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Address: 207 Front St, Hood River, OR 97031-2307
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+1 541-386-6086
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Established in the Columbia River Gorge in Hood River, Oregon in 1987, Big...

Established in the Columbia River Gorge in Hood River, Oregon in 1987, Big Winds is one of the largest windsurfing, kiteboarding and stand up paddleboarding product and accessory stores in the United States. Our staff members are experienced players who are passionate about their sports and equipment and ready to offer expert advice. In addition to an enormous rental/demo fleet for all skill levels, our windsurfing and stand up paddleboarding school is one of the best in the Pacific Northwest and our lesson programs include kids camps, junior camps, and private and group lessons for men and women of all ages. Visit our retail shop or give us a call today for a relaxed, informative talk about windsurfing, kiteboarding and stand up paddleboarding gear and accessories.

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I'm pretty new to SUPing, was looking for my first board, and was trying to figure out what length and shape to buy. So I emailed several shops and was impressed with Big Winds... read more

Reviewed 5 June 2016
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Reviewed 5 June 2016

I'm pretty new to SUPing, was looking for my first board, and was trying to figure out what length and shape to buy. So I emailed several shops and was impressed with Big Winds' responsiveness and expert recommendations. So much so that when I saw the depth of their demo inventory, I decided to make the trip from Seattle to... More 

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Gosport, IN
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Reviewed 15 September 2015

On our recent visit to Hood River, we visited both the Big Winds store located in Hood River and their equipment rental satellite located down at the park/marina area. We love this place. The staff are very friendly and helpful and they have just about anything you might need to rent or buy. We rented paddle boards on two occasions... More 

Thank Sandra F
Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 2 September 2015

The end of July our Grandchildren had a wind surfing lesson with Big Winds in Hood River Oregon. The lessons are in a safe area in the Columbia River Gorge especially for beginners. The Gorge is a major wind surfing area and can be very busy so as beginners this was the best way to go. Skilled staff and decent... More 

Thank grazia2626
Central Florida
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Reviewed 25 June 2015

We were going to take the kids to another company in Hood River that does windsurfing lessons but my wife thought this would be a good place after reading reviews online. The check in location (their main headquarters downtown) is very nice and the people working over there were very nice and helpful. 5 star experience so far. So we... More 

Thank G8RED
BigWinds, Public Relations Manager at Big Winds, responded to this review

Dear G8RED, We are very sorry to hear about your daughter’s experience with our windsurfing school. We are used to hearing nothing but rave reviews about our program and instructors so we certainly take your comments and concerns very seriously. I would invite you to please give us a call and ask for the lessons/rentals manager, Jason. We certainly would... More 

Troutdale, Oregon
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Reviewed 14 November 2014

Big winds has their hands on almost all outdoor activities from Hood River to the Mount Hood Territories and they know their stuff! They had a facility set up at Event Park and taught classes in SUP and windsurfing. I thought they were extremely well priced. They offered my Grandson a real deal on a class but with an earache... More 

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Reviewed 12 August 2014

A friend and I had a wonderful time in Hood River on the Columbia. We scheduled a Sup yoga class with Rayna from Big Winds and weren't disappointed at all....more amazing than I would have guessed. We paddled out into the river for a spectacular view of the gorge and a fish jumped right beside my board! We had class... More 

Thank elle_oregon
BigWinds, Manager at Big Winds, responded to this review

Thank you elle_oregon for joining us for a SUP Yoga session on the river. This is a popular class that's new this year. We're thrilled to hear that you had a great experience and we look forward to having you join us again! More 

Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

Our family of two middle aged folks and one 14-year old signed up for the windsurfing lessons. The people at the shop and Allison our instructor were very friendly, helpful and patient. It's sure is exciting when you get your board moving in the breeze. However, I would warn you if you're not very coordinated/athletic you may want to try... More 

Thank JanetB2656
BigWinds, Manager at Big Winds, responded to this review

Thanks JanetB2656 for your feedback. We are glad that you and your family had a good time on the water with our staff. Yes, windsurfing can be a challenging sport that does take some time to master. But as you said, once you get up and moving, it is an experience that is hard to beat. Paddelboarding (SUP) can be... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

We went to Big Winds for an introductory windsurfing lesson. First, they called us an hour before the lesson to tell us there wasn't enough wind to have a good lesson that day (which is pretty unusual there). We appreciated the honesty and they were flexible about rescheduling. The clerk at the shop (didn't catch his name) was very helpful.... More 

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BigWinds, Manager at Big Winds, responded to this review

Thanks for giving windsurfing lessons a try with Big Winds! We're thrilled to hear about your experience and hope that you'll be back again for more lessons. We look forward to seeing you on the water! More 

tucson az
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

On a recent trip to Hood River we happened upon Big Winds. Our goal was to do some shopping. We found a great selection of beach/water related clothing, hats, sunglasses, outerwear and shoes so shop we did. While there we also found out that this was the place for any river related activities on Hood River. They sell and rent... More 

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