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charsumo

Since 02 Jul 2005
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PostTue Jul 05, 05 4:26 pm    Kiteboarding near George, Washington Reply with quote

Does anyone know if you can kiteboard on the Columbia by George, Washington? We are going to see a show at the Gorge Ampitheater in August and wanted to know if there was anywhere to kite there?

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TravisBickleRex

Since 30 Jun 2005
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PostTue Jul 05, 05 6:14 pm    ...On a pilgrimage to see 'Sabbath Reply with quote

...On a pilgrimage to see original Sabbath at Ozzfest; we camped along the Eastern side of the Columbia River (see photo of map below: South of where I-90 crosses the river.) The wind was blowing west at at-least 22 mph...probably more like 25 mph with gusts over 30 mph. I didn't have my kiting equipment, but it put me on notice that it can happen. Since then, I've always elected not to take my kiting equipment for a couple of reasons; 1) I don't want to have-to worry about it getting ripped-off at the venue and 2) probably more importantly...I don't want to be the one person who's obsessing on wind when there's a good show to be experienced...and usually if you're going to the Gorge Amphitheater it's gonna be a good one.

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mikes

Since 13 Mar 2005
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PostTue Jul 05, 05 10:51 pm     Reply with quote

Vantage sucks for kiting from what I've heard and I believe it. I've windsurfed there several times years ago, it generally was super gusty and lifty, and I've heard of a Seattle kiter getting lofted over his parked car. The W winds drop down from a mildly sloped hill/mountain to the water level on the the west shore, then on the E shore, not far from where you would launch, there is an abrubt 300'-500' high cliff. So the wind isn't blowing across flat land making for lofting potential and since it's a straight onshore launch the chance for something bad to happen on land are pretty good.

I've heard the Potholes State Park would be a lot better and there are some places where the river lines up better, but if you are there for a show I'd leave the gear at home

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J.P.

Since 10 Mar 2005
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PostThu Jul 07, 05 10:14 am     Reply with quote

I could agree more with Mike. I windsurf there as well back in the day & it was always super gusty ass kicking conditons on a pole board!

JP

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