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Clean Break: The Gorge Windsurfing

3 Sep

Check out webisode from Clean Break series, focused on windsurfing in the Gorge, with local host Katie Crafts of Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association, and Temira Wagonfeld, of The Gorge is My Gym.

Wind, high water, fast currents, big swells aim boardheads at Windfest

17 Jun

This video is one really good explanation of why we live here. Thanks to longtime boardhead, recent kiter, excellent photographer and, obviously, now a videographer, too — Warren Morgan.

Tap the windy vibe — or just know that a lot of your customers might be interested in this — the weekend of June 26-27 at the annual Windfest, sponsored by the Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association. Here’s details, from CGWA executive director Katie Crafts:

“The wind is back and so are the windsurfers! The Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association invites you- whether you’re a seasoned windsurfer, newbie, or just want to enjoy a day at the beach- to join us at Windfest Weekend, June 26-27, in Hood River.

“The festivities will be held at the Event Site in Hood River, Oregon. Take exit 63 off I-84 and head toward the river. Activities will run from 10am until dusk on Saturday, June 26th, and 10am to 4pm on Sunday, June 27th. Demo tickets are available for purchase at the beach for $10, or $5 for CGWA members.

“If you’ve never windsurfed before, this is your chance to try it out. Big Winds is offering free lessons on Saturday and Sunday afternoons- space is limited, so sign up in the mornings at the Event Site.

“For those who want to expand your skills, clinics will run throughout both days at the Event Site. Clinics will be offered by Bruce Peterson (Owner of Sailworks), Wyatt Miller (Pro rider for Naish), and various skilled team riders.

“Windsurf distributors from throughout the country will gather on the beach for unlimited gear demos all weekend. Try out a stand up paddleboard, or work your way through the various brands’ newest gear. Exhibitors include Trident Sports, Big Winds, Windsport Magazine, Groundswell / Ezzy, Bonnier Corps / Windsurfing Magazine, Sailworks, Maui Sails, Dakine, Realwind, Northsports, Naish Sails, and Shadowbox.

“Be sure to catch some live music and good grub at the Full Sail/Taco del Mar Pray for Wind Party on Saturday evening. Tony Smiley will play live music on the beach until dusk. David Griffith will host a live auction to raise funds for CGWA. Hot auction items include:

  • Vela 7-day stay for 2 at the Brazilian combo- Jericoacoara + Icaraizinho
  • Make your own Nolimitz mast at the Nolimitz factory in White Salmon (you get to keep the mast)
  • On-water photoshoot with professional sports photographer Jock Bradley
  • Gift certificates for local lodging and dining, lots of windsurf gear, art, and much more!

“There will be a silent auction on the beach in the large tent all day Saturday, and will close at 6pm. The live auction will run from 7-8pm.

“Also this weekend is the Gorge Blowout, where amateur and competitive windsurfers sail for 17 miles from Stevenson to Hood River. The finish line is at the Event Site- come and cheer as they cross the finish line! There is a junior blowout available for anyone looking to participate in 7 miles of downwind action, from Viento to Hood River. For information about the Blowout and to register, visit VMGEvents.com.

“If you would like to donate an item for the Pray for Wind party, please contact Beth McCullough. If you are interested in volunteering at the event, contact Pete Biltoft.

“Windfest is brought to you by the Columbia Gorge Windsurfing with the generous support of the Gorge community. Special thanks to these sponsors: Vela Windsurfing Resorts, Your Rental and Party Center, Taco del Mar, Full Sail Brewing, and Griffith Motors.

CGWA is a 501(c)(3) member-based nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the windsurfing experience throughout the Columbia River Gorge. Learn more.

“Clean Break” action water sports show seeks video applicants for Hood River host role

16 Apr

Remember “The Endless Summer”? Hate to admit it, but I do — when it was fresh. And I was, too (fresh, that is).

The concept never dies. New young video turks are mining the concept of web TV to bring their eyes and ears to Hood River this summer. Through a deal with the razor company, Schick, Drew Masters and buddies at Grainey Pictures (aka GPix) will visit Hood River to produce one of six webisodes of a new show called “Clean Break.” Shows will air on the Sony web-TV channel, Crackle.com.

