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Catch a ride - one way or another - on valley winds.

Catch a ride--one way or another--on valley winds

Windsurfing on the frigid, choppy waterof San Francisco Bay can be an intimidating proposition. Those who prefer more congenial conditions may want to head inland to Lagoon Valley Regional Park, less than an hour's drive from Oakland on Interstate Highway 80. The centerpiece of this newly developed park is a reservoir that's windswept enough for advanced windsurfers but also forgivingly warm-- especially pleasant for beginners.

A sort of hot-weather vacuum--the onethat air-conditions San Francisco--draws ocean air inland, creating stiff afternoon winds that whistle through Lagoon Valley. Sailboards are only one way to take advantage of the breeze; kites and small craft launched from the park's boat ramp are popular, too. Independent of the wind, canoes and rowboats also ply the waters of the 105-acre lake, and anglers await the nibbles of striped bass, sunfish, or catfish. Picnickers will find some shaded tables and grills.

Three sporting goods stores offer windsurfinglessons (no reservations required) at the park on weekends. Introductory classes cost $30 to $40, advanced certification $70 to $80. You can rent a board for $40 a day, $25 for a half-day.

Hours are 8 to 8 Thursdays through Mondays;parking fee is $2. From I-80, take the Pena Adobe exit at Vacaville's southern edge and follow the signs.

Photo: Windsurfers and soarers (from glider port in background) all make use of dependable wind in Solano County's Lagoon Valley
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Title Annotation:Lagoon Valley Regional Park, Solano County, California
Publication:Sunset
Date:Jul 1, 1987
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