Kiteboarding 4 Cancer: Hood River fun

The 7th Annual Kiteboarding 4 Cancer (KB4C) will take place in Hood River, Oregon, between 13th-14th July, 2013.


The largest amateur kiteboarding race in North America expects to attract 200 riders racing and raising funds for Athletes 4 Cancer's Camp Koru Survivorship Program.

The Kite Derby challenges the tenacity of the most advanced and novice kiters alike with a six-hour endurance race. Kiteboarders race around a three-mile course on the Columbia River, spanning more than 100 miles per rider.

Riders can come in and go out of the water at any time during the race, making it nearly impossible for each athlete to know exactly where they are in the pack. Athletes typically kiteboard for the full six hours, never getting off the water.

The Relay-on-the-Green Team Relay race is an incredible event for spectators and participants alike. With all the action happening right at the beach, the relay gives a whole new meaning to kiteboarding as an individual sport.

Teams consist of four racers, one kite, and one board. That is all the information that is given to teams until the pre-race meeting on the day of the race. Limited to just 12 teams, all the action in this event takes place on shore or close to shore, engaging the crowd the entire time.

Other happenings at Kiteboarding 4 Cancer include the Full Sail beer garden, food by local vendors, the Kids' Art Tent and the Boards of Hope Art Project during the day.

The goal of Kiteboarding 4 Cancer is to raise funds for the Athletes 4 Cancer Camp Koru Survivorship Program that helps cancer fighters and survivors ages 18-40 rebuild their lives after cancer.