FAQ

When is the windiest season?

While many locals windsurf year round in the Gorge, the most reliable (and warmest) wind is from June through September.

Which airport do I fly into?

Portland International Airport (PDX).  From there, take 205S to 84E, and 60 miles later you’ll be at Hood River.

What is the weather like in the summer?

Summer air temps range from 60-100 F, and water temps begin the season around 50 and reach the upper 60s to low 70s during August and September.

Do I need a wetsuit?

Wetsuit thickness is a personal preference; during the early season a 5:4 with booties is preferred by most, and by the late summer some windsurfers choose to go without a wetsuit or wear a shorty.

What size sails do I need?

A typical Gorge quiver for the intermediate/advanced sailer ranges from 3.0 to 6.0.  While you probably won’t use them all in the same day, conditions can vary from day to day.

Do I have to be a strong windsurfer to sail the Gorge?

No, in fact the Gorge is home one of the best places to learn in the country- the Hook.  Pure beginners can learn inside the enclosed lagoon, and as you progress you can move to the outside (west side) of the Hook, where it’s protected from the river swells and where you won’t end up in the barge channel.  For intermediates who are getting most of your waterstarts, try the Event Site.  And once you master the art of the waterstart, well, have fun out there!