Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge, August 18 & 19
The Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge (CGPC) is a Festival celebrating the sport of Stand Up Paddling in the spectacular Columbia River Gorge. The 2012 Gorge Paddle Challenge will once again feature a Distance Downwind Race, a Course Race, a Team Relay Race and a recreational, non-competitive Paddle for the Park, a fundraiser for the new Hood River Waterfront Park. In addition, there will be SUP exhibits from many companies, free SUP lessons and demos, live music and more!
The 2012 CGPC will feature over $18,000 in prize money and will be the World Paddle Association’s Northwest Championship. The top three finishers in each age class of the Open Division will be awarded unique event trophies. Overall Waterman and Waterwoman will be awarded to the top male and female finishers in the combined Downwind Distance Race and Course.

registration is now open:

This year Naish’s wave and race sensation 19 year old Kai Lenny will be hosting Positively Kai Grom-a-thon on Friday August 17th before the event. “The positively Kai Grom SUP is an opportunity to inspire and showcase the sports young talent and to create future stand up athletes. I hope to share my stoke and create future competitors for myself. These Groms are the future of our sport. Hood River is the perfect venue with Steve Gates and his team at Big Winds leading the charge. I look forward to seeing everyone on August 17th.” -Kai Lenny

Kai Grom-a-thon
Join Kai Lenny for the Positively Kai Grom-a-thon held Friday August 17th at the Hood River Waterfront Park. Don’t miss this opportunity to to meet, get tips and hang with Mr. SUP World Champion himself.

Sign up here:
or stop by/call Big Winds: 541.386.60.86