“Going out on the water sets you free.”
Name: Jason Watts
Favorite Gorge Beach: Rufus and White Salmon Sandbar
Who is inspiring to you?: Ben Wilson, Reo Stevens, Josh Mulcoy and pretty much all the kiters from Cabo Verde.
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.
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.
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.