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Hi to all. Local windsurfing?

Posted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 21:46
by Koops
Hi all. During this 'summer' I am hoping to do some windsurfing practice after work Mondays - Thursdays and am based in Filton. I am an improver with my own kit who desperately wants to be able to learn to waterstart! I have heard that the lake at Almondsbury is a possibility but have not found anything useful about it on the net e.g. opening times. Any advice appreciated. Thanks

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 15:06
by MartinF
Hi Koops, and welcome.

Take my advice with a health warning, as I am biassed against the "lake" in Trench Lane and - in particular - its owner. My knowledge of the place is also many years old, though I have no reason to believe that much has changed.

The pond (aka Almondsbury Mud Pond) itself is only a couple of feet deep on average. In places, you'll be grounding your skeg. The bed of the pond is claggy clay that gets all over your kit and adds nothing to required levels of friction between foot and board.

The sailing is extremely restricted insofar as the pond is only about 200m square(ish).

You'll have to contend with jet skis buzzing around.

You may have to contend with his (the owner's) bizarre sport of "lake golf", whereby paying punters have the privilege of trying to hit golf balls into a bucket on a marooned "island".

Despite years of alleged plans to build a luxury centre with bars, changing rooms, showers, etc, I believe there's still only a wooden hut with leaking roof and no running water for the taps or toilets (yes - honest!).

I don't know of anyone who windsurfs there any more, having been insulted, ripped-off, chased by Alsations, had their kit wrecked by Alsations and randomly deposited lumps of dug-up concrete and tarmac.

I could be completely wrong, and the place could now be a haven, though - if Mike Thompson is still in charge - I suspect not.

If you are brave enough to give it a try, I'd really appreciate an update. TBH, I'm not even sure he allows windsurfing any more.

A couple of links for you... ... -park.html ... is.uknews2

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 16:03
by PhilipS

Me and Ruth went last year, your post is Spot On.

Ruth had her skirt nipped by one of the dogs V Scary.


Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 22:12
by Koops
Hi Martin and thanks for replying. Doesn't sound like my idea of fun so I will probably give it a miss.

Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:36
by dro
Oh I dont know , does'nt sound too bad.

If that is not your scene

what about axminster lake or whatever it's called these days
strikes me as perfect for practise and not too far


Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 09:43
by MartinF
Never tried windsurfing on carpets myself, though Axminster ought to be amongst the best for doing so. Could end up with a few burn rashes though. Come to that, that could happen at the Mud Pond, too.


Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 09:26
by dro
med size lake near cheddar gorge with changing facility

axi something

should be perfect for learning

Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 09:28
by dro
just seen Sue's posting

****************** Axbridge *******************


Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 17:43
by Graham_U
Nip over to llandegfedd if you can get over early enough, I understand that open in the evenings, although only done it on weekends. Great lake but facilities a little run down.