Where to go to gear up and learn


Gorge Performance

7400 S.W. Macadam Ave., Portland, 503-246-6646 or www.gorgeperformance.com

Offers a beginners camp at Flores Lake on the Southern Oregon coast four times a summer, as well as Wednesday Kite Night at Walton Beach (aka Social Security Beach or Rocket Beach) on Sauvie Island, limited to six people.

All Surf Industry

532 S.E. Clay St., Portland, 503-239-8973

It has Kite Night on Thursdays from March to September at Reeder Beach on Sauvie Island; private lessons are given year-round at $70 an hour. Two two-hour lessons are considered adequate.

New Wind Kiteboarding

P.O. Box 917, Hood River, OR 97031, 1-541-387-2440 or www.newwindkiteboarding.com

Offers lessons at $89 an hour in the gorge from May to October. The staff spends the winter in La Ventana, Mexico.


201 Cascade Ave., Hood River, OR 97031, 1-541-386-3861


Claudia Nygard is a kiteboard instructor who also offers free KiteGirl Klinics around the country.



This Web site offers detailed real-time wind and weather reports for $69 a year or $10.95 a month.