Sports briefs for July 2

Big Winds ‘Ladies Night’ brings multi-sport camaraderie

Big Winds is hosting a “Ladies Night” at its downtown Hood River retail location on July 8, from 5:30-7 p.m. The event welcomes women who are active in, or want to learn, stand up paddle boarding, windsurfing, and/or kiteboarding.

The event will focus on camaraderie and connecting women with other women who share interests in the same water sports. Each attendee will receive a goody bag of special offers, wine and refreshments will be served, and attendees will have access to special pricing on gear. For more info., visit,, or call the shop at 541-386-6086.

SUP YOGA: Big Winds is starting a new SUP Yoga program this week, which will run four times a week through the summer. Classes, led by instructor Rayna Morton, will include 45 minutes of Vinyasa yoga on a standup paddle board, followed by a 30-minute group paddle. For more info or to sign-up, contact the shop at the above information or

Franks sinks hole-in-one

Jim Franks recorded an elusive hole-in-one last week at Hood River Golf Course, as witnessed by Tom Godwin and Bill Gillette. Franks sank the 118-yard shot on the course’s 11th hole with a three-wood.

Northwest Area Trails remain open for motorized users

The Oregon Department of Forestry tightened fire prevention restrictions late last month in the Central Oregon District, which encompasses Hood River County. Restrictions include the use of off-highway vehicles such as motorcycles and ATVs off of improved roads.

However, ODF granted a temporary partial waiver of those restrictions for a section of Hood River County Forestry land known as the Northwest Area Trails system. Until noted otherwise, OHV use will remain permitted on HRCF’s NW Area trails. The waiver will be active only while the Industrial Fire Precaution Level is at Level 1 or 2; if the level is raised to 3 or higher, the waiver is void and all restrictions are in effect.

July 4 festivities limit recreational access at waterfront

The Fourth of July holiday will limit access to Port of Hood River property beginning Thursday, July 3 when the Hood River Eye Opener’s Lions Club begin setting up its fireworks display just west of the mouth of the Hood River. As a result, the Spit will be closed at noon on July 3 until noon on July 5, access to the Sandbar from the Event Site will be closed at 7 p.m. on July 4, the Sandbar itself will be closed at the same time to spectators and recreationists due to fireworks and the sand area of the Marina Beach and Marina Park will close at 7 p.m. July 4.

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