Monthly Archives: August 2010

:: Nominate Now for Gorge Windsurfing Awards

Time to tell us who rocks your windsurfing world! The Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association is now accepting nominations for the five awards awards below.  Winners will be announced September 5th at the Sailworks end of season party.

**Click here to submit a nomination**
Please also email a photo to

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

Nominations will be accepted until noon on Monday, August 30th.  Submissions received after then will not be considered.  Awards will be announced and presented on September 5th at the Sailworks end of season party.  Hope you can join us!

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

:: King of the Hook Video & News Clip

Thanks to all 38 human competitors and 4 canine competitors who joined us at King of the Hook 2010!  Check out this video and newsclip for a good laugh.  Thanks to Tom Willson at Big Winds for compiling the video, and to all our sponsors for making this event happen: Sailworks, Naish, Big Winds, Gorge Dog, Flow Yoga, Chinook, Dakine, Girls 4 Sport, Windsport Magazine, Windwing, & RRD.

King of the Hook King of the Hook

:: Support for Bingen Park

What do you think of reinvigorating the beach scene in Bingen?  See below for CGWA’s comments in support of restored and improved river access.  If you would like to comment, please email the Port of Klickitat Commissioners at 509-493-1655, or email Marc (Executive Director) at

August 17, 2010

Dear Port of Klickitat Commissioners,

The Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association would like to extend our full support to the Port of Klickitat in their effort to restore and improve access to the Columbia River in Bingen.

The Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association is a member-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Hood River, Oregon, dedicated to enhancing the windsurfing experience throughout the Columbia River Gorge.  We represent 600 members from the Pacific Northwest, as well as windsurfers from throughout the U.S. and around the world.

The Columbia River Gorge is home to some of the best windsurfing in the world.  The beauty of the surroundings coupled with unparalleled water and wind conditions brings people from around the world to enjoy what no other place on earth can offer.  Not to mention the diverse non-windsurfing recreational and cultural opportunities this region offers.  The Gorge truly is a top five windsurfing destination world wide.

Bingen has a great opportunity to reinvigorate waterfront recreation at Bingen Park.  The Park was once one of the most used beaches in the Gorge for windsurfing.  While windsurfing at this site has mostly disappeared in recent years, the addition of new water sports has created high levels of congestion along the Hood River waterfront, and new demand for Gorge beaches.  Since Bingen is close to the Hood River Bridge, it is a natural place to expand these water activities.

With railroad tracks on both sides of the river and rip-rap banks leading to the water, most of the Gorge lacks potential for new beaches to be built.  Bingen Park is the perfect place for a “new” Gorge beach.  The Park covers a large area and has a long reach exposed to the river; as such there is great natural potential for diverse user groups.

We hope the Port of Klickitat will take on this endeavor, as it could become a major component of Gorge water recreation, as well as a positive component of Bingen’s economy.  We are happy to contribute to this project by recruiting volunteers to help with work parties throughout the process when appropriate, as well as serving on any committees that may need representation from the windsurfing community.

We fully support the Port of Klickitat if you choose to take on this very welcomed project.

Thank you,

Katie Crafts

Executive Director

:: U.S. Premier August 27, Windsurfing Into the Unknown

ColombiaJoin rider and PWA competitor Phil Soltysiak on August 27th for the U.S. premier of Windsurfing Into the Unknown in Hood River.

Watch the trailer:

:: Windsurfing Into the Unknown & Children of the Wind

Check out these trailers for new windsurfing videos filmed around the world:

Windsurfing Into the Unknown

  • Filmed in Colombia
  • “The idea of the movie started the moment I finished seeing the film of Club Ventos, it made me called my travel agency right away to book my flight to Jeri. At that moment I realized the potential movies can have over the people! I said to myself, I want windsurfers to come to Colombia, so Colombia needs a movie.” – Camilo Galeano George, Producer & Professional Windsurfer
  • More info:

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Children of the Wind

  • Filmed in Bonaire
  • ‘Children of the Wind’ tells the story of young kids from the island of Bonaire who journey from humble beginnings to international fame in the sport of windsurfing, transforming not only their island but the face of the sport worldwide.
  • More info:

Children of the Wind – New Trailer from Seek Films on Vimeo.