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Hood River

Flat Spot

Water: Crystal Clear

Beach: Sand

Level: beginner

Description of Hood River (United States Of America)

On the few places where you can kitesurf on a river far from the ocean and in freshwater. The spot, which has a long history in the wind and water spots panorama, is popular due to its consistent winds, great environment, and organized events. The shallow water area has a unique public kite park that is freely accessible.

The kiting season goes from May to September, beyond those months the temperatures become very low. Snowkiting in winter, on the sand bank, can be a challenging option tough.

The wind range is very wide and a wide variety of kites gives the possibility to ride almost every day. The water can be pretty cold all year round and the wind can be often gusty, making it not Ideal for beginners, but still, a good place to learn.

Spot characteristics

Spot Type


Rider Skill



Seasonal Crowd

Beach Type


Water Quality

Crystal Clear

Tide Influence

Tide independent

Suggested Equipment



Shipping channel and currents out of the sandbar protected area in the flowing river.

Other info

The spot is unique and draws in all sorts of pro-riders around the world and due to the variety of kite manufacturers located here, you can see any type of riding out in the water.



spot map
Open in Google Maps

How to get There

Route 84 from Portland for around 1hr drive (62 MI)


Park at the event site, there is a large and comfortable parking lot and lots of options for food.

Wind Conditions

Wind Range

From 10 to 40 Knots

% of Windy days per month

Main wind directions

Forecast on windy.com

Video on the Kite Spot

Hood River, OR - Kiteboarding - The Newph

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