May 26, 2021

2021 SIC Gorge Paddle Challenge

We are happy to announce that the 2021 SIC Gorge Paddle Challenge will be held on August 13-15, 2021. This news comes as a result of the eased restrictions in Oregon as well as most of the United States opening up to enjoy and compete in events like the Gorge Paddle Challenge. We are especially excited to conduct the delayed 10th Anniversary of the SIC Gorge Paddle Challenge and most importantly, to celebrate the life of Steve Gates and the event that he brought to life.

With this said, we have been limited to 300 total entries for 2021 by the City of Hood River. Given the limit of 300 total entries, we will dedicate 250 entries to all non-Elite/Pro divisions and 50 entries to the Elite/Pro divisions. Entries for all divisions are now open on PaddleGuru. Once the maximum number of entries is reached, the remaining entries will be placed on a waitlist based on their registration number on PaddleGuru. Any competitor that registers for the event and is waitlisted but then does not get to race will receive a full refund. We are hopeful that we can offer unlimited entries in all divisions as the restrictions ease further. We will keep all racers updated through social media.

The Elite/Pro divisions will allow 50 total entries in both the Downwind and Technical race consisting of 30 men and 20 women with a $5,000.00 total prize purse for the Elite/Pro division overall. If we are notified that we can increase the Elite/Pro division entries, we will increase the prize money based on entries. There will be a few changes in format for 2021 to best support paddle sports. We will offer one Pro/Elite downwind run to allow athletes the opportunity to compete in the downwind foiling division as well as the newly added Wing Foiling class to finish the downwind racing day.

We are excited to celebrate the life of Steve Gates, the 10th Anniversary of the SIC Gorge Paddle Challenge and to welcome back competitors. In 2011, Steve Gates and his team at Big Winds brought the Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge to life in Hood River. Since then, the SIC Gorge Paddle Challenge has become one of the most beloved and competitive races in the country, if not the world. If not for Steve and his team’s vision, we would not have had this great event to enjoy.

to register go to and the Gorge Paddle Challenge Facebook page and Instagram page for updates with regards to the race and entry information.  We are excited to see everyone August 13-15, 2021!


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