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Welcome to 2nd Wind Sports!

Here at 2nd Wind Sports we are invested in our the best interests of you, our customer; our community; and our employees.  It is very important to us that you end up with the best equipment, apparel and accessory for your skills and budget so when you have the time to do the sports you love, you can have the best time doing your sport. 

When we're deciding what products to bring into the store we look for durability and quality as well as affordability and strength of the company.  We also look for range of use, skill level required of the user and how appropriate it is for the conditions you'll encounter in the Gorge area regardless of whether it's new or consigned. 2nd Wind Sports also sells parts for "Do it yourself-ers" to extend the life of their current equipment plus we have a repair center when you just can't do it yourself.

We are dedicated to providing a high level of customer service for all individuals from first timers, recreationalists, up to expert athletes.  This is a huge advantage to having a brick and mortar store.  We always encourage customers to come in to get their shopping done so we can get fit right and help you select the absolutely correct piece of equipment.  While time is not always available, the personal shopping experience saves a lot of time and money in the long run. 

Recognizing that time and distance can make it difficult, we have select products for sale on our website.  If you have questions, we strongly encourage you to call the store to ask questions before you buy.  That's what we're here for!!

Additionally, we have equipment demos and rentals of assorted products that are available for sale so the customer can “try before they buy”.

We have been strong supporters of our community over the years.  We have been financial sponsors of Kiteboarding 4 Cancer, Camp Koru and Gorge Kids Triathlon since their inception.  We have been longtime sponsors of these local annual events: The Bridge of the Gods, The Hood2River Relay, The Gorge Grominator Skate Comp, the Teacup Classic Races, Westside Elementary Schools' Bike and Walk to School Month, Westside Elementary Schools' Wildcat Chase, HRVHS Safe Graduation Party and more...

We are also regular supporters of Wy'East Middle School & Hood River Middle Schools' winter activities programs, T.R.A.K., The HRVHS Freestyle Team, The HRVHS Nordic Team among others.  Our committment to the community is only possible by our customers who continue to shop at 2nd Wind Sports.  You shop here, you can be sure your dollars will go to a good cause.

We are committed to our employees because they're awesome...and they're good to you as well as to us. 

Thank you for shopping at 2nd Wind Sports.  Your decision to shop here means the world to us!

Local knowledge, Local Prices, Local Staff

 


 

Pepi Gerald

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pepi Gerald, Owner. An experienced kiteboarder, windsurfer, skier, snowboarder, outdoorsman and surfer/SUP’er, Pepi brings a wealth of experience to 2nd Wind Sports from his 20+ years of marketing and sales experience in the wind, water and snow sports manufacturing industries. Pepi is a local and national level windsurf competitor, an active participant on the Columbia Gorge Kiteboarding Association Board of Directors and is an active organizer/supporter of local Hood River wind and snow sports events.

Erica Gerald

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Erica Gerald, Owner. Erica enjoys spontaneous adventures more than anything!  Dropping everything and running out the door is her kind of thing.  When she can't just take off Erica enjoys running, SUP'ing, hiking, camping, sailing, Alpine, Nordic and Skate skiing as well as snowboarding. Erica was the founder and past president of the Seattle Women’s Windsurfing Association and is a former nationally ranked collegiate sailor. Erica enjoys pursuing all the new activites her kids get excited about as well.  Regardless of new or old favorites, Erica does most of her activities alongside her kids so she's learned what it takes to get and keep the kiddos excited about getting outside. Erica has a background in Biology and Wetland Restoration.  It is due to this experience and appreciation for the raw environment that Erica is strongly committed to our Consignment Program and offering parts for extending the life of gear whenever possible. When Erica is not enjoying the outdoors or running around with the kids, she is busy working behind the scenes of 2nd Wind Sports. If you are lucky enough to find her in the shop, she is full of local knowledge and information.

 

