BBBS friends learn windsurfing basics

BIG AND Little Ananda and Angelina get ready to go out on the water in the annual windsurfing clinic at The Hook.

On a pleasantly warm and breezy day, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge held its annual Windsurfing Clinic at The Hook.

Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association (CGWA) hosted the event. Big Winds also supplied some equipment, as well as an instructor, for the event.

The clinic was attended by about 15 Bigs and Littles from Hood River, Klickitat, and Wasco Counties.

Little Brother Jacob had windsurfed at the 2013 Windsurfing Clinic, so he knew the basics. Still, it was difficult for him to cruise any direction other than left.

After some excellent tips from Instructor Angelo and plenty of encouragement from his Big Brother Mike, Jacob mastered his directional skills and made it all the way to the far end of The Hook.

Big Brothers Big Sisters, a program of The Next Door, is actively seeking volunteer mentors in Wasco, Hood River, and Klickitat Counties. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children ages of 6 to 14 with one-to-one mentoring relationships with adult volunteers.

To become a volunteer mentor or to refer a child, contact Justine Ziegler in Hood River and Klickitat Counties at 541-490-9979 or Kateel Muhs in Wasco County at 541-296-8118, ext. 216.

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