Daily Archives: May 1, 2013

About Us: Ben Skaggs

Why do you kite? I have been hooked on kiting because of how the sport has influenced me to push myself and it is a perfect mix with surfing.

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Favorite Gorge beach: Doug’s East.

You’re inspired by: Laird Hamilton and Rob Machado.

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Post session grub spot: Lampoie’s Thai Kitchen.

When did you start kiting and what has kept you going since? I started kiting in 2006, and became a IKO instructor in 2007. Teaching this amazing sport has kept me going as well as the endless possibilities this sport has to offer.

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Where did you grow up (assuming you did), and what brought you to the Gorge? I was born in the Philippines and traveled around the world with my parents on a sailboat. We moved to Baja when I was 7 and I grew up there until now. What brought me to Hood River is the amazing wind we have here as well as the beautiful people that also gather here to follow their sport.

Favorite no-wind activity: Surfing, SUPing, Mountain biking.

What do you do for activities in the winter? I teach kiteboading in Los Barriles.

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About Us: Tom K.

Why do you windsurf? I’ve been around the water most of my life and I used to surf with a passion as a teenager. I was living in San Francisco and would drive my motorcycle out to Crissy Field and would watch the windsurfers going for it and thought what a great sport! Windsurfing puts you very much in the moment. You constantly have to make spit second decisions and movements, the rush of riding swells and catching air all in a gorgeous setting like the Gorge, what could be better! If you love the outdoors and like to be challenged it’s a natural fit.
Favorite Gorge beach: An even split between Doug’s and the Hatchery.

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAPost session grub spot: There is a new brewery down on the waterfront called Pfriem that has great beer and delicious food . Try a pint of Wit and the cheese fondue and you’ll be a happy camper.
When did you start windsurfing and what has kept you going since? Well I don’t really want to date myself, let’s just say I picked it up in my mid-twenties and haven’t missed a season since. My first trip to the Gorge was when I was living in Santa Fe, NM. Suffice it to say even when I was land locked I managed to get some good sailing in. Thank god for windsurfing, it’s helped me keep my sanity!

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Where did you grow up (assuming you did), and what brought you to the Gorge? I’ve been a bit of a nomad my whole life. Started my life in Minnesota and got yanked from my scandinavian roots and was plopped down in St George town, Grenada, then it was on to South Florida, Santa Barbara, CA, San Francisco, CA, Santa Fe, NM, back to the Bay Area and finally to Hood River.

I came to the Gorge when I was living in the Bay Area and finally decided to pull the plug on city life. Working long hours in dark rooms (visual effects) is not conducive to enjoying the great outdoors.

teetalicousFavorite no-wind activity: In the Gorge I live off the grid in my yurt palace out in the country on a nice little chunk of land. Let me tell you that land keeps me busy!

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What do you do for activities in the winter? I work in the ski industry in Park City, Utah and telemark ski whenever I get a chance.

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About Us: H20 Joe Morgan

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I enjoy SUP, windsurfing and kiteboarding because each allows me to live in the moment.

When did you start all these watersports and what has kept you going since?

I Started windsurfing on Labor Day, 1980, SUPing in 2010 and kiteboarding in 2014. I started windsurfing, SUPing and kiting for the challenge and healthy lifestyle and that is what still keeps me motivated.

joe08Where did you grow up, and what brought you to the Gorge?

Who said I was “grown up?” I’m still working on that one. I spent my childhood in Georgia then spent about 10 years living in Spain. After moving back to Georgia in the early ’90s I realized after 5-6 years that wasn’t were I wanted to live so I packed up and moved to the Gorge. That was in 1998.

joe01Favorite Gorge Beach: Three Mile Canyon

joe03Post-Session Grub Spot: Solstice or Everybody’s.

joe06Favorite No-Wind Activity: White water SUP.

What do you do for activities in the winter? Ski, snowshoe, bird watch. We have an incredible bald eagle population here in the winter.

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Inspired By: Everyone who has a good time on the water regardless of the conditions inspires me.

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Anything else you want to share? Live everyday to the fullest!

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