Brycen Weaver, Inventory Manager. Brycen joined us in the Spring of 2015. He splits his time between 2nd Wind Sports and Cutie Pie Consignment where he is a Co-Owner.  The relationship between our businesses is strong and cooperative and he's a wealth of information in our Consignment department.  In his spare time, Brycen enjoys snowboarding in the winter and kiteboarding and camping the rest of the year with his wife, Brittany, and two sons.  In the store, he's been a huge asset in his role as Inventory Manager which includes fielding warranty questions for customers and tracking progress in that area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eric Nance. Eric knows 2nd Wind Sports inside and out, upside down and sideways.  He's been working here through his High School career and during college breaks and holidays.   Eric is proficient in all the sports we feature; in particular he is an advanced freestyle skier and kiteboarder.  He knows every GoPro and all their features from personal experience.  Eric is a solid employee. He's been working closely with consignments and the consignors in addition to all the new products and he's demo'd everything he can get his hands on. When you come in and work with Eric to get set up you know he's listened to you and isn't going to let you leave without full satisfaction.  We're always happy to have Eric in the store.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Justin Wiley. Justin is an excellent kiteboarder and skier with loads of technical knowledge and coaching experience in both sports.  He actively participates in all the sports we feature at 2nd Wind Sports.  Longboarding; he's had the road rashes of a veteran. Camping; he's gone backpacking all his life.  He's been nordic skiing and climbing for fun.  Because he understands so well what the customer is experiencing at whatever their ability is, he's a customer favorite for stoke, service and satisfaction.  When you're in the store, you're in good hands with Justin. 

 

Matty Thames. When Matty isn't traveling around the USA running demos as the Pro Athlete for Airush Kiteboarding he's in Hood River working in the store.  Matty has many years experience as a kiteboarding instructor,  in the winter he's an advanced snowboarder. In general, he's a boardsports guy...longboarding, skimboarding, kiting, skiing, snowboarding...he's been there done that if it's on a board. He also has extensive camping adventures under his belt  He's knowledgable, humble and a ton of fun to be around and great with customers. 

 

   

Abby Bergemann.  The younger sister to Hannah and just as energetic and athletic as her sibling.  Abby brings her own style to the store.  She's got a lot of confidence and knowledge of many products and sports.  Abby is on the Freestyle Ski Team at her High School.  In addition to skiing, Abby enjoys SUP'ing, camping, kiteboarding and fashion.  We're very happy to add Abby to the 2nd Wind Family and have no doubt you'll be happy to work with her as well.

 

   

Charlie Cohn.  Charlie's pretty much as local as they come, born and raised in Hood River on Biking, Skiing, Kiteboarding, and a rather exceptional Lacrosse athlere as well.   He's an aggressive athlete in just about everything he does, but his specialties are Strapless Surf Kiteboarding and Freestyle Skiing. We're super happy to have welcomed Charlie to the staff/team this past year as he comes in with a wealth of local knowledge and experience in most all of the sports we represent   If you don't see Charlie at the shop, he's likely out on the river kiting, up on the mountain skiing or in the hills riding.

 

Seasonal Staff/Extended Family :

Hannah Bergemann. Hannah is an accomplished freestyle skier, winning first in Nationals 2 years in a row.  She's no stranger to the podium for mountain bike competitions and is a talented soccer player.  Hannah spent this summer learning to kiteboard and has quickly accelerated to intermediate skills.  In addition to these sports, Hannah enjoys longboarding, SUP'ing and camping..especially when she gets to try out the newest gear.  Hannah's experience in these areas have been helpful for setting customers up with the right gear and she's always a friendly face to see. She has taken off for college but is not forgotten.  Hannah is going to continue overseeing our Instagram account and plans to be working in the store during holidays and school breaks.

Fenn Paider. Fenn is our Longboarding Team Rider turned employee of 2nd Wind Sports.  Fenn is an all-around athletic great guy.  In addition to being a die-hard longboarder Fenn is on the HRVHS Freestyle Ski Team and grew up around Teacup Lake Nordic Club so he's very familiar with Classic and Skate Skiing.  When Fenn isn't working at the shop or in class he's busy pursuing his dream career in art, video and photography.

Sam Raulston.  Sam started working for 2nd Wind Sports on our first moving day into our new and current location in April 2014.  He has excellent knowledge of where everything is at in the store and what it's good for.  Sam did a lot of sports in High School including being on the Freestyle Ski Team.  Other than skiing he's been great in our skate department, building complete longboards for customers.  Sam is heading to college this Fall but has made it clear that he intends to be back during the holidays and school breaks so keep an eye out for him!

Alex Chadney. Alex has been a huge asset to our Nordic and Skate Department.  He was on his High School Nordic Team and fell in love with these sports. Alex caught on quickly and became proficient and, due to his quick learning curve, he's been awesome with helping customers get set-up and dialed in with their gear.  By summer Alex is our Windsurfing go-to guy.  This summer he participated in Gorge Cup Races and even experimented with foil-windsurfing. Not one to dismiss an opportunity to try something new, near the end of summer Alex gave kiteboarding a try and he liked it!   Alex genuinely enjoys talking with customers and seeing them out on the water.  Alex has headed off to college but has plans to be back in the store over the holidays and on break.

 


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