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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

CGWA Board of Directors Election Candidate Bios

Voting for the CGWA Board of Directors closes on December 30th, 2014.  There is a limit of ONE vote per membership.  Ballots will be e-mailed out to all current CGWA members.  If you are a current CGWA member and you do not receive a ballot, please contact us at cgwa@gorge.net to update your e-mail address.

Andy Crafts (Incumbent)

Educational background: I attended high school at Hood River Valley High School, and studied Computer Engineering at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.

Business background: Currently employed at Aerovel, a local engineering company. Previously, I worked at a few of the local windsurf shops in Hood River. In college, I started a kite boarding and windsurfing club and helped run/organize events.

Current involvement in the windsurfing community:

  • Lifelong windsurfer in the Gorge, and well-traveled to other windy destinations
  • Current CGWA Board Member, serving on the membership committee and involved in the youth program

Organization affiliations and community involvement (for example, boards you’ve served on, volunteer experiences, etc.):

  • Current volunteer for the high school Robotics team
  • Previous youth representative on the CGWA (6 years ago)
  • Previous youth representative on the Hood River City Council
  • Various College clubs, including the Kiteboarding and Windsurfing club, Wakeboarding club, and Electric Vehicle club

Are you a CGWA member? If so, why (what do you value about CGWA’s work, etc.)? If no, why not? Yes – My family has supported CGWA for many years. I personally have helped out at the Gorge Groms events and Windfest. I appreciate that CGWA provides a unified voice in support of Gorge windsurfing.

CGWA experience (event volunteer, work party experience, etc.): I served on the Board previously, and have been involved in many of the events that CGWA hosts on a yearly basis, including King of the Hook, Windfest, and the youth program.

Hobbies: Playing on the water, land, and snow. For more productive hobbies, I enjoy tinkering on my car, as well as culinary experiments.

Have you served on the CGWA before? What years? Yes, 2006/2007 & again in 2013/2014

Why do you want to join the CGWA Board of Directors? While in college, I started a Kiteboarding and Windsurfing club at my university to promote the sports I love doing with the community around me. Once I moved back to Hood River, I realized how much I enjoy being an ambassador of this sport and would like to once again spread the stoke.

What areas of board duties most interest you (technical assistance, program development, fund raising, public relations, planning, etc.): I am happy to provide tech support for the Executive Director if/when needed. My real passion is in community outreach and event planning, so I look for opportunities to get involved with community events and programs.

 

DAVE NUNN (Incumbent)

Educational background: Bachelor of Arts, minor in Economics from University of Waterloo, Ontario Canada

Business background: 1984-1989 Stockbroker with Merrill Lynch & Wood-Gundy; 1991-current: Retail store owner in windsurfing and boarding related sporting goods. Current owner of Windance in Hood River.

Hobbies: Windsurfing, kiteboarding, snowboarding and skiing, mountain biking, fly-fishing and on and on……

How are you currently involved with the Gorge &/or windsurfing communities? CGWA member, board member and on the Hatchery Launch sub-committee.

What do you value about CGWA and our work to improve Gorge windsurfing? Mostly I value the work done creating and securing launch sites. In the 7 years I have been on the board I am impressed by how much we accomplish and how quickly we act. Recent accomplishments and projects such as the Swell City purchase, Hatchery stair project and Hook stairs projects are prime examples.

The current CGWA board is determined to continue to improve the Gorge windsurfing experience.

In what way do you want to contribute to CGWA and Gorge windsurfing if elected to the Board? I wish to further strengthen the size of the membership to include all Gorge windsurfers. As well I want to strive to complete the Hatchery launch project since I feel this is the iconic Gorge launch site and needs easier access to the water at the mid-launch area.

