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About Us

Welcome to 2nd Wind Sports!

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. 

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!!

We have been strong supporters of our community over the years, and this is made possible by our customers who choose to shop locally at 2nd Wind Sports.  

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


Our Shop Staff

Pepi Gerald

Pepi Gerald, Co-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.  With work, family, too many backyard projects, and work (seems like it is what he is always doing)again, Pepi's play time is usually limited but hard earned.  If you happen to see him running through the parking lot at the Event Site or on the mountain, you can be sure he is squeezing out a kite session or mountain mission between work and family obligations.





Erica Gerald

Erica Gerald, Co-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. 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 








Katie Noblett.   Kiter, Snowboarder and Camper. Katie comes to us via her time spent working as a veteran kiteboarding instructor for our local kiteboarding school, Cascade Kiteboarding.  Having spent a good amount of her kiting career as both an instructor for Cascade and before that as a kite instructor in Punta Chame',Panama and Long Beach, CA, Katie brings to the shop a wealth of knowledge in kiteboarding lessons, beginner advice and years of experience flying a variety of different kites.  In additon to kiting, Katie is one of our 'go to' people for snowboarding, camping, hiking, nordic skiing and SUP advice.  Attention to detail,  coming to work with a great attitude and beinghappy living in Hood River (snowi, rain, or shine) are all traits that make Katie a great person to work with at the shop






Sherri Fisher.  Our inventory, administrative and 'do anything and everything' person at 2nd Wind Sports.  Sherri does it all, whether invoicing inventorying, welcoming, answering the phone, keeping staff in line, or making sure you are getting the right service with the right answers, she is on top of it. Sheri's wingman/husband, Steve, is also one of our amazing shop helpers fulfilling his role as local Kite Ambassador for Liquid Force Kites, and a professor of stoke when skiing on the slopes at Mt Hood Meadows.  We are fortunate to have people like Sherri and Steve as an extension of our shop staff/family.  If' you ever came into the shop and Sherri was on duty, you most definitely met her via her happier than life welcome greeting the second you step in through the front door.  Her welcome is unmistakable. 













JP Huber.  Freeski competitior, Kiteboarder, SUPer, Surfer, Hiker and All Around Outdoorsman.  Growing up in the Gorge as a summer local with his family, JP followed his family's passions for Gorge winds in the summer and Utah snow in the winter. Another family trait the JP inherited was sports retail knowledge and education, growing up in a family ski business based out of Alta Utah. Kiting or SUPing in the Gorge, Skiing at Hood or Alta, Camping or Surfing along Coast of Vancouver Island, JP is at happy and at home in many places.

As one of our more experienced summer season staff, JP is well versed and experienced with all manner of watersports represented at 2nd Wind as well as ski and camping gear.  












 Katie Lohr.  Alpine Skier/Bootfitter, SUP Specialist, Camper, Traveler and Newby Kiteboarder Grom.  Katie's a locally raised grom who has been skiing and sailing since her feet first hit the ground as a kid.  Skiing and SUPing are Katies true specialties, with her having spent more than have her life ski racing and a good number of seasons SUPracing on the local JET Youth SUP Racing team/program.   If you need help with any sort of ski or boot questions, or choosing the right SUP for your recreational or performance needs, Katie is our gal for getting you dialed in correctly.






Payton Bunch.  Kiter, SUPer, Nordic Skier and Alpine Skier Grom.  Payton comes from a local family of athletes and outdoor activity thrilll seekers, growing up in Hood River hiking/skiing on Mt Hood, and Kiting/SUPing on the Columbia River Gorge.  This past winter Payton attended World Class Kite Academy for her scholastic year, and came back with a fury of energy and stoke to improve and develop her kiteboarding skills.  Being knowledgeable and aware of what gear will help enhance your water or snow experience and expand your skill levels is what Payton is great





 Abby Bergemann. Skier, Kiter. SUPer and Camper Formerly one our original younger Grom staff, Abby quickly grew into one of our veteran staff members, growing up in and around the shop.  Originally a freestyle/park skier, Abby and her Sister (Hannah, a former shop staff)  eventually forged a path into the realms of backcountry skiing.   Abby is a great skier, mtn biker, sailor, hiker, camper, SUPer and budding backcountry skier.

Now, spreading her wings as a college student pursuing her education in Montana, Abby is now one of our seasonal staff who swings in to help during the holidays and summer season.