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If you’re a windsurfer or kiter, today’s going to be another good day on the water. The 5am gradient from Portland to The Dalles was at .07 and there was another .05 out east. With the clouds past Hood River, strongest wind today will be at Maryhill, Arlington and Threemile. We’ll see a steady build into the 25-29 range out east today, with best wind mid-afternoon. If you’re looking for lighter wind, stay under the clouds for 15-18. It should be perfect for the Hood River Yacht club sailboat races this evening!
The pesky wind continues tomorrow, with 17-20 east of Hood River in the morning, building to 23-26 by afternoon. Friday looks a bit lighter.
If you’re headed to Pistol River for the contest that starts tomorrow, it looks like you’ll have 20 to 25 knots and 4 to 7 foot swell for the duration of the event. If you’re staying here, you’re going to have a lot of space on the river the next few days!
Coming up this weekend is the Bridge of the Gods kiteboarding festival in Stevenson. It’s looking like we’ll have westerlies of some sort for the event, so it should be pretty cool to come and watch! Also this weekend, on Saturday, is the free White Salmon ½ marathon. It’s an event-that-does-not-exist, so if you’re interested in participating, contact me and I’ll give you the details!
So, the last couple of days I took my first whitewater kayaking lessons at Wet Planet with Andy and Susan, and it was awesome, so I actually feel like I have the right to say these levels now: Boaters, the Hood’s at 4.3 feet and the Klickitat’s at 2420 cfs.
If you need some boating pals, check out the Kayak Shed’s shop paddle. Meet at the shop at 4:30 this afternoon. And seriously, if you do want to try boating, Wet Planet has a great 2-day beginner kayaking course that will have you paddling Class I/II rivers, eddying out, wet exiting, and generally having a lot of fun splashing about in the water. I can’t wait for the next lesson!!!
Have an awesome day today!