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The Gorge Downwind Champs

July 18, 2017 - July 22, 2017

Gorge Downwind Champs

The Gorge downwind Championship is a weeklong festival of downwind paddling held annually in the Columbia River Gorge which is conveniently located 1 hour from Portland Oregon.

The main solo event is targeted for July Friday the 21st. A 3 day  wind window of Thursday thru Saturday will be honored. Participants must arrive Wednesday night or early Thursday AM to ensure they do not miss the main event. There are divisions for OUTRIGGERSs, SUPs and SURFSKIs. The Gorge Downwind Champs does not favor or cater to any one craft and prize $$ payout is equal amongst the craft types based on percentage of a specific craft to total entrants at the Gorge Downwind Champs. Our goal is to equally cater to all boat types and be the largest downwind focused paddling event on the planet. The Gorge downwind Champs is a fundraiser for Rivers For Change 501(c)(3).

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Consistent summer winds, Simple fast shuttles, variable terrain from insane to beginner, hot temps and fresh water make it one of the top downwind locations on the planet. It is no accident the Columbia River Gorge is already the #1 wind surfing and kite boarding destination in the world.

Included with your entry are 4 days of downwind shuttles limited by only your time and endurance, 3 meals, 2 world caliber races with large $$ payouts. In addition, SUP, Outrigger and Surfski pros from around the world will be having skill clinics all week long. If your ambition is to do as many downwinds as possible in a week, or to refine your skills, the Columbia River Gorge cannot be beat.

Outside of the event there are endless other opportunities for world class family fun including horseback riding, cycling on and off road, downhill skiing in July, hiking, white water rafting, fishing, mountain climbing, vineyards, micro brews, windsurfing, kiteboarding, hot air balloons, zip lines and a lot more.

Schedule of Events (all included with your entry)

  • Mon – Downwind Shuttles / Beer Garden

  • Tue – Downwind Shuttles / Beer Garden

  • Wed – Downwind Shuttles / Demo Day / Festival BBQ Dinner

  • Thu – Downwind Shuttles / Beer Garden

  • Fri – World Cup Solo – Surfski – OC1 – SUP race / Awards Dinner

  • Sat – Team Events / Pizza Dinner / Pub Crawl

3 day wind window for World Cup Solo Race – Thur 20th, Fri 21st, Sat 22nd.

Separate cash payouts for pros and age groups in all divisions (SS, OC, SUP)

Full Sail beer tickets are $3 sold in lots of 10


July 18, 2017
July 22, 2017
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Carter Johnson


North American Downwind Champs
Hood River, U.S.A