6/1 Gorge wind, local events, and XC skiing

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 June 1, 2013

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Good morning,

There’s a new thing going in the Gorge: Wind not right to surf or kite? Stand up paddle and do it right! New Gorge Non-profit Club– the Gorge SUPer Club, Inc. is now offering season memberships for families and adults. Variety of boards brought to the *Site of the Day* each day starting June 21. No more lugging your gear around. Let the SUP Club do the work! All equipment provided for one low membership fee. No rentals. Members only. For complete details, email the SUP club or phone 541-8zero6-26one2.

It’ll be a good weekend for you wind sport people, despite the light wind and clouds this morning. As a cold front approaches this afternoon, the wind will pick up this afternoon to 17-21 first at Stevenson and then all the way to Arlington, with a couple hours of 21-24 likely from Stevenson to Hood River after 2pm. There’s Gorge Cup racing at the Event Site today, wind permitting.

Tomorrow looks really windy, with 24-28 to start from Mosier to Maryhill and 26-30+ from Mosier to Arlington in the afternoon. Monday also looks windy, with 24-28 or better in the Central Gorge.

If you like coast sailing, you’ll like tomorrow as the wind picks up from 20-25 from Astoria to Florence and 30+ on the south coast. Monday brings 20-25 on the north coast, 25-30 on the central coast, and 30-40 on the south coast. 6′ swell at 8 seconds Sunday. 6′ swell at 9 seconds Monday.

The Clymb: free membership. Cheap gear. Temira approves. Click to join.

In last-minute news, Meadows decided yesterday (or maybe the day before) to offer cross-country skiing this weekend at their main lodge. It’s $10, and they’ll have 3k groomed. The track is open 7am-2pm, and they’ll have a juniors’ clinic today and a grownups clinic tomorrow for $20 with Sam Cordell. I love Sam Cordell: he’s an amazing athlete and a good guy, so if you have any interest in an XC clinic, take it from Sam. But beware of a chance of drizzle on Sunday morning at MHM…

Maybe think mountain biking today, because this week’s rain has made the trails perfect. If you’re headed up to the 44 Road, everything is open up there. 15 Mile and the lower half of 450 were riding great yesterday. It’s not often that you get tacky dirt up there, so go get yourself some. If you’re a road biker, your best stuff is open too: Lake Branch and Vista Ridge are good to go.

In other news, there’s a 44 road trails work party meeting at Little John at 9am, there’s a fundraiser for those trails at 3pm at Dirty Fingers, there’s the ribbon-cutting at the White Salmon bike park at 2pm with free coaching and bike tuneups from Discover Bikes. Tomorrow is the Gorge-us Gals ride in the Dalles, benefiting HAVEN’s services for victims of domestic violence.

Have an awesome day today!