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 8th year, the Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge has become one of the most prestigious SUP events in the world. We are a WPA-sanctioned race and we are proud to announce that this year we are one of only 9 Major events in the Paddle League World Tour.
The Naish 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 Naish 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.