Tuesday. 7/9. Gorge wind, outdoor party tonight, and balls.

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 July 9, 2013

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Tomorrow’s forecast status (will be updated every few hours):
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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

This is going to be a fun week. Do you know why? Because my bestie is coming to town on Thursday. Her name is Liela. We’re going to do incredible things. For example, we’re going to rewrite her resume. But we’ll also pick cherries. And go swimming. And hike. And bike to Mosier for beer. Liela, sadly, does not windsurf. Happily, she won’t be here until Thursday afternoon, meaning I get to windsurf a big day with all of you, and then I get to spend time with my bestie. What more could a girl want!!!

Wind forecast

If you’re sick of the wind, today is for you, or at least the morning is right for you: It’ll be light this morning, picking up to 13-15, maybe 15-18, mid- to late afternoon near Hood River and Stevenson.

Tomorrow starts with more clouds in Portland. Those clouds drive west wind at 21-24 to start near Hood River and Mosier. By afternoon, we’ll have west wind at 25-29 from Hood River out to Maryhill. Then on Thursday, we’ll see very strong west wind right off the bat, with upper twenties to low thirties likely near Hood River, filling in out to Rufus and maybe even Arlington in the afternoon.

Sounds like the Hood River Huck Fest is happening Wednesday at Rufus, so if you want to see some kiters go huge, check the event Facebook page to make sure they’re sticking with Wednesday, and then head out for some spectacular big air!

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Stevenson light light 5-10 15-18
Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site) light light 5-10 13-16
Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle light light light 10-15
Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall light light light light
Arlington / Roosevelt light light light light

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

Bike News

Tomorrow night is the ladies’ Post N’ Pinot mountain bike ride, where women of all abilities ride woman-style through Post Canyon. After the ride, they return to Dirty Fingers, drink a free glass of wine, have a raffle, and then chitter-chatter like little tipsy hardcore (or not-so-hardcore) Hood River athletes.

Thursday night is the manly Post N’ Pint. No chitter-chattering here. Just men hammering on bikes, followed by men drinking beer and talking about bikes. Both rides leave Dirty Fingers at 5:30. If you’re male and you’d like to do the girl ride, you must wear a tutu and a wig (no, I’m not kidding). If you’re female and want to ride with the boys, you’ll just need balls. Big balls. BDSM balls that are used to lots of pain. God does that ride hurt!

Tomorrow night is also Families at Family Man, kid-friendly riding for kids of all ages. Meet at Family Man, or meet at the bottom of Seven Streams at 5:30. No balls, tutus or wigs required.

Very Important News

For those of you not sick of wind-related stuff (I’m sure not!), think about kicking down to to see the movie “Children of the Wind”, the story of the Franz brothers and friends from Bonaire. These windsurfing proteges came from poor backgrounds to dominate competition in a sport that is, quite frankly, dominated by … uh… the 1%. If you want to see the flick, we need a minimum number of reserved tickets by July 11th. . As of this morning, we needed 12 more tickets to sell. Head to tugg.com to buy tickets.

Coming up this evening, there’s pickup touch rugby at the Hood River Marina at 5:30, and there’s triathlon practice at the Event Site at 6pm. If sports aren’t your cup of tea, head to the Ruins at Springhouse Cellars tonight for outdoor music, food and drink! Hell, sports are my cup of tea, and I’m headed to the Ruins. Best party of the week, not counting Rick Huelett’s birthday party tonight. Happy birthday, Rick!

Don’t forget that Wednesday is the White Salmon Riverfest, with $20 community raft trips. Call Wet Planet to reserve your spot. After the raft trip, there’s plenty more going on – lectures, food, drink, and a party with the Shed Shakers, so clear your Wednesday night and plan on Husum.

Speaking of boating and rafting, the Klickitat’s at 1200cfs, the Hood is at 3.34′ (forget it), and the White Salmon, well, Wet Planet hasn’t posted the level in a couple of weeks, but it was at 2.75′ then. Call it somewhere between 2.5′ and 2.7′. It’s a good level. Go rafting tomorrow. $20 is a screaming deal on a raft trip. But remember… tip on the value of $65 – your raft guide accepts cash and/or beer (except Giani. He doesn’t accept beer)!

Have an awesome day today!