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2014 Kiteboarding 4 Cancer breaks the record for fundraising for Camp Koru!

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The 8th Annual Kiteboarding 4 Cancer raised $122,789 for Athletes 4 Cancer’s Camp Koru – enough to cover a full year’s worth of camps that help young survivors get their lives back after cancer.

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Kiteboarding 4 Cancer is more than just a kiteboarding event, but the main event is a 6-hour endurance race that tests physical and mental strength and tenacity on the water. Kiteboarders hope for wind to help power their kites to go the full 6 hours, or over 100 miles on the Columbia River in front of the town of Hood River.

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Despite a less-than-favorable forecast, the wind kicked in at about noon, increased throughout the day and blew strong and steady for several hours, giving the 154 participants of the 8th Annual Kiteboarding 4 Cancer fundraiser a full afternoon of sunny skies and steady wind to make this year’s 6-hour endurance race one of the best and most competitive in event history!

The event site, full of kites. Photo: Jen Jones

The event site, full of kites. Photo: Jen Jones

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A view of the event site from the water. Photo: Richard Hallman

In a parallel of what cancer survivors endure on a daily basis, the KB4C endurance race is a test of personal grit and determination. Those who log the highest number of laps kite the entire six hours without taking a break — a feat not to be underestimated, especially this year with temperatures climbing into the 90s and the wind blowing considerably harder than expected.

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Jackie Bishop heads out for her lap in the Kite Derby. Photo: Richard Hallman

A rider shows his support on the water. Photo: Richard Hallman

A rider shows his support on the water. Photo: Richard Hallman

A rider comes in close. Photo: Richard Hallman

A rider comes in close. Photo: Richard Hallman

Participants competed more than 2,300 laps around the 3-mile course, totaling nearly 7,000 miles of kiting. Individual male top three finishers were Brandon Scheid (70 laps), Tony Bolstad and Cory Roeseler; top three females were Carol Bolstad (48 laps), Rachel Callahan and Savannah Boersma and the top youth finisher was Veta Boersma (42 laps).

KB4C Founder Tonia Farman high 5's Patagonia team member and supporter Jason Slezak. Photo: Richard Hallman

KB4C Founder Tonia Farman high 5′s Patagonia team member and supporter Jason Slezak. Photo: Richard Hallman

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Colorful kites take up event site real estate. Photo: Jen Jones

“I was out there riding for two hours straight, constantly working upwind. It was a struggle,” said participant Brianna Hirsch, a cancer survivor. “I was thinking, come on, you’ve been through cancer, you can do this.”

Hirsch’s team of cancer survivors, named Two Lymphomas and Two Ballers, was the top fundraising team this year, bringing in $8,408. Team members were Hirsch, Steve Fisher, Igor Alvarez and Jim Erjavek.

Kiteboarding brought me back to life after cancer experience,” said Hirsch, who teaches lessons for Cascade Kiteboarding School. “Last year was my first KB4C and it inspired me to get more involved.”

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In all, athletes from Saturday’s endurance race raised more than $80,000 through pledges and individual fundraising efforts before the race even began.

The top individual fundraiser was cancer survivor and former U.S. National Team synchronized swimmer Mandi Browning, who broke the $10,000 threshold by the end of the weekend.

“Life can certainly throw you some major speed bumps,” Browning said on her KB4C fundraising page. “I think what makes the difference is how we choose to traverse them. I prefer to do this with grace, integrity, and living my life as a positive example for others (especially for my daughter). I am thankful for each new day that I have the privilege to be able to live, and I never take anything or anyone for granted. I was first diagnosed 17 years ago … I fought my last battle three years ago, and I’m standing my ground today, cancer-free. Hey, I’m still here, and I’ve got a lot of things that I’ve yet to accomplish … I want to be able to help others and encourage them in their fight; to be able to show them that all things are possible, and that we are all here to support each other. This is an incredible opportunity and I am honored to be a part of this awesome event.”

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Camp Koru painted rocks at the Kids Art Tent. Photo: Jen Jones

On top of individual and team fundraising efforts, silent and live auctions held over the weekend brought nearly $25,000. Among the auction fundraisers, the Boards of Hope art project has become particularly popular, and inspiring, over the years. Boards of Hope can be traced back to Scott Farman, the late brother of KB4C founder Tonia Farman.

Boards of Hope boards line up at the KB4C Kickoff Party as a preview for Saturday's auction. Photo: Jen Jones

Boards of Hope boards line up at the KB4C Kickoff Party as a preview for Saturday’s auction. Photo: Jen Jones

“Boards of Hope began from the hospital bed of 19- year-old Scott Farman, fighting for his life with acute lymphocytic leukemia,” an excerpt from Athletes 4 Cancer’s website explains. “Scott turned to art for emotional release and when confined in the hospital. In the process, Scott created powerful works of art that today remain his legacy and inspiration for others to find healing through art and the outdoors.”

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Cancer survivor and Camp Koru participant Samantha Newton created one of several of Boards of Hope for this year’s auction. Her board — a snowboard — depicted the snow-capped Cascade Mountain Range, under a brightly blue and sunny sky. In an email correspondence, Newton gave the following account of her motivation behind the board design, and her experience with a Camp Koru program on Mount Hood:

“During Camp KORU I participated in downhill skiing for the first time in my life, up on Mount Hood. I would be scared out of my mind, sometimes paralyzed with fear, unable to move down that mountain. And then an 8-year-old would zip by me at a million miles an hour like it was nothing. I’d think, how is that kid doing that? Just letting gravity take him down. “In my journey through cancer I was done with the uphill part, the fighting part. And it was hard, but it makes sense and a lot of people are there for you. “Before Camp KORU I was just wobbling up there at the top of the mountain, alone and scared to move on and filled with anxiety every time I tried to. My week with Tonia (Farman) and her organization and everyone that was on that mountain with me was truly life changing. “I want to go down now. I want to let life take me. It isn’t always easy, and sometimes I still struggle. But, because of the support I had conquering that mountain, I feel like I am more ready to conquer whatever is ahead of me.

“They say it isn’t about conquering the mountain, it’s about conquering yourself. I find that to be true and am finally beginning to move on in my real life because of Camp Koru, and those mountains I see in the distance each day.”

