If you want to learn to kite, you want to learn from the best, and around here, that’s Cascade Kiteboarding. Why? On-the-water lessons take place at the west end of Well’s Island, away from the chaos of the sandbar. Your lesson will be one-on-one, with radio helmet instruction, this year’s gear from Da Kine and Liquid Force, and dedicated jetski assistance. And let me point out that Cascade Kiteboarding is the ONLY school with those radio helmets, so it’s the one school where you won’t have an instructor yelling at you while you’re learning. One of the lucky people on the email version of this forecast will win a two hour kiteboarding lesson later this week.
First, I’m not sure I thanked everyone for voting for me for the Native Eyewear contest. They’ve given me a pretty cool gig of updating their FB page and taking snapshots and all sorts of other cool stuff. I’m always skeptical when a production company comes to town; I’ve had some bad experiences in the past with companies taking advantage of locals. I just want to say that Native Eyewear is 100% legit. They are treating the locals like family, compensating them fairly, and trusting them to do a good job even though the Native team won’t be here ‘til next week. So if you need new shades, consider Natives. They’ve got sweet optics too. =) You can find the shades at 2nd Wind. You can find the athlete team at Illumination Rock at 5:30pm today.
There’s a good, stiff breeze blowing through the Gorge already this morning. It was 25 at the Hatch at 5am.With the gradient at .12, and clouds somewhere west of us, we’ll see things pick up today. This morning the wind will be 23-26 from Viento to Mosier, picking up to 25-29 from Hood River out to Maryhill in the afternoon. An approaching cold front late in the day could make things gusty in Hood River, so get out early. But then again, it will be pretty far off the coast, so it might just make it windier.
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We’ll see another solid marine layer tomorrow morning, but low pressure off the coast will keep morning wind in the 16-19 range with afternoon wind in the 22-25 range. Strongest wind tomorrow should be from the Hatchery out to The Dalles.
Coming up on Monday, an unseasonably strong system pushes into Oregon and Washington, bringing a pretty good chance of up to a tenth of an inch of rain to Hood River (Oh please, please. The trails are so dusty!). The wind on Monday morning will be very light, but as the system moves through in the afternoon, the wind east of Mosier will pick up into the 22-25 range.
If you’re out and about tonight, swing by the Hook in Hood River to check out the King of the Hook freestyle event. This is family friendly, old school and totally fun for everyone. The action starts at 5pm and runs til 8 or so. Also tonight, from 6 to 9pm, swing by Bingen’s Daubenspeck Park for Hawaii night, with the Hapa Hillbillies, firedancing, and all sorts of other fun stuff. The first 150 people there get a lei, so be there early.
Have an awesome day today!
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