When you visit the Columbia River Gorge, adventure is everywhere you look! Experience some incredible views and you hike and bike through the wilderness or seek some thrills out on the water. One of our favorite ways to experience the Columbia River is Hood River windsurfing. Let the wind whip by you as fresh, crisp water splashes past!
Since opening in 1987, Big Winds has become one of the largest water sports stores in the United States! Here, you can rent or buy everything you need for Hood River windsurfing. If you are new to the sport, take some lessons! This company gives lessons in the Big Winds Windsurf Center, a calm lagoon surrounded by land in the shape of a hook. Shielded from the rest of the river, this creates the perfect place to learn! The knowledgeable staff and multiple lesson levels offered will make you an expert in no time.
Whether you are an expert or a beginner, Hood River WaterPlay will get you out on the water in no time! This company offers lessons ranging from beginner to advanced; each is taught by a U.S. Sailing Certified instructor so you know you’re in good hands. You can even choose if you would like your lesson to be private or in a class! If you have already mastered the basics, this company can match you up with the best gear to rent based on skill level and weather. They will even provide the wetsuit, harness, and booties.
Hood River windsurfing is so popular that the non-profit organization, the Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association, has been successfully helping both windsurfers and the environment since 1987. Throughout the year, they conduct volunteer clean-ups throughout the Columbia River coast to keep the Gorge clean and provide launch sites for windsurfers. Check their Gorge Launch-Sites Map for the best beaches to start Hood River windsurfing from! Each year, this organization also puts on “swap-meets” where you can purchase donated gear at reasonable prices. Not only does this make windsurfing more accessible to everyone, it also raises money for the organization to keep up with their programs.
Whether you are planning on partaking in some water sports like Hood River windsurfing and kiteboarding this summer or looking for a place to relax in nature, the Columbia River Gorge will not disappoint. There are so many amazing ways to enjoy the beautiful waters, rolling hills, and lush forests of the area. During your explorations, use Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins as your home base. Browse through our cozy cabins, each with deluxe amenities, to start planning your stay. It’s the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate after your excursions!