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Other events at Kiteboarding 4 Cancer included the Kids Art Tent, The Live Music Stage, the Silent Auction, an Eat-Well demonstration by TrueMed Institute of Hood River, Beer by Full Sail Brewing, and the Boards of Hope live auction.

LoveBomb Go Go Band pulled out big sound for the big event. Photo: Jen Jones

LoveBomb Go Go Band pulled out big sound for the big event. Photo: Jen Jones

Announcer Gregg Gnecco makes the rounds around the event to talk to sponsors and supporters. Photo: Jen Jones

Announcer Gregg Gnecco makes the rounds around the event to talk to sponsors and supporters. Photo: Jen Jones

Lap counters sit on the point to get up close and personal with riders as they kite by. Photo: Jen Jones

Lap counters sit on the point to get up close and personal with riders as they kite by. Photo: Jen Jones

One World Taiko of Seattle, Washington bangs out thumping drum sounds for the start of the Kite Derby. Photo: Richard Hallman

One World Taiko of Seattle, Washington bangs out thumping drum sounds for the start of the Kite Derby. Photo: Richard Hallman

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Athlete group hug. Photo: Richard Hallman

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Surfboard shaper and legend Gerry Lopez hangs out at Kiteboarding 4 Cancer. Photo: Jen Jones

Fire dancers at the Kickoff Party Friday night. Photo: Jen Jones

Fire dancers at the Kickoff Party Friday night. Photo: Jen Jones

Party goers admire the Boards of Hope on display. Photo: Jen Jones

Party goers admire the Boards of Hope on display. Photo: Jen Jones

Belly Dancers kick off the Kickoff Party. Photo: Jen Jones

Belly Dancers kick off the Kickoff Party. Photo: Jen Jones

A huge shout of thanks to our sponsors -

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Patagonia

Bob Stone Subaru

Dakine

Full Sail Brewing

Liquid Force Kites

Cabrinha Kites

North Kites

Airush Kites

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2nd Wind Sports

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Allstate Insurance – Hood River Dawkins Insurance

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Iberdrola Renewables

Native Eyewear

Naish Kites

Apple Valley BBQ

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KB4C Sponsors

Green Team kites for the cause of cancer

Fundraising Green Team say they are addicted to kiting. That's a good thing!

Fundraising Green Team say they are addicted to kiting. That’s a good thing!

“Here’s a picture of all of our kites that we used on our last vacation kiteboarding in Maui.  We named our KB4C team ‘The Green Team’ because everyone on our team loves nature and enjoys outdoor activities. Taking care of the environment is important to us. We have been addicted to it since our first lesson! We are from Colorado and Florida,” wrote Brad and Mary Thompson.

 

 

The kiteboarding GREEN TEAM rocked today’s Kiteboarding 4 Cancer  today. They had a rider on a hydrofoil board – not an easy board for a six hour ride. They helped raise money to support our programs that help young adults with cancer.

What a way to ride

 

Riding for Grandpa

“I am riding for my grandfather, Allan Jorgensen, who died of cancer in 2005.”

“He was always working to achieve his goals and that is what has inspired me to accomplish mine. Cancer has been a large part of my family from my grandfather to aunties, and each year it is affecting more and more people. I always wish I could do more . . . knowing that people are suffering each day the least I can do is suffer for 6 hours on the water.”

Jason and girlfriend Jessica riding in Turks & Caicos

Jason and his girlfriend Jessica riding in Turks & Caicos

KB4C fundraiser Jason Jorgensen is now in his 5th year of fundraising for Kiteboarding 4 Cancer.  Catch Jason in the Kite Derby, where athletes circle the course to raise funds to send young cancer survivors to Camp Koru.

“I hope I can last this year after having surgery recently on my ankle and now needing it on my other foot,” Jason said.

Scenes & Results from Kiteboarding 4 Cancer 2013: KB4C Hits Goal, raising $100,038.18

The 7th Annual Kiteboarding 4 Cancer was a HUGE success, meeting our fundraising goal of $100,000 with numbers totaling $100,038!

Funds raised help put on Athletes 4 Cancer’s Camp Koru Survivorship Program for young adults with cancer. Additional beneficiaries of the silent auction include OHSU’s Knight Cancer Institute’s Adolescent & Young Oncology Program.

The weekend started out with light to no wind on Saturday, but the festival never stopped with music, activities, art, and food! Saturday kicked off with a wind dance and welcome ceremony from the Warm Springs Tribe Canoe Group of Warm Springs, Oregon, followed by One World Taiko Drummer Group from Seattle, delivering heart-pounding traditional Japanese drumming beats.

Ben Bonham and his band kicked in mid-day with some foot-stomping high-energy bluegrass, and No More Parachutes out of Portland got the crowd moving around 2 pm, right before the Surf & Swim race. Mosley Wotta and his hip-hop funk band rounded out the live music with some high-energy beats just before the silent auction closed.

With the delay of the Kite Derby on Saturday, event organizers shifted the athletes’ focus to some alternate activities that could garner additional laps toward their Kite Derby total lap count. The first event was the Taiko Drum Dance, where athletes had to stand amongst their pumped up kites and dance to the beat of the Taiko Drums while lap counters walked around and marked their jersey number down for an extra lap. The second lap bonus event was the Surf or Swim Race, where relay teams of 4 could either swim or paddle a surfboard around a buoy in front of the event site. No surprise that Team Patagonia, a solid team of surfers from Ventura, California paddled their way to the top spot by a long shot. Team Patagonia won an extra lap for their team totals toward the Kite Derby and every one who participated also received a point toward their lap count.

Saturday finished with our Boards of Hope Live Auction followed by the silent auction, which, combined, raised $16,258!

Sunday kicked off with light winds again, and not enough to run the Kite Derby. Then, around 1 pm the westerlies started kicking in, and at 3:00 pm the 7th Annual Kite Derby Endurance Race began! With just 3 1/2 hours of wind, racers put in the fastest laps ever recorded for the event, with lap counts similar to the 5th & 6th hours in past Kite Derby Races. Total laps for the 3 1/2 hours equaled 1781, with 422 laps counted in just the last hour. Donors stepped up and pledged $2 per lap for the entire race and 4 per lap for the final hour, bringing in $4406 just in day-of lap pledges!