Have you served on the CGWA Board of Directors before? If so, what years? Yes 2008 to present

 

David Ojala (Incumbent)

Educational background: University of Vermont, B.A. History/Political Science, Team Captain Varsity Soccer and Varsity Ski; University of Virginia, Graduate Studies Sport Psychology(see Business background: below)

Business background: Career Ski Coach 1972-present, Semi-Retirement, Club level thru United States Ski Team in VT, CO, ID, OR, CA and Internationally; Developed, maintained, implemented, supervised curriculums and programs for all levels of athletes. US Ski Team Coach’s Certification: Developed, delivered and tested competencies for International Coaching Candidates; I have spent the majority of my professional life working for and developing nonprofit sporting organizations; Along the way, I owner built houses in VT, ID, OR, and WA

Current involvement in the windsurfing community: I windsurf when it is windy in Spring, Summer and Fall. I am just completing my first 2 year term with CGWA. In that role I have interacted with City, Port, County non-Governmental Agencies in Oregon and Washington to establish, improve and maintain water access for windsurfers and other recreationalists.

Organization affiliations and community involvement (for example, boards you’ve served on, volunteer experiences, etc.): Ski and Snowboard local, regional, and national governing bodies; various committee member/chair and/or Boards of Directors and I cut brush in Mosier for Volunteer Fire Departments improve Park Land.

Are you a CGWA member? If so, why (what do you value about CGWA’s work, etc.)? If no, why not? Yes, Family membership w/ Susan Froehlich L.Ac, because we believe in the mission of CGWA.

CGWA experience (event volunteer, work party experience, etc.): Besides what’s been mentioned above I have helped with the various events organized by CGWA such as Gear Swaps, Windfest, The Blowout, Awards function etc.

Hobbies: Besides Windsurfing, I have run, skied, biked, played tennis and rearranged rocks

Have you served on the CGWA before? What years? I am currently serving as CGWA Board Member and would serve another term if re-elected.

Why do you want to join the CGWA Board of Directors? During the past two years I have gained a much better understanding of CGWA’s Mission. I have a clearer picture of the organizations’ Strengths, Weaknesses, Threats and Opportunities and how I can contribute if reelected.

What areas of board duties most interest you (technical assistance, program development, fund raising, public relations, planning, etc.): My experience in nonprofit sports education organization has include contact with all of the above. At this point I am most interested in Planning and Program Development always with a focus on water access, the environment, an the Quality of Life in The Gorge.

 

Roston Bartlett (Incumbent)

Educational background: B.S. from Oregon State University, and M.S. in Business Administration and Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Business background: I have gained accounting and finance experience in both private and public sectors while working for multiple organizations, the most recent being Klickitat PUD and Klickitat County Treasurer’s Office.

Current involvement in the windsurfing community: I currently serve as Treasurer of CGWA. I am a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. I enjoy being involved with Windfest, swap meets, and helping with Gorge Groms.

Organization affiliations and community involvement (for example, boards you’ve served on, volunteer experiences, etc.): I have been a Big Brother volunteer for Next Door, Inc associated Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge program since 2012.

Are you a CGWA member? Yes. If so, why (what do you value about CGWA’s work, etc.)? If no, why not? I value the easy access to the water and improvements at windsurfing sites by work parties of CGWA. I enjoy the swap meets, and events such as Windfest and King of the Hook!

CGWA experience (event volunteer, work party experience, etc.):   Volunteered at Windfest, swap meets, king of the hook, and taught kids from BBBS to windsurf at the hook through Gorge Groms.

Hobbies: Windsurfing, Mountain Biking, and Rugby.

Have you served on the CGWA before?              Yes. What years? 2013-Present.

Why do you want to join the CGWA Board of Directors? I believe in the CGWA vision and mission statement. I have seen firsthand the positive influence CGWA programs like Gorge Groms has on kids and the opportunity it provides them from volunteering as a big brother at BBBS of the Columbia Gorge and teaching my little brother to windsurf.

What areas of board duties most interest you (technical assistance, program development, fund raising, public relations, planning, etc.): I enjoy planning and program development with my background in project management. I am more interested in technical assistance with my experience as Treasurer of CGWA. I would contribute to the board with my experience in accounting and business background.

 

Barbara Ayers

Educational background: B.A., San Diego State Univ. – graphic design, journalism; A.A., Grossmont College; significant post graduate training in media, marketing, time management, book authoring and screenplay writing.

