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One-on-one instruction, offered by reservation only, tackling everything from beginner basics, to ​advanced river shredding, and windsurf foiling!

Windsurfing Lessons Hood River

Beginner/Intermediate Private Lessons

$200, 2 hour lesson * Gear Included
$350, bring a friend & save $50! *Max of 2 participants

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

Windsurfing Lessons Hood River

Advanced Private Lessons

$200, 2 hour lesson *Gear NOT Included

Bring your own equipment. 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 Waterfront Park, or Viento State Park!

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

– Hook and Foot: Shortboard harness and footstraps

– Short Board Sailing Stance

– Planing Jibes

Private Windsurf Foil Lessons

$200, 2 hour lesson *Gear NOT Included

Learn to rise in light winds, fly in control, and jibe without touching down with veteran Big Winds’ instructor David Kao. Customize your experience and meet with your instructor at the Hook Lesson Center, or Hood River Waterfront Park!

– Gear Tuning: Maximize your board, foil and sail setup.

– Takeoff Tips: Improve your pumping, and lower your wind minimums.

– Flying Level: Enhance your flight control in gusts, lulls, and chop.

– Foil Jibing: Stay aloft throughout, and dial in your foot work.


Cancellations within 48 hours of your lesson will be offered a 50% refund. No Shows will not receive a refund. Full refunds will be offered for cancellations made over 48 hours in advance or to customers who had their lessons cancelled for low wind.


If there is no wind on the day of your lesson you receive a full refund.


Our private Beginner/Intermediate Windsurfing lessons allow a student to add a friend or family member to their class. Our goal is to provide a private setting that maximizes progression, and fun.


Located in Hood River, Oregon, in the Columbia River Gorge, our Big Winds’ windsurfing lesson program spans 35 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?

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