SUP ‘n Pub
The Crew at Gorge Performance is excited to announce the Summer SUP ‘n Pub Race Series beginning Tuesday, July 1st through August 19th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. This no cost race series is designed to offer courses in various locations around Portland that will be fun and laid back for anyone who loves to SUP. You can be as competitive or carefree as you’d like. Then join us for a cold summer time beverage at a local pub near the race site.
New to SUP? No problem. You will make new friends that will be happy to share tips and expertise. If you need gear, head down to the shop and the crew will hook you up with rentals.
The wind has been howling and we are ready! This summer, the Gorge Performance Crew is organizing the Gorge Bump ‘N Glide. Yep! The baton was passed off to the flatlanders and we are excited to get our swell on! We will meet each Sunday*, July 6 – August 17, to ride the swells of the scenic Columbia River Gorge preparing for the Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge. *We will not be doing a run on July 13th since we will be at the Oregon Open Ocean Classic
The BNG’s consist of downwind runs for SUPs/Outriggers/Surfskis shuttled from one point to another. BNG’s are based on wind conditions and can be started or ended anywhere in the Columbia Gorge.. The “swell rider” meeting will be at the launch site in the Gorge (TBA each Sunday) at 11 am SHARP! Carpooling from the shop is an option and we will bring the trailer for shuttling.
Downwinders are fun but take some practice. The Bump ’n Glides are for experienced paddlers. You must be able to paddle 6-8 miles in 1.5-2 hours. If you have not done a downwinder, it is suggested that you attend a Downwind Prep class and/or Downwind Clinic with our friends at Big Winds. Mini downwinder’s can be practiced by paddling from the Hood River event site down to The Hook then continuing downriver on the south side of Wells Island, and back upriver on the north side.
Grab your boards and paddles, because the stoke is on for summer!