So we’ve established that Hawaii isn’t the only place to do downwind runs on a standup board. Plenty of spots yet to be discovered are perfect for glidiing on open water swell. One place that has been discovered? Hood River, Oregon, a longtime kite- and windsurfing locale, has become one of the Northwest’s premiere downwind locales.
This summer, dedicated paddler Dustin Fletcher is organizing the Gorge Bump-N-Glide, a five race point series from July 7 to August 4. The weather in the Gorge can be unpredictable at best so Fletcher is allowing for two throwaway races, meaning you can still qualify for the overall title with three races.
The Bump-N-Glide is an after-work event so all race courses will be within a 20 minute drive of Hood River to maximize daylight and time on the water. A “swell riders” meeting will be held at the takeout (TBD each event) before shuttling upwind to the put-in and starting the race. For race information, check out Bumpnglide.com.
In the meantime, watch Fletecher and Dan Gavere testing out one of the race courses: