Windsurfing in Louisiana

Windsurfing in Louisiana

Post by Steve Ellio » Sun, 16 Apr 1995 04:00:00

: Help!  I am landlocked in Baton Rouge, La.  I have heard about a handful
: of people windsurfing in this area and I am hoping for some info.

: I did a good bit of surfing in central Fl and overseas in England but now
: I an no where near the coast.  I do travel to Biloxi Ms once a month and
: I am hoping to start windsurfing on the coast some of the time but mostly
: here in Baton Rouge at the LSU lakes.

: I weigh 175 lbs and am 5'10" tall.  What kind of board and sail should I
: buy?  I have read about some of the longboards that Bic has made and am
: considering the "Calypso" or "Melody".    I know there are some
: windsurfers in this area so if you see this post please send me a note
: back.

: Thanks for your help.

Years ago, I lived in Lafayette. At the time I was an avid Hobie sailor.
I had one of the first 1000 Hobie 18's (sail number 812 as I recall). I
always remember this group of renegades that would invade our sailing
site with stock windsurfers when the wind picked up too much for the
Hobie's. They were always playing their reggae (spelling?) music and
taking their dogs on their boards with them. That was where I got my
first windsurfing lessons - lots of smashed toes from the easily removable
mast base :-(

Since then, I've moved to the San Francisco area and have sold my
Hobie and have been sailing on the bay for the last 10 years. No
regrets whatsoever.

I can't give you any advice on what type of equipment to use
but I can offer the following information which may be useful.
My alltime favorite place to sail in La was a place called Cypremort
Point. That's where the windsurfers I spoke of sailed. It's probably
1 or 2 hours from B.R. Go down highway 90 towards New Iberia and
head west when you see the sign. It's a state park so the sign
is brown rather than the standard freeway green. It's a beautiful
place, with a nice beach, lot's of parking. From March through
July you can count on afternoon winds about 12 to 18 Knots, sometimes
much more tho. I'd say the range of sails would be 5.0 to 6.5 with
some lucky days requiring a 4.0. August is futile, we always sailed
the thunderstorms, which is feasible on a Hobie, but miserable on
a sailboard. Then in November through February, its time to wait
for the dry clearing northerly winds.

Elsewhere, I liked to sail in Slidell and Mandeville, on the north-east
and north sides of Lake Ponchartrain, respectively. Now, If your inter-
ested, I can give you the phone number of my number 1 crew choice,
who still lives in B.R. and still sails Hobie's and sometimes
sailboards too. He might be able to give you more up-to-date information.
If you're interested, email me and I will give you his name and
number - real nice guy.

Laissez le bon temps rouler!