A huge thank you to our supporters: Subaru North America & Bob Stone Subaru of The Dalles, The John Wayne Cancer Foundation, Patagonia, FCD Surfboards, Full Sail Brewing, 7 Apps, Alaska Airlines, Native Eyewear, Providence Hood River, Cabrinha Kites, SoloSports Adventure Holidays, North Kiteboarding, Liquid Force Kiteboarding, Slingshot Kites, Dakine, 2nd Wind Sports, Dub-Box USA, Kinesys Performance Sunscreen, Vela Kitesurf Resorts, Orchard Bar, Coast to Coast Event Services, Apple Valley BBQ, Breffo, Vita Coco Coconut Water, Best Kiteboarding, and ClifBar.

Did you miss the start of the Kite Derby? Always an epic site, here’s the perspective from the top of the announcer’s tower:

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…And photos from photographers Richard Hallman and Jim Stringfellow. Complete results at the bottom of the photos! 

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Kite Derby Top Finishers — All counts below include bonus lap extracurricular events – the Surf or Swim Race, the Kite Dance, and the Symbol Photo.

Overall Individual:

  1. Grom Gormley – 42
  2. Gabor Vagi – 41
  3. Tony Bolstad – 38
  4. Cory Roeseler – 36
  5. Eric Reimer – 36

Overall Women:

  1. Carol Bolstad – 34
  2. Colleen Carroll – 31
  3. Rachel Callahan – 30

Teams: Combined lap count of all members riding 

  1. Team Naish – 36 (tie for 1st)
  2. 2nd Wind Sports – 36 (tie for 1st)
  3. Blade Kites – 33 (tie for 3rd)
  4. Liquid Force – 33 (tie for 3rd)

Groms: 18 and under

  1. Derek Fromm (16) – 29 laps
  2. Erin Mayer (15) – 27 laps (tie for 2nd)
  3. Vetea Boersma (12) – 27 laps (tie for 2nd)
  4. Savannah Boersma (14) – 21 laps

All Competitors by Jersey #:

Laps Jersey Name Team
11 5 Edginton  
19 8 Todd  
1 9 Nora H  
31 10 Carroll C  
  12 Elsasser E  
17 13 Heckathorn  
19 16 Vandome  
  17 Wolverton  
  18 Lapidus  
17 19 Gray  
14 20 O’Gorman J  
15 21 Beamer  
3 23 Hirsch  
27 24 Mayer  
30 25 Kelsey  
2 26 Langmaid  
21 27 Boersma S  
1 29    
29 30 Dennis  
1 32    
34 34 Bolstad C  
42 35 Gormley  
27 36 Maher  
2 37 Roeseler T  
2 38 Johnson  
2 39 Spurgeon  
2 40 Nora B  
10 41 Ackerman W  
2 42 Ackerman H  
24 43 Ackerman P  
38 44 Bolstad T  
30 45 Callahan  
28 46 Cross  
6 47 Vincent  
22 48 Boersma V  
24 49 Redman  
1 50 Silvernager  
1 51 Baker  
26 52 Bassett cabrinha crushers
- 52 McClure cabrinha crushers
- 52 McKenna A cabrinha crushers
- 52 McKenna I cabrinha crushers
33 53 Ward  
32 54 Kipling  
2 59    
1 60    
1 62 Lieberman Jace HuiHanaHou
- 62 Lieberman James HuiHanaHou
- 62 Lieberman Julia HuiHanaHou
27 63 Wylie team Spark
1 64 larkman  
3 65 Lathrop  
34 67 Norwood  
29 68 Fromm D  
33 69 Holmes Blade kites USA
- 69 Shaw Blade kites USA
- 69 Tse Blade kites USA
14 70 Gilman  
4 71 Nora P  
7 72 Larivee  
20 83 McKenna E  
23 84 Nash  
2 85 Wayne  
25 100 Rubin  
  101 McConnell  
2 102 Langmaid  
  103 Bold  
33 104 Graves Liquid Force
- 104 Kowalska Liquid force
- 104 Scheid Liquid Force
- 104 Smith Liquid Force
21 105 Fromm A  
22 106 Billets  
1 107 Reagan  
19 108 Eagan  
12 109 Schurton  
18 110 Mills  
41 111 Vagi  
21 112 Jorgensen  
14 113 Davis A Team Audrey
- 113 Davis M Team Audrey
- 113 Tayes G Team Audrey
- 113 Yates S Team Audrey
30 114 Yanakiev  
14 115 Cramer E  
8 116 Cohn  
22 117 Bradley Cabrinha legends
- 117 Elsasser Ed Cabrinha legends
- 117 Kinney Cabrinha legends
- 117 Lucas Cabrinha legends
  118 Doces  
27 119 Cook J cabrinha crusiers
- 119 Cook K cabrinha crusiers
- 119 Elsasser M cabrinha crusiers
- 119 Orzeck cabrinha crusiers
7 120 Roeseler L  
19 121 Zilberstein  
  122 Miller G  
31 123 Davison  
1 124 Carroll J  
25 125 Richardson Loops for lives
1 125 Cronin Loops for lives
36 126 Roeseler C  
25 127 Kitt O’Go
- 127 Miller S O’Go
- 127 Morgan O’Go
- 127 Murphy B O’Go
- 127 Murphy D O’Go
- 127 O’Gorman M O’Go
- 127 O’Gorman P O’Go
- 127 Salmon M O’Go
- 127 Salmon S O’Go
- 127 Wheeler O’Go
30 128 Ronk team North
- 128 Cunningham team North
- 128 schwarz team North
- 128 Kites team North
32 129 Newcomb  
25 131 Brown south padre island kite kings
- 131 Cohen south padre island kite kings
- 131 Sanders south padre island kite kings
- 131 Woodcock south padre island kite kings
27 132 Chouinard patagonia wind breakers
- 132 Lazinski patagonia wind breakers
- 132 McCaffery patagonia wind breakers
- 132 Slezak patagonia windbreakers
4 133 Winston  
18 134 Dawson  
  135 Elsasser A  
31 136 Gato Native eyewear
- 136 Koudele Native eyewear
- 136 Rienstra Native eyewear
- 136 Stewart Native eyewear
2 137 Anderson  
1 138 Sisk  
16 139 Cernera  
  143 Schenk  
12 145 Fisher  
  156    
2 157 Zallen  
33 158 Schonger  
24 160 Beeler  
20 161 Kohlwey Gorge Animals
- 161 Madden Gorge Animals
- 161 Taylor Gorge Animals
- 161 Wolff Gorge Animals
27 165 Clifford patagonia windmaker
- 165 Lang patagonia windmaker
- 165 Romano patagonia windmaker
- 165 Stevens patagonia windmaker
  168 Erjavec  
  170 Gallegos  
36 172 Blair Naish
- 172 Duhaime Naish
- 172 Richman J Naish
- 172 Richman S Naish
19 173 Buttrick  
6 174 Curtright(theory)  
36 186 Barnes 2nd wind
- 186 Edgar 2nd wind
- 186 Gerald 2nd wind
- 186 Giesler 2nd wind
36 197 Reimer  
       
