“The Sunday Gorge Paddle Challenge was insane – something like 250 paddlers and it was blowing a solid 30-35mph with pretty big swell.
My wife and I were kiteboarding off Wells Island (lit on a 6m) and saw the entire race come thru – about a 2+ hour gap between the leader and the final paddler.
I guarantee you that some of those paddlers had some stories to tell after that experience.
The Mighty Columbia was going off and I know for a fact that some of those paddlers had no idea what they were getting into – I’m sure they were literally blown away… but luckily you just end up at the beach down wind.
It was cool to see that many people participating.