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