Wind Surf sailing - Oregon
On any typical summer day, you can snowboard all morning long on Mt. Hood and be back in Hood River by 3 p.m. to kiteboard just as the strong westerly winds begin to really blow up the Columbia River. The warm rising air of the plateau beckons the strong westerly breeze from the Pacific Ocean. When squeezed by the mountainous topography, the wind narrows into a funneling jet stream and blasts right through the Hood River Gorge.
Wind surfing capital of the world is Hood River's latest distinction. Previously known for growing luscious apples, pears, cherries, peaches and other fruits, and for the view of the majestic snowcapped peak of Mt. Hood, Hood River has become the destination of choice for wind surfers from around the world. The winds from the Columbia River Gorge, best during the middle of the day, create ideal conditions for riding the waves. To enjoy the view of "boardheads" at play, drive to the Columbia Gorge Sailpark or follow Second Street to the waterfront.