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Directions And Other Info

Driving Directions & Other Necessary Information

 

We will be sailing/paddling at Cochiti Lake or Paddling on the Rio Grande near Albuquerque. I will confirm our location prior to class.

To Cochiti:

Cochiti Lake is located between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. It is approximately a 45 min. to 1 hour drive north from Albuquerque on I-25 or 30-40 min. south of Santa Fe on I-25. Directions to the windsurfing site are as follows:

Take I-25 north from Albuquerque (or south from Santa Fe) to Exit 264 at the bottom of La Bajada Hill. Drive west on SR 16 approximately 3 ½ miles to Tetilla Peak Rd (watch for the sign for Tetilla Peak Recreation Area) turn Right and drive approximately 7 miles. As the road curves you will cross a cattle guard then take the 1st Left (if you drive straight you will enter a scenic overlook and have to turn around). Drive past the campground and bathroom facilities and proceed down to the boat ramp. At the boat ramp you will see a sign just past the out-house on your left that reads “Windsurfing”, take a Left onto the dirt road and drive approximately 2 miles. Continue to bare Left past two out-houses as you drive. You will drive over three small hills and the road will open onto a flat area. Turn to your right at the trash barrel onto a small road that disappears into the bushes. This is “Windsurfing Point” where we will meet for the sailing portion of the lessons.

 

Windsurfing Point is where most of the windsurfing club congregates for fun in the sun. After you’ve learned the basics you simply need to spend time on the water and keep on sailing and paddling to further develop your skills. It’s also a great idea to join the New Mexico Windsurfing Association. There are lot’s of great people to meet and sail with in the club plus you’ll can get email updates about when and where everyone is surfing. You’ll find it at: http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/nmwindsurfing/ or join us on Face Book at: new mexico windsurfing association (choose “organization”).

 

What to bring with you:

  • Food (lunch and snacks) and drink (plenty of water) – don’t get dehydrated drink lots of water!
  • Sunscreen (NO OILS – they are slippery when wet.
  • Sun hat and sun-glasses.
  • Sunglass strap if you’re going to wear your glasses while sailing.
  • Bathing suit and towel.
  • Wetsuit if you own one – if not we have a few to loan.
  • PFD (personal floatation device, life-jacket) if you own one, otherwise we will supply them
  • Water shoes, dive booties or old sneakers that you can get wet and use in the water.
  • Full set of dry clothes and a warm jacket in case it gets rainy or chilly.
  • Folding chair.
  • Beach towel.
  • Paper/pen/pencil to take notes.
  • We will provide equipment (boards & sails), but if you have your own it’s a good idea to use it to learn on and get used to.
  • Please do not bring pets since they are a distraction to your learning and to other the students.
  • Your check or cash for payment.
  • Your signed Waiver and Release.
  • A Great Attitude and a really big Smile!

 

Call Michael Pogzeba with any questions at (505)350-7942 or email: michael@windsurfnm.com


Optional Location: Storrie Lake

 

Directions to the lake-

Plan on a 2:00-2:15 (hr:min) drive from Albuquerque (or 1:15 hr:min drive from Santa Fe). Drive north on I-25 to Las Vegas, NM. The easiest way to get to the lake: Take exit 347 (3rd exit) turn left at stop sign on N. Grand Ave. take the 1st right on Legion Dr. (you will see the hospital on the right on the hill). Go past 2 stop signs to the stop light at 7th Street (NM 518) (you’ll see a Wal-Mart and a couple gas stations). Turn right and go 2.8 miles to Storrie Lake State Park on the left. Enter the park and go straight then take the 1st left and go down to the water where we’ll be set up. A day-use or a camping fee will be required at the gate to enter the state park. (Note: $8.00 per day per vehicle day use)