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GORGE DOWNWIND CHAMPS RACE WEEK SPECIAL PACKAGES

1 Downwind Prep class and 2 guided group Viento runs - $495 per person, excluding gear rental.

Downwind Prep class has land and water components, dress for submersion. approximatly 1.5 hours. Full Viento run is approximatly 8 miles in rough water. Dress for submersion and bring water and snacks.

3 guided group Viento runs - $495 per person, excluding gear rental.

Downwind Prep class has land and water components, dress for submersion. approximatly 1.5 hours. Full Viento run is approximatly 8 miles in rough water. Dress for submersion and bring water and snacks.

Downwind Prep class - $95 per person, excluding gear rental.

This class has land and water components, dress for submersion. approximatly 1.5 hours.

Guided group Viento run - $250 per person, excluding gear rental.

Approximatly 8 miles in rough water. Bring water and snacks.

Want to try the latest carbon boards? We can make it happen!

> Gear rental available through our partners.

Please contact us directly HERE to book for race week we are happy to help!

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DOWNWIND SUP CLINICS - VIENTO

Looking to improve your downwind SUP skills?

Ride with our experienced ACA certified SUP instructors!

All clinics catered to your needs and areas of focus.

We adapt our clinics to your skill level to keep you learning!

Navigation.

Reading conditions and using your position on the river to your advantage!

Timing cues.

We will get you on an energy conserving rhythm that will have you catching glides!

Want to try the latest carbon boards? We can make it happen!

Gear rental available through our partners.

Looking for a Downwind Prep class or stroke technique clinic?

Please contact us here for details, we are happy to help!

Downwind clinic requirements - participants must be willing and able to:

  • swim in strong current and rough water.
  • wear a US coast Guard approved Personal Floatation Device - inherently buoyant style highly recommended!
  • have a whistle and invasive species permit.
  • use a downwind capable board.
  • use a proper type of line and knot for leash tie.
  • wear a wetsuit that they will be comfortable in while submerged for an extended period of time.
  • wear a sup specific coil style leash attaching them to their board that will not come off unintentionally but that can still be quickly removed in case of snagging.
  • paddle against the current for 8-12 miles on the Columbia river without assistance in case the wind slacks off.
  • fall safely and remount their board unassisted multiple times in rough water and high wind. Falling is just part of learning.
  • perform all common paddle strokes and braces. **forward, reverse, sweep, draw, cross board draw, low brace, etc...
  • prone paddle their sup while securing paddle under chest.
  • sit on board in rough water and high wind, while also sitting on paddle to secure, freeing hands for other tasks.
  • move feet to adjust trim of board. Either by hopping, walking, cross stepping, or just shifting their weight in a hybrid or offset surf stance. Pivot turns are great practice for trimming the board!
  • be familiar with signaling techniques. Whistle, paddle, and hand.
  • be prepared to self rescue - do not assume rescuers can reach you if there is strong wind and swell.

Contact us here for Downwind Prep Classes or Stroke Technique Clinics, we are happy to help!