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


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!

Group hug amongst athletes in 2015

Group hug amongst athletes in 2015


What People say about KB4C

KB4C brings together such an amazing group of people, that everyday prove that we can do anything! If we stick together, put our minds and hearts into it, nothing is unreachable. The spirit is overwhelming!
— Jesse Richman, Naish Pro Kiteboarder
As a participant last year at Camp Koru 19, I was searching for a way to make an impact on young adults and their experience of entering back into ‘life’ post-cancer. Koru provided that and more. I was beyond stoked to be able to attend this year’s KB4C.

Attending the event allowed me to take on a larger understanding and comprehension of the community that has been supporting the organization for the past 10 years! This community, like my fellow Koru brothers and sisters, has a very close bond with each other and now considered part of my family.
— Rob Chimelak, Survivor and Camp Koru participant

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.


Learn more about Project Koru.