Saturday, August 8, 2015
King of the Hook Aug. 15
The annual lighthearted King of the Hook windsurfing competition returns to the Hook Launch at the Hood River Waterfront, where competitors will try to out-goof one another on the water, performing old-school tricks while decked out in costumes or their best 1980s lamé finery. The event will run Saturday, Aug. 15 from 5-8 p.m. There is no cost to register for the event, and Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association Executive Director Greg Stiegl says there are “tons of prizes” available for participants. Stiegl also said CGWA is trying to get more children involved in the event and will put on a freestyle clinic for kids on Wednesday through the Gorge Groms windsurfing program. For more info, call 541-386-9225.
Gorge Blow Out rescheduled again
The Gorge Blow Out — a 17-mile downwinder kiteboarding race that runs from Stevenson to Hood River has been rescheduled to the best windy day this weekend. The event was originally supposed to be part of the Bridge of the Gods Kite Fest that was held two weekends ago. The race is open to any and all kiteboarders and windsurfers who can confidently self-rescue. Registration will be from 10 to 11 a.m., with riders’ meeting to follow, and competition beginning shortly after. The race takes approximately 1 -2 hours to complete. At the end of the race there will be an awards ceremony waiting with BBQ, beer, and prizes for all competitors. Note: Shuttle services/carpooling will be available before and after the Blow Out. The event costs $20 to compete. Check botgkitefest.com for updates.
Erin Jones places in the middle of U.S. pack at Olympic qualifiers
Hood River Valley High School graduate Erin Jones placed fifth out of nine Americans representing the stacked U.S. Triathlon Team at the 2015 Rio de Janeiro International Triathlon Union World Olympic Qualification Event this past Sunday. Jones placed 17th out of 70 triathletes at the Olympic qualifiers with a total time of 2 hours, 2 minutes, 18 seconds. Unfortunately, only the top two Americans can qualify and Jones will not move onto the Olympics as Team USA as had its top two athletes finish first and fourth overall in the race. Jones’ father, Tony, said he was “very proud” of his daughter and that “she gave herself a good shot.” Erin Jones isn’t wasting any time after coming back from Rio and will next head to Milwaukee, Wis., for the Super Sprint Championships Aug. 8.
Battling Bob golf tourney returns Aug. 15
After its inaugural event last year, the Battling Bob Memorial Golf Tournament returns Saturday, Aug. 15 at the Indian Creek Golf Course. The golf tournament is in memory of Bob Hanel and serves as a fundraiser for the Hood River Valley High School golf team. Registration is $75 and is at 7:30 a.m. along with a continental breakfast. The tourney will feature a four-person scramble with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Goody bag with raffle tickets and a snack sack included. The after-party occurs at 1:30 p.m. and features golfer awards, hors d’oeuvres, and a raffle giveaway with prizes from many local businesses. For more info, call the golf course at 541-386-7770.
Cascade Locks sailing races Aug. 15
The Columbia River will be flooded with sails Aug. 15 as three sailboat racing events will be held that day in Cascade Locks as part of the Columbia Gorge Racing Association’s summer calendar of events. The first will be the International Moth Class 2015 U.S. Championship held Aug. 14-16. Races are open to all boats in the International Moth Class and races go off at noon on Friday at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Next is the Hood River Yacht Club’s annual Double Damned race Saturday at 10 a.m. and features a downwind race from Cascade Locks to The Dalles. Last is the annual Laser Gorge Blowout, which will consist of a “white knuckle” race from Cascade Locks to Hood River against boats in the Laser class, which starts Saturday at 11 a.m. For more information, head to the CGRA website at cgra.org.
Paddle with the Pros
Werner Paddles team rider Fiona Wylde, of Hood River, will be putting on a stand up paddleboard clinic for kids of all ages this Saturday from 4-6 p.m. The clinic, which is hosted by Big Winds, will be held at the Event Site and is open to both experienced and first-time paddleboarders alike. The cost of the clinic is free; board rental is $15 for two hours.
ODFW eases fishing restrictions on the Deschutes
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has lifted fishing restrictions the lower Deschutes River. Anglers can now fish after 2 p.m. from Macks Canyon to the mouth of the river. The change is effective immediately. Water temperatures in the lower Deschutes are back to near normal for August, prompting fishery managers to re-open the river to regular fishing hours. The entire lower Deschutes River from the Pelton Dam to the mouth is now open for fishing from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. “We typically see water temperatures in the lower Deschutes begin to cool in August,” said Rod French, ODFW fish biologist. “Despite some very warm temperatures in late June and early July, the river is starting to look more normal as we head into August.” A number of factors contribute to the August cool down, French said, including: The increasing influence of cold water springs as river levels drop, and longer nights and cooler nighttime temperatures and the changing angle of the sun increasing shade cast by the steep canyon walls. Fishery managers will continue to monitor water temperatures in the lower Deschutes and will be prepared to announce subsequent closures, if necessary. In the meantime, anglers are encouraged to follow the usual precautions when catch-and-release fishing in warm weather: Fish early in the day when water temperatures are cooler; check water temperatures frequently and stop fishing when they reach 70 degrees; use barbless hooks so you can release fish quickly; keep the fish in the water as you unhook them, and cradle the fish upright until it revives enough to swim away.