Where to go to gear up and learn
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.