    Diener  
    Leslie Nick  
    Leslie Nicolas  
    Lorimer  
       
    Mullard  
    Nash  
    Pugmire  

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Kiteboarding 4 Cancer Schedule for July 12-14

It’s Athletes 4 Cancer’s annual fundraiser, and it’s this weekend!

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SUNDAY MORNING JULY 14TH UPDATE:

  • Rider’s Meeting at 10:00 am to go over the day with a possible 1:00 pm Race Start. Meet at 10:00 am at the Event Site in front of the Announcer’s Tower for all the info.

Friday, July 12th

  • 4-6 pm: Athlete Check-in & Registration
  • 5-7 pm: Community & Athlete Waterfront Dinner
  • 8:30 pm: KB4C Kickoff Party w/Boards of Hope on display @ the British Pub, Downtown Hood River

Saturday, July 13th

  • 8:00-9:45 am: Registration, Kite Derby Endurance Race
  • 9:30 am: Silent Auction opens
  • 10:00 am: Kite Derby Rider’s Meeting
  • 10:15 One World Taiko Drummer Group
  • 10:15 am: Riders launch
  • 10:30 am: Kite Derby Endurance Race Start (May change, weather-dependent)
  • Noon: Full Sail Brewing Beer Garden opens
  • 12-2:00 pm: Athlete lunch served in athlete lounge by Chef Mark Whitehead, aka “Ahi” at Camp Koru
  • 12-1:00 pm: Live Music on the music stage — Ben Bonham & His Band
  • 2:00-3:00 Live Music on the music stage — No More Parachutes
  • 4:00-5:30 pm: Live on the music stage – Mosley Wotta
  • 4:30-5:30 pm: Kite Derby Endurance Race, scheduled finish
  • 4:30-6:30 pm: Late athlete lunch served in athlete lounge by Chef Mark Whitehead, aka “Ahi” at Camp Koru
  • 6:00 pm: Boards of Hope / Silent Auction Closes
  • 6:15 pm: Boards of Hope Live Auction
  • 7:00 pm: Kite Derby Race Awards
  • 8:00 pm: Estimated Finish

Sunday, July 14th

  • 10-11:30 am: Kite Relay Race Registration
  • 11:00-Noon: Never-Ever-Windsurfed-Before Race Registration
  • 11:30 am: Relay on the Green 4-Person Team Kite Relay Race
  • 1:30 pm: Never-Ever-Windsurfed-Before Kickstart & Race
  • 3:00 pm: Race Awards
  • 4:00 pm: KB4C Fundraising Awards
  • 4:30 pm: Estimated Event Close

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How to be a Rock Star Fundraiser 101

With Kiteboarding 4 Cancer quickly approaching, many of you are fundraising for Athletes 4 Cancer for the first time. Don’t fret! It’s not that scary. Be genuine in what you’re fundraising for, tell the story of why you’re participating in KB4C, and people will support you.

[ Need a quick blurb of what KB4C raises funds for? Here it is... ]

Kiteboarding 4 Cancer raises funds for Athletes 4 Cancer’s Camp Koru Survivorship program, which empowers young survivors to find healing, strength, and life-renewal after cancer through outdoor adventure retreats in the ocean and the mountains.

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The content below was adapted from a blog post at GiveForward. It’s a long one, so I tried to reduce to just the CRITICAL points. 

How to be a great fundraiser 101

Tell your story: Why are you doing this event? Were you effected by cancer somehow? Do you just like the cause and want to deeply impact others’ lives? Do you love A4C? Tell your story!

Spread the word & don’t start with Facebook: Spreading the word to friends & family is critical to reaching your fundraising goal. But what you might not know is that there is a right way and a wrong way to spread the word to your peeps. These tips can make all the difference in whether you raise $50 or $5000 so take note…. see below.

The Wrong Way: Sending a mass email right after setting up your page. 

I guess it makes sense to first start off by telling you what not to do. What you don’t want to do is set up your fundraising page and then IMMEDIATELY send a mass email or shout out to everyone you know asking them to donate (like on Facebook). Sending a mass announcement/email to start off your campaign sounds intuitive, but in fact, this is a bad idea.

Sending a mass email should be the LAST step you take, not the first. Why?

  1. Mass emails are impersonal. People don’t feel as compelled to donate when they receive a mass email. People respond much much much more positively when they receive a phone call or a personalized email that is directed towards them.
  2. If you send out a single mass email to everyone you know, you have no control over WHO DONATES FIRST. Why does it matter who donates first? Well, it has to do with the law of monkey see, monkey do. When people come to your fundraising page, they check out the donor list to see the average donation size. Then they donate a similar amount. If they see that most people are donating between $50-$100, then they will likely donate between $50-$100. On the other hand, if they check out your donor list and see that most people are donating between $5-$10, then they’ll probably donate $5-$10 too.
    By contacting all your friends, family, co-workers and schoolmates at the same time with a single mass email, you’re leaving your fundraising campaign entirely up to chance, as you’ll have no control over who donates first. For all you know, your first few donations might be from people who give you $5 or $10 prompting subsequent donors to donate equally small amounts and making it hard for you to ever reach your fundraising goal.

To summarize, mass emails can be a very useful tool to reach out to lots of people. However, the mass email should always be the last step, not the first!

The Right Way: Categorize your contacts & start BIG.

Categorize your potential donors into different groups and then contact them over a period of weeks starting with your Big Guns (i.e. those likely to donate the largest amounts) first.

Big Guns: Parents, grandparents, spouses, aunts, and uncles, siblings. The people you know well and that know you best are most likely to be the most generous.

