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The Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge is excited to announce a new title sponsor, SIC Maui!

SIC produces an exceptional collection of SUP boards, paddles, and accessories, and has been a proud supporter of the Gorge Paddle Challenge from the beginning.

While SIC has strong roots in racing, downwind paddling, and surf, they believe that paddling is for “just about everyone.” SIC and the Paddle Challenge share a commitment to both elite athletes and recreational paddlers alike, and we know this shared commitment will make for an excellent partnership. With other exciting changes in store for the 2019 SIC Gorge Paddle Challenge (stay tuned!), we are super stoked to have SIC on board as our partner for this summer’s epic event!

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Thanks to everyone who came out in 2018; we can’t wait to see you next year! Mark your calendars for August 17-18, 2019!!Now in its 9th year, the Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge has become one of the most prestigious SUP events in the world. We are a WPA-sanctioned race.

The SIC Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge hosts two full days of exciting competitions, for all ages and race classes. Taking full advantage of our windy location in the Gorge, our Downwind race starts at Viento State Park and ends at the Hood River Waterfront Park. This is a world-class downwind run and our event includes a Double Down (2 back to back downwinders) for our Elite paddlers. We also have a huge class of recreational (Open) paddlers of all ages who look forward to our downwind race every year. And we now include separate races for Foil SUPs and Small Boats (Surf ski, OC-1 and OC-2)!

Not to be overlooked is our Course race, which takes place directly off of the Hood River Waterfront Park beach and is extremely exciting to watch. With separate starts for Groms, Super Groms, Open Men, Open Women, Elite Men, and Elite Women, this is an action-packed day you won’t want to miss! 

Come join the fun! Come race, come watch, come meet our awesome sponsors and check out their latest gear. With our action-packed races, sponsor expo, food trucks, and beer garden, the SIC Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge is the place to be!

IMPORTANT REMINDER: PFDs are required for ALL racers, in all races. Leashes are required for all downwind races, including the double down.