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Phil Jerry
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Posted: 06 June 2007 at 8:23pm | IP Logged Quote Phil Jerry

Any of you mob sailed the Gorge?

Nearing the end of my time in the States and am considering a trip up there, think it would be rude not to in fact even though it is just a river.

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Posted: 06 June 2007 at 10:51pm | IP Logged Quote Tim

You lucky bugger - summer in the gorge, followed by a life of summers in
WA!
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Posted: 06 June 2007 at 11:52pm | IP Logged Quote ericwindrider

Go for it but get ready for some serious action. Been there 3 times while living in Vancouver and its s...hot. Bring loads of small sails 3.4 - 4.7. But then again you might want to check the shops as they have so many good deals and with the right size for the conditions. Camping was brilliant, right by the river or there is another spot on top of the cliff. The conditions vary a lot depending on where you launch and you could go on for a while exploring the river. But general rule is to stick where the people sail (as you know). The river can be funny sometimes with loads of dead wind spots. By the way, if you MTB, you need to check Mt Hood. Brilliant. Also great pub in Hood River, great people.

Have a great trip and don't forget to enjoy the local beers as well (something like Full Sail can't remember had too many back then)

 



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Posted: 07 June 2007 at 8:11am | IP Logged Quote nicksalloway

We had Dave White up at Derwent several years ago. Upon arriving he got out of his car and said "coor blimey mate, it's jast loike da goowg ere". So If you've sailed at Derwent in a F6 I'm guessing the gorge won't be dissimilar. Be interested to hear when you get back though!
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Posted: 07 June 2007 at 12:26pm | IP Logged Quote Finz

This is a good clip of what the Gorge can deliver..........

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4IiOJhUQ7o

I have possibly got the chance to go to Vancouver later in the year, lots of new roads and bridges to design (The Gateway Project). Looking on Google Earth it looks like its about 300 mile south of Vancouver, so may have a look as well !!

Pete.

 

 

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Posted: 07 June 2007 at 12:53pm | IP Logged Quote nicksalloway

that looks effing awesome.

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Posted: 07 June 2007 at 1:46pm | IP Logged Quote ericwindrider

Finz

You might not have to go that far if you are in Vancouver. Just check out Squamish (halfway from Whistler) where there's a thermal kicking in at about 12-1o'clockish every day. Check out the cool photos on the website below.

http://www.squamishwindsurfing.org/gallery/gallery.htm

Or if you fancy something a bit different Lake Nitinat in the middle of nowhere on the island. Amazing. You lucky man. I'm going back in March for a wedding but It'll be a bit chilly for windsurfing. Snowboarding it is then...

 

 



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Posted: 07 June 2007 at 8:04pm | IP Logged Quote Ian Rienewerf

It's good to hear from you Phil,
Your Mistral is going well back home.
It's a seriously fast board.
Cheers
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Posted: 07 June 2007 at 9:27pm | IP Logged Quote Finz

Thanks for that Eric !

It looks like a great place to visit, hopefully I will get out there August/Septmember time.

Wearing a shortie, sailing on a river, sailing on a river with a 3.5........the worlds gone mad

 

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Posted: 08 June 2007 at 12:05am | IP Logged Quote Phil Jerry

I've certainly sailed Derwent in a F6 a few times, though only been on a board once in the past 2 years now, To think I had the choice of 2 places to train at in the states one in Florida and one just down the road from the Gorge, think I may have made the wrong decision there!

Hope that vid is a clip of the local talent otherwise im going to look seriously bad while I try to remember what gybing is (mind you if its like derwent i can just sail to the other side get off and turn the board around..... perfect!) 

Ian, is it still like a skating rink on the deck or did you get some non slip on it?

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Posted: 08 June 2007 at 1:10am | IP Logged Quote Ian Rienewerf

The deck is still glossy, but I normally wear rubber boots so I've got enough grip.
Once I learn how set the rig properly for the board, the footstraps will be easier to find when it goes into ballistic mode.
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Posted: 08 June 2007 at 8:55am | IP Logged Quote nicksalloway

Hi Phil

You've got that derwent gybing thing all wrong. What you actually do (assuming the wind is westerly anyway) is sail to the other side, gybe, come back, get off, turn the board round and repeat. Port tack gybes in front of the clubhouse are strictly forbidden. However, if you're name's Phil, you're allowed to get off at both ends
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Posted: 08 June 2007 at 9:38am | IP Logged Quote Phil

Cheers Nick

I will be remember this as I am practicing my beach starts in Dahab next week

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Posted: 08 June 2007 at 11:06am | IP Logged Quote nicksalloway

funny how dodgy gybers learn to waterstart before they learn to beachstart. 
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Posted: 08 June 2007 at 1:16pm | IP Logged Quote McGillJunior

Hope you get some wind this time Phil, or you could try the kitesurfing course?  Ive just had a windless week in the windiest place in the Northern Hemisphere, Tiree.  Nice place though.
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Posted: 03 July 2007 at 6:24pm | IP Logged Quote Phil Jerry

last day in the Gorge, no wind though not been a bad few days, 6.5 first day , then 5.5 for 2 days, would have been 5.5 yesterday as well but we went rafting which we stupidly booked at the beginning of the trip rather then doing it on the saturday when there was no wind.  Not the greatest windsurf location I've ever been to but definately worth a trip.  It is like a good day at Derwent (when it is full). Great set up for all levels sailing at the same place at The Hook, enclosed area for beginners, shallow windy area for beach/waterstart learners, then a bit of a slog through a windshadow to get out to where the real wind is for the more adventurous.

Went to a premier of The Windsurfing Movie with Robbie Naish and Kai Lenny in attendance.

Biggest thing it has going for it though is the options for when its not windy: rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, road biking, skiing even in summer, writing sh*te on internet forums in coffee shops. 

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Posted: 03 July 2007 at 9:13pm | IP Logged Quote Tim

what was the movie like? the clips look pretty good...

Keep January free mate too... should be road tripping WA again
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Posted: 03 July 2007 at 10:01pm | IP Logged Quote steve boyd

hey nick you forgot to add anywhere as well!

is he called big phil because he is 6 foot 6 or is it because of the size of the splash he makes when he falls in for a derwent drink?

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Posted: 06 July 2007 at 8:17pm | IP Logged Quote Phil Jerry

The Windsurfing Movie was ok, pretty run of the mill as far as they go.  Kauli Seadi or however you spell his name does a back loop into a front loop that is pretty cool.

How long are you in WA for tim?  We fly out today!

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