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February 2016 Race Board Demo

Team Gorge took to the water on February 6th at Vancouver lake to preview some of the 2016 SUP race boards as well as compare a few favorites from 2015. Flat water and moderate temperatures made for ideal testing conditions. Read More


Pros Ride Boards Straight Out of the Box

and 4 Other Lessons From the Pacific Paddle Games
Fresh from SUP’s biggest event of the year, the Pacific Paddle Games, our stoke level couldn’t be higher. The Gorge Crew spent the weekend in Dana Point with board makers, pro racers, recreational enthusiasts, SUP surfers and SUP fans and we can confidently say the sport of SUP is healthy and thriving. Here are a few of our take-aways from four days immersed in all things stand up paddle.

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SUP Launches

30 Minutes or Less from Gorge Performance

It’s easy to get in a SUP rut and paddle the same ol’ routes time and time again. Fact is, Portland is a SUPers paradise with no fewer than 13 launches within 20 mile radius of the city center. We’ve highlighted some of the more frequented launches with useful info on the parking situation, description of access and more. Hopefully this map will encourage a little exploring of our ‘hood. We’ll be adding new sites to this map, including locations beyond the 30 minute limit, so bookmark the map link and refer to it often. We welcome suggestions and comments at the end.

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Gear Review: Inflatable Paddleboards

On the Water Test and Comparison by Steve Bunnage

“Performance” and “Inflatable” used to be impossible in the SUP world, but inflatable technology just keeps getting better. Newer 6 inch thick construction, stronger sidewalls, and higher inflation pressures have resulted in versatile, easily transportable boards that perform remarkably well.

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Pearls of Wisdom from Chuck Patterson

by Misako Yamamoto

During the recent June heat wave, the Gorge Crew (Owners Kim and Bob Rueter, Wendy McDonald, myself, and our friend Steve) was lucky enough to enjoy a relaxed Viento to Hood river downwinder with renowned waterman and Naish ambassador, Chuck Patterson. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this former pro skier turned waterman, watch him skiing (I said skiing) into JawsRead More


Why Gorge Lessons are Different

New Thinking For Stand Up Paddlers

The one size fits all approach to stand up paddle board lessons has become common these days. We’ve all seen them, the matching foam top boards lined up on the beach waiting for paddlers who’s size, skill, desire & ability will be far from matching.

At Gorge Performance we approach learning to SUP from the individuals perspective. That means equipment, location and instructor need to be a good fit with the student.

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SUP Open House

Join us Thursday, March 12th from 6:00-8:00pm in the new and improved SUP showroom for the Gorge Performance SUP Open House. The new showroom is the only place in Portland where you will find over 100 SUPs on display side by side including 25+ new models for 2015.

It wouldn’t be a Gorge event without some tasty beverages, so come enjoy a cold Base Camp brew or a glass from Oregon winery Penner-Ash while we talk all things SUP.   Read More


Rip Curl SearchGPS Watch

To be honest, we’ve been logging surf data as long as we’ve been surfing. Until now keeping track of wave count and how long a sesh lasted was all just fuzzy math in our heads (ok, probably a little exaggertion too.) But now Rip Curl introduces the first true surf watch, the SearchGPS and we are in full surf geek mode at Gorge Performance. In addition to 1,360 tide location it tracks up to 10 hours of surf time and syncs with the cloud to the Search App creating your own personal log book. Read More


Dragon Goggle APX

Double Wide Vision

For the rider looking for unmatched wide-angle peripheral vision, the industry-leading APX sets the standard in snow goggle performance. Styling, comfort, performance and easy lens interchangeability make the APX a Gorge rider favorite. (Also available in APXS for those of you with smaller domes)

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Surfrider Foundation 2015 Global Surf Calendar

Breathtaking photography from around the world make the 2015 Global Surf Calendar the next best thing to riding at Cloud Break. Well maybe not, but at least it is a gift you feel good about buying. Read More


Rubicon 12′ Tahoe SUP

Fast, Functional & Built to Last

A late release update to the 2014 12′ Rubicon has moved it atop our recreational board list. Read More


Indo Board Original

Did you know there is a way to improve your balance, sharpen your riding skills and stay fit, without heading to the beach, mountain or river? Indo Board lets you work it all from your living room. Read More


North Pacific Surfboards

If you surf in the Northwest, why not ride something made in the Northwest. Better yet, how about made in Hood River and glassed in Portland. You can’t get any more home grown than that.  Read More


Crab Grab

Almost Better Than Bindings

Crab Grab makes fantastic traction and they look pretty sweet too. They’re a small family business located in Bend, Oregon, making quality traction in various shapes and sizes (though we are partial to the mini claws & the seaweed.) Read More


Solomon Sick Stick

Ridden by PNW Legend Josh Dirksen

The guys at the shop unanimously agreed, this is their favorite new board for 2015. A quiver killer with looks to match the ride. Read More


Stance Snow Socks

Luxury for your Feet

Remember the thrill of opening a beautifully wrapped gift, only to find it contained socks from Aunt Myrtle? With Stance snow socks, there is no more disappointment when opening gifts.  Read More