Gorge Downwind Champs

July 12th to 17th 2021

All Deferrals will receive an email by 4/12

2021 Open Registration goes live May 7th at 5:00pm PST

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Gorge Downwind Champs

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The Gorge Downwind Champs is a week-long festival of downwind paddling held annually in the Columbia River Gorge which is conveniently located 1 hour from Portland Oregon. The main solo event will be held  either Thurs, Fri or Saturday based on best wind. 


Participants must arrive Wednesday night or early Thursday AM to ensure they do not miss the main event. There are divisions for OUTRIGGERSs, SUPs and SURFSKIs. 


Consistent summer winds, Simple fast shuttles, variable terrain from insane to beginner, hot temps and fresh water make it one of the top downwind locations on the planet. It is no accident the Columbia River Gorge is already the #1 wind surfing and kite boarding destination in the world.


Included with your entry are 5 days of downwind shuttles limited by only your time and endurance, 2 meals, endless community at the Downwind Village as well as the Gorge Downwind Champs race. In addition, SUP, Outrigger and Surfski pros from around the world will be having skills clinics all week long. If your ambition is to do as many downwinds as possible in a week, or to refine your skills, the Columbia River Gorge cannot be beat.


Outside of the event there are endless other opportunities for world class family fun including horseback riding, cycling on and off road, downhill skiing in July, hiking, white water rafting, fishing, mountain climbing, vineyards, micro brews, windsurfing, kite boarding, hot air balloons, zip lines and a lot more.


Schedule of Events (all included with your entry)


  • Mon - Downwind Shuttles / Beer Garden

  • Tue - Downwind Shuttles / Beer Garden

  • Wed - Downwind Shuttles / Demo Day / Hero's Dinner

  • Thu - Downwind Shuttles / Beer Garden (potential Race Day / Awards dinner)

  • Fri - Downwind Shuttles / Beer Garden (potential Race Day / Awards dinner)

  • Sat - Downwind Shuttles / Beer Garden (potential Race Day / Awards dinner)


3 day wind window for World Cup Solo Race - Thr , Fri or Sat.