Monthly Archives: April 2014

Swell City Acquisition

The CGWA is delighted to announce our recent acquisition of Swell City.


Through an interesting turn of events, the private owners of the historical and popular windsurfing launch, Swell City (located just west of The Hatchery), wanted to sell the one acre parcel of land, and the CGWA jumped at the chance.  The CGWA Board of Directors carefully weighed and deliberated on all aspects of the purchase over the past couple of months.  This process culminated at our April 17th board meeting, with input from several current Swell City users. The CGWA board of directors unanimously voted in favor of the purchase.  CGWA Executive Director, Greg Stiegel, signed the paperwork on April 21st, Monday afternoon and the purchase was officially submitted Tuesday afternoon.

The CGWA was able to use funds acquired by the Doug’s Beach settlement with BNSF railroad for this purchase.  This restricted fund was given to the CGWA by BNSF when the railway expanded its siding at Doug’s Beach.  The money must be spent on “site access improvement,” and has an expiration date in 2016.

The CGWA is excited to continue to be a part of Gorge Windsurfing history and especially to preserve Swell City as a premier windsurfing launch in the Gorge for years to come.  While a long term strategic plan for the site has not been decided, our short term goals include working with current site manager, Brenda Yeatts, in operating the site as it has been for the 2014 Gorge Windsurfing season.  We are excited to get to know our Swell City constituency better and for a great summer!

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions on Swell City, please don’t hesitate to contact us at


To help support our efforts in river access improvements and all things Gorge Windsurfing, please consider joining the CGWA membership community here, or making an additional contribution, here.  Every bit helps!

Global iWindsurf

global iwindsurfiWindsurf is all about choices: Free membership OR Paid membership (to get all of the premium weather stations & stuff). AND: Classic iWindsurf OR the new Global iWindsurf: keep on using the tried and true Classic iWindsurf, but also give a bookmark to the new alternative site: Global iWindsurf. Global iWindsurf has a sweet map feature with access to more weather stations & weather tools.

By the way, this image is from today…whose going sailing!?

Ski to Defeat ALS

Fred.Nobel.SkiLong time CGWA member and early Gorge windsurfing pioneer Fred Noble is battling ALS, a disease he was diagnosed with in 2010.  Two years ago Fred started a successful fund raiser, Ski to Defeat ALS which each year has raised over $100,000.  This year Fred is looking for a number that would bring the three year total to $500,000.

Last month Fred attending our CGWA board meeting, he is in a wheel chair and had his full time care giver with him.  Fred retains a sparkle in his eye and a wonderful passion for life, our board was moved by Fred and his effort.  Without Fred’s support, it’s unlikely we’d have Rowena or Viento beaches to sail from.  In the early history of the CGWA – Fred got it done.  I’ve signed up on team Fredinator and will be skiing this weekend, if you’d like to support Fred click on either of the links below and follow the simple instructions.

For those who are in Hood River, a movie on Fred’s life and quest will be shown tonight (April 9th) at the Columbia Center for the Arts.  The event starts at 6:30, a nominal fee of $5.00 will be charged – I believe Fred will be in attendance.

Please consider supporting Fred Noble and his quest to defeat ALS.

 – Michael Schock

President, CGWA

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The Noble Spirit


Fred Noble can be officially considered one of the godfathers of Gorge Windsurfing. His focus is now on raising awareness for ALS. Check out this trailer for an amazing movie about his struggles. Be sure to attend the premier on Wednesday, April 9th. The Noble Spirit.

Fred is also gearing up for his annual Ski to Defeat ALS event up on Mt. Hood on Saturday, April 12.  Learn more and how you can help HERE



Gorge Windfest 2014



We are stoked for the 2014 summer season.  Check out the sweet artwork for Gorge Windfest 2014.  For more information and to check out a great event video click HERE.

Thanks to Jen Jones of Moxy Int. for the excellent design work.  Check out more from Jen Jones and  Moxy International at these two links.