Business background: 23 years in non profit program management, local government and public relations; 10 years as a producer in broadcast TV; 5 years in print journalism. Communications Mgr.-City of Vancouver, WA; Program Manager- San Diego Fire-Rescue Dept.; Marketing/PR Manager, Providence Hood River Health Services; 13 years- P.R. Director, World-famous San Diego Zoo.

Current involvement in the windsurfing community: Active windsurfer and SUP’er, with and without surf dog partners. Sail all over the Gorge. Moved here in 2007 full time and previously came up every summer for years to windsurf the Gorge on vacation. Also windsurfed San Carlos regularly, LaVentana, Los Berilles and Maui. Volunteer- CGWA, Athletes 4 Cancer and KB4c. I also ride in parades, on a land board and windsurf/SUP with 3 dogs to help show that windsurfers give back and that it’s an easy sport to learn.

Organization affiliations and community involvement (for example, boards you’ve served on, volunteer experiences, etc.): Current: Board- United Way, Columbia Gorge, Board- Mosier Mainstreet Assn., volunteer- Hood River Rotary, Hood River Adopt A Dog, Mosier 100 and WA School for the Blind. Former: Hood River Rotary Board, downtown Vancouver Rotary Board-Secretary, Board- Hood River Chamber of Commerce, President-Ocean Beach Town Council, Chairperson- Dog Beach Committee and Project Manager- Dog Beach Improvement Project; Board-Ocean Beach Town Council (13 years,) City of San Diego Wastewater Advisory Group member and Surfrider Foundation volunteer.

Are you a CGWA member? If so, why (what do you value about CGWA’s work, etc.)? If no, why not? Yes, current member and been a member for several years. I appreciate the outreach and continuing events CGWA hosts to stimulate windsurfing. I really appreciate the purchase of Swell City, cleans ups and other efforts to enhance beach access.

CGWA experience (event volunteer, work party experience, etc.): Windfest volunteer for much of the weekend the last two years, helped set up and break down; helped with Hatchery work party in past.

Hobbies: Windsurfing, SUP, climbing, nature experiences, volunteering, home improvement, photography, art, creative writing, web and social media. Animal lover.

Have you served on the CGWA before? What years? No.

Why do you want to join the CGWA Board of Directors I love windsurfing- it’s my favorite sport and I love SUP. I’ve been super involved in the non profit world, local governments and Boards for years and feel I have experience that can help CGWA. I recently moved back to Hood River from the city (Vancouver, WA) and that has renewed my interest in plugging into the community that I love. I also have a great deal of respect for Greg the E.D. of CGWA, and know several of the current Board members and volunteers. I have experience working with parks, beach access, CA Coastal Commission, Hood River City, County and Port.

What areas of board duties most interest you (technical assistance, program development, fund raising, public relations, planning, etc.): Perhaps PR, I love creating real time multimedia content for web/social media and media relations. I could help with strategic planning and helping navigate the ever-changing landscape of sports, retail, Gorge trends and the tourism landscape. Also, helping to build awareness for the CGWA mission and the sport of windsurfing in the Gorge. I also am concerned about the future of the sport, how we need to evolve to stay ahead of trends to maintain/build relevance and continue to build vital future for the wind sports industry. I also am a partnership builder- perhaps we could build some promotional partnerships with some new business, restaurants, Chamber, CGKA, Mt. Hood Meadows, the arts community, expand youth outreach, etc. to reach new audiences and build expanded work with existing partners. With SUP in the CGWA equation, we have a whole new opportunity to reach previously untapped demographics. But in general, I am open to help CGWA however is needed, I am open to the greatest need, not necessarily my own wants.

 

John Heeren             

Educational background: High school diploma and 3 years of college. Left college to manage an advertising agency I had been working for. I hold current licenses in Insurance and Real Estate.

Business background: I co-managed an advertising agency for several years in the early 1980’s before working for AFLAC. I spent 10 years working for AFLAC as an associate and then district manager and continue to maintain my contract with AFLAC, although I am no longer active.

I joined a real estate firm specializing in government leased real estate in 1994 and have since become the principal broker. I currently manage a database of over 2,000 national investors and sell between $15M – $30M annually of commercial investment properties. I represent REIT’s and other investment funds in addition to individual investors. I also manage approximately 60 properties and personally own several investment properties.

