I windsurf because it gives me the best feeling, whether its speed, freedom or adventure; it’s the only sport that never stops challenging me mentally and physically or rewarding me with new friends and memories.
Name: Milena Johnson
Favorite Gorge Beach: The Hatch
Where do you get your post-session grub: Grounds Coffee
Favorite no-wind Gorge activity: Cycling or SUPing
Who is inspiring to you? I am inspired by the people who share the same passion and addiction for windsurfing as I do. I love to meet people who inspire me to get better and challenge myself every day on the water!
When did you start windsurfing/suping and what has kept you going since? I started windsurfing when I was 7 years old at Big Winds Kids Camp. I have stayed passionate about the sport because of the amazing, fun-loving friends and family whom I share sessions with, along with teaching at Big Winds Kids Camp. My passion for windsurfing has only grown since I started teaching at Big Winds, because I was able to share my love for the sport with younger generations.
Where did you grow up, and what brought you to the Gorge? I have grown up in Grand Junction, Colorado and each year my family spends the month of July in the Gorge. During the past five years, I have been fortunate enough to spend my summers working and living in Hood River!
What do you do for activities in the winter? Skiing & Ice Hockey