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Windjunkies get their fix from new launch

The westerlies are back and a new beach beckons!

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

 

SUP gear reviews: Amundson TR-X Carbon 14′

By Matthew Spencer

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

 

Goggles and Helmets

Eyes. Brains. Yeah, they’re kind of a big deal. Fortunately, there is an amazing array of options for protecting our eyes and head while enjoying our favorite pastime on da hill. No doubt the selection of goggles and helmets these days can be a little overwhelming. Whether you are finally convinced it is time to protect your dome and you need to buy your first helmet, or you have to replace the goggle you dropped from the chair, the experts at Gorge can guide you in the right direction. Read More

 

Shop Local With Our Holiday Gift Guide

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.

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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

 

SUP Commuting – Who Knew?

Posted By Wendy McDonald

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