Hood River is the windsurfing capital of the world, so if you like water sports, this is definitely something you should do when you visit the Columbia River Gorge.

The wide expanse of the Columbia River with the tall gorge on either side creates the perfect wind tunnel for this fun sport.

The Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association website is a great place to start, with information on events, put-ins, lessons and other important news.

If you need gear, Hood River has three windsurfing shops, Big Winds Hood RiverGorge Surf Shop and Hood River WaterPlay. Hood River WaterPlay offers instruction in windsurfing, as well as supplies and jet ski rentals. Big Winds Hood River has rentals and also offers lessons on windsurfing and paddleboarding.

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