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Hi guys, really happy to be part of this team at ballofspray!!
I just moved from Chile (Southamerica) to Fresno and I really interested on keep training.
Is there any lake nearby Fresno I can go for a set?
edited January 7
Fellow Chilean! I know a a few but not sure how to access. There is Wolf Lakes in Fresno, another near Sanger off Belmont. 1 in Visalia but not sure on name. 1 in Porterville believe called Packett lake. 1 in Madera .1 in Lemoore, used to be two , but one’s now a surfing wave lake. Or you can drive North and ski at my place and have empandas for lunch ! Lol
Not sure their is a course directly near or around Fresno but lots of Private Lakes 1.5 hours south in Arvin, CA /www.skiwestvillage.org/
. Additionally 2 hours North around Sacramento
. Most all require membership or making friends with members.
When I lived in Fresno a decade ago I spoke to a few people who skied in the area (Wolf I believe) and skied at a site outside Kerman as well as Sunrise in Lemoore. I don't have contact information for the sites anymore, but they are there and rumor has it at least some of them are active. There is also a site outside Oakdale, Sunspray I believe is the name, great group of folks, about an hour closer than Sacramento.
There is a public lake site on New Melones reservoir, about 2 hours north, you will need a boat and it isn't the greatest skiing site but its a fun and welcoming group of people. There used to be a course on Don Pedro as well but I am not sure it that club is still around. About a decade ago I skied at Modesto Reservoir as well, not sure what the status is there, but it skied well and was a good group.
Not trying to highjack the tread but had some fun looking for the Lemoore lake. Always amazes me how many purpose build ski lakes are hidden in California. Turns out 1 of the 2 lakes is now the infamous Kelly Slater Surf Ranch! I always though this was in Northern California and didn't know they built it repurposing a ski lake.
Check out this website:
I've found it useful in finding ski sites. If accurate, it looks like there are 3 sites in the immediate Fresno area.
I have a private lake west of Kerman. I have some members. I am considering a couple more members this year. You can email me at
I am in Costa Rica for the winter but can call you if you would like to talk about it. Susan
They purchased the lake next door as well and run a surf boat over there
SR SL Judge & Driver (“a driver who is super late on the wheel and is out of sync”)
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