The mission of Kiteboard 4 Cancer is 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 they 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!
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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.