:: Event Site kiteboarding access extended

June 23, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · 39 Comments 

June 23, 2011

Contact:        Michael McElwee, Executive Director

Port of Hood River

(541) 386-1645

Kiteboard launching and landing will be allowed to continue at the Hood River Event Site until July 31, 2011. The Port of Hood River Port Commission took the action at a June 21 meeting because high water conditions in the Columbia River are expected to continue through the next month, severely limiting kiteboard access points.

Kiteboarding will be allowed in a “kiteboard box” designated by painted lines on the lawn at the east end of the Event Site. Other Event Site users are encouraged to exercise extreme caution and stay clear of this area at all times.

“This temporary action responds to pervasive high water conditions and the pressing need for an accessible launch site for kiteboarders,” said Port Executive Director Michael McElwee. “Users of the Event Site should be extra careful to observe signage and stay clear of the ‘box’ when kiteboarding activities are underway. The safety of all users is the paramount concern of the Port as we enter the more congested summer months,” he added.

Use of the Event Site for kiteboarding may be discontinued prior to July 31 if water levels retreat and the Sandbar emerges.

Kiteboarding launching access at Marina Swim Beach is scheduled to end Thursday, June 30.

For the latest information during July, please visit www.portofhoodriver.com for updates.

For more information, call the Port of Hood River at (541) 386-1645.

:: Free Outdoor Concert at the Waterfront Park

June 21, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · 45 Comments 

Join us for a free show on the waterfront, 6-10pm at the Waterfront Park Saturday, June 25th. Bring your appetite- Solstice’s mobile pizza cart will be there with fresh pizza, along with drinks from Naked Winery and Full Sail. Can’t wait!

Free outdoor concert June 25th, 6-10pm

:: Get Looping at Windfest

June 20, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · 3 Comments 

Loop clinics at Gorge Windfest

:: Boujmaa Guilloul, Stoked for Windfest

June 7, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · 1 Comment 

Boujmaa GuilloulBOUJMAA GUILLOUL :: Hometown Essaouira, Morocco :: Sail Number M3

How did you hear about the American Windsurfing Tour, and what made you decide to sign up for it?
I heard lot about it since Sam working on it to bring it back to life with more events and, and since then I always wanted to take part in all events, but I will do sometime soon.

Boujmaa GuilloulAfter the AWT stop in Pistol you’re coming to Hood River for Windfest, which will be your first time windsurfing in the Gorge. What have you heard about windsurfing in the Gorge?
I saw so many clips of this place, and the wind looks strong and the jumps go really high, I ve seen some amazing airtime, and I cant wait to get there cause its my favourite conditions, hopefully we get the right forecast.

What are you anticipating for your trip here?
Not sure, I believe its gonna be cold I am bringing some warm stuff, I am excited to be in the water in some fun conditions like the ones I like so much,, it’s gonna be hell of a fun, I just cant wait to get there.

You had a close call this winter when you hit the water hard during a triple forward attempt at Ho’okipa. Looking back on it, what your thoughts about how that day went down?
I dunno, I dont think that much about it, I was lucky good people were around, and it is a great experience for me, I cant wait to try an other crazy thing, and I believe I wont stop there.

What made you want to go for that move, knowing it could end badly?
I never knew how bad can it get in windsurfing in general, but It didnt end bad, because an end is and end and this was not, but more like a beginning for me to a different windsurfing dimension, I want to try more crazy stuff, because I know the worse and I also know it can get worst, but this is the way I get my pleasure from windsurfing, and I will stop only when I will really have to,

And will you go for the triple forward again?
I just cant wait to get the perfect set up for it. Yes I will.

Who are your heroes?
My Mum.

You are a decorated competitor- is there one sport-related accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Being one of the windsurf hardcore jumpers in the world.

Apart from your life in wind and water sports, what else are you up to?
It’s all related to windsurfing, surfing, Sup.. water sport in general, I also have a windsurf center with a friend back home in Morocco, and it takes some of my time,, apart from that, I love mountains, mountain biking, hiking, snowboarding.. and much more.

What other goals or dreams do you have?
Develop windsurfing in Morocco. But also sport in General.

Anything else you want to share with us?
I just got back from the highest summit in North Africa, Jbel Toubkal in the Atlas mountain here in Morocco, and so proud of myself doing such thing.

Sponsors: Starboard, Severne sails, Mystic and Aeron.

:: Sam Bittner, Stoked for Windfest

June 7, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · 36 Comments 

Sam Bittner, Organizer of the American Windsurfing Tour

Sam Bittner, Organizer of the American Windsurfing Tour

Say Hi to Sam at the AWT booth at Windfest, or before then at the second Pistol River Wave Bash!  Here’s what she thinks of the AWT and Gorge Windfest:

“My whole idea for organizing the American Windsurfing Tour is to provide people an opportunity to show off their windsurfing skills and to inspire the future of the sport. That is just what the CGWA is doing with Windfest and I am happy to promote the event and encourage all who are coming to Pistol River to head on up to the Gorge for the festival the following weekend.”

You are recently coming off the successful kickoff event for the 2011 American Windsurfing Tour in Santa Cruz.  What are your thoughts on how that weekend went?

Well, the Santa Cruz Classic was the first time I had ever competed in a windsurfing contest ever. It was a big deal for me personally and I was very happy with the way I performed, plus, I had a lot of fun!  The positive energy was flowing! It was awesome to have Francisco Goya and Josh Stone in attendance.  There were loads of great sailors there and everyone had a good time!

