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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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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


Summer SUP Series

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.

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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


New women’s swim and SUP-wear at Gorge

Prana and O'Neill in stock now, and Roxy Outdoor Fitness on the way.

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.

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School’s In For Summer

We all have friends who want to try SUP. We run into people on the water who say “That looks fun!” or “Is that hard to do?” or the typical “Isn’t it cold?” Now there is a way for you to share your love for SUP without your $2k race board bumping into the dock as you stand nervously on the shore. Send them to Gorge Performance for a stand up paddle lesson. The Gorge Crew has been busy this spring perfecting their techniques and becoming certified ASI instructors.

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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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2012 Riviera Voyager 12’6″

Entry-level SUPs just keep getting better.

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.

Gorge Crew


Fresh markdowns for fresh tracks

No news like SNOW news!

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!

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Holiday Fest day 3 deals & last day to get your raffle tickets!

Tonight someone gets lucky.

We’ll draw the winning raffle ticket for the Lib Tech Travis Rice just before closing tonight at 6:55. If you haven’t made your way down to the shop for your ticket(s), today is it.

OK gang, here they are, the last day of the one-day deals:

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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


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