Hood River is a world-renowned outdoor recreation mecca, boasting frequent windy conditions all summer long! It is the ideal place to pursue all levels of kiteboarding instruction!
As the only sea-level passageway through the Cascade mountain range, the Columbia River Gorge forms a natural tunnel that accelerates wind speeds, providing an amazing variety of wind and water conditions. West winds are primarily driven by the pressure differential created when warm desert inland air draws the cool, Pacific marine air through the Gorge. When the west winds take a break, east winds blow through the western Gorge and offer kiteboarders yet another round of kiteable days.
Kiteboarding Conditions in the Gorge
Although the Gorge is windy year-round, the best months for kiteboarding are May through October. If you are planning a vacation, June through September bring the most consistent wind. We love to talk shop, so if you have questions about where to kite in the Gorge, or are simply looking for info on the best launch for your riding level, feel free to contact us!
Hood River Event Site
Our kiteschool is located at the Hood River Event Site, situated just north of Interstate 84 and only a few minutes walk from downtown Hood River. New Wind Kiteaboarding is the first school on the right hand side as you pull into the Event Site parking lot, with big orange & blue banners, you can’t miss us! The Event Site is a busy place during the height of summer, as always, respect others on the water and before you head out, be sure to read the Gorge Safety Guidelines posted at the east end of the Event Site lawn. It contains essential information on navigating river traffic and using the area responsibly.