Sam in the waves

That was the first time a windsurf event has been in Santa Cruz since in many years.  What did you think of the location as a stop for the tour?  Do you think the tour will go back again next year?

It has been debated when the last contest was held at Waddell Creek in Santa Cruz. Some people say 10 and some say 15 years ago. Either way, it has been a while.  It was a great location for the AWT, being closest to a metropolitan area and therefore bringing in lots of spectators.  Sparking interest in the sport to outsiders is always a good thing.  That is hard to do that when you are running in a remote location like Pistol River or Baja.  We also got wind and waves, which is also a bonus! I would love to hold the Santa Cruz Classic again in 2012.

Are you ready for Pistol?  What are your hopes and expectations?

I am currently packing things up on Maui to go to the mainland for two months for the Pistol River Wave Bash and the San Carlos Cactus Cup.   I am excited for the second year of the Pistol River Wave Bash. I feel a lot more prepared and have more of an idea of what I am getting into this year. I am happy about how many people are traveling to the contest from Maui and the Gorge.   I am really excited to see Robby and the Naish Family pull up in their RV.

Sam Bittner windsurfing

After Pistol you’re headed to the Gorge for Windfest.  Have you been to Windfest before?  If so, tell us about your experience:

I have been to Windfest the last 3 years in a row. My first year was the most memorable because it was the first time I saw someone land a loop. I thought to myself, “I want to do that!” Then I attended Wyatt Miller’s loop clinic and really believed I could.  Windfest is also where I met Russ Faurot and decided to move to Maui.  The festival is a great way to get inspired about our sport and meet people in the windsurfing community.

Where are your favorite places to windsurf in the Gorge?

I am usually traveling with experienced sailors, so most of my Gorge sailing has been at the Hatchery.   I have also had a very memorable day in Arlington where I completed my first jibe in front of a bunch of people watching. I was so excited!

What else are you looking forward to doing while you’re in town?

Hanging with my best friend Katie Crafts! And trying out some biking, hiking, kayaking, floating the river, BBQs with friends, . . it’s going to be a busy summer!

Sam Bittner Santa Cruz Classic

Anything else you want to share with us?

Looking forward to a great Windfest!  Excited for all the live music, especially Current Swell.  Make sure to stop by the AWT tent and say Hi!

Sponsors: New Naish rider!! Dakine, Second Wind

:: Zane Schweitzer, Stoked for Windfest

June 6, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · 34 Comments 

Zane SchweitzerAre you ready to defend your Junior Champion title from last year’s Pistol River event? Any secret moves up your sleeve?

I am stoked to come back to Pistol River and defend my junior champ title, and will for sure charge some big flips and surf some fun waves especially if we get as lucky as we did last year with conditions!

After your competition at Pistol you’re coming to Hood River for Windfest, which you did last year as well. What are you looking forward to at Windfest this year?

The Gorge has been a annual thing for me for the last three years enjoying everything the area has to offer from high flying windsurf sessions, mountain biking, summer snow boarding, River rapids, fun stand up down winders and hanging with the hood crew every year! Windfest is a super fun time for fun expression sessions and kids clinics for groms who are stoked on windsurfing and stand up paddling! Also enjoying good music, and helping out in the Starboard booth to let people demo great boards and equipment. I can’t wait to get back to the gorge to do the kids clinics and share the aloha and fun times of windsurfing and SUP.

Kids clinic with Zane Schweitzer at Windfest 2010

Kids clinic with Zane Schweitzer at Windfest 2010

Where are your favorite places to windsurf in the Gorge?

I love sailing at the hatchery to throw big jumps and flips on each tack and watch guys like Brian Metcalf-Perez and Wyatt Miller do some crazy loops and freestyle moves all day.

What other activities do you do while you’re in the Gorge?

I stay with Jay Watermayer and his family every year in the gorge and we try to get up to as much fun things as possible every day. Last year I remember going snowboarding at mount hood in the morning then windsurfing at the hatch in the afternoon, and then finishing the day off with a sick sunset mountain bike ride at Post Canyon! I am deffinitly stoked to see Jay and our Hood river buddies to do the same things and have some more unreal sessions!!

Zane charging Post Canyon in Hood River

Zane charging Post Canyon in Hood River

Who are your heroes?

My biggest heros in life are my mom and dad, and my whole ohana because they have done so many amazing things for me and many others, they have been so loving and caring for everything I have passions for and encourage me to do what I love everyday and to share the aloha of life with everyone and to always go big!

You are a decorated competitor- is there one sport-related accomplishment that you are most proud of?

I cant chose a favorite sport but what ever the conditions offer I know that I can find the perfect conditions for what ever im doing weather its windsurfing, surfing, stand up paddling, diving, or dirt biking. Some of my favorite 1st place accomplishments were the grueling 11 city tour stand up paddle race 150 miles through Holland, The Handsome Buggaz Honolua Bay surfing Classic at my stomping grounds of Honolua Maui, and making the finals of the Sunset Beach Pro Stand Up World Tour.

Sponsors: Starbaord, North Sails, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Alpinestars, Dakine, GenR8, Power Balance.

Zane going big at Pistol River, 2010

Zane going big at Pistol River, 2010