The first time I saw the Bark Appleby Race board it was easily passing me on the East side of Ross Island during a SUP race. My initial thought was, “Wow, that’s a good looking board!” My second thought was, “Why is that woman going so much faster than me when I feel like I am working twice as hard?” It was that day I realized the impact a good board for the right conditions could make and that my 11′ all-around SUP was never going to out run a true race board regardless of how hard I paddled. Not long after, I added the Appleby to my quiver and have been thrilled with it since.
In a hurry to replace a pair of blown out 8-year-old flip flops the day before I left on vacation, I grabbed the first black pair I found in my size on the gigantic wall ‘o flops at Gorge Performance. Flops are flops…right? Boy was I wrong. It seems not all quality sandals have to be upwards of $60 to please these piggies.
For years (30 to be exact) Gorge Performance has been a hardcore surf shop with an emphasis on stocking a ton of surfboards and wetsuits for men and women, and less focus on apparel. Sure, boardshorts and tees for guys have been staple items at Gorge, but not much for our surfer girls. Now that flatwater SUP – a sport not requiring a full wetsuit like surfing does – has firmly staked its claim in the Gorge board-dom, it’s only natural we expand our women’s clothing selection to include functional fitness apparel intended for paddling (and surfing, yoga, rock climbing,… living!). These items are meant to move, like you do.
Eyes. Brains. Yeah, they’re kind of a big deal. Fortunately, there is an amazing array of options for protecting our eyes and head while enjoying our favorite pastime on da hill. No doubt the selection of goggles and helmets these days can be a little overwhelming. Whether you are finally convinced it is time to protect your dome and you need to buy your first helmet, or you have to replace the goggle you dropped from the chair, the experts at Gorge can guide you in the right direction. Read More
The elves at Gorge Performance have been busy, but not with sleigh repairs, reindeer maintenance and toy making. When the guys at Gorge aren’t providing the best customer service in Portland, they are outside ready for the next swell, gust or dump. So who better to provide you with a little holiday shopping insight than the elves who ride and wear our products every day.
Remember the El Camino? Truck bed in the back, car in the front. I never thought it was a good looking vehicle, but I always admired it for trying to take the best from both rides. I am relying on that dual-purpose concept from Chevy for my fall paddling gear, but unlike the iconic 70’s ride, Dakine and O’Neill got the looks right. Mix and match these two items with your board shorts or wear them solo, it works!
If you are looking for a new paddle or considering adding an adjustable paddle to you stockpile, the LeverLock adjustable system from Kialoa is worth investigating. Over one and a half years in the making this concept has some great innovation .
We’re excited about this new SUP from Riviera, the 12’6 Voyager. This is a great flat water cruiser that is beginner-friendly by design (box rails for stability), but its hull shape is quite advanced in terms of displacement and glide performance. Great for true newbs and/or paddlers interested in touring or racing. At $1099, it’s quite reasonable. Add a quality paddle and you’re set for the season. Here’s what Riviera have to say about it…
Maybe you know someone who would be interested in this? Feel free to share! We’ll have a few in stock next week.
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.
Now is a GREAT time to pull the trigger on a new snowboard and/or outerwear. It just so happens this new snow on the way coincides with fresh markdowns on tons of 2012 gear!
With the exception of Lib Tech and Gnu boards, ALL other snowboards are 20% off!!! This includes Burton, Jones, Arbor, K2, DC, and Atomic. Been thinking about a split board? YES! How about a new freestyle park board? YES! Or maybe a new pow board from Jones? YES, YES! At 20% off, those thoughts seem less sinful 😉
In addition to boards, we have our high-end boots (over $250) at 20% off (from Burton, Nike, DC and Salomon), and bindings from Union, Flow and Flux at 20% off. BUT THAT’S NOT ALL! All 2012 outerwear (A.K., Bonfire, Nike, Rip Curl, Analog) is at least 20% off! And all 686 (including their kickass “Smarty” pants) are a full 30% off! Are we crazy – winter is just getting started!
As reliable as the birds flying south for the winter, each October Gorge Performance transforms back into a snowboard shop. New inventory is arriving daily. Stop in to see the new offerings from Lib, Gnu, Burton, Union, Flow, Flux, Nike boots, 686, DC, Bonfire, Spy, Analog, Anon. We know some of you can hardly stand to wait for the white stuff. To reward you for your enthusiasm we’re offering all 2012 hard goods and apparel at 10% off now through October 15th.
Rob pulled a few items from the new crop to wet your appetite…
It’s true. Liquid Force just handed us new 2012 demo kites to try out. We thought we’d share the love and invite some of our friends (that’s you) to come play too.
Justin and Brian will be at Stevenson, Washington this Sunday Sep. 4th at 1:00 to hook you up with the 2012 Liquid Force NRG, Nirvana and Envy kites. Don’t miss this chance to get ’em in your hands and give us some feedback!
Hope to see you all there. In the meantime, this promo vid from LF will do more than wet your appetite…
Guest Author: Marcus Mead
About the author: Surfer (skater in this case), 37 years old. 6’2”/180lbs. Surfing since age 10. I ride shortboards and fishes. Skated as a youngster, was never any good. Acquired a Carveboard about 10 years ago. Really liked the Carveboard for reproducing the surfing feeling; weight distribution, body rotation, balance etc. Found that the Carveboard needs a wide road and a fairly steep hill and does not like manhole covers laid out in turns. Got a standard skateboard a few years ago as there was a new Dreamland skatepark at my office parking lot. I’m not a competent (or confident) enough skater to even drop in. I rolled in went up a few feet and practiced surfing-style turns and body articulation.
Desires: Reproduce a surfing turn on the street. I want to practice surfing when not surfing.