The Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge is a Festival celebrating the sport of Stand Up Paddling in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. The event features both a Distance Downwind Race and a Course Race. There are SUP exhibits from many companies, free SUP lessons and demos and live music.

2017 Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge

Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge Venue

The venue for the Naish CGPC is Hood River’s Waterfront Park. The park features a crescent-shaped beach for the starting and staging areas, great stadium style viewing area for spectators, large grass area for the vendor tents, onsite restrooms, and plenty of parking. It is also a great place for children, with a play site, marimba and climbing wall, all within walking distance to downtown Hood River.