Current involvement in the windsurfing community: I spend 6-8 weeks in the Gorge annually. I windsurf every day! I was active working with Katie Crafts during the Doug’s Beach siding episode. I sent letters as directed and made contributions for our legal staff. Last year after learning about the Roosevelt site water being cut off, I immediately contacted the Washington State Parks and the Army Corps of Engineers to register my complaint. I drafted letters to both agencies opposing the loss of water. I remain at a loss to understand how cutting off the water could possibly save the agency considerable monies to justify the potential economic loss of visitors to the struggling and desolate area.

Organization affiliations and community involvement (for example, boards you’ve served on, volunteer experiences, etc.): I currently serve on the board of directors of the Association of United States Postal Lessors, an organization with over 3,200 members nationally. I serve on the nomination committee and the USPS Reform Committee. I have traveled to DC numerous times to meet with Senate and House members to push for postal reforms to preserve the United States Postal Service. I work closely with the association’s lobbying group and have been recognized as a key member of our negotiations and progress with the Rural Caucus members and USPS upper management. I also lead workshops at our annual convention and provide membership support for our lessor’s as regards leasing and maintenance issues.

I’m also very active locally building and maintaining bike trails in my local community. I am the former vice president of the Friends of Shelby Farms, a group formed to preserve a 4,500 acre park here in Memphis. I have also been a long-time supporter of HRATS, the Hood River trails advocate.

Are you a CGWA member? If so, why (what do you value about CGWA’s work, etc.)? If no, why not? Yes! We have been family members for years. (but that does not mean I will help OJ unload the large CGWA trailer on Swap day)

CGWA experience (event volunteer, work party experience, etc.): Not really. I am in Memphis so that is a tough one.

Hobbies: Snowboarding, wakeboarding, mountain biking, and #1 favorite, Windsurfing. I must also say I have kited!

Have you served on the CGWA before? What years? No

What areas of board duties most interest you (technical assistance, program development, fund raising, public relations, planning, etc.): I can contribute in many areas, including all of the above as needed. My weaknesses are geographic, so any duties between August to June will have to be provided via conference call and computer.

 

Sean Aiken                         

Educational background: still learning

Business background: survival

Current involvement in the windsurfing community: I windsurf as much as I can.

Organization affiliations and community involvement (for example, boards you’ve served on, volunteer experiences, etc.): I have not kept a list of all the things I’ve volunteered for but lately it’s been at my kids school.

Are you a CGWA member? If so, why (what do you value about CGWA’s work, etc.)? If no, why not? I am this year to take advantage of the kids program at the Hook.

CGWA experience (event volunteer, work party experience, etc.): I was some sort of advisor to the CGWA when Katie Crafts was involved.

Hobbies: outdoor recreation

Have you served on the CGWA before? What years? No

Why do you want to join the CGWA Board of Directors: I was asked to be nominated.

What areas of board duties most interest you (technical assistance, program development, fund raising, public relations, planning, etc.): I am unfamiliar with all the duties involved with being on the board. I do not have a lot of extra time to volunteer but am more interested in helping with the direction of the CGWA as a member of the board. If the position takes a lot of volunteer time, I may not be the best candidate but if the board needs an experienced voice of a windsurfer, I can help.

 

Youth Representative Candidates:

Kevin Johnston       

Educational background: preschool, elementary school, 6th grade

Business background: house chores, volunteered at westside elementary game night in 5th grade

Current involvement in the windsurfing community: I give advice to people that need help with jibes, and stuff like that

Organization affiliations and community involvement (for example, boards you’ve served on, volunteer experiences, etc.): none

Are you a CGWA member? If so, why (what do you value about CGWA’s work, etc.)? If no, why not?: They help make it easier to windsurf (develop launch sites, and stuff like that)

CGWA experience (event volunteer, work party experience, etc.): the picture showing thingy um that award thing and some

Hobbies: !!windsurf!!!!, ski, MT. bike, some other things

Have you served on the CGWA before? What years? no

Why do you want to join the CGWA Board of Directors: to help out

 

Kayla Schurton

Employment: Ski Instructor and Girls Freestyle Coach at Mt. Bachelor

Educational Background: I attended Hood River Valley High, and I am currently a Junior at Oregon State Cascades in Bend.

