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


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

Get Ready for the Gorge Paddle Challenge with This Great Highlights Reel from 2016

video-gorge-paddle-challenge-sup-race-quickblade-paddlesWe’re just a few days away from one of the biggest races of the year: the Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge in Hood River Oregon.

This year is set to be all-time, with a record level of international athletes making their way to Oregon as we speak, and we’ll be live streaming the action as it happens alongside the crew from Quickblade Paddles.    → READ MORE

It’s Gorge Week.

Mo Freitas
We’re only five days away from one of the biggest races of the year: The Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge in Hood River, Oregon. And with an all-time lineup of athletes plus the famous Gorge downwind conditions, we’re set for a cracking showdown next weekend.

Stay tuned all week for daily Insta coverage and behind-the-scenes stories on @supracer, then get set for our signature race-day Facebook Live stream (on both Saturday and Sunday) alongside the crew from Quickblade Paddles.

World Rankings: Here Are SUP Racer’s Star Ratings for Season 2017 (aka the Biggest Races in the World This Year)

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Two weeks ago, I sent out a survey to each of the world’s top-ranked paddlers asking which events they’d be competing in this year. The goal was to paint a picture of the biggest races in the world, which I think is not only an interesting insight for everyone in the sport to analyse, it also helps me to set clear ‘star ratings’ that will produce an ever more accurate World Rankings leaderboard.

Here are the results…   → READ MORE

Return to the Gorge with Team QB

video-gorge-paddle-challenge-sup-race-quickblade-paddlesThere have been so many big races lately that one of the biggest of them all, the Gorge Paddle Challenge, seems like it was way more than six weeks ago. But no, it was only just over a month ago that we saw the community gather in Hood River, Oregon for one of the best weekends of the year.

Well if you’re having withdrawals from the bumps and glides of the Gorge, this three-part series of mini-films from Team Quickblade should keep you satisfied for a while. Featuring the likes of…   → READ MORE

Return to Hood River: Gorge Paddle Challenge Announces Dates for 2017

2017 Gorge Paddle ChallengeAfter the massive showdown that was The Gorge 2016, the crew from Hood River have wasted no time in setting dates for next year’s big gathering in Oregon.

The 2017 Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge will be happening on the weekend of August 19 & 20, and I have no doubt it’ll again be one of the biggest, most competitive and funnest races on the calendar.   → READ MORE

173 Great Photos from the Gorge Paddle Challenge

Gorge Paddle Challenge SUP Race Hood River Oregon

The 2016 Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge was definitely one for the history books, with a massive turnout of elite and amateur athletes enjoying superb conditions in the paddling mecca of Hood River, Oregon.

And now, thanks to the excellent work of Jen Gulizia from Gorge-Us Photography, you can get a close up look at how the epic Double Downwinder went down yesterday. Go straight to the official Gorge Facebook page to view all 173 photos. Above: Connor Baxter, Bernd Roediger and Mo Freitas were the stand out performers.

Gorge Paddle Challenge Preview and Predictions (This Is One STACKED Field…)

Fiona Wylde stand up paddling Hood River OregonWow, the Gorge is going to be STACKED this weekend…

We always knew the Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge would be a big deal — it’s one of the few “majors” in the sport after all, and it always attracts a solid field, but this year it’s seriously gone next level.

But who’s going to win?   → READ MORE

Gorge Paddle Challenge Update: A Note about the World Rankings

Gorge Paddle Challenge SUP RaceAnother week, another big race. After the excitement of the JM Survivor Race in Huntington just a few days ago, it’s time for another big showdown this weekend, with the Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge set to be one of the best and most competitive events of the season.

There’s a huge lineup of talent hanging out in Hood River for the 6th annual edition of this iconic event, and with such a high level of competition on the start line, there’s bound to be plenty of movement on the SUP Racer World Rankings come Monday morning.   → READ MORE