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2012 Lakeshore Paddle Company Betty 12’6″

By Tracy Chapman

While my usual ride, a 12’6″ Tahoe Bliss, was in the shop for repair, I borrowed the Lakeshore Betty in powder blue. So to be fair, this review of the Betty is a comparison to the board I know and love.

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2012 Dakine Rashgaurd & O’Neil Farmer John

By Wendy McDonald

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!

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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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“You Got Fins to the Left and Fins to the Right…”

I really don’t think Jimmy Buffet was thinking about stand up paddle boarding with his 1979 hit “Fins” but the collection at the Gorge Performance shop is certainly song-worthy.

If you are paddling around with the stock fin your board came with, it is time to consider your options.

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Water Safety for SUP

Two recent tragedies involving stand up paddlers this past weekend should be a reminder to all of us that no matter how easy and fun SUP can be, the power and danger of water still exists. Closest to home, a 39 year-old woman died in Gold Beach, Oregon on the Checto River when her surfboard leash caught on a snag and she was trapped underwater. A 50 year-old Tampa, Florida man went missing while paddling on Saturday night. His board washed up on shore along with his wallet, car keys and cellphone.

Here are a few things to consider before you head out on your next paddle to ensure it’s not your last. Read More

 

3 Ways To Be Ready For Spring

Portland’s occasional sun breaks have us all dreaming about the spring stand up paddle season. The problem is many of our boards have not seen action since late last fall. You could put the board back in the water on the next sunny day and hope for the best, but why not try these three simple steps to get ready for spring.

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New Kialoa Challenges What You Think About Adjustable Paddles

Posted by Wendy McDonald

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 .

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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.

Cheers,
Gorge Crew

 

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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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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