7/28/08

The Columbia River Gorge...

in Hood River, Oregon...
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Hood River is known for the world capital of windsurfing. It is the hot spot for the lovers of wind, water and breathtaking scenery. People come from around the world to sail, fish, windsurf, kite, hike and bike. Driving around the town, I notice that this is also the world capital of athlete.
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I remember the first time I was here five years ago. I just started windsurfing. The Columbia River Gorge seemed to be the last place I wanted to windsurf. The strong currents with the big swells scared me so much. Also the tiny board with small sail that people use here, I can't imagine myself on that thing. But hey, I windsurf here now.
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Started with a 138 liter board and 5.2 sail, I'm down to 65 liter board and 3.5 sail now. The more I sail, the more I feel comfortable with any wind conditions. This comes naturally, I guess.
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6 comments:

Vera said...

Windsurfing seems such a difficult sport to me. Very tempting, exciting and... not easy. Oh, Thip, you are lucky being able to enjoy it.

pook & house said...

I thought you would not miss the chance to windsurf here. When I went to Mt. Hood, I stopped by watching people windsurfing for hours with my sister and thought "Gosh, I wish I knew how to do it".

It was the best windsurfing scene. Wind was so gusty. I had never seen anything like that.

Thip said...

Guys, I had a blast windsurfing for 3 hrs. today. It was the best day in Hood River so far.

Windsurfing was difficult at the beginning, but I enjoyed it so much at the first day of my learning. Once I got hook in, windsurfing seemed to be a part of my life.

pook & house said...

This might make you laugh a bit. I watched a show Fine Living Network last year. Forgot the name. Let say if I want to be a chef, they will send a chef to train me.

This guy is the president of National Windsurfing Association (something similar) who doesn't know how to windsurf. So he picked this spot to have a windsurfing champ trained him. As soon as he stepped on the board, he took off so fast, jumped so high in the sky and crashed. It was hilarious scene. How could you be a president of this Association but have never windsurfed before, 555.

pook & house said...

He is in fact an American guy...

Thip said...

This really surprise me.

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