If you want to learn to kite, you want to learn from the best, and around here, that’s Cascade Kiteboarding. Why? On-the-water lessons take place at the west end of Well’s Island, away from the chaos of the sandbar. Your lesson will be one-on-one, with radio helmet instruction, this year’s gear from Da Kine and Liquid Force, and dedicated jetski assistance. And let me point out that Cascade Kiteboarding is the ONLY school with those radio helmets, so it’s the one school where you won’t have an instructor yelling at you while you’re learning. One of the lucky people on the email version of this forecast will win a two hour kiteboarding lesson later this week.
Oh man did I screw up the radio forecast this morning. I was exhausted last night and have a very long weekend of work ahead of me, so I guessed and recorded it last night. I guessed wrong, way wrong. It’s blowing 25 at the Hatch right now, but that’s only supported by a .10 gradient and not a lot of marine clouds in Portland. So, let’s say 24-26 this morning from Stevenson to Mosier and also say it’s going to back down in the early afternoon as Portland heats up.
The wind is looking pretty light tomorrow as the marine layer collapses back towards the coast. We’ll see 5-10 in the morning, picking up to 10-13 in the afternoon. The latest model run for Saturday is showing east winds, of all things. Not sure how that works out for the Kitefest? Things are looking light on Sunday too, as we’re looking at 90 both in Portland and the Gorge.
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IN contest news this weekend, the Bridge of the Gods Kitefest runs in Stevenson from Friday through Sunday. And then this weekend, there’s the Gorge Paddle Challenge. Some of the best standup paddlers in the world will be here, including Dave Kalama and Robby Naish, so keep your eyes open for the famous watermen this weekend. And, if you’re out on the water, keep an eye out for the standup paddle racers, and give them the right of way.
In mountain bike news, we have guerilla marketing. Henni’s bar and Grill in White Salmon has a gift certificate for dinner for two hidden somewhere in lower Post Canyon, below Mitchell Ridge elevation. So, keep your eyes open for the red Henni’s bag if you’re in Post today.
And finally, if you want to get in the Native Eyewear catalog, swing by the Punchbowl between 3 and 4:30.
In continuing PSAs, it’s time for the CGWA yearly windsurfer awards. You can send in your nominations here. I’m suggesting everyone nominate Dave Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the Dale Cook award. Dave’s the one out there on the 1990-something Hot Sails throwing huge port jumps. Other awards: Most stoked, most selfless, best grom and windsurfer of the year.
Also, if you’re around September 5th, you can help CGWA get some cash by volunteering as a semi-lifeguard for the Roy Webster Cross-Channel Swim. CGWA gets $50 for each of you who signs up to volunteer.
Have an awesome day today!
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