Masters tells me the program is modeled on “The Endless Summer,” but unlike that legendary surf movie, this show is more broadly about thrillin’ water sports, surfing included.

After paying their way to Canada and Hawaii to create a pilot, they shopped it around. Schick was preparing to roll out a new razor, the Hydro Blade, and loved the concept of hooking up with cutting edge water sports to pimp its cutting edge cutlery.

After looking at kiteboarding in San Diego, surfing in Venice Beach, Calif., and whitewater rafting in Kernville, Calif., the show will drop in to the Hood. The focus? Duh. Windsurfing is up.

They’ll be here June 15-20. As with every other stop, they’ll be spending time with a sport guide — and a local guide. So, who’s that guide going to be? That’s up to … YOU!

That’s right, it’s all about interactivity these days. So break out your handicam, warm up your whities and prepare to amp your digital audition. They want you to produce a video showing why you think you would be the best local host. Just you in the video, nobody else. No music tracks, either (copyright issues, see?).

Local guides can be male or female, 21 to 40 years old (hey, I know you look younger than 40, but I don’t, so get over it). The sport guide will introduce them, in our case, to windsurfing scenes, people and action. The local guide will take them back from the river, to show hot spots — places to stay, to shop, to dine and party. They launched their outreach today (April 16).

Video submissions will be posted to the web and the public will be invited to vote for their favorite (potential) host. Two to three weeks before they arrive, they will select their local host and nail down locations. They’ve got a sample video in the can, to show how it might work (shot by former Chamber marketing coordinator Jamel Badrieh).

Here’s all the rules, straight from Masters:

“To audition, you must prepare a video recording (a “Video Submission”) that shows why you should be selected as the local guide for one of the Locations.  For example, your video may demonstrate to Company what makes the Location unique and incredible, the hot spots, the best place to eat and hangout and otherwise show off your local knowledge, tell us what the Series should feature, who should be profiled, what bands shown, etc. In addition, each Video Submission must also meet the following requirements: (i) your face must clearly appear in the video and be recognizable; (ii) the video must be at least two (2) minutes long and not longer than three (3) minutes; and (iii) the video must otherwise comply with all other requirements and guidelines set forth herein.  A Video Submission may not include any recording of any musical
composition(s) or the performance of any musical composition and may not include any other person appearing recognizably or in a speaking role.  In addition, the Video Submission should not contain any materials that are obscene, defamatory or otherwise not in good taste, as determined by Company in its sole discretion. Avoid wearing clothing with recognizable logos or copyrighted artwork.  You may only make one Video Submission.

“Once they have finished a video they can contact me at Drew Masters (310) 827-1111 or via email at Thirdrowent@aol.com” to learn how to submit the video file.

Comin’ atcha … traffic builders

23 Jul

Do you have your “We Love Windsurfers” poster in the window? Maybe it’s time to get a “We Love Kiteboarders, Too” poster.

The U.S. Windsurfing Nationals begin tomorrow (Thursday, July 23) at the Event Site.

And two weeks on, the kiters get all up in the air to raise funds to fight cancer. Here’s the link.

Kiteboarding 4 Cancer : August 7-9 at the Hood River Event Site!!

Both events promise to generate lots of traffic. Open your arms — it’s nice to acknowledge all these people who visit and spend their money here.

Wind Industry trade show to bring over 500 visitors to Da Hood in September

13 Mar

Once again, Hood River will vault to the head of the class when the Association of Wind Sport Industries brings its annual trade show to town Sept. 15-18.

Katie Crafts, a board member of the AWSI and executive director of the Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association, says the event will attract more than 80 exhibitors of gear for windsurfing and kiteboarding.

The trade show will set up at the Event Site, providing plenty of room for more than 200 buyers to do the deal.

Factoring in family and friends of those attending the show, the Hood River business community can count on more than 500 visitors eager to shop, tour, wine, dine and stock up on memories to share with the folks at home.

The Hood River Downtown Business Association will be helping the event organizers link visitors with local attractions. Stay tuned.