To spread our love of wind and water near and far, and to make your next session better than your last. From sharing swells, to taking flight, and helping with those “firsts” along the way – first lesson, first Kids Camp, board, downwinder, wing – our mission is to cultivate and nurture a lifelong party wave. Hop on!
Since 1987, Big Winds has been creating windsport enthusiasts here in the Columbia River Gorge. We began during the windsurfing frenzy of the 80s and 90s, launched into kiteboarding in the early 2000s, grabbed paddles in 2010, and most recently, sprouted wings overhead and, well, underfoot. Led by late Big Winds founder Steve Gates, programs like our windsurfing lessons, Kids Camps, and youth paddle teams span decades, and have given way to world champions. The constant throughout: shared stoke. Hatchery dawn patrol sessions, Viento downwinders, winging Wednesdays at The Hook — the lifeblood of Big Winds is maintained by a steady circulation of water time. We ride high, and it’s a feeling that’s best shared. Come join us. 2022 marks our 35th year in downtown Hood River. The wind and waves of the Gorge are still pumping. So are the high fives at the water’s edge that started it all. Let’s go!
Owner, and our sage veteran. As in, here since it all began. An Encyclopedia of windsurfing product knowledge, and more recently, windsurf foiling.
Owner, a longtime windsurfer, former magazine editor, and eager winger. He handles marketing, videos and web work for bigwinds.com.
Lessons, rentals and Kids Camps— Connie makes ’em happen, and also oversees wetsuits. An avid windsurfer, winger, paddler and soon to be a new mom!
Bigwinds.com’s creator and savior. There’s no mistaking Rick for an I.T. guy. Not when his sweeping website upgrades occur between kite loops, or a Peru wave escape.
Our shipping angel, with a staggering on time and intact track record. She also paddles year round and, armed with a wing and skateboard, will crush all challengers.
The “glue” that binds our Big Winds shop, bigwinds.com, and all of its inventory. Alejandro’s responsibilities are massive. So are his kiteboarding skills, and passion for wing and SUP.
Our man from down under. Lifelong surfer, now riding river waves on SUPs and wing foils. He rallies everyone to the water by spearheading our events and clinics.