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Gorge Downwind Champs

 

2024 - July 8th to 13th

Registration Live January 14th 5pm PST

Race Headquarters – Stevenson Fairgrounds

Race Course - TBD

RESULTS 2023

https://pacificmultisports.com/results/gorgedownwindchamps2023/

Gorge Downwind Champs

Locations

Daily Schedule

Monday

  • 10:00 to 2:30 – Skamania County - Race HQ – Racer Check in

    • You must check in before you can ride the busses or partake in the event

  • 11:30am to 4:30pm – Shuttles running

  • 3:30pm – 7:30pm – Skamania County Fair Grounds Beer Garden Tent – Beer Garden Open

Tuesday

Wednesdayd

  • 10:00 to 2:30 – Skamania County - Race HQ – Racer Check in

    • You must check in before you can ride the busses or partake in the event

  • 11:30am to 4:30pm – Shuttles running

  • 3:30pm – 7:30pm – Skamania County Fair Grounds Beer Garden Tent – Beer Garden Open

  • 4:00pm – 6:30pm – Skamania County Fair Grounds Beer Picnic Shelter – Racer Number Handout

    • THIS IS MANDATORY – You will not get timed if you do not pick up your chip. A friend can do it for you if you need.

    • There is no race morning pickup​

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Thursday - RACE DAY

    • 7:45am - Partner up with your buddies and set shuttle. Leave a car at race finish

    • Full Details coming soon

    • 8:30am – Arrive at Race Start to get ready

    • 10:00 – Mandatory Safety Talk - Pre Race Meeting

    • You MUST wear your Jersey – This is our primary way to find you on the river.

    • 11:00ish – No Time Start from the Beach:00

    • 11:10ish – SUP Start from the Beach

    • 11:20ish – Water Start – All women OC and SKI, All Double OCs and SKIs

    • 11:30ish – Water Start – All male OC’s

    • 11:40ish – Water Start – All Male Skis

    • 1:00 to 3:00 (when you finish in Hood River)

    • Mandatory – Hand in your race number at the takeout

    • AWARDS 6:00 to 730 PM - After the race. - Skamania Fair Grounds

Friday  

 

  • 11:30am to 4:30pm – Shuttles running

  • 3:30pm – 7:30pm – Skamania County Fair Grounds Beer Garden Tent – Beer Garden Open

Saturday

  • 11:30am to 4:30pm – Shuttles running

  • 3:30pm – 7:30pm – Skamania County Fair Grounds Beer Garden Tent – Beer Garden Open

Race Awards / Payouts

  • The Top 5 paddlers in each division (M/F. OC, SKI) are removed from age groups and are eligible for cash payouts. - Pro division

  • 1st and 2nd place pro finishers in the Male / Female SKI and OC each get minimum $500

  • 3rd, 4th and 5th place pro finishers in the Male / Female SKI and OC each get minimum $300

  • As we get more sponsors, we hope to grow this number.  Stay tuned.

Maps

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Bus Route - Stevenson to Home Valley.jpg
Bus Route - Start - Fairgounds.jpg
Bus Route - Finish - Home Valley.jpg
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Race Course.jpg
Drano Bail Out.jpg
Home Valley Race Dayk Parking.jpg
Race Start Home Valley.jpg
Finish Hood River.jpg

 

Events at the Gorge Canoe Club Beer Garden

Exhibit Hall at the Skamania County Fairgrounds, Stevenson, WA

 

Monday - July 10, 2023

Sponsor Highlights

4-5pm: Nordic Kayaks (NK) USA - Athlete Panel

5:30-6:30pm: On the Water 360 - Cyril Derreumaux EXPLORE TO INSPIRE

Tuesday - July 11, 2023

7:30am: Yoga on the lawn near Exhibit Hall with Kaleen Lugo (Open to Public)

Sponsor Highlights (Open to Public)

4-5pm: Marine Generation with Danny Ching and Ryland Hart

5:30-7pm: Puakea Designs presents LIKE YEARS - Live Music

Wednesday - July 12, 2023

7:30am: Yoga on the lawn near Exhibit Hall with Kaleen Lugo (Open to Public)

9:30am-11:30am: Nutrition Talk with … (Open to Public)

4pm-7pm: GDWC Number Pick Up

Sponsor Highlights (Open to Public)

4-5:30 pm Kai Wa'a PAU HANA - first 50 beers on us Q+A with Kai Waa Team Kevin Ceran-Jerusalemy, Pat Dolan, Tutearii Hoatua hosted by Will Reichenstein. 

5:30-7pm: Nelo USA - Coaching Talk

Thursday - July 13, 2023

Possible Race Day

Possible Awards Ceremony

Sponsor Highlights (Open to Public)

5:30-7pm: Epic Kayaks - Panel

 

Friday - July 14, 2023

Possible Race Day

Possible Awards Ceremony

3:30pm-8pm: GCC Beer Garden Open (Merch, Beer and Raffle Tickets for Sale)

Sponsor Highlights (Open to Public)

5:30-7pm: Giant Fish presents The Surf Lords - Live Music 

Saturday - July 15, 2023

Possible Race Day

Possible Awards Ceremony

3:30pm-8pm: GCC Beer Garden Open (Merch, Beer and Raffle Tickets for Sale)

Sponsor Highlights (Open to Public)

4:30pm Gorge Canoe Club/Outrigger Zone Canoe Raffle (and other great prizes)

5pm - 7pm Ocean Flight  Presents Live Music -  David Walker Clapp Music  davidwalkerclapp.com

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.

 

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.

 

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