Naish Columbia Gorge Challenge moves Women’s Elite to 14′ and Under!

Naish Columbia Gorge Challenge 2016 Fiona Wylde Starboard 1400
Naish Columbia Gorge Challenge 2016 Fiona Wylde Starboard 1400
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Get ready for the Gorge!  Changes to divisions and adding the Naish Columbia Gorge Challenge to the Paddle League’s list of qualifying events for their new World Title, makes THIS year an exciting year to charge the Gorge.  See deets below!

Naish Columbia Gorge Challenge women 14
This year’s favorite downwind challenge will offer women the opportunity to CHOOSE the board length best suited to their needs. It’s a 14′ and Under race for everybody!

Naish Gorge Challenge gives women option of competing in a 14′ & Under class

Good news for the Gorge!  The Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge  will take place on August 18-19, 2018.

New this year, Elite women will be allowed to compete on boards up to and including 14′ range.  This new board class will apply to both the technical course and downwind races.

Please visit their website for further information and updates:

In addition, the Gorge Challenge has become a stop on the newly launched Paddle League’s selection of events in the race for a new World Title!  It’s a wonderful time to get on the Gorge!

See you there!



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