Canada Day Gorge wind and events

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 July 1, 2012

Good morning,

Windance is your source for just about everything: Kiteboarding, windsurfing, SUP, snow, surf, with a knowledgeable poser-free sales force there to help you choose the right gear. Plenty of demos ensure that you’ll love what you buy. Plus, Windance has the Gorge’s largest selection of used gear and 3 swap meets (next one: July 1st). Not only does Windance bring you great gear and great service, they bring you great parties, with free food, free beer, and the chance to hang out with all your wind-loving friends. Windance, open 7 days a week, 8am-6pm.

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Don’t forget: Outside Magazine is having a contest to name the best river town. Hood River is in the running. Now, I know we don’t want to encourage more people to move here, but remember, we have two secret weapon to scare off immigrants: the Inversion and Junuary. So, feel free to take part in the Facebook voting. You can vote once a day.

Happy Canada Day! Start your Canada Day right with … a swap meet at Windance. It’s already going, and it only goes ’til noon, so if you want some sweet bargains on gear, you want to get over there right away. (I might join you, but only after I drink some coffee).

Looks like another windy day in the Gorge today, although it’s not nearly as windy this morning as I thought it would be when I looked at the models last night. Anyway, .09 gradient from Portland to The Dalles should pick up as the day goes on. We’ll have 22-25 from Hood River east to Arlington this afternoon. A late build to the 25-29 range at Maryhill and Arlington looks likely.

Tomorrow starts off with 18-23 in the central Gorge. Midday, a weather system starts pushing toward the coast, which will switch the strongest wind to Stevenson and Arlington. When that happens, the wind should pick up to 24-28. Looks like the west wind will stick around on Tuesday, most likely best east of Hood River. For those of you who like wavesailing, it looks like the wind will pick up at the coast on Tuesday, but the latest forecast only shows a 3-4 foot swell early next week.

For you cyclists, the Cascade to Crown organized bike ride out of Cascade Locks is today with 15 mile, 50 and 65 mile options. This ride benefits Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon. And in mountain bike news, 15 mile is open, Cooks Meadow is open, but High Prairie and everything above it is still in the snowmelt holding pattern.

Have an awesome day today!