The Columbia Gorge Teen Windsurf Camp which will open in July provides a new concept in teen camp programs. While residential specialty camps in baseball, tennis, soccer, etc. are plentiful, windsurfing camps tend to be day camps, which are fine if you live close to a windsurfing center, but don’t meet your needs unless you live close to a place where a day camp is held. Other residential camps may promote themselves as windsurfing camps, but in reality are traditional camps, where windsurfing is just one of 20 or more programs offered.
For a teen who is hooked on the sport, or wanting to learn, and wants to experience Hood River, it has been a frustrating situation: trying to get the parents to drive him or her to “The Gorge” and check into a motel while the teen hits the water.
Now teens will be able to fly into Portland, Oregon, be picked-up and driven to a residential camp just up stream from Hood River, housed, fed, supervised by experienced counselors and driven to “The Gorge” each day for the expert instruction and supervision by the world renown Big Winds.
Since 1987, Big Winds has been combining first-rate instruction, top of the line gear and fun on the water for an exceptional windsurfing experience.
When campers are not sailing, they will experience some of the other activities The Gorge has to offer…stand-up paddling, kayaking, whitewater rafting, kayaking, etc.
The idea for this new camp was conceived by Dr. Robert Hanson, Professor Emeritus of the Recreation Department of San Diego State University. Hanson recognized that there is a void in programming for teens in outdoor sport specialties. Program director for the camp will be Terry Kimball, who has been an aquatic specialist at the Port Noarlunga Aquatic Center in South Australia for the past 20 years.
For additional information, go to www.teenwindsurfcamp.com or call 801-679-9099 (MST)
20% discount for all U.S. Windsurfing Members