The Gorge Games 2008 will be held from Cascade Locks to The Dalles – on both the Washington and Oregon sides of the Columbia River July - between the 17th and the 20th of July. Kiteboarding is one of major attractions of the event.

The Columbia River Gorge is a Mecca for Kiteboarding. Kiteboarding is a unique sport that draws influences from wakeboarding, skateboarding, snow boarding, and surfing with the added dimension of flight – catching air. While piloting a large kite, riders plane across the surface of the water and are able to perform various tricks, jumps and maneuvers.

Flowing from east to west through the majestic Cascade Mountain Range, the Columbia River creates a sea level passageway that connects the desert to the sea. As the hot desert air heats up, the cool moist air of the Pacific rushes through the steep canyon walls of the Gorge to create some of the most spectacular kiteboarding conditions anywhere in the world.

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The 2008 Real Kiteboarding Triple-S Invitational is less than 2 weeks away! This years event is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever! The 2008 Triple S will run from May 31 – June 6 with riding, parties, and other activities planned for each day of the week long event.

Triple-S stands for surf, slicks, and sliders. This means that the event will be mobile, taking the world's best riders to Hatteras Island’s best riding locations for each days given conditions.

Spectators are welcomed and encouraged to come check out each days festivities. Stop in and check out our newly opened Real Watersports Headquarters in Waves or call the Triple-S Riding Report to find out the session info for each day. The Triple-S Session Report phone number will be posted the week before the event begins on this website.

Ruben Lenten and Aaron Hadlow confirmed to attend Triple-S Invitational. Get stoked to see The Ruben & Hadlow show, blow up "The Slick" !

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Last Monday, 31st of March 2008, the IKO, Dream and IKO volunteer instructors successfully launched a new project aimed at teaching Dominican children how to kiteboard!

Dream Project volunteer instructor Pablito has been teaching children how to swim for a few months so they would be ready to learn how to kite. More than 6 IKO instructors volunteered for the job. The kids have been split in small groups and the IKO instructors will take turns with them every week for 2 hours.

The volunteers are: Jonathan Robert, Cornelio Perez Burgos, Juan Carlos Morel, Miguel Soler, Lilo, Alex Soto, Jose Louis, and IKO Examiner Jon Dodds. The IKO will give out IKO Assistant Instructor packs for free for the kids that are over 15 so that they can train as Assistants in 6 months time (once they know how to kite), giving them the opportunity to get a job as assistant instructors in IKO affiliated centers in Cabarete.

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