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10478596_10203769025973536_1643383293240254555_nThe first three SUP & Pub‘s have been a huge success. Many new faces, lots of strong paddling and good times with a tasty beverage following the race. The stand-up community is a welcoming bunch, so whether you have paddled for years, or just picked up your new board today – the SUP & Pub series is for you.

This week (July 22) we will put in North of OMSI at the Wasabi dock on the Eastside of the Willamette River.  We will race around three bridges for a total of approximately 2 miles. Meet up at 6pm for SUP conversation and training tips. Race begins at 6:30pm. All are welcome!Screen Shot 2014-07-20 at 5.53.06 PM


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.

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.

Be sure to like the Gorge Performance Facebook Page and the Stand Up Portland Facebook page to stay up to date on SUP ‘n Pub race locations.


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

Gorge Bump-N-GlideThe 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!


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.

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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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