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Now Hiring – CGWA Gorge Groms Program Assistant

The CGWA is looking for a responsible employee to help manage our kids windsurfing program, Gorge Groms. More information about the program can be found here: http://gorgewindsurfing.org/gorge-groms/

We are looking for part-time help to work at our kids program sheds located at The Hook. Hours will range from 10-30 hours per week. Duties include, but are not limited to, registering Gorge Groms members, cleaning and organizing the sheds, helping members picking and rigging the right windsurfing gear, repairing and keeping an accurate inventory of gear, etc. This is not a teaching position, but instructing opportunities will exist if interested. All kids in the program must have a parent down there as well.

Successful applicants will have windsurfing knowledge, experience working with families, be clean and organized, and be self-motivated and able to work on their own.

Please send a resume to Greg at cgwa@gorge.net to apply.

Hook Launch Ramp Ribbon Cutting

Last week the CGWA, the Port of Hood River, and the Hood River Parks Department got together to ceremoniously cut the ribbon, with the help of the Hood River Chamber of Commerce, to our new launch.  Please head down to the Hook and check out this great new spot to get in the water!  Here are a couple photos:



Beach Bash Partners and Vendors

hatchery 2 011_2The CGWA wants to create a new and improved event experience with our newest fundraiser, Beach Bash (formerly Windfest). The new format will feature a variety of sights and different activities.  Much of this will not be possible without the support of our community and partners.

Up to date info on the event can be found at gorgewindsurfing.org/events/beachbash/

We are excited to partner with some new and old business partners to help pull this event together.  With more vendors pouring in, here is who is pitching in so far:

Mt. Hood Meadows

Tonkin Subaru

Stonehedge Gardens

Big Winds






Zeal Optics

Please visit these businesses and thank them for supporting Gorge Windsurfing!


The Hooks New West Edge Launch

The Hook is well underway in obtaining its new western edge access ramp.  See the photos bellow of the progress as of last week.

New Access Ramp at the Hook

Our work on revamping the Hook is finally coming to fruition.  Pictured here is the creation of a new, user friendly access ramp on the outside of the Hook.  Along with some beach improvements and topside improvements (paved path, rigging area, etc.) to be completed in a future phase, the Hook will continue to improve as a great recreation access point.

The goal is to have a multi-use ramp, that was designed with the intermediate windsurfer in mind.  Quick, easy, uniform access to the outside of the Hook makes the site an ideal place to dial in those water-starts before heading out into the middle of the Columbia.

Construction is expected to be finished in timely manner and will be ready for use come summer.

December CGWA Activities

The CGWA has been keeping busy this winter. Along with holding our annual Board of Directors election and continuing a Swell City strategic planning process, here is what we have been up to the past couple weeks:

We went out to Arlington to chat with their Port Director, Peter Mitchell, about some new and improved windsurfing access and topside amenities.  The Port of Arlington wants to make access into the water easier as well as provide high quality amenities for users while not in the water.  The CGWA will continue to provide insight, suggestions and recommendations throughout the Spring of 2015, and the Port hopes to break ground on the project Fall/Winter of 2015/2016.  If you have any suggestions for improvements at Arlington that would make your windsurfing experience better, please let us know at cgwa@gorge.net.

CGWA Executive Director, Greg Stiegel and Port of Arlington Director, Peter Mitchell

CGWA Executive Director, Greg Stiegel and Port of Arlington Director, Peter Mitchell

Pictured here is the CGWA’s annual float in the Hood River Tree Lighting Parade.  Our longest running board member, Patrick Quigley, is responsible for the decoration and piloting of the CGWA parade float.  Happy Holidays!

Patrick Quigley's CGWA Float

Patrick Quigley’s CGWA Float