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Gorge Windfest 2014

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

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.

:: Boujmaa Guilloul, Stoked for Windfest

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


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

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

:: Current Swell, Live at Windfest

Interview by Katie Crafts, CGWA
Photos courtesy Current Swell

Current Swell will perform live at Gorge Windfest in Hood River, on June 25th.  We sat down with David Lang, vocalist and guitarist, to learn more about their plans and what they think of Hood River.  Check out some of their songs, below, and mark your calendar to see them live in Hood River this summer!

Listen :: Cursed :: New Reggae :: Eye for an Eye ::

Tell us about how you met and decided to become a band:

[David Lang, vocals/guitar]:  It was not really a decision it just sort of happened through support from friends and writing songs that seemed to carry themselves along in the world. After we started adding more than just the 3 of us originals, it seemed like a band but I never saw it like that until we all of a sudden had a booked gig.

Tell us about the band name Current Swell- how you chose it and what it means to you:

So after we had a booked gig we sort of were being asked for a band name. “Crap”. I honestly dont remember how it came up but we were all about surfing at the time, and somehow the swell came up and then current swell and then that was the name, we had a website, no turning back. Haha. To me it sort of ties into powerful things in the world to do with water. The current and the swell. Random, I know.

Your travels seem far and wide these days.  What is it like being on tour?  How do you travel, how long are you gone for, and what are some comforts of home that you miss most?

Being on tour can be good and bad. This is part of the reason we try to keep our trips to like around 2 weeks… although we used to regularily go out for like 6 weeks, it gets quite tough to go for more than a month for me personally.  We have started to go far and wide now that we can afford to fly places with the band, such as Australia, Hawaii, Eastern Canada. Although we can afford to fly, we are still a van band,  no busses here.  Haha.  Comforts of home I miss are definitely my girlfriend, the beautiful coastal city Victoria we live in etc.

Current Swell comes to Gorge Windfest, June 25-26

Who are your influences and idols, both in music and in life?

Lennon or McCartney,  hmm good question.  Haha.  Kidding. Well it always used to be about the classics, so for me, those 2 gents mentioned above, and Muddy and Bob (both) but now there are too many greats to even name with music these days.

Any advice to kids (and kids-at-heart) who might be toying with the idea of starting a band and going on tour?

Starting a band can be a very rewarding and challenging experience.  Its a tough career to make money in that’s for sure, but even if its just a cover band in someone’s basement I would say its worth giving it a shot.

Is this what you saw yourselves doing at this point in your life?  Has this been an expected or unexpected path for you?

I am constantly saying that this is nothing like I would have pictured my life.  I feel at times very blessed.

Current Swell comes to Gorge Windfest, June 25-26

What have you heard about Hood River, and what are you looking forward to doing while in town?  Have you ever windsurfed?  If not, want to give it a try?

I have heard of hood river through kiting and windsurfing buddies.  I would love to give it a shot, windsurfing,  but am more keen on getting a few waves on this trip.

What direction do you see your band headed in the next 5 years?  Any big plans on the horizon?

We are releasing our upcoming album in the fall,  which is big for us. Planning on opening up a couple more touring destinations. We would like to be playing a lot of major festivals in 5 years, but I honestly dont have a picture in my mind for the future.

Anything else you want to share with us?

Spread the word about us coming into the states! We want to meet many great ppl and go to many great places but it really helps to have a basic word of mouth campaign behind what we do.  Thanks!