Business Background: I have worked as an instructor and cashier at Brian’s Windsurfing Kiteboarding & SUP since 2010. Last summer I starting working as a part-time manager of Brain’s Windsurfing. Also, starting last summer I worked as a cashier and retail salesperson at The Gorge Surf Shop.

Current Involvement in the Windsurfing Community: Currently, I windsurf at local spots
such as the Hatchery and Doug’s almost every day. If not at one of these spots, you can find me
teaching beginners in the pond at the Event Site. Last summer I began participating in the Gorge Cup racing series. I also compete in King of the Hook.

Am I a CGWA member? No, but I would like to be.

CGWA Experience: None yet, but hopefully that will change!

Hobbies: Skiing, Windsurfing, Yoga, Running, Hiking.

Have a served CGWA before? Nope.

Why do I want to join the board of directors? I want to be a part of the Board of Directors
because I believe my insight and experience in the industry could be put to good use by CGWA.

What areas of the Board interest me? Planning, program development, public relations.

2015 Board of Directors Election

hatchery 2 011_2It is that time of year to hold our annual Board of Directors Elections. We are now accepting nominations for board members. If you or someone you know loves Gorge Windsurfing and wants to get more involved, this is your chance! Nominations close on November 30th, so don’t hesitate to submit your name.

To find out more about Board Member roles in the organization, check out this link: http://gorgewindsurfing.org/about/board-manual/

Please email Greg at cgwa@gorge.net for more information.

Congratulations to our 2014 Gorge Windsurfing Awards Winners!

Here are our 2014 winners:

Most Stoked:  Rob Warwick
Most Selfless Windsurfer(s):  Sam and Scotia Bauer
“Dale Cook” Big Air Award:  Tyson Poor
Grom of the Year:  Kevin Johnston
Gorge Windsurfer of the Year:  Rob Warwick

Thank you all who participated in the nomination/voting process.  Also, thank you to everyone who showed up to the party to make for a fun and special evening.  And lastly, thanks to Springhouse Cellar and Pfreim for hosting us and providing some beer!  Please enjoy a few photos of our winners bellow.

Vote for the Gorge Windsurfing Awards

Please scroll down to view candidate photos and bios.

Photos of Phil Soltysiak Freestyle Clinic

2014 Gorge Windsurfing Awards

It’s that time of year for us to recognize the Gorge windsurfers who stood out from all the rest. We are now accepting nominations for the following categories.

Dale Cook Award: We all know Dale gets the biggest airs in the Gorge; that’s why we named this award after him. Now we want to know who else is going big and hucking huge. Be sure to send us a picture of the big air! 2013 Winner: Whit Poor.

Most Stoked: You know these people- their smiles are contagious and adds to your stoke. His or her positive attitude inspires and adds joy to your sessions. 2013 Winner: Fiona Wylde & Rhys Harriman (Postmortem Award Accepted by Bart Vervloet)

Most Selfless Windsurfer: This may reflect a one-time rescue or rescue attempt, or several selfless acts of kindness to fellow Gorge windsurfers. 2013 Winner: Bruce Peterson.

Grom of the Year: Groms 18 years of age and under are a big part of the Gorge windsurfing community. This youth windsurfer is a good role model for his or her peers & enthusiastic about Gorge windsurfing. 2013 Winner: Alex Chadney.

Gorge Windsurfer of the Year: This person is a steward of the Gorge and of windsurfing. He or she is a positive influence within the community. Overall good spirit, friendly windsurfer, kind to comrades and strangers, embodies and/or respects the Gorge lifestyle, etc. 2013 Winner: Fiona Wylde.

TO NOMINATE please fill out the following form:

Nominations will be accepted until noon on Wednesday, September, 27th.  Submissions received after then will not be considered.  Awards will be announced and presented at the awards party.  Time and Location TBA

All submissions (including pictures) are property of CGWA, and may be shared with our members and the public at CGWA’s discretion.