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Gorge Performance helps eFit Stand Up to NF

By Kelly Peterson, guest blogger

Thanks to Gorge Performance, eFit’s first annual Stand Up to NF event was a huge success!! Last Sunday, Gorge Performance donated the use of 33 SUP boards for the SUP Paddle relay so that we could have more than 30 four-person teams relay up and down the Willamette River on the SUP boards. Read More


Ski to Defeat ALS event this Saturday (14th) at Meadows

Fred Noble, a local skiing legend (and friend of Gorge), was was diagnosed with ALS two years ago. As a life-long skier (he’s a 74-years-young), this disease is not going to keep Fred off of the slopes.

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Splinters, praised by ESPN for “reviving the surf film genre”

Splinters is showing at the Clinton Street Theater February 17 - 23rd

I’ve not seen the film yet, so I’m shamelessly ripping this review from…

Earning the award for Documentary Feature was Adam Pesce’s Splinters, deceptively clad as a surfing film about the sport’s rise in Papua New Guineau but more pointedly an engrossing, endlessly surprising examination of social hierarchies, clan rivalries, and economic and cultural change within the region. In recent years a wave of sports films set in unusual locations have appeared at festivals—Skateistan, about skaters in Kabul, for instance, or God Went Surfing With the Devil, about Palestinian surfers—but Splinters stands out for its focus not on those bringing the sport from one culture to another, but on the culture learning to accept the sport.

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New favorite beer

Posted by Kim Rueter

To be honest, it’s not fair to claim I’ve discovered a “new” favorite beer. I never had an “old” favorite beer. Living in the NW we’re spoiled with so many good beers it’s really tough to single one out. But that has all changed for me….. I’m in love.

Our friends at Kona Brewing left a very nice “tip” for their SUP rentals the other day (yes, they were SUPing in JANUARY!). Had it not been for this generous variety pack gesture, I may not have discovered the Kona Koko Brown.

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Holiday Fest continues with 1-day deals and tuning clinic

Snowboard Tuning Clinic is TONIGHT! Friday Dec. 2nd at 6:30. Learn good waxing technique, how to tune edges and do basic repairs. Clinic-goers will receive a discount for 20% off all tuning supplies (irons, kits, etc).

Come get your $1 raffle tickets to win a Lib Tech Travis Rice snowboard. All proceeds go Fred Nobel’s Ski to Defeat ASL event. Your odds of winning are still VERY good (about 50 tickets sold so far). It’s for a great cause, people, so please jump in on this raffle if you can. We draw the winner just before closing on Saturday night (6:55 pm).

Here are today’s 1-day deals! (Limited to stock on hand. No layaways. Offers good through closing at 8:00 pm tonight ….
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Gorge 3-Day Holiday Fest Starts Today

We’re jumping into the holiday spirit with full force today. We have our Get Waxed Part Deux tonight with our outside waxing station up and running for FREE snowboard hot waxes. One board per customer please. Also on the docket is an exclusive FREE showing of the Art of Flight at the East Burn bar. The film starts at 10:00, festivities and Red Bull drink specials start at 9:00. We’ll be selling $1 raffle tickets to win a Lib Tech Travis Rice snowboard. All proceeds go Fred Nobel’s Ski to Defeat ASL event.

And we kick off this sale with not one, not two, but FIVE 1-day deals! (Limited to stock on hand. No layaways. Offers good through closing at 8:00 pm tonight)

2012 Flux SF45 Bindings today only $174.95 (reg. $249.95) Save $75.00!

O’Neill Heat 6/5/4 Hooded Fullsuit $237.95 (reg. $339.95) Save $102.00!

Liquid Force Luxury Vest $$119.95 (reg. $149.95)

Werner Fuse CF Core Adjustable Paddle $236.95 (save over $100.00!)

Bones Street Tech Formula Wheels today only $26.95 (reg. $38.95)

Jacket Drive on now – up your chances of winning that Lib Tech Travis Rice snowboard by donating a winter jacket for the Portland Rescue Mission. One free raffle ticket per jacket. PLUS you’ll get $20 in Gorge Bucks towards 2012 outerwear (jacket, pants, bibs, YOUR CHOICE!).

See you tonight! And tune in tomorrow for another fresh batch of 1-Day deals.

Gorge Crew



Snowboard Season Kick-Off Party Thursday 17th 7-9 p.m.

Join us at Gorge Performance this Thursday, November 17th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. to harness our collective stoke for the kick-ass snowboard season ahead!

We’re showing the new TB20 snowboard film on the big outdoor screen. Barrel fires and hot spiced cider will add some winter flavor. Bring your snowboard with you and we’ll wax ‘er up for FREE! Plus special discounts for snowboard clubs, teams, groups or whatever you call your posse. Friends who shop together, save together! Download and share this flyer with your mates:

The forecast calls for rain (and heavy mountain snow!) so dress for cold and wet conditions (we will have a few pop-up tents set up). A little rain won’t stop us from showing our respect to La Niña. If you don’t have some good 20K waterproof outerwear, we know where you can find some 😉

See you there!

Gorge Crew


Danny Ching SUP workout secrets revealed!

You too can have a bod like King Ching. Someone, pass me the noodles!



Kelly just won Chopes!

His eleventh title is looking more probably than ever. Impressive.


If this doesn’t make you want to longboard…


U-hu [longboarding] by Pedro Cunha on Vimeo.

We have lots of skateboards (Gravity, Arbor, Carver, …Lost) in stock, wheels, trucks, pads. Summer is for skating. People.


Thirsty Thursday Surf Movie Party

Did someone say party?

Finally, a date is set for the next surf movie night. Join us on August 4th for our Thirsty Thursday Surf Movie Party on the outdoor screen. The feature presentation is Sight|Sound, a new release from High Seas Film’s Mikey DeTemple. It’s possible every surfboard shape and size is featured in this film, so it should appeal to a wide audience. Read More