Friends PLUS +: More awesome than 99% of the world, but not as awesome as the Big Guns. This consists of more family, friends, family friends and co-workers. Most of these people will donate as well, but maybe not as generously as group 1.

Stretch Group: Consists of FB friends, friends of friends and other acquaintances. These people probably won’t donate the 1st or 2nd time you ask them, but with persistence, they will.

When approaching Big Guns and Friends PLUS+, pick up the phone and make that call! Or send a nice letter. For the stretch group, Facebook posting is fine, just make sure you tell the story that is specific to you, not someone else, as part of the StayClassy pages.

Don’t forget to tell people what where the money goes… (see Camp Koru, above). People donate to YOU, but you stand for something much bigger. If you have any questions about A4C’s Camp Koru program or Kiteboarding 4 Cancer, don’t hesitate to email info at athletes4cancer.org or check out the Athletes 4 Cancer website.

Stick with the 3 Ps for successful fundraising – Personalization, Promotion, and Persistence –and you’ll be on your way! Thank you for your support!!

2012 Kiteboarding 4 Cancer Results, Photos & Video!

The 6th Annual Kiteboarding 4 Cancer comes to a close and we raised over $97,262  $110,122 $112,122! Here’s results, photos, and other interesting anecdotes from the weekend! Thank you to all the athletes, volunteers, sponsors, artists, donors, visitors and participants who helped make this event a HUGE success!!

Event Committees.

  • Event Director: Tonia Farman
  • Logistics & Athlete Tent: Alina Aaron
  • Boards of Hope & Auctions: Kristyn Fix, Machelle Dotson
  • Registration & Athletes: Terese Roeseler, Katie Rae
  • Race Committee: Gregg Gnecco, Kevin Murray, Jane Sebastian
  • Volunteer Coordination: Natalie Cox
  • Setup & Construction: Kip Wylie
  • Super Volunteers: Garret Zallen, John Price, Dave Aiken, Brian Wolff, Elaina Cernera, Olivia Halfen, Kimberly Fink, Ken Lucas, Carol Birdsell and family, The Fitzpatrick family, Norman Arkoff, Heidi Roberts, Ryan Shulz, Rayna Morton, Grant Roesler, Patricia Cooper, Pete & Molly Anderson (the “Mother of Kiteboarding”), Cris Rettler, Julie Spinuzzi & family, Sophia DeWolfe, Shanda Pickhardt, Alexis Vaughan, Elizabeth Goodrich, Shannon Rodine, the entire crew from Oncology Youth Connection!!
  • Photographers: Richard Hallman, Jennifer Gulizia, Enrique Abreu

Interesting Stats.

  • Amount raised at event: $97,262 $110,122 & still counting!!
  • Total number of Laps: 1414
  • $ average raised per lap based on total $ raised: $68
  • Average # of Laps per person: 10.1
  • # of Individuals: 70
  • # of Teams: 17 (4 riders per team)
  • Total athletes: 148
  • States represented: 15
  • Countries represented: 7
  • Athlete funds raised online: $65,921 $66,292 (still counting)
  • Funds raised before the event began on Friday: $64,000
  • # of marriage proposals: 2
  • Average kite size for Kite Derby: 10 meter
  • Cancer survivors (that we know of): 26
  • Number of families kiting or volunteering as a family: 8
  • Number of beers sold: 687

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KITE DERBY OVERALL – INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

  1. Grom 45
  2. Jan Boersma 38
  3. Scott Edgar 32
  4. Phillip Schonger 32
  5. Nick Ward 31
  6. Jason Norwood 30
  7. Derek Fromm 30
  8. Cory Roeseler 29
  9. Robert Redman 28
  10. Tony Bolstad 27
  11. Allan Beeler 27
  12. Rachel Callahan 26
  13. Chali Zna 25
  14. Ben McFarlane 25
  15. Jeff Castleberry 25
  16. Carol Bolstad 23
  17. Kip Wylie 22
  18. Jim Erjavec 21
  19. Jason Jorgenson 20
  20. Dominique Granger 20
  21. Trey Roeseler 19
  22. Eric Reime 19
  23. Jadie DeLille 18
  24. Toby Winston 17
  25. Moshe Zilberstein 16
  26. Francis Cronin
  27. Travis Ronk 12
  28. Nicholas Cooper 12
  29. Nate Regan 11
  30. Sean Bold 11
  31. Barry Paul 11
  32. Ryan Lorence 11
  33. KC Nash 11
  34. Jose Gruary 10
  35. Laura Chung 10
  36. Steve Boyle 10
  37. M. Thompson 9
  38. Vicki Roberts 9
  39. Jim Buttrick 9
  40. Steve Fisher 9
  41. Karleen Swarztraka 8
  42. Elliot Zna 8
  43. Bill Dayne 7
  44. Scott Henderson 6
  45. Brian Campagna 6
  46. James Johnson 5
  47. Matt Dawson 5
  48. Margy Johnson 5
  49. Dave Larkman 4
  50. Laura Maher 4
  51. Chris Taylor 3
  52. Scott Fitzpatrick 3
  53. Caroline Heckathorn 3
  54. John Carroll 3
  55. Claire Snelling 3
  56. Matt Doces 3
  57. Patrick Floewin 2
  58. Darcie Grey 2
  59. Mike Billetts 2
  60. Ryan Curtright 1
  61. Brad Wolverton 1
  62. Mark Zugsmith
  63. Patricia Langmaid
  64. Bob Denier
  65. Charles Langmaid
  66. Monica Bassett
  67. Jenna Edginton
  68. Chris Miller
  69. Woody Spurgeon
  70. Pepi Gerald
TOP WOMEN
  1. Rachel Callahan – 26
  2. Carol Bolstad – 23
  3. Dominique Granger – 20

