15 young adult campers with First Descents will come down from the whitewater hub of the Columbia Gorge – the White Salmon River – to be a part of the kiteboarding action on the Columbia River. Instructors from Kite the Gorge and Cascade Kiteboarding kite schools will be on hand to teach trainer kite lessons. After an introduction to wind and teaching kite-flying skills, advanced rider instructors will take to the water for kiteboarding demos.
Afterward, KB4C, Oregon Active, and First Descents will have a post-BBQ for all involved at the Hood River marina park.
HUGE PROPS – All of this was made possible from generous donations of time, gear, and passion. I truly want to thank everyone for their help and flexibility (especially on such short notice) with making this happen. Here is some info on everyone involved 🙂
First Descents – Since 2001, First Descents has utilized whitewater kayaking and other outdoor adventure sports to promote emotional, psychological, and physical healing for over 500 young adults with cancer. Click here for more info and to watch an amazing video – http://www.firstdescents.org
KB4C Kiteboarding for Cancer – Kiteboarding 4 Cancer is dedicated to bringing the healing power of wind and water to those affected by cancer through the funding of cancer advocacy, awareness, prevention, and healing programs. Click here for more info – http://www.kb4c.org
Oregon Active Foundation – a non-profit dedicated to providing outdoor adventures for those in our community that are affected by life challenging conditions. The Oregon Active Foundation focuses on facilitating these adventures for young adults battling cancer, at risk children in challenging situations, and members of our community with disabilities. A non-profit dedicated to providing support for the affected, their families, friends, and the charitable institutions that serve them. http://www.oregonactive.com
Kite The Gorge kiteboarding school – Carlos Cornieles and Spring Milward founded Kite the Gorge, winter 2006. They reside in the Columbia Gorge area in the summers living their dream, teaching others the art of kiteboarding, sharing the progression of kiteboarding along with the up to date safety information to be a safe, independent rider. Teach the goal of kiting, and discover the playful side while doing so. Click here for more information – http://www.kitethegorge.com
Cascade Kiteboarding kiteboarding school – Tonia Farman, who also runs Kiteboarding 4 Cancer, runs Cascade Kiteboarding out of Stevenson, Washington. Tonia and her team run exclusive private kiteboarding lessons using radio-controlled helmets and 100% waverunner assistance for all water lesssons. www.CascadeKiteboarding.com.