The KB4C Mission
To harness the power of the elements to benefit lives affected by cancer.
Part kite festival, part chaos, ALL FUN.
KB4C is a festival for all that celebrates life through the healing powers of facing challenge in the elements, benefiting a cause that affects all of us.
The main event is a 6-hour endurance kiteboarding race in the mighty Columbia River that challenges men & women physically and mentally. This is The Kite Derby, designed to embody the battle that someone facing cancer endures every day.
What does KB4C benefit?
KB4C benefits Project Koru, a Hood River non profit that empowers young adults with cancer to find healing and life renewal through outdoor adventures and community. The organization and its' programming was founded from Kiteboard 4 Cancer funding.
Visit Project Koru and learn about all the amazing work we do at ProjectKoru.org
What is kiteboarding?
Kiteboarding is a water sport where one uses the power of a large kite, combined with the surface of a board (similar to a surfboard or wakeboard) to glide across the water under pure wind power. The Columbia Gorge and Hood River just happen to be the birthplace of kiteboarding and a major destination for kiteboarding lessons, travel, and adventures because it is windy from mid-May through mid-September. All. the. time!
What People say about KB4C
What KB4C has achieved:
Raised over $1 million for Pacific Northwest cancer programs.
Sent over 200 young survivors through Camp Koru young survivorship program
Became North America's largest kiteboarding event.
Launched a new spirit of community and inspiration amongst kiteboarders.
Became an entry event for many new kiteboarders to learn and progress in the sport.
Inspired collaboration with respected cancer centers such as Stanford Cancer Center, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern, and The Ulman Cancer Fund.