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Gorge Windfest hits this weekend

June 11, 2005

Free windsurfing lessons and clinics, unlimited gear demos for only $5 a day, live music on the waterfront, cutting-edge product displays, and a miscellany of other activities this weekend will kick off the summer wind-season during the 2005 Gorge Windfest: Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hood River Event Site.

The Gorge Windfest, organized by the Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association (CGWA), is an annual celebration and exhibition that is intended to share the spirit of windsports in a positive, upbeat atmosphere.

The latest product lines from local distributors will be on display and available for demo. Windsurfers of all skill levels can partake in free non-stop lessons and clinics. Live music, food, and other fun windsurfing activities will also accompany the festivities.

"Whether you are a non-windsurfer and just curious about this exciting sport, or an existing windsurfer coming to check out the latest and greatest equipment, attend informative clinics and hobnob with industry VIPs, you are going to have fun at Windfest," commented GGWA Executive Director Diane Barkheimer. "Free introductory lessons and a beach full of new demo equipment will be there for you to sail, and at only $5 per day."

According to its Web site (www.http://windsurf.gorge.net/cgwa), "The Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association is one of the largest and most successful windsurfing associations in the United States. Members from across the nation, Canada, and Europe love the sport of windsurfing and want improved access along the shores of the Columbia River (in both Washington and Oregon).

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