relatively low and it was possible to drive and park the cars by the water at the tail end of the lake near the Mustang Water Slides.

1) Is it still the case this year and if yes, is legal to do that?
2) Has anyone taught their kids how to windsurf at that end of the lake as I *assume* the water level can be waist deep for beginners even though the run can be short? Any potentially dangerous submerged objects around that area?

Thanks beforehand.
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nw30



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The water level is a bit higher this year, we had a good wet winter, but they won't let the lake fill past 80%, dam (damn) concerns.

Yes. you can park by the water in Mallard Cove, the spot you were asking about. And yes, Mallard is the best place to learn how to windsurf, if it has enough water, but there are some water hazards like tree stumps, so it's best to wear booties.

Back in the day (early 80's) Mallard was full, as was the rest of the lake, and it was probably one of the best places to learn how to windsurf in Cal. They even had two windsurf schools that were there all summer long. I'd even say that most of the windsurfers that live in or around SLO county probably learned how in Mallard Cove, before graduating to the main lake.

Here's a pic of the south side of Mallard Cove, looking out towards the main lake, back in the mid 80's. Classic.



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capetonian



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nw30 wrote:

Here's a pic of the south side of Mallard Cove, looking out towards the main lake, back in the mid 80's. Classic.


Wow, times have change!
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vtm81



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 1:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nw30,

Wow, thanks for the info.
My instinct was telling that it could be good and you helped confirm this.

I *love* the picture. Thanks for sharing!
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Speedreed



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only thing that's has not advanced in time in this photo is the 6pac cooler's. Nice shorty shorts Embarassed
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isobars



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

capetonian wrote:
nw30 wrote:

Here's a pic of the south side of Mallard Cove, looking out towards the main lake, back in the mid 80's. Classic.


Wow, times have changed!


Let's hope so. When I went there while passing through in the mid '80s the ranger expected me to pay her $78 to enter the park to eat my sandwich on a calm day. I had made the mistake of admitting that I had WINDSURFING GEAR in my van. Maybe my letter of disgust and anger to the state parks director contributed to his subsequent public rant on high park fees.

Mike /w\
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jpbassking



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

isobars wrote:
capetonian wrote:
nw30 wrote:

Here's a pic of the south side of Mallard Cove, looking out towards the main lake, back in the mid 80's. Classic.


Wow, times have changed!


Let's hope so. When I went there while passing through in the mid '80s the ranger expected me to pay her $78 to enter the park to eat my sandwich on a calm day. I had made the mistake of admitting that I had WINDSURFING GEAR in my van. Maybe my letter of disgust and anger to the state parks director contributed to his subsequent public rant on high park fees.

Mike /w\


Here we go again, every F'n time someone brings up a question about Lake Lopez Isobars has to tell his tale about how he was dumb enough to pay $78 to enter the park on a calm day and eat his sandwich. Driving into the lake you can see if it is windy or not and if it is you can see people racing back and forth. But noooo, this rocket scientist keeps driving on in then tells the person at the kiosk about his 10 boards and pays full price per board to go in and eat a sandwich when he could have turned around, left the park and ate his sandwich on the side of the frickin road. Mad

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sorenson



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

With inflation and the State budget crisis it would probably cost him $178 to eat a sandwich at Lake Lopez now... Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nw30 wrote:

Here's a pic of the south side of Mallard Cove, looking out towards the main lake, back in the mid 80's. Classic.

Is that Granny with the mast?
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nw30



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's another classic pic I found from the same period, 1985, Mallard is off to the right, around the corner, the lake was full.
This is a shot of the main launch area, notice one of the most popular sails of that time was the Gaastra Slalom. Then came the very popular 'Aeroforce' by Mark Reynolds, you could get one in any color you wanted, as long as it was all white (none in the pic). Those were awesome sails, when the lake was full of Aeroforce sails, it looked like the Klue Klux Klan was out there ripping.
Entry fee back then (w/o a season pass) and one board, $5.00.
Season pass for windsurfing, $35.00.
Vans and campers were handy, fill them up with boards, but only claim one board when entering. SOP, then and now.



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