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Photoboy
07-18-2013, 02:54 PM
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It's been some time since a professional contest was held at the legendary hatchery at Hood River on the Columbia Rive Gorge. The narrow, rocky basalt lined shore is located at the Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery.

There are several natural phenomena that make "The Gorge", and the Hatchery itself, an ideal location for windsurfing. The wind is thermal based and powered by the pressure gradient between the cool Pacific coast to the west and the warm desert to the east. The walls of The Gorge are quite high and cause a wind tunnel effect. During the summer the wind is strong, easily reaching 30 knots, and constantly blows from the west. The river current, on the other hand, flows swiftly in the opposite direction of the wind. The strength of the river current depends on the amount of water being released from local dams. Because the wind and water current move in opposite directions there are very large rolling waves that come through the river. While the waves are large they do not break.

At the site [2] there is plenty of parking and grassy areas to rig. The edge of shore is rocky and slippery. The water becomes deep quickly and the large swell, which can range from 68 feet, rolls very close to the Washington shore line. Because of the close proximity of the waves to the shore it is an ideal place to watch or take pictures.

The AWT is currently in town and the wind appears to be up, up up!


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Photoboy
07-19-2013, 08:29 PM
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Video from the Gorge Frenzy!