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.
“Performance” and “Inflatable” used to be impossible in the SUP world, but inflatable technology just keeps getting better. Newer 6 inch thick construction, stronger sidewalls, and higher inflation pressures have resulted in versatile, easily transportable boards that perform remarkably well.
During the recent June heat wave, the Gorge Crew (Owners Kim and Bob Rueter, Wendy McDonald, myself, and our friend Steve) was lucky enough to enjoy a relaxed Viento to Hood river downwinder with renowned waterman and Naish ambassador, Chuck Patterson. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this former pro skier turned waterman, watch him skiing (I said skiing) into Jaws. Read More
The one size fits all approach to stand up paddle board lessons has become common these days. We’ve all seen them, the matching foam top boards lined up on the beach waiting for paddlers who’s size, skill, desire & ability will be far from matching.
At Gorge Performance we approach learning to SUP from the individuals perspective. That means equipment, location and instructor need to be a good fit with the student.
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
14 foot boards tend to dominate the downwind lineup. But the reality is, a 12’6 can perform just as well and be easier to manage in the wind. We asked our friend Misako to take the 12’6 Dennis Pang for a run to give us some feedback for how a 12’6 can perform in the Gorge. Here’s what she discovered….
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.
In my search to find a SUP for surfing the Oregon coast I recently tried the Boardworks Infinity carver 9’10”. The board is marketed for “for bigger guys who are experienced SUP surfers looking to step down in size/length and step up their performance.” And, that is exactly what I was looking for.
There are several boards to consider for paddlers who want to go from an all-around board to a touring board with a flatwater-optimized displacement hull. But, the minute they say, “… I think I might want to race someday” I immediately introduce them to the Amundson TR-2.
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
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.
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.
Late last season the CGKA developed a new launch at Cascade Locks (directly across the river from Bob’s Beach in Stevenson, WA.). Blackberry Beach emerged from the nasty thorns and bushes and is the first significant new launch location in years thanks to the assistance of countless volunteers. It went from blackberries to beach and the crew at Gorge Performance are stoked to have another launch just 45 minutes from Portland, sans bridge toll! Read More
We’ve declared the 2013 SUP season officially open. Time to get out on the water and put those hibernating paddling muscles to work again. It’s also a great time to evaluate your gear. If you’ve been considering making a change (paddle or board) you’re in luck in terms of many, many options to choose from. Our team at Gorge has been testing boards and paddles over the last few months to provide you, our customers, with hands- and feet-on practical reviews to help you narrow your options. First up, Matt Spencer puts the 14′ Amundson TR-X through its paces. Here’s what he has to say: 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.