Friday. 7/12.

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 July 12, 2013

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Good morning,

You know you like photos of yourself windsurfing or kiting. Or skiing. Or snowboarding. If you ride Meadows, you know Grant Myrdal. You’ve seen the blue flags on the good days. Well, those blue flags are in the Gorge now, and Grant and his team are out shooting photos of YOU ripping it up. This is more PSA than advertising, cuz we all love photos. Grant’s out there like Waldo. Find him. And don’t forget to smile. Smiles make photos prettier. We’re giving away two photos (of you, duh) on the email list. Yeah, Grant! =) .

Temira’s random morning thoughts

I went out windsurfing yesterday (yes, I still do that), and had the most amazing experience: I could see through my sail. Thank you, Northwave, for replacing the window in my 2009 Hot Sails Fire 3.5. It’s like having a whole new sail, and I’m no longer a menace on the water.

Wind forecast

As you can see by the high clouds drifting above the Gorge this morning, we’re under a weak weather system. Remember, weather dynamics do not make for the best wind. We’ll see that system slowly move east over the day, giving a gusty nature to the wind. That said, it’ll be windy today: strongest near Hood River in the morning, getting gusty near Hood River later, and picking up all the way to Arlington late in the afternoon. Expect gusty conditions at Maryhill and the steadiest wind at Stevenson, Avery, Celilo and Arlington today (you know I just really wanted to throw those obscure beaches in the report).

[Tonia], I tried really hard to interpret wind from tomorrow’s models, but I’m having trouble finding any wind. We’ll see an early blow at 15-18 at best (more likely less), fading to glassy conditions by noon as high pressure fills inland. Sunday, however, looks windier, as the high pressure heads back to the coast (where it belongs), allowing a pressure gradient to develop across the Gorge. Expect light wind Sunday morning, picking up to 15-18 midday and 21-24 late. Strongest wind will be near Hood River.

Out on the coast, you’ll find N wind at 15-18 today (North-Central, more @ Pistol) with NW swell 4@9, 25-30, NW 4@7 tomorrow, and 20-25 Sunday, NW 4@0… uh, NOAA, I don’t think that’s right. I took a look at the swell map, and it looks more like NW 4@7-8. Four feet at zero seconds. Hmph.

This is kiteboarding for Cancer time at the Event Site in Hood River. The beach is open to both windsurfers and kiters today, but it’s only open to kiteboarders this weekend. Kiteboarders and well-wishers, that is – everyone’s welcome to swing by, have some food and beer, and listen to live music.

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Stevenson 5-10 10-15 15-18 22-25
Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site) 17-21 18-22 21-24 gusty
Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle 5-10 10-15 22-25 gusty
Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall 10-15 10-15 gusty
Arlington / Roosevelt 5-10 10-15 18-23 23-26

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Bike News

On Sunday, Ranger Jimmy T has a work party to build the SuperConnector trail on the 44 Road, but the time is up in the air due to Le Tour de France, beignets and berets at Dirty Fingers in the morning. Call DF if you want more information, and prepare for a work party followed by a shuttle to High Prairie.

Very Important News

If you’re out and about this evening, 10 Speed Roastery is showing the bike-related movie Moonrise Kingdom at 6pm. After the movie, head to the British Pub in Hood River for the Kiteboarding for Cancer kickoff party from 8:30-11pm.

Today, tomorrow and Sunday it’s the Laser Pacific Coast Championships in Cascade Locks. On Sunday is an Oregon Enduro bike race at Larch Mountain near Battleground at Thrillium/Cold Creek. From 10-2 Sunday, Windance has a free Jimmy Lewis SUP demo at Nichols Boat Basin.

Have an awesome day today!