Calling all boardheads, extreme sport junkies and those just looking for an adrenaline rush on land and sea! Oregon is a playground for board sports on dry land (Sandboarding!) at sea (Surfing!) and on the river (Windsurfing!). Dust off your gear that’s been hibernating all winter or find a new sport to try. Grab a long board and learn the tried and true summer pastime of surfing or go inland and ride the dunes on a board. If not by land or by sea, then why not try the wind at the windsurfing capitol of the world, located just outside of Portland.

Hood River is called the windsurfing capital of the world and for good reason: With epic winds from the Columbia River Gorge and gorgeous views of white-capped Mt. Hood, it’s a “boardheads” paradise. It’s not uncommon to see the Hood River sky dotted with colorful sails from windsurfers and kiteboarders.

Kiteboarding could be called windsurfing’s rebellious little brother. It combines the most daring aspects of windsurfing and surfing by harnessing a small surfboard to an oversized kite. Surfers literally ride the wind, skimming the water and the air. It’s a high-flying, adrenaline rush!

There are numerous spots in the Mt. Hood/Gorge area to ride the wind and waves, check them out here.

Oregon’s coast is leading the way in one of the most exciting new trends in board sports to date, sandboarding. It’s summer’s answer to snowboarding; the gear is similar but riders don shorts and t-shirts instead of layers of wool.

One of the main locations for this new sport is the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area in Florence, with its wind-sculpted playground of dunes towering over 500 feet.

No coastal town is complete without tried and true surf spots and in Oregon you can find them from Seaside to Pacific City. Even though our Pacific waters are a bit chillier than our neighbors to the south, the waves and the scenery (forested coastal trails and giant rocky cliffs) and are still unbeatable.

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