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Lake Choko at La Ventana

Postby Windstoked » Wed Feb 06, 2019 5:50 pm

Lake Choko is a butter-water spot at La Ventana for adventurous kiters. It is a four mile kite from the beach at La Ventana or you can drive there on dirt roads with four wheel drive. Bufadora de La Ventana is a blowhole in a reef outcrop part way down, and there is a nice curling break around the point there for surfers.
The lake fills with salt water when a high tide coincides with large swell (or with fresh water after the rare large rainfall) and pours over the beach, and we were lucky to have such a combination fill the lake much higher than it was when this satellite photo was taken.
Lake Choko Satellite.JPG
It is side/downwind going there, and side upwind returning. My buddy made it back to La Ventana in a single tack by cutting through the breakers, but I tacked farther upwind to avoid the onshore breakers.
Here's a video from our recent first-time trip to La Ventana:

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Re: Lake Choko at La Ventana

Postby grigorib » Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:17 pm

The thing I heard is all the farming horse and cow shit is floating into the lake with rain and that’s why people avoid it choosing turquoise waters of sea instead.

Is water alright in the lake?

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Re: Lake Choko at La Ventana

Postby Toby » Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:37 pm

Awesome spot!

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Re: Lake Choko at La Ventana

Postby Laughingman » Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:59 pm

grigorib wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:17 pm
The thing I heard is all the farming horse and cow shit is floating into the lake with rain and that’s why people avoid it choosing turquoise waters of sea instead.

Is water alright in the lake?
I heard the same thing.... maybe thats how they keep it to themselves, obviously with all those park sliders and kickers someone is riding there a lot.
You know what they say, what doesn't kill yah makes you stronger! Think of the microbiom floating around!

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Re: Lake Choko at La Ventana

Postby Laughingman » Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:59 pm

grigorib wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:17 pm
The thing I heard is all the farming horse and cow shit is floating into the lake with rain and that’s why people avoid it choosing turquoise waters of sea instead.

Is water alright in the lake?
I heard the same thing.... maybe thats how they keep it to themselves, obviously with all those park sliders and kickers someone is riding there a lot.
You know what they say, what doesn't kill yah makes you stronger! Think of the microbiom floating around!
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Re: Lake Choko at La Ventana

Postby Slappysan » Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:08 pm

Do you know if this video was filmed there?



It looks like it's filmed in a river, but maybe that's just the camera man holding the camera tilted coupled with the wind waves.

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Re: Lake Choko at La Ventana

Postby Da Yoda » Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:43 pm

grigorib wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:17 pm
The thing I heard is all the farming horse and cow shit is floating into the lake with rain and that’s why people avoid it choosing turquoise waters of sea instead.

Is water alright in the lake?
You obviously haven't kited at the famous Sherman Island in northern CA. Kiters from SI all have acclimated well to that kind of water (note the cattle grazing at the top right at 1:45). The guy in the vid is a regular at SI. :thumb:


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Re: Lake Choko at La Ventana

Postby Windstoked » Fri Feb 08, 2019 3:59 am

Yes, Slappysan, that video was definitely at Lake Choko.
Here's another video from the recent Baja Kite Park Showdown in January:

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Re: Lake Choko at La Ventana

Postby Windstoked » Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:59 am

Another cool video from Choko Lake:



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