Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge 2017

The Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge (CGPC) is a Festival celebrating the sport of Stand Up Paddling in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge.  The Paddle Challenge will feature a Distance Downwind Race, and a Course Race. In addition, there will be SUP exhibits from many companies, SUP demos, beer, wine, and delicious local food!

Prize Money

2017

Course Race, Elite Men

1$1,500.00
2$1,000.00
3$700.00
4$500.00
5$300.00
6$200.00

Course Race, Elite Women

1$1,500.00
2$1,000.00

3

4

5

6

$700.00

$500

$300

$200

Downwind Double Down, Men

1$2,000.00
2$1,000.00
3$800.00
4$500.00
5$300.00
6$200.00

Downwind Double Down, Women

1$2,000.00
2$1,000.00
3$800.00

4

5

6

$500

$300

$200

Grand Total$18,000.00

Event Schedule

Saturday, August 19th (times and day subject to change)

Course Race

TimeEventNotes
8:00AMRegistration OpensAll Classes – at Waterfront Park
9:00AMGroms/Super Groms Registration Closed11 and under, 12 – 14
9:30AMRegistration ClosesAll Classes
9:30AMGroms/Super Groms Skippers MeetingWaterfront Park Stage
10:00AMGroms/Super Groms StartWaterfront Park Beach
10:30AMSkippers MeetingAll Classes, Stage
11:00AMWomen’s Open & Junior StartWaterfront Park Beach
12:00PMMen’s Open & Junior StartWaterfront Park Beach

1:00PM

1:40PM

2:20PM

Men’s Elite Heat #1 Start

Men's Elite Heat #2 Start

Women's Elite Start

Waterfront Park Beach

Waterfront Park Beach

Waterfront Park Beach

3:00PMMen’s Elite Finals StartWaterfront Park Beach
5:00PMAwards CeremonyWaterfront Park Stage

Downwind Race

Sunday, August 20TH (times and day subject to change)
TimeEventNotes
8:30AMRegistration OpensAll Classes – at Waterfront Park
10:00AMRegistration ClosesAll Classes
10:30AMSkippers MeetingAll Classes – Waterfront Park at Stage
11:30AMWomen’s Double Down Start Lap #1Viento State Park
12:00PMMen’s Double Down Start Lap #1Viento State Park

12:05PM

12:10PM

Women’s Open Downwind Start

Men's Open Downwind Start

Viento State Park

Viento State Park

2:00PMWomen’s Double Down Start Lap #2Viento State Park
2:30PMMen’s Double Down Start Lap #2Viento State Park
5:00pmAwards CeremonyWaterfront Park Stage








Event Entries Click on an event to see who entered.

NameNumberCraftAgeGender
Garrett Fletcher1SUP 14'18-39Guy
Noic Garioud3SUP 14'17UGuy
Jeremy Teulade5SUP 14'18-39Guy
Noa Hopper8SUP 14'18-39Guy
Mamadou Romuald11SUP 14'18-39Guy
Jeffrey Oltman14SUP 14'40-49Guy
NameNumberCraftAgeGender
Kalia Alexiou26SUP Under 12'6"17UGirl
Jennifer Lee30SUP Under 12'6"18-39Girl
April Zilg31SUP Under 12'6"18-39Girl
NameNumberCraftAgeGender
Olivier Garioud2SUP 14'40-49Guy
John Fuglsang4SUP 14'60+Guy
Robert Dwyer6SUP 14'40-49Guy
Leo Dan Miller7SUP 14'18-39Guy
Barry Clemiss9SUP 14'50-59Guy
Ted Schatz10SUP 14'18-39Guy
Rick Lee15SUP 14'40-49Guy
Dave White17SUP 14'40-49Guy
Lisa Schell18SUP 14'50-59Girl
Dave Albrecht19SUP 14'50-59Guy
Weston Van Wambeke20SUP 14'40-49Guy
Justin Van Dyck21SUP 14'40-49Guy
Alex Pricope22SUP Surfboard50-59Guy
Ashley Orr23SUP Surfboard40-49Girl
Andrew Kirschbaum24SUP 14'50-59Guy
Robb Mceachran25SUP 14'40-49Guy
John Alexiou27SUP 14'50-59Guy
Bill Babcock28SUP Surfboard60+Guy
Eric Nordstrom29SUP 14'50-59Guy
NameNumberCraftAgeGender
Jefferey Spencer12Foiling SUPOpenGuy
Finn Spencer13Foiling SUPOpenGuy
NameNumberCraftAgeGender
Tj Munks16SUP 12'6"12-14Guy
NameNumberCraftAgeGender
John Fuglsang4SUP Surfboard60+Guy
Robert Dwyer6SUP 14'40-49Guy
Barry Clemiss9SUP 12'6"50-59Guy
Ted Schatz10SUP 14'18-39Guy
Jeffrey Oltman14SUP 14'40-49Guy
Rick Lee15SUP 14'40-49Guy
Dave White17SUP 14'40-49Guy
Justin Van Dyck21SUP 14'40-49Guy
Robb Mceachran25SUP 14'40-49Guy
John Alexiou27SUP 14'50-59Guy
Bill Babcock28SUP Surfboard60+Guy
Eric Nordstrom29SUP 14'50-59Guy
NameNumberCraftAgeGender
Noic Garioud3SUP 14'15-17Guy
NameNumberCraftAgeGender
Tj Munks16SUP 12'6"12-14Guy
NameNumberCraftAgeGender
Garrett Fletcher1SUP 14'18-39Guy
Leo Dan Miller7SUP 14'18-39Guy
Noa Hopper8SUP 14'18-39Guy
Mamadou Romuald11SUP 14'18-39Guy
NameNumberCraftAgeGender
Kalia Alexiou26SUP Under 12'6"17UGirl
Jennifer Lee30SUP Under 12'6"18-39Girl
April Zilg31SUP Under 12'6"18-39Girl

Results Select an event to view results.

Note: All live times are unadjusted and unofficial.

Courses



DOWNWIND DISTANCE This event shows of the beauty and excitement of the Gorge. Racers will be challenged by the mighty Columbia with howling winds, waves and current in an 8-mile downwind leg from Viento State Park to the Waterfront Park. The course will take approximately 1¼ hours for the leaders. The finish line will be on the beach at the Waterfront Park.
Once again, we run the Downwind Double Down. Paddlers who choose to race in this class will shuttle back to the starting line at Viento State Park for a second lap on the course. The results of the Downwind Double Down shall be based on the combined times of a competitor’s two runs.

The Double Down is considered the Elite Race and is for the cash purse. There are no age categories in the Double Down, just Men’s and Women’s classes. The Men are restricted to a board length maximum of 14′ and Women a maximum board length of 12'6 and fixed fin in both genders.

The Downwind Double Down is for elite level athletes and those competitors that are in strong physical condition and are experienced enough to paddle back-to-back 8 mile downwind, upriver runs in rough water, potential winds of 30+ mph, and large swells. A typical Viento Run this time of the summer, in good wind, is taking most strong paddlers 1:10 to 1:20. If this is not you, we advise you enter the Open Class Downwind Race, rather than the Double Down.

Because the parking lot at Viento State Park — the start for the Downwind Races — has limited parking, we strongly suggest carpooling boards to the start for the Downwind Races. There will be an opportunity for competitors to arrange shuttling immediately after the Skipper’s Meeting on the morning of the race.

Leashes are mandatory for all competitors in the downwind race. PFD's are required by law for all racers at all times in all races.


COURSE RACE – ELITE and OPEN CLASSES 

The course race will be held at the Waterfront Park providing a great chance for spectators to see the world’s top athletes, friends or family compete in a multi-lap course race. Competitors will make several laps around an approximately one mile course, all visible from the Waterfront Park. The Elite class will complete four laps, the Open class will complete four laps and the Grom class will complete one lap. The prevailing wind is from the west making this course challenging for the competitors and exciting for the spectators. The finish will be on the beach inside the Waterfront Park.

The Elite Course Race is open to all athletes who want to compete at the highest level and for the cash purse. The Men’s Class shall be restricted to a maximum board length of 14′ and a fixed fin. The Women’s Class shall be restricted to a maximum board length of 12'6 and a fixed fin. Competitors may use different boards for their Downwind Race (including the Double Down) and their Course Race.

PFD's are mandatory for all compeitors at all times in all races.

PFD's & LEASHES are mandatory for all competitors entered in the Downwind race.


Course Charts


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Downwinder Course Chart. Click to enlarge.

On the downwind race, competitors must stay to the north side of the 1st turning mark, on the south side of buoy 32, on north side of Wells Island, and then leave the final mark in front of the Waterfront Park on their right shoulder and proceed to the finish line on the beach.

2014 Course Race Chart. Click to enlarge.

Waterfront Park

LOCATION: The venue for the Naish CGPC is Hood River’s Waterfront Park.  The park features a crescent-shaped beach for the starting and staging areas, great stadium style viewing area for spectators, large grass area for the vendor tents, onsite restrooms, and plenty of parking. It is also a great place for children, with a play site, marimba, and climbing wall, all within walking distance to downtown Hood River.

When:

Aug 19 to Aug 20, 2017

Where:

Hood River, OR