Equipment Equality: The Gorge Announces “up to 14 ft” for Women

One of the most iconic events (and funnest weekends) on the calendar, the Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge, has taken the initiative to give women the same opportunities as men by embracing the “up to 14 ft” board class.

Beginning with the 2018 edition on August 18/19, both men and women will be gliding down the famous Columbia River Gorge on race boards up to 14 feet in length–an announcement that many leading athletes have applauded.

This positive move follows the lead of fellow major the Carolina Cup, which recently changed the women’s Elite Graveyard Race from 12’6 up to 14 in line with the men, and it reinforces Hood River’s position as one of the most important stops of the season.   → READ MORE

Titouan Puyo, Annabel Anderson Claim the ‘Hot Lap’ on Day Two of the Gorge Paddle Challenge

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New Caledonia’s humble superstar Titouan Puyo has narrowly defeated Australia’s Lincoln Dews to claim the ‘Hot Lap’ race on day two of the Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge here in Hood River, Oregon. World number one Annabel Anderson took out the women’s Hot Lap ahead of compatriot Penelope Strickland.

Click through for the full results…   → READ MORE

…and relive the action with a full replay of our Quickblade Live Stream.

(women’s final starts @ the 34 minute mark; men’s final starts at the 1 hour 30 minute mark)

You can also watch a replay of Saturday’s Double Downwinder live stream.

Gorge Paddle Challenge: Day 1 Highlights Reel by Quickblade

Check out this great little highlights reel from day one of the Gorge Paddle Challenge here in Hood River — thanks to Chris Aguilar from Quickblade Paddles for the rapid fire edit.

Hope you enjoyed today’s live stream; we’ll be back live on Facebook tomorrow afternoon for the ‘Super Lap’ course race.

Downwind Domination: Bernd Roediger, Fiona Wylde Destroy International Field to Win the Gorge ‘Double Downwinder’

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Bernd Roediger and Fiona Wylde have put on a downwind masterclass here in Hood River, Oregon today, saluting at the Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge presented by Starboard ahead of an ultra-competitive, international field of all-stars, young guns and and fresh new dark horses.

Click through for the recap and full results…   → READ MORE

The Gorge: Preview & Predictions for the 7-Star Showdown in Hood River, Oregon

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We’re just one sleep away from the one of the biggest races of the year all time: the 2017 Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge.

If you tuned in to our preview show earlier today, you’ll know just how stacked the field here in Hood River, Oregon is this weekend. But if you missed it, here’s a quick primer ahead of the big dance.   → READ MORE

The Gorge: Get Set for One of the Biggest Races of the Year All Time

Mo Freitas
We’re just hours away from one of the biggest and best events on the international racing calendar: the 2017 Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge in Hood River, Oregon.

With dozens of international athletes and hundreds of weekend warriors descending on this iconic downwind mecca, we’re set for a massive weekend of racing in what will be an almighty celebration of our sport.   → READ MORE