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CGWA Business Partner Highlight: Director’s Mortgage

The CGWA is proud and honored to have so many business partners throughout the Gorge.  In a new web series, we are taking time to highlight and thank our local business members that support us.

SWELL ALERT !  

The mighty Columbia River flows very near everyone 24/7-  but only a few dare to take on the challenge of harnessing  the power of the wind and swell with a sail and board-  somehow  our physical body, mind and soul occupies the area between the board and the sail – and we then become “one”  with the wind and the water. 

Director Mortgage's Steve Wolf is a Swell City regular

Director Mortgage’s Steve Wolf is a Swell City regular

Once this epic sensation is achieved – many realize that a life change is in order which oftentimes involves  a relocation to the Gorge and yes for some…. a home loan.

Directors Mortgage has been a  local Oregon based company since 1998 and for many years has been a supporter of CGWA. Directors Mortgage specializes in residential mortgage loans, purchases, refinances, constructions loans, reverse mortgages and debt consolidation. 

Directors Mortgage is an area lender well respected in the area because of its Team Members including Steve Wolf – a regular Swell City rider with 25 years of experience as a mortgage lender in the Gorge and as a Swell City user.  Steve is a CGWA member himself and has served on the Swell City Planning Committee in the more recent past and many may agree he is an approachable swell guy. 

On behalf of CGWA, I’d like to thank Directors Mortgage for its ongoing support of CGWA.

Steve Gibson

CGWA Board Member 

VACASA, Vacation Rentals Made Easy

The CGWA is so grateful for all of our member’s suport.  A special sect of our membership are the local small businesses that support what we do.  We want to start thanking and highlighting these businesses in a new web series.  Our first installment comes from CGWA board member, Bart Vervloet.  Check out his great write up on Vacasa:

Vacasa

Did you know that one of the CGWA’s business members employs 15 people here in the Gorge, has business operations in 13 states as well as in Europe and Central and South America, and has been owned and operated in Oregon since 2009? More importantly, their growing business is all about providing accommodations in some of the most beautiful places in the world. Thankfully, the Gorge is one of those places. Vacasa manages destination vacation rentals and is a member of the CGWA because in their view, windsurfing is “the foundation part of the history” of the Gorge sports scene and is still completely connected to the communities on both sides of the river. Mary Creighton is the business development and operations manager for Vacasa here in the Gorge area and lives in White Salmon, and you will probably get a chance to meet her at the Beach Bash in June as they will have a booth there, but before then you should visit their website to see what they offer. Whether you need a house to rent here in the Gorge, at the Oregon Coast, or in Belize, Mexico, Spain or Chile, Vacasa has something for you. CGWA members can get discounts at many of their destinations (though not on every property) check out this link for more details,  https://vacasarentals.com/deals/5-Percent-Off and don’t forget to inquire about 7 day stay discounts too. Once again CGWA membership has its benefits when you do some travelling. Vacasa rentals can be booked online or over the phone, Mary told me that right now it’s about 50/50, phone calls are welcomed if you have specific questions or needs when you are booking a place to stay. Because Vacasa has local staffs in all of their locations, they can also help with learning the ins and outs of each of their destinations, so you can get the most fun out of your precious vacation time.

“The Northwest loves the outdoors, and we specialize in destinations for the outdoor enthusiast, that’s why Vacasa started here in Oregon” Mary says, but their business is reaching out to people seeking out new adventures, so if you have travel plans to the Gorge or to any of their many destinations, look them up at www.vacasa.com and pull out your CGWA membership card when you do, because I see some travel in your future.

As a board member of the CGWA its nice to feature one of the many business who generously support us, and it was a real pleasure to speak with people who truly understand what it means to be a big business with local connections. Vacasa is involved with many local groups here and supports the local communities they serve, so I encourage you to check them out. After all the rain this winter, I’m leaning towards Spain myself.

Happy Travels,

Bart

Board Member Notes Vol. III

CGWA Board Member Notes

Vol. III by Julia Norman

Ahhhhh, windy summer weekends in the Gorge – there’s nothing like it! My Monday morning ritual as I get up, get a cup of coffee, and sit down at my computer to catch up on things sounds like: “Ow, ouch, ow.”  Time to go back to work so I can rest my body, that is, until the next after-work session.

Windfest is coming up soon. Mark your calendars for June 29-30. Have you always wanted to sail the Blowout? Well, it’s back on Windfest weekend! And if you’re available that weekend to volunteer a bit of your time to help make Windfest happen, register here or contact Greg at cgwa@gorge.net.

Yesterday continued a trend of windy Sundays this year; I started on my brand new 4.0 cranked down tight and ended on my 3.5, sailing with friends at the Hood River Waterfront Park. Here are some pics I took of yesterday’s sailing while I enjoyed a post-session beer:

Roo!
Playing together upwind of the WS bridge
Tom powered up on a 4.2 greeting SUPers finishing a downwinder from Viento
Our very own Mike Schock having fun

Truth be told, sometimes I prefer the mellower days of more relaxed sailing on bigger gear, like on my 5.0 and 100 L board a week ago:

Plenty of days like this in the summer, especially late afternoons if you’re part of the 9-5 crowd like I am.

To follow up on Mike’s post from last week: we’re beginning our 13th summer in Hood River and it’s been 13 years of living in heaven. When the wind arrives, the water warms, and the sun shines, we can’t believe our luck. And then when it cools down in the fall and you sail that final easterly of the season from Blackberry Beach, it’s all good because it’s time for the slow down of winter with snowstorms and the peaceful side of Hood River. We are so thankful for our good fortune to make this our home.