The 8th Annual Kiteboarding 4 Cancer Festival & Kite Derby Fueled by Subaru!

200+ Kiteboarders and 2000+ Spectators to Travel from throughout the Nation to Participate in Kiteboarding 4 Cancer Festival in Hood River, sponsored by SUBARU


Event supports survivorship programs for young adult cancer fighters
through Oregon-based non-profit Athletes 4 Cancer.

Hood River, Ore. (June 10, 2014) — Athletes 4 Cancer, an organization that enriches lives impacted by cancer through the healing power of the outdoors, is hosting the 8th annual Kiteboarding 4 Cancer (KB4C), fueled by SUBARU, on July 12-13 in Hood River, Oregon.  As North America’s largest amateur kiteboarding race, KB4C draws more than 200 amateur and professional kiteboarders, racing and raising funds for Athletes 4 Cancer’s Camp Koru Survivorship Program.

race-HALLMAN7732“Camp Koru Survivorship Program is an adventure retreat program that empowers young cancer survivors, ages 18-40, to find healing, achievement, and life renewal through active outdoor experiences in the ocean and the mountains,” says Athletes 4 Cancer Founder and Executive Director Tonia Farman.  “Our Kiteboarding 4 Cancer event provides the majority of funding for these outdoor therapy cancer camps, so it’s exciting to see hundreds of kiteboarders and thousand supporters come out for this event and our cause.”

To see what Kiteboarding 4 Cancer is all about, be sure to watch the video:

Kiteboarding 4 Cancer challenges the tenacity of the most advanced and novice kiters alike with a 6-hour Endurance Race – The Kite Derby. Hundreds of kiteