Daily Archives: December 23, 2014

About Us: T.J. Gulizia

I kite & sup because it feels like the moment you’re in is where you’re supposed to be.
Name:

 T.J. Gulizia
Favorite Gorge Beach: The Spit
tj1Where do you get your post-session grub….& beer: Pfriem Family Brewing!
tj7Favorite no-wind Gorge activity: Whitewater SUP / Mountain Biking
tj4Who is inspiring to you? Anyone on the water sharing the stoke.
When did you start windsurfing/kiting/suping and what has kept you going since? Kiting since ’03, SUPing since ’09, and Windsurfing since ’13.
tj3Where did you grow up, and what brought you to the Gorge? Grew up in NE. and CO. Whitewater kayaking brought me to the Gorge in ’01, wind kept me here!
What do you do for activities in the winter? Ski, Snowkite, Surf, Whitewater SUP, Mountain Bike
Anything else you want to share? Stoked to be working with a talented and committed crew here at Big Winds!tj6

About Us: Jason Watts

“Going out on the water sets you free.”

Name:

  Jason Watts

Favorite Gorge Beach: 

 Rufus and White Salmon Sandbar

Where do you get your post-session grub: 

Lampoei’s Thai Kitchen
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Favorite no-wind Gorge activity: Snowboarding and mountain biking (leaving for the coast when I can as well)

Who is inspiring to you?: Ben Wilson, Reo Stevens, Josh Mulcoy and pretty much all the kiters from Cabo Verde.
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When did you start windsurfing/kiting/suping and what has kept you going since?: I started kiting in 2007.  Coming from a surfing background, I started kitting strapless my second season. I instantly fell in love with the freedom of foot movement and challenge strapless freestyle.  Traveling to wave spots, whether on the Oregon coast, Maui or farther away to New Zealand and Chile, keeps me really amped.
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Where did you grow up, and what brought you to the Gorge?: I grew up in Beaverton Oregon, went to university in Santa Barbara and traveled a lot in my early to mid 20s for surfing.  I moved to Hood River while teaching snowboarding at Mt. Hood for several seasons.  As the saying goes here, I came for the winter, but stayed for the summer.
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What do you do for activities in the winter?: I started snowboarding when I was 9 years old in 1989.  I still get excited when it gets colder around here.

Anything else you want to share?: Do what you love, love what you do is a pretty nice saying.

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