TEAM RESULTS

  1. Blade 37
    Marlys Holmes, Andy Holmes, Patrick Harber, Mike Shaw
  2. Exotikite 35
    Ian Sanders, Taylor Meehan, Mac Skaggs, Ben Skaggs
  3. Liquid Force 35
    Colleen Carroll, Craig Cunningham, Brandon Scheid, Dave Grove
  4. Cabrinha Cruisers 34
    Cameron Rogers, Reo Stevens, Aspen McKenna, Ian McKenna
  5. Nooby Rash’s Riders 34
    Nick Stuart, Sam Light, Ashlee Bridgewater, Mike Duhaime
  6. Team North 33
    Dan Schwarz, Brian Schwarz, Luke Hill, Devin Carroll
  7. Cabrinha Cruisers Team 2- 32
    Randy Orzeck, Kirsten Ulmer, Jeff Paul, Matt Elsasser
  8. Team Tequila 30
    Tony Colburn, Ryan Schenk, Carl Davison, Jim Schenk
  9. Wind Breakers/Patagonia 28
    Jason Slezak, Jason McCaffrey, Fletcher Chouinard, Chris Lazinski
  10. Team Best 26
    Tom van Veen, Ben van Veen, Dominick van Veen, Chris Bobryk
  11. HRV Kite Club 23
    Levi Roeseler, Nick Cooper, Cory Roeseler
  12. Team Native 23
    Justin Wiley, Felix Granapos, Ryan Huggins, Lance Koudele
  13. Team Mojo 22
    Lance Larivee, Greg Lawler, Carl Blakeslee, Ben Jacobson,
  14. SPI Salty Pirates 19
    Nicole Corbett, Brett Newcomb, Jim Brown, Christian Zapian
  15. Ack Attack 18
    Peter Ackerman, Henry Ackerman, William Ackerman, Lucy Ackerman
  16. Last but not least 11
    David Maccabee
  17. Team CHAP 2
    Brian Currier, Mike Finer, Brian Greenleaf, Tony Baton

Top Fundraisers:

  1. Steve Fisher $5905
  2. Matheo Vincent $5726
  3. Jason Jorgenson $3050
  4. Marvin Wayne $2950
  5. Lance Larivee $2475
  6. Carl Blakeslee $2355
  7. Tom van Veen $2286
  8. Scott Fitzpatrick $2020
  9. Greg Lawler $1935
  10. Brian Schwarz $1771

Top Fundraising Teams:

  1. Team Mojo $7335
  2. Team Sparks $6505
  3. Team North $5517
  4. Team Liquid Force $4456
  5. Team Best $3241
Interesting Athlete Facts & Quotes:
  • “My kryptonite is my big clumsy hands.” ~ Brian Schwarz, Team North
  • “I’m from New Zealand, so I have a sheep tattoo.” ~ Luke Hill
  • Matt Elsasser was dropped down a flight of stairs when he was 4 years old.
  • “I have 2 webbed toes.” ~ Ashlee Bridgewater, Team Naish
  • Mike Duhaime has his pilot license but never flies.
  • Henry Ackerman competed with his brothers and Dad
  • Kari Swarztrauber kited for her Dad who died of cancer 1 year ago. “He was my hero.”
  • Aspen McKenna, mother of a 3-year old, says her first kite lesson was on her honeymoon 7 years ago in South Africa.
  • Professional kiteboarder Reo Stevens: “This is my first time back in Hood River in 12 years, and the frist place to leave Hawaii for.”
  • “I’m somewhat accident-prone.” ~ Ben van Veen
  • “I can’t keep up with my 12-year old son…” ~ Tom van Veen
  • Patagonia / FCD Surfboard shaper Fletcher Chouinard on how he started shaping boards… “to become a better surfer.”
  • Jason Slezak, 34-years old, and has broken more bones than years of his life.
  • “I have 3 kids all under the age of 5 and still manage to kite. ” ~ Mindy
  • “I am deathly afraid of mayonnaise.” ~ Sam Light, Naish Team rider
  • “If I was a fruit, I would probably be a banana.” ~ Dave Grove
  • “My left foot is bigger than my right cuz it’s closer to my heart.” ~ Devin Carroll
  • “After watching this event for 5 years, I am overwhelmed at participating for the first time. I also had my first kite tangle today!” ~ Chris Taylor
  • “I made out with Paula Abdul before she was crazy.” ~ Carl Blakeslee
  • “The best part of the event is riding with my friends and not having to be a pro. I even rode in my pink tutu!” ~ Cameron Rogers
  • “I once traveled from Prague to Vienna without my passport by sneaking past officials. ” ~ Lance Larivee
  • “Quit drinking 3 1/2 months ago, and I am done drinking forever.” ~ Richard Hallman
  • “I have no sense of smell.” ~ Levi Roeseler
  • Chris Lazinski is riding for his aunt who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Last year he rode for his cousin who died of cancer.
  • “I’m a squash National Champion.”~ Brian Greenleaf
  • “I really like the 3-spike fork (Trident)! I’m riding for my sister who is just finishing treatment.” ~ Dominique Granger
  • “Was a pro windsurfer for 1 year.” ~ Vicki Roberts
  • “I’ve kited every year of KB4C.” ~ Tony Colburn
  • “Out from Montana for this event. My whole family has been affected by cancer.” ~ Mike Thompson
Thank you to our sponsors who provided the following….
Patagonia, Slingshot, Cabrinha, Naish, North, Airush, Providence Hood River, Full Sail Brewing, and Native Eyewear: Our cash sponsors, who, with their help, allowed us to put on this event. We still have to pay rental expenses to the Port of Hood River, the rental companies, the security company, and others to put on this event. Cash sponsors help offset these costs. A huge thank you to these sponsors!!
Native Eyewear: Polarized eyewear for our announcers, the silent auction and the top 50 fundraisers!!!
Full Sail Brewing: 12 kegs for KB4C to raise money with, silent auction gift coolers, Sessions and $100 gift certificates for top Kite Derby finishing Teams!!
Dakine: SX Travel bags, EQ Bags, Messenger bags, accessory bags for top fundraisers!!
Oregon Scientific: ATC Action HD Video Cameras & $20 off coupon for top 25 fundraisers!!
Liquid Force Kites: 2-Kite Quiver of 2013 Envys to one of the top fundraisers!
Slingshot: 2013 Kiteboard for a top fundraiser & silent auction items!
Providence Hood River: Water & Fruit, First Aid Supplies!
Solosports: One all-expense paid vacation in San Carlos Solosports-style for the top Kite Derby winner!!
Vela Kitesurf: 6-night Vacation in one of Vela’s Caribbean kiteboarding locations for a top fundraiser!
Kinesys Suncare: Sunscreen spray for our athletes!!
Palapas Ventana: 5-night Baja Vacation in La Ventana at Palapas Ventana for the silent auction!
Lumeria Maui: 3 nights at Lumeria Maui Ecoventure Retreat in Maui for the silent auction!
Flow Hood River & Day Spa: 50 free class certificates to top 50 fundraisers, a 1-week and 6 month membership for the silent auction!
Cascade Kiteboarding: 3-package of kiteboarding lessons for the silent auction and on-water rescue service during KB4C!
2nd Wind Sports: Athletes for Cancer/2nd Wind Sports Camelbak water bottles
Apple Valley BBQ: Athlete & Volunteer Dinner on Friday night and pies galore for Kite Derby winners!!
Gorge Delights: Fruit bars for all of our athletes!!
Columbia Gorge Organic: Juices and bars for our athletes!!
ZICO Coconut Water: Coconut water for our athletes!
Our massage therapists…
Julie Thames, Hamid Shibata Bennett, Colette Chavez Walker
And our physical therapists…
Heidi Roberts from Motion Therapy and Ryan Shulz from Active Edge PT

