Tim Windell is a founder and leader in the action sports community going back to 1986 when he began dominating the unexplored territory of snowboarding and opened Crested Butte to the sport.
His efforts to push the evolution of snowboarding resulted in him brining home numerous medals from around the world. In total, he grabbed eight National Titles, stood second overall in the 1989 and 1990 World Cup Tour of Snowboarding, placed second in the 1991 World Championships, and was designated to be the voice of North American Snowboarders from 1987 through 1993. He still owns the North American snowboarding speed record. Tim remains an active member of the USASA board, the largest snowboarding organization in the world, and is one of only five voting members.
Today, the world champion snowboarder holds the role of mentor, coach and visionary as owner of Windells Camp and Windells Academy. Windells Camp was founded in 1988 and has been a world leader in action sports for over two decades. The camps goal is to not only improve kids’ skills on the slopes and on the street, but also create a fun and safe place for kids to creatively express themselves through sports. For those who have been there, Windells is known as the “funnest” place on earth. Every U.S. snowboard Olympic medalist to date has been a camper at Windells, 23 in all including Shaun White.
Windells Academy was founded this past year and is a place where kids can attend a private boarding school for grades 8 through 12. The focus is a combination of a higher education along with excelling within the winter sports industries. Kids attending have access to some of the best snowboard and ski coaches in the industry.
9-time National Champion and 2-time Vice World Champion snowboarder Tim Windell is the March 52PerfectDays Portland celebrity and he recently shared some of his favorite places and things to do in Portland.
1) The friendly staff and spicy Indian food at Bombay Cricket Club & Restaurant (1925 SE Hawthorne Blvd) is second to none in my book. Oh, the mango margaritas have a nice twang too…
2) I love the chewy, thin crust 12″ pies at Ken’s Artisan Pizza (304 SE 28th Ave). Some favorites are the classic Margherita, spicy soppressata and house-made sausage and onion. In Short – The center of the casual, rustic dining room is the pizza prep area; an eclectic collection of wine barrels and tables around a glowing, 700 degrees wood fire oven. Hanging lamps made from paint-cans illuminate lively groups and intimate couples chatting over a salads or prosciutto appetizers while watching the pizza maker hand-toss pizzas.
3) I’m a fan of independent film scene and my favorite spot for catching a movie is at the Living Room Theaters (341 SW 10th Ave). They create a fusion of acclaimed independent films, casual cuisine and offer a full bar.
4) Sea Kayaking the Willamette River. There is a loop I enjoy paddling from downtown Portland. The put-in is just below OMSI and I paddle up the west channel of the river until I reach some floating homes on the left side in the Sellwood district. From there I head back down the main channel. I enjoy paddling this section day or night year round.
5) Visiting my friends at Bonfire Snowboarding (1111 Northeast Flanders St). Bonfire is one of the leading snowboard clothing brands in the industry. They launched the Bonfire brand at Windells over 21 years ago.
6) Pok Pok (3226 Southeast Division St) serves up food found in Southeast Asia with the majority coming from Thailand, and specifically from the North and Northeast of Thailand. They tend to change up their menu up seasonally which is awesome.
7) I have been visiting Jay Alvaro, LMT (5015 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Suite B) for massage and bodywork once a week for over a year now. I have to say I’ve never felt better. He truly has helped lessen the stress in my life.
8) Por Qué No? Taqueria (3525 N. Mississippi Ave or 4635 SE Hawthorne Blvd) is one that I frequent often during the lunch hours. Awesome Mexican food.
9) I am a regular at Whole Foods in the pearl distict on the corner of Couch and 10th.
10) I enjoy visiting my friends at Next Adventure. Friendly staff and a shop that carries most of the outdoor items I cherish.
11) My final perfect thing to do in Portland is to ride my bike up past the rose garden, then pedal up through the ZOO, ride around Council Crest and then back down Vista to Northwest 23rd. It’s a great ride rain or shine.
Windell’s is giving away a brand new Salomon Snowboard, a brand new pair of Smith Fuse Googles and a Windells Hoodie in our March Portland Twitter Contest! Visit our Portland contest page for all the details on how to win!
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