The Dinner Cruise: Paddling Your Way to Adventure with Chinook Inflatable Paddleboards

Chinook Sailing dinner cruise Dan Van Hoose
Chinook dinner cruise Dan Van Hoose and friends, photo by Eric Sanford
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When the doldrums hit The Columbia River Gorge, wind enthusiasts beat the heat anyway they can.   An evening paddle up the shaded Klickitat with great food, cold beer, and fun people is the perfect solution.  Chinook’s line of inflatable paddleboards is the clear means of transport.

Chinook dinner cruise ladies photo Eric Sanford
Finding time to paddle together with friends can be a challenge in our busy lifestyles. Moments like this are both meaningful and memorable. Photo by: Eric Sanford

They call it, “The Dinner Cruise”

That’s how Dan Van Hoose of Chinook Sailing Products describes a recent on the water adventure with his friends.  When the wind lays down on the Columbia Gorge and the usual windsurf crew can’t get their stoke on by beating into the wind, they turn to calmer waters and flatwater paddling on Chinook’s inflatable standup paddle boards as a way to beat the heat and enjoy time with one another.

Chinook dinner cruise Dan Van Hoose and Wally photo Eric Sanford
I wonder where these two are headed?  Chinook’s national sales manager and Wally on the Chinook 11’6” AR (All Round) Inflatable .  Photo by:  Eric Sanford

Up the River

Paddling together up the Klickitat River off the Columbia River to it’s highest point before hitting the rapids is a favorite sup spot for Dan and his friends to relax.  This spot includes a vista of stunning rock walls, a huge rope swing, wildlife on the banks, and massive salmon swimming in the water below.  It is a rare treat for everyone, removed from computers and cell phones to just relax and enjoy time spent in nature together.

Chinook dinner cruise Klickitat River Columbia Gorge WA photo Eric Sanford
Have inflatable boards, will travel!  Dan and friends cart their dinner up the river on Chinook’s inflatable paddleboards with a cargo net, perfect for strapping down a cooler. Photo by: Eric Sanford

Lose the Tech, Reconnect in the Moment

We all know that life speeds up due to technology, greater work demands and general living, but out on the water, time slows down or becomes less of a critical factor.  Changing up our rhythms in life help us all to remember to take time for ourselves, do what we love and enjoy the moment.

Chinook’s inflatable sup line working triple time as transportation, couch and an impromptu picnic table for hungry paddlers looking for dinner.  Photo by:  Eric Sanford


Arrival isn’t just a point on the map.  It’s the moment in time where you recognize you’re where you want to be, with the people you enjoy most, sharing a positive experience together.  Good friends and good times make for special memories.  Thanks Dan, for reminding us all of what truly matters and living the lifestyle of Chinook in it’s most realistic sense.



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Evelyn O'Doherty, editor & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0 is a former school teacher gone rogue. She left her career as a teacher in order to spend more time near or on the water after learning to surf turned her life around (upsidedown?). She is a year-round surfer and paddler living on the eastern tip of Long Island in NY who is a certified SUP instructor, seasoned SUP racer and avid longboard surfer. Evelyn was hired as Online Editor to Standup Journal in 2016. Her passion for the project quickly led to her success and eventually taking over the mag herself in Oct. 2018. Today, as editor, publisher and chief bottle washer at Standup Journal, Evelyn keeps her toes wet writing, traveling, paddling, surfing, and learning to foil. You can find her most days paddling out on Gardiner's Bay or surfing Ditch Plains in Montauk, NY.