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Windsurfing in the Gorge
Windsurfing season in The Gorge starts in April or early May and lasts
through August. West wind is most common with many windy days. Air temperature
average is about 85-90 F in summer. Water temp is about 65 F.
most famous site, the Spring Creek Fish Hatchery, known to "boardheads"
as "The Hatchery", is on Hwy 14 only 4 miles west of the Hood River Bridge.
This is the best place for viewing and photos. The Gorge Games freestyle
event is held here.
The Hatchery lies several hundred yards to the east of another popular site know as Swell City. In addition to those two "high-wind" favorites, sailors can travel to the west along Hwy 14 and launch from Home Valley Park, and then to several spots along the Stevenson waterfront. On the OR side, the Event Site is the most popular area with grassy rigging and bleachers for viewing.
I need a car?
can I rent or purchase equipment?
equipment works best?
can I Camp?
of the other parks are as follows:
kinds of hazards are in the Gorge?
create a large wind shadow so you never want to get to close downwind
of them. They cannot stop very quickly so if you fall in front of them
it is up to you to get out of the way.
There are rattle snakes (and Scorpion Bowls)
Sailors: A few simple rules will help: Always look before you jibe.
How can I get weather information for the Gorge?
if you are online
Most of the shops rent pagers. These devices will tell you the current wind speads at many of the major sailing areas. IWindsurf is the current provider of this information and they have several plans. You can purchase the full pager deal or just web access to the current wind readings. If you are not familar with the Gorge a pager will increase the number of days that you sail.
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