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
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.
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.
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
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.
Team GP was well represented this last weekend at the Cape Kiwanda Longboard Classic in Pacific City. Gorge employees Brock, Justin and Mitch ignored the ominous forecast and headed to PC for a weekend of contest fun. Unfortunately, I couldn’t be there to cheer the guys on, but Justin’s dad, Paul, was there and captured some nice photos (he also surfed in the contest). This post is not intended to be a complete event recap, but more of a victory salute to one of our own Gorge employees and perpetually stoked surfer, Justin Snodgrass.
I always expect a lot from myself whether it’s being a mom, friend, lover, daughter, or the work I do. I tend to give more than 100% in everything I do. Having been fairly athletic since I was a young girl, I enjoy taking on new challenges and expect to do fairly well and improve each time I try. That’s why redemption was so sweet at the 2nd annual Oregon Open Ocean Race.
This past weekend, Bob, the kids and I headed to Lake Tahoe for the Ta-Hoe Nalu Paddle Festival. We had three objectives for the trip: for Bob to participate in a top rated SUP event without embarrassing himself; talk with industry folk (it’s like a mini-trade show); and have a fun family vacation. I also had a fourth objective…to ride my bike the 72 miles around the lake. We succeeded on all accounts and had one hell of a fun time doing it.
The annual Tenacity Games (formally known as Kite & SUP 4 Cancer) took place July 8-9 in Hood River. The grueling 8-mile downwind race from Viento to Hood River was on Friday and the course race and team relay took place on Saturday. Congrats to Team Gorge with another dominating performance from Cyril (two wins), Matt, Dino, Bob and Maria.