Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge 2018

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


Course Race, Elite Men


Course Race, Elite Women










Downwind Double Down, Men


Downwind Double Down, Women








Grand Total$18,000.00

Event Schedule

Saturday, August 18th

Downwind Race
8:30AMRegistration OpensAll Classes – at Waterfront Park
10:00AMRegistration ClosesAll Classes


11:20 AM

Skippers Meeting

Foiling SUP Start

All Classes – Waterfront Park at Stage

Viento State Park

11:30AMWomen’s Double Down Start Lap #1Viento State Park
12:00PMMen’s Double Down Start Lap #1Viento State Park



Men’s Open Downwind Start

Women'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

Sunday August 19th
Course Race


Registration Opens

All Classes – at Waterfront Park


Groms/Super Groms Registration Closed11 and under, 12 – 14


Groms/Super Groms Skippers MeetingWaterfront Park Stage
9:00AMRegistration ClosedAll Classes 
9:00AMGroms/Super Groms StartWaterfront Park Beach
9:30AMSkippers MeetingAll Classes, Stage
10:00AMWomen’s Open & Junior StartWaterfront Park Beach
11:00AMMen’s Open & Junior Heat #1 Start Waterfront Park Beach
11:45AMMen’s Open & Junior Heat #2 StartWaterfront Park Beach
12:30PMMen’s Elite Heat #1 StartWaterfront Park Beach
1:15PMMen's Elite Heat #2 StartWaterfront Park Beach
2:00PMMen’s Open & Junior Final StartWaterfront Park Beach
2:45PMWomen's Elite StartWaterfront Park Beach
3:30PMMen’s Elite Finals StartWaterfront Park Beach
5:00PMAwards CeremonyWaterfront Park Stage

Event Entries Click on an event to see who entered.

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Results Select an event to view results.

Note: All live times are unadjusted and unofficial.


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 14' 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.


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 14' 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.


Aug 18 to Aug 19, 2018


Hood River, OR