All About Windsurfing with Kate Dyer-Seeley

The waves took Meg underneath the current. She spots on the river’s crag a body—not just anyone, but a well-known windsurfer.

It’s apparent this was no casualty, and Meg’s new sport sails her to a cold, dark case.

Silenced in the Surf, Kate Dyer-Seeley’s third novel in her Pacific Northwest Mystery Series, follows Northwest Extreme journalist Meg Reed, who takes on windsurfing before covering the King of the Hook competition in Portland’s Hood River.

Windsurfing can be a thrilling, exciting change in the winter months. Head into a warmer climate, pick up a board, and ride the waves.

Choosing the right board is important to sailing smoothly. For beginners, the right one will be a long board with a smaller sail. Light winds catch well onto these proportions, but in Meg’s case, her larger sail overthrew her into a gripping challenge.

Remember to always wear a helmet and lifejacket before stepping onto your board. Protect yourself!

Popular windsurfing destinations include the Columbia River George in the Pacific Northwest, featured in SILENCED IN THE SURF.

Happy and safe sailing!


Covering a windsurfing competition should have been a breeze for reporter Meg Reed, but with a killer in the curl, she’s headed for rough waters…

Hood River in the Columbia River Gorge is the windsurfing capital of the world, and Meg is stoked to cover the King of the Hook event for Portland’s Northwest Extreme magazine. Before the competition gets under way, Meg has a chance to try some windsurfing on her own. But when the current sweeps her downriver, she spots a body snagged on the rocks. The dead man is Justin Cruise, aka Cruise Control, a celebrity windsurfer and not exactly a nice guy. It’s soon clear his death was no accident, and Cruise had no shortage of enemies. As Meg dives right in to discover who wiped out the windsurfer, she’ll need to keep her balance—or she too may get blown away.



About The Author:

Kate Dyer-Seeley is the author Scene of the Climb and Slayed on the Slopes in the Pacific Northwest Mystery series, as well as the memoir Underneath the Ash. Her writing has appeared in Climbing Magazine, The Oregonian, The Columbian, Portland Family Magazine, and The Vancouver Voice. She is an active member of the Willamette Writers Association and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. Visit her website at