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The Columbia River Gorge has some of the finest windsurfing in the world. Photos by Grant Myrdal

If you spend much time on Mount Hood you've probably run into Grant Myrdal at some point, and chances are pretty good that he's got a photo of you somewhere in his archives. A few years ago Grant expanded his action photography gig into the Columbia River Gorge, largely because so many of his friends and customers who spend their winters shredding Hood also spend their summers shredding the Gorge.

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The Columbia River Gorge has some of the finest windsurfing in the world, as Ingrid Larouche demonstrates. Photos by Grant Myrdal

If you spend as much time up on Mount Hood in winter as I do you probably know a few Columbia River Gorge wind hounds. They share a lot in common with powder hounds: that passion for intensity, the need for speed, a serious obsession with weather conditions. In fact, they may be even more obsessed with wind than we are with snow—and that's saying something.

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Jeff Albright rides a tasty wave in Baja en route to victory. Photo by Clark Bradley Merritt

Jeff Albright broke through to the top of the podium in Baja California this August, taking first place in both the masters and amateur divisions at the Punta San Carlos competition of the American Windsurfing Tour.

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The Hood River Kiteboarding Scene has exploded over the past decade. Photos by Grant Myrdal

In the wee hours of November 7, 2006, Mother Nature threw a tantrum on Mount Hood.

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