Gorge Downwind Champs

Daily Schedule

Monday

  • 11:00am – 3:30pm – 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

Wednesday

  • 11:00am – 3:30pm – 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 – 7:00pm – 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​

    • There is no Thursday Pickup

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Thursday

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

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

FRIDAY 15th  Race Day – !!!!!!!!!!!!  2022

 

  • 7:45am - Partner up with your buddies and set shuttle. Leave a car in Hood River

    • See Map. It will take you 30 minutes to drive from Hood River to Home Valley.

      • You will need to use City Parking. Make sure you pay. They do ticket

      • There should be many spots in the AM

      • Do not park behind the business.

  • 9:00am – Arrive at Home Valley for Pre Race check-in – See Map

  • 10:30am – Mandatory Safety Talk – Home Valley

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

  • 11:15ish – SUP Start from the Beach

  • 11:25ish – Water Start – All women OC and SKI, All Double OCs and SKIs

  • 11:35ish – Water Start – All male Skis

  • 11:45ish – Water Start – All Male OC’s

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

    • Mandatory – Hand in your race number at the takeout

  • Permits were extremely limited at Hood River. When you finish the race. Get your piece of Pizza and a drink of water at the finisher tents, then head back to Skamania Fair Grounds for proper party.

  • AWARDS 6:00 t0 730 PM - After the race. - Skamania Fair Grounds

Saturday

  • 11:30am to 4:30pm – Shuttles running (if not race day)

  • 5:00pm – 7:30pm – Skamania County Fair Grounds Beer Garden Tent – Awards Ceremony

Race Awards / Payouts

  • The Top 5 paddlers in each division (M/F. OC, SKI, SUP) are removed from age groups. 

  • The Top 5 finishers in Male / Female SKI and OC each get $300

  • The Top 3 Finisher in Male / Female SKI, SUP and OC get free 2022 entry

  • Breaks our hearts, but, there are only 6 SUP paddlers confirmed.  A division needs 1 craft sponsor and 20 entrants to qualify for cash prizes. We truly hope to achieve this in 2023.

Maps

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

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.