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