I got on the inflatable SUP band wagon this year and I’m actually asking myself why it took me so long. I love my inflatable toys! It’s true that the first generation of inflatable SUPs paddled more like a floppy inflatable mattress than a real SUP. But with the many improvements in the last couple of years, mainly in thickness (6” vs. 4”) and inner tension reinforcements, today’s inflatables are more rigid and have better shape, thus making them genuinely enjoyable to paddle.
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.
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
The average Portlander, spends 24 minutes commuting to work according to the 2010 census data. The 2009 American Community Survey shows that 6.1 percent of Portland’s commuters take public transportation and 2.3 commute by bicycle. But no one in either of those surveys asked Cyril Burguiere how he gets to work each day. Cyril stand up paddle commutes daily on the Willamette River, rain or shine. Gorge Performance spoke with Cyril recently about his commuting experience. Read More
I’ve not seen the film yet, so I’m shamelessly ripping this review from filmmakermagazine.com…
Earning the award for Documentary Feature was Adam Pesce’s Splinters, deceptively clad as a surfing film about the sport’s rise in Papua New Guineau but more pointedly an engrossing, endlessly surprising examination of social hierarchies, clan rivalries, and economic and cultural change within the region. In recent years a wave of sports films set in unusual locations have appeared at festivals—Skateistan, about skaters in Kabul, for instance, or God Went Surfing With the Devil, about Palestinian surfers—but Splinters stands out for its focus not on those bringing the sport from one culture to another, but on the culture learning to accept the sport.
We know you’re still in full-on winter mode (thanks to the recent dumping on Hood) but that doesn’t mean we’re not thinking about the SUP season ahead. Lots of new boards on the market – both to introduce the sport of SUP, and to accommodate your need for speed on the race course.
For the novice paddler, we have a new board/paddle package from Jimmy Styx called the Surge.
The Surge is a hybrid SUP specifically designed to provide novices a great performing board in a variety of water conditions. The board is plenty wide for added stability while maintaining room to grow and enjoy the sport for years to come. At only $849, the Surge is truly an affordable way to get into the sport, or a great board to add to your quiver for sharing your new pastime with friends and family.
We kick off the first of this 3-day fest with a showing of The Art of Flight at the East Burn Thursday night, December 1st. Even if you’ve seen the film already, you know it’s good enough to see again (and again) – and especially at a killa bar with a worthy sound system. Gonna be fun! More details posted soon.
Each day of the sale we will offer one-day specials (as supplies last). Check our website, or our Facebook page, or subscribe to our blog to automatically receive the sale item announcements. We’ll include deals for snowboarders, SUPers, surfers, skaters and kiters.
On Friday Dec. 2nd we’re offering a free snowboard Tuning Clinic at 6:30. Learn good hot wax technique, how to tune edges and do basic repairs. Clinic-goers will receive a coupon for 20% off all tuning supplies (irons, kits, etc).
We’re also selling raffle tickets to raise money for the “Ski to Defeat ALS” event (Mt. Hood Meadows on April 14th). The grand prize is a Lib Tech Travis Rice snowboard!
And lastly a reminder that we’re holding our Winter Jacket Drive right now (for the Portland Rescue Mission), so don’t forget to bring in a jacket donation to get your $20 voucher.
Happy Thanksgiving and best wishes for fresh POW!
Our Holiday Winter Jacket Drive returns again this year! Last year we collected over 500 pounds of gently used winter jackets that we donated to the Portland Rescue Mission. That’s a lot of coats, and we’re going for even more this year! We’re accepting donations NOW thru Saturday, December 3rd. Everyone who donates a coat will receive a voucher for $20 off any 2012 jacket over $100 (Burton, 686, Bonfire, Rip Curl…) AND a raffle ticket for a chance to win a cool prize (tba). There is no easier way to do a good deed, save a buck ($20, actually) and maybe even win something. Go to your closet RIGHT NOW and pluck out a jacket you’re willing to donate. All sizes, all ages. Thank you!
No lie, we’re never offered such a sweet pre-season deal before. Here’s the scoop…
We’re offering a whopping 20% store credit sale on 2012 snow gear purchases now through October 31. What this means is when you purchase any 2012 snowboard, boots, bindings, outerwear etc, you’ll receive 20% in store credit. The 20% credit is calculated off one item per day.
What’s the catch, you ask? There is none! No “next visit” requirement. You can use your credit same day if you want. Or we can load up a gift card for you to use at a later date or to give to someone else (ah, how nice). No exclusions! That’s right, spend the credit on whatever you freakin’ want (a GoPro camera perhaps? Surfboard?). No minimum purchase required to redeem your credit. Oh, and your credit never expires. Sweet! Limited time offer – only through October 31st, so don’t dilly dally.