Windsurfing started to gain popularity back in the late 70’s and early 80’s, when European excitement over the U.S.-born sport led to dozens of new brands of “sailboards.” Windsurfing originated in 1968 when two Southern Californians (one a sailor, one a surfer) decided to create a hybrid of their respective sports. Today it is a highly popular activity that attracts people from all walks of life.
Our area is a windsurfer’s paradise, with ideal spots for beginners, intermediate surfers, and experienced riders. High winds and big swells have made the Columbia River Gorge in particular a world famous windsurfing destination. Good resources for those just getting started Hood River Waterplay and Big Winds in Hood River. This site has information on windsurfing locations and weather in addition to all the gear you’ll need. Or check out hoodriver.org to learn more.
Always check the difficulty of windsurfing associated with the area you’re going to, as windsurfing in areas more advanced than your skill level can be very dangerous. Remember also to keep informed on weather conditions when planning a day of windsurfing.