101 Surf Sports Stand Up Paddleboarding and Kayaking on San Francisco Bay

Event Calendar

Gorge Downwind Championships
From Monday 16 July 2018
To Saturday 21 July 2018

The Gorge Downwind Champs has been named one of 5 global Surfski Title Races. This is a big deal and mandates we escalate the event to an entirely new level of professionalism.

But what if I paddle SUP or Outrigger? - Get ready to reap the benefits. All the Title Race mandates will also be extended to the SUP and Outriggers divisions (such as live coverage, Media boats to follow the race, deeper payouts and much more)


For 2018

  • Out and back short course for the novices
  • More Music at the village, Bigger tents and stage
  • More Talks with the pros and sponsors
  • More Kegs and extended Beer Garden Hours
  • Structure to bus shuttles sign up
  • Boat storage for all who need
  • We are exploring options for OC and SKI race on separate days – TBD based on survey results coming soon to all 2018 registered paddlers.
  • Larger Payouts across all pro divisions
  • Re-designed Awards Ceremony / Banquet and registration
  • Trophies / Awards for Doubles, under 18 foot
  • How about that Male Surfski Start….. Ouch…..   Nobody left behind in 2018. We Promise
  • And much more

​About the Gorge downwind Championship

is a weeklong festival of downwind paddling held annually in the Columbia River Gorge which is conveniently located 1 hour from Portland Oregon. The main solo event will be held either Thurs, Fri or Saturday based on best wind.

Participants must arrive Wednesday night or early Thursday AM to ensure they do not miss the main event. There are divisions for OUTRIGGERSs, SUPs and SURFSKIs. The Gorge Downwind Champs does not favor or cater to any one craft and prize $$ payout is equal amongst the craft types based on percentage of a specific craft to total entrants at the Gorge Downwind Champs.

Consistent summer winds, Simple fast shuttles, variable terrain from insane to beginner, hot temps and fresh water make it one of the top downwind locations on the planet. It is no accident the Columbia River Gorge is already the #1 wind surfing and kite boarding destination in the world.

Included with your entry are 5 days of downwind shuttles limited by only your time and endurance, 2 meals, a the Gorge Downwind Champs race. In addition, SUP, Outrigger and Surfski pros from around the world will be having skill clinics all week long. If your ambition is to do as many downwinds as possible in a week, or to refine your skills, the Columbia River Gorge cannot be beat.

Outside of the event there are endless other opportunities for world class family fun including horseback riding, cycling on and off road, downhill skiing in July, hiking, white water rafting, fishing, mountain climbing, vineyards, micro brews, windsurfing, kite boarding, hot air balloons, zip lines and a lot more.

Schedule of Events (all included with your entry)

Mon - Downwind Shuttles / Beer Garden

Tue - Downwind Shuttles / Beer Garden

Wed - Downwind Shuttles / Demo Day / Hero's Dinner

Thu - Downwind Shuttles / Beer Garden (potential Race Day / Awards dinner)

Fri - Downwind Shuttles / Beer Garden (potential Race Day / Awards dinner)

Sat - Downwind Shuttles / Beer Garden (potential Race Day / Awards dinner)

3 day wind window for World Cup Solo Race - Thr , Fri or Sat.​

Location Columbia River Gorge - Oregon