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It was already blowing at 5am with the Portland to The Dalles gradient at .15. The gradient will build and shift east as the day goes on. Head to the Hatchery or Sandbar this morning for westerlies building into the 26-30 range. The wind will probably get gusty midday, so head east to Doug’s, the Wall and possibly Arlington late in the day for 28-32. If you want to watch some amazing kiteboarding, head to Stevenson for the Bridge of the Gods pro event and photo shoot today. Tomorrow is the amateur event.
Also today in the western Gorge is a lot of sailboat racing at Cascade Locks. Representing the windsurfing community is Simon Pearson of BC in the Fireball class (those are super-fast boats more related to spaceships than to classic sailboats). Best of luck to Simon and his sailing partner! And if you want to see some new-school sailboat racing, head to Cascade Locks and check it out!
Tomorrow looks windy too as a cold front crosses the Cascades. If the clouds make it past Hood River tomorrow morning, head to Mosier and Doug’s for 23-26 in the morning. As the clouds burn back, the wind will fill in near Hood River and at Maryhill in the 24-27 range.
Coming up tonight, it’s First Friday in Hood River, with the 2nd Wind and IPS Skate Shop rail jam on 4th Street, complete with 6 truckloads of snow donated by Timberline Lodge, and music by Sunderland! Also tonight, from 4-8, there’s a trek road and mountain bike demo at Post Canyon.
And coming up this weekend, there are a ton of events. There’s the O(regon)BRA road championships in Trout Lake (no, the irony is not lost on me), and Jackson’s Ride the Gorge in Hood River (fully supported 25/50/100 mile road ride to benefit sarcoma research), Jr. Forest Ranger day at Skibowl, the Trout Lake Fair, and the continuation of the Bridge of the Gods kiteboarding festival.
Boaters, the White Salmon’s just above 2 feet and the Klickitat’s at 950 cfs. If you want to boat with a crowd, there’s the Kayak Shed’s Saturday shop paddle tomorrow meeting at Husum (I believe) at 10:30.
Have an awesome day today!
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