Hood River Windsurfing

Hood River windsurfing is an abundantly popular sport; this windy region and river is well known for the activity - so much, in fact, that it has become known as the windsurfing capital of the world. Experts and beginners alike flock to the Hood River area to experience the thrill of gliding over the water, carried by the wind.

Two seasons mark the calendar for Hood River windsurfing. The early season begins in late April, early May, lasting until the end of August, with ample windy days coming through from the west. September denotes the beginning of the late season, going on until the end of November with fewer windy days blowing from both East and West.

Hood River Windsurfing
Hood River Windsurfing

Windsurfing lessons are offered by local operators, through equipment shops as well as privately owned businesses that specialize in lessons; be sure to do your homework to ensure that you choose an expert teacher and get to know the current rate for a single lesson. Knowing where to begin and choosing the right equipment for your needs can be a challenge for most beginners, but with dozens of windsurfing shops in the Hood River region, there will be plenty of expert advice and assistance to be assured of a secure equipment purchase or rental. A typical board measures about 8’6” with sails between 3 to 5 meters. Beginners will learn at the hook inside the lagoon and once you’ve learned some basic techniques, you’ll progress to outside the hook and water start lessons. When you have water start skills, you're ready to experience more challenging sites like the event site, the hatchery, and many others. See the gorge windsurfing map for the location of these sites.

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