Windsurfing Lessons Are Back for Summer 2021!

Find our lesson offerings and a FAQ Guide below.


New to windsurfing? Not for long. Our lessons introduce the sport in a fun, safe environment. Lessons offer two hours of instruction, but you’re up and sailing in minutes — feeling the power of the wind in your hands. All beginner group lessons include a wetsuit, booties, helmet, PFD, board and sail — everything needed to hit the water!

Get Riding (Level I)
$129, 2 hour lesson

It’s your first time on board. And we’ll keep you on board with our specialized gear and expert instruction. Sailing stance and steering are the lesson’s focus, but the real surprise is the fun. That, and the fast pace of progression. All from a protected lagoon.

Fast Riding (Level II)
$129, 2 hour lesson

You know the basics. Now it’s time for quicker turns, higher speeds and upwind sailing. Hang on!

Windsurfing Lessons Hood River
Windsurfing Lessons Hood River


One-on-one instruction, offered by reservation only, tackling everything from beginner basics, to ​advanced windsurfing!

Beginner/Intermediate Private Lessons
$199, 2 hour lesson
*Gear Included

Lessons go out of our accessible Hook Lesson Center . Our professional and experienced private instructors will assess where you are at in your riding and help you take it to the next level.

– Windsurfing Basics

– Long Board Tacks and Jibes

– Intro to the Harness

– Beach Starts

– Intro to Water Starts and Deep Water Starts

Advanced Private Lessons
$199, 1.5 hour lesson
*Gear NOT Included

Bring your own equipment or rent a free ride setup from our school fleet. Brush up on your skills or learn new ones with our highly skilled and trained private instructors. Customize your experience and meet with your instructor at the Hook Lesson center, Hood River Event Site, Hood River Waterfront Park, Rowena, or Viento!

– River Ready: take your first steps into the main channel!

– Hook and Foot: Shortboard harness and footstraps

– Short Board Sailing Stance

– Planing Jibes

Windsurfing Lessons Hood River
Windsurfing Lessons Hood River


Located in Hood River, Oregon, in the Columbia River Gorge, our Big Winds’ windsurfing lesson program spans 34 years, 30,000+ windsurfers, and targets all abilities and ages. Our formula is simple: lightweight rigs, stable boards, a protected lagoon and, of course, expert instruction. With us, you’re windsurfing in minutes. No dry land theory. No boring lectures. Straight to the water. Straight to windsurfing!

More Questions?

We have answers in this FAQ Guide.