Ever since last summer, I fell in love with windsurfing. And like any other love story, there is always “the place” where that magical thing happens. For me, it was in Hood River, Oregon, also known as The Gorge. The gorge is definitely one of my top destinations for windsurfing, not only for its good winds, but it is also a very beautiful place!
We have left our home town, Vancouver, around 7 pm on Friday evening. After a long drive we have finally arrived at our hostel around 2 am. The hostel that we stay at is right across the bridge from hood river, called Bingen School Inn. It is literally an old elementary school that has been transformed into a hostel. It still has the whole school look inside, I find it very nostalgic being there. Reminds me of the old times when I was still a little boy in elementary school. It’s a very cool place!
Early morning, we woke up, had breakfast and head over to the windsurf rental shop. I rent all my gear from Big Winds since they got really good quality gear. The day turned out to be not the greatest for me for windsurfing, since the wind conditions were very strong and choppy, making it hard for an Intermediate rider like myself to ride. But I still had some awesome moments!
Later that day, we got a few drinks and head over to a very little lake (20 minutes east from the Bingen town). The water there is warm and it has a nice 30 foot Rock to jump from. It was a perfect way to end the day!
The following day, we woke up early after a late night of being out in the bar, to head to the Oregon Coast for Surfing. The beach that we have went to is called Short Sand Beach, recommended by the Seaside Surf Shop. It was a very beautiful place! And so was the drive along the coast, some scenery were very beautiful! Unfortunately the waves were very small, but they were still fun to play around with on a Standup Paddle Board.
On our way back, we drove along the coast which was a very more interesting drive than along the main Highway. The trip has been very satisfying , the only downside was a lack of sleep and the speeding ticket that I got on the way back 😦 lol….