Kiteboarding 4 Cancer 

Just when we thought KB4C couldn’t get any better, it did.

Participants pumped up their kites and the clouds parted as 125 kiteboarders and about 20 standup paddlers took to the windy conditions and swell-blanketed waters of the Columbia for the 3rd annual event.

Through athlete fundraising, silent and live auctions, a raffle, and beer and food sales, participants raised over $58,000 for cancer programs!

Thank you to our sponsors…

John Wayne Cancer Foundation, Dakine, Liquid Force Kiteboarding, Amundson Designs, Transcend Apparel, 2nd Wind Sports, Gorge Performance, Windance, Mystic, Oregon Screen Impressions, NSI, Real Watersports, Best Kiteboarding, Elemental Herbs, Full Sail Brewing, Apple Valley BBQ, Express Color, Progression, Ben Wilson Surf, Gorge Delights, Water from the Hood, Cascade Kiteboarding, Spleen, Slingshot, SDS Lumber, The Slider Project.

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2009 KPWT France in Dunkerque 

An exciting event on the KPWT 2009 schedule began today with registration. 50 international riders made the trip North to Dunkerque in France and registered for their respective disciplines.

Dunes de Flandre boasts 700 hectares of dunes and is blessed with a 15km beach of fine sand and great conditions for kitesurfing. Rotonde du Kursaal, the first European Kite Park, will host the KPWT team and its riders for the week ahead.

Local rider Antoine Auriol (FRA, KITELOOSE) registered today and has only fond memories of Dunkerque after coming second in the national competition for Windsurfing when he first started his love affair with wind many years ago! Jesse Richman (HAW, CABRINHA, OVERALL TITLE 2008), Leander Vyvey (BEL, JN, FREESTYLE VICE-CHAMPION 2008) and Peter Tyushkevic (RUS, FLEXIFOIL), were also amongst the internationals that came to compete for the title and overall points on offer!

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Etay Amir

Israeli designer Etay Amir has developed "Soul", a kitesurfing board for paraplegics.

He chose kitesurfing as he found the water sport had potential to create excitement and free movement on the water for physically disabled people.

The use of the wind as a power source means the surfer doesn't require a lot of physical strength, allowing them to participate in extreme sport.

Source: Design Boom