Lessons 2023

***LESSONS ARE CLOSED FOR THE 2023 SUMMER SEASON***

We’ll start back up May, 2024!

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WINDSURFING LESSONS

Lessons offered by reservation only. Tackle everything from beginner basics to ‚Äčadvanced river shredding!

Windsurfing Lessons Hood River 2023

Level 1 Semi-Private Lessons

$200, 2 hour lesson

$350, bring a friend & save $50! *Max of 2 participants

Lessons go out of our accessible Hook Lesson Center . In a protected lagoon, you can focus on the fun of learning to ride! Our professional and experienced instructors will get you windsurfing in no time. In this first time lesson, you will learn to:

– Sail in Safety Position

– 180 degree turns

– Get underway with two hands on the boom

– Self rescue when you fall

Have more than two in your group? Book multiple lessons for the same date & time, or give us a call as some exceptions can be made.

Windsurfing Lessons Hood River

Level 2 Semi-Private Lessons

$200, 2 hour lesson

$350, bring a friend & save $50! *Max of 2 participants

You’ve had your first taste and are ready for more! This lesson is great for people coming off a level 1 lesson earlier in the summer, or for casual learners who have not been in a while. In this lesson, you will learn to:

– Power Steer

– Sail upwind

– Make faster turns

– Power up your stance to handle bigger sails & higher speeds

Have more than two in your group? Book multiple lessons for the same date & time, or give us a call as some exceptions can be made.

Windsurfing Lessons Hood River

Intermediate Private Lessons

$200, 2 hour lesson

*Book with a friend for a semi-private!

You’ve been bitten by the windsurfing bug and are ready for the next step! This lesson can be taken as many times as needed to cover the skills necessary to get you river ready. Skills covered in this lesson include:

– Intro to the Harness

– Longboard Fast Tacks & Pivot Jibes

– Beach Starts

– 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

CANCELLATION POLICY

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.

NO WIND POLICY

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

WHY 2 PEOPLE?

Our goal is to provide a private setting that maximizes progression, and fun.

WHY BIG WINDS?

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?

We have answers in this FAQ Guide.