Important Info for Athletes in Kiteboarding 4 Cancer

Planning to participate in the 6th Annual Kiteboard 4 Cancer this weekend? Awesome! Here is what you need to know! It is going to be WINDY!!! Prepare to have small kites!!

For safety, we are capping athlete participation at 175. As of today at 8:00 am, there were 60 spots open for individual athletes. There are two ways to sign up as an Athlete:
Buy a ticket here OR Fundraise for entry here.

Ticketed Registration: $75 per individual or $300 per team
Fundraise for Entry: $500 minimum raised per individual. If you don’t meet the $500 minimum, you can simply pay the $75 for a ticket or the difference to get to $500.

  • Fundraise for ENTRY deadline is Friday at noon.
  • Fundraise for PRIZES deadline is Sunday at 2 pm.

Athlete Check-in Info

  • Check-in times are Friday from 3-6 pm and Saturday from 7:30-9:00 am.
  • All riders (teams & individuals) must check-in before participating to receive a race jersey, athlete bag, and wristband for the event.
  • TEAMS: Teams must check-in with all team members present and let staff know which TEAM event they are competing in as a team: The Kite Derby OR the Sunday Relay Race.

Registered Athletes – Benefits, Resources & Cool things you’ll want to know
All registered athletes (see above on how to register) receive a wrist bracelet which gives them access to the Athlete Lounge on Saturday. No access to the Athlete Lounge without a registered athlete wristband.

  • All Day Fuel:  There is all sorts of fuel for the endurance race available ALL DAY including fruit, cookies, fruit bars, energy drinks, coconut water, regular water, and more.
  • Lunch: There will be 2 Lunch times to feed all athletes whether you choose to be on the water for 2 hours or the full 6 hours. Athletes get ONE full plate lunch from ONE of the lunch times.
    Lunch #1: Noon-2pm
    Lunch #2: 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Massage therapy & Physical therapy available all day. Sign up on the sign-up sheets at the Athlete Lounge.
  • Foosball: Yes, you heard it right. You are responsible for your own tournaments, accidents, and injuries here!

The Kite Derby – PLEASE READ!

The 2012 Kite Derby course was designed to level the competitor field and allow equal advantage to all board types — race boards, surfboards, and twin tips. The top finishers will win for their endurance, patience, and strategy over board selection.

  • The  course will be open after noon on Friday for run-throughs. We highly recommend doing a run-through on this course!
  • No board leashes. All riders must wear a kite leash with a quick-release safety.
  • The course is shorter than ever before. All 4 buoys are on the Oregon side of the barge channel.
  • Although the start of the race is very exciting, keep in mind that this race is NEVER won at the start. Please be safe and respect kite space and others’ safety around you. We don’t want any tangles at the start. If you tangle and cannot safely recover within 5 minutes, you and your gear will be pulled from the course by the Safety Crew and taken back to the event site to re-rig.
  • Launch & Land procedure at the Hood River Event Site:
    > Rider stands about waist-deep in the water, launcher stands on the bank with the kite.
    > When launcher launches the kite, rider must steer kite fairly quickly (and in control) to the left side (water side) of the window, then body-drag out with their board.
    > NO Board starts from the beach. All riders must body-drag out at least 10 yards with their board.
  • Kite Tangles & Rescue Procedure:
    > If there are any kite tangles or rescues required at any time during the Kite Derby, riders will be picked up and have all gear de-rigged and brought back to the event site. A Safety Crew on a Cascade Kiteboarding Jet Ski will grab and deflate the kite, detach the lines, and instruct you to roll up the lines on your bar. Once your lines are secure on your bar, you will raise your bar in the air, signaling to Safety that it’s ok to come grab you.
Boards of Hope & Silent Auction: This stuff is AMAZING. Check it all out here.
Raffle to the Yucatan, Bali, & Italy: Friday’s Raffle goes to the Yucatan. Details here.
Saturday’s Raffle is winner’s choice of Bali or Italy. Details here.

KB4C Friday Schedule:

Noon-6 pm: Kite Derby Course OPEN for run-throughs
3-6 pm Athlete Check-in
5-7 pm Athlete & Volunteer Dinner: Free to Registered athletes & registered volunteers, hosted by Apple Valley BBQ & Country Store, you’ll be treated to pulled pork plates and local berry pies! An annual feast you won’t want to miss. $10 to the public
5-7 pm Yucatan Raffle! We’re selling a limited 50 raffle tickets at $100 each for a week stay in the Yucatan for you and three of your friends.
9 pm KB4C Kickoff Party @ The Horse & Hound Pub: Fire dancers, hula hooping, and bubbles.  The Bolstad Family Circus brings their incredible talents to Hood River again with their Fire Dancing show. They also happen to be very talented on the water as well, with at least three of the Bolstads predicted to finish in the top 5 of the Kite Derby on Saturday. The bubbles are new, so we’ll see what comes of that. Limelight photobooth and a gazillion other photographers will be at the party to take pics of whatever goes down. This is a fun party!

KB4C Saturday Schedule:

7:30-9 am Athlete Check-in
All-day BALI & ITALY RAFFLE:
There will be 100 tickets available only for $50 each to win a 1-week stay in Bali. Buy your tickets at registration early.
8:30-9:30 am Kite setup & rigging
9:30 am: RIDERS MEETING
9:50 -10:20 am: Kites launch to get into start position
10:30 am: KITE DERBY START
Noon-2 pm: Athlete Lunch Shift #1
Noon-1:30 pm: Live Music by Subterranean Howl
2:30-4:00 pm: Live Music by Mosley Wotta
4:30-6:00 pm: Athlete Lunch Shift #2
6:00 pm: Silent Auction closes
6:00 pm: Boards of Hope & Live Auction
7:00 pm: Kite Derby Awards 

KB4C Sunday Schedule:

10:00-11:30 am: Relay Race Team Check-in & Registration
12 Noon: Relay-on-the-Green Relay Race Rider’s Meeting
12:30 pm: Relay-on-the-Green Relay Race Scheduled Start
2:00 pm: ATHLETE FUNDRAISING Deadline!
2:30 pm: Team Relay Awards
4:00 pm: Fundraising & KB4C Awards

New cool, functional sponsors for Kiteboarding 4 Cancer

We are excited to announce three new sponsors for Kiteboarding 4 Cancer: emergen-C, Cascade Kiteboarding and KINeSYS.

ImageKINeSYS – Sport Sunscreen 
I fell in love with the KINeSYS a few years ago when one of my favorite Canadians brought me a sample.  It’s an Alcohol-free spray sunscreen with a light mango scent that makes you want to lick yourself when you put it on. Ok, maybe not that good, but pretty dang good. It is true performance sunscreen that provides broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection and is easy to apply before and during any activity.

Ideal for athletes and individuals requiring maximum sun protection during rigorous activity, it does not require messy rubbing and dries quickly without oily residue to hinder grip or comfort, while allowing skin pores to breathe normally. It’s formulated with Avobenzone for maximum sun protection, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, irritants such as oil, alcohol, PABA and preservatives have been replaced with more sophisticated ingredients.

KINeSYS is providing a variety of sunscreen products for athletes in each athlete goody bag.

Imageemergen-C Vitamin Supplements
emergen-C is supplying our athletes with their ELECTRO MIX, which supplies the electrolytes your body needs during the 6-hour endurance race including potassium, calcium, magnesium, and manganese.  ElevtroMIX also includes chromium to support energy metabolism which is pretty important on the Columbia River on Saturday.

The stuff you’re getting in your athlete packs on Saturday is sodium-free, calorie-free and sugar-free, so nothing but some good supplements to keep you going.

ImageCascade Kiteboarding: Kiteboarding Lessons in the Gorge
We really hope you’ve already taken kiteboarding lessons if you’re racing in Kiteboarding 4 Cancer, because if you haven’t, you might be in trouble. But if you haven’t, these are the guys you’ll want to take your lessons from. It will be a good idea to wait until after this year’s event because Cascade Kiteboarding is providing the jet ski support and safety for the weekend. They’re also donating a learn-to-kite package for the silent auction and sponsoring the webcast to spread the Kiteboarding 4 Cancer love across the world.

What’s cool about Cascade is that they use jet skis for all of their water lessons, all water lessons are 1 on 1 private lessons, and they use these cool space-age radio helmets for instruction so you get instant feedback! It beats listening to your instructor yell at you from the water.

2011 Kiteboarding 4 Cancer Info & Schedule of Events, powered by the John Wayne Cancer Foundation!

The 2011 Kiteboard 4 Cancer powered by the John Wayne Cancer Foundation, is heading into its 5th year! This is the main  event of the Tenacity Games — a multi-day, multi-sport adventure fundraiser for regional cancer programs and Athletes for Cancer’s cancer survivorship program.

This year’s kiteboarding event adds more spice and fun than ever before with the addition of the 1st ever Team Kite Relay Race, a test of speed, strategy, and cooperation in addition to sprinting kiteboarding skills!

The Kite Derby Endurance Race, the original and cornerstone event of Kiteboarding 4 Cancer continues to challenge racers endurance, determination, and mental tenacity for 6-hours. The most challenging event in the 3-day fundraiser, the Kite Derby will demand  the most out of the most physically and mentally fit athletes.

Below is the current schedule of events, which is subject to change. Please bookmark this page for updates to the schedule. Registration and fundraising info can be found on this page and on the Athletes for Cancer website.

REGISTER HERE NOW

Kiteboarding 4 Cancer Schedule as of May 19, 2011:

Friday, July 8th

5:00-6:00 pm Event Registration & Athlete Check-in — Hood River Event Site
6:00 – 7:30 pm Athlete, Volunteer & VIP Dinner — Hood River Event Site

Saturday, July 9th

7:30-9:45 am: Registration
10:00 Rider’s Meeting
10:15 Riders launch
10:40 Kite Derby Endurance Race Start
11:30 Live music act
11:30-2:00 Athlete lunch
12 noon: Full Sail Brewing Beer Garden opens
1:30 pm: Live music act
3:30 pm: Live music act
5:00 pm: Endurance Race finishes (This time will vary depending on race start)
5:30 pm:  Live Auction
6:30 pm:  Awards

Sunday, July 10th

10:00 am-2:00 pm Kite Relay Registration
11:30 Live music act
11:30-2:00 pm: Athlete lunch
1:30 pm: Live music act
2:00 pm: Kiteboard 4 Cancer 4-person Team Relay Race
3:30 pm: Live music act
4:00 pm: Silent Auction closes
5:00 pm: KB4C Relay Awards
5:30 pm: KB4C Closing

Athlete Registration:

  • Individuals must raise a minimum of $250 in donations OR pay a $100 registration fee. This includes all events at Kiteboarding 4 Cancer.
  • Teams must raise a minimum of $1000 in donations OR pay a $500 registration fee.
  • Athletes and teams receive sponsor welcome bags, VIP meals & beverages, entry into parties, event swag, and more.

REGISTER HERE NOW

Sponsors & Partners:

Community partners, companies, and individual contributors are needed to ensure the success of Kiteboarding 4 Cancer. If you are new to our event and thrive on making an impact, we invite you to join us this year as a sponsor or partner in the cause. Here is our sponsor packet. To our loyal supporters and volunteers, we thank you and seek your ongoing participation! Together, we can make cancer history, one patient, one survivor, one cancer at a time!

John Wayne Cancer Foundation

Providence Memorial Hospital Hood River

Full Sail Brewing

Cabrinha Kites

Slingshot Kiteboarding

Dakine

Liquid Force Kiteboarding