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Rhythmic paddling on thick, wide boards — while standing up — works every muscle 

oregonian_logoWeaving between surface-shooting windsurfers and twirling kiteboarders are Hood River’s stand-up paddleboarders, rhythmically riding the Columbia with slow, steady strokes.

Paddleboarding, which recently migrated from Hawaii, requires boards that are similar to surfboards except they’re wider, longer, thicker and more buoyant. Riders use a long paddle to propel themselves, and it’s wise to have an ankle leash attached to the board so you don’t have to chase after your board if you fall in. In the Columbia River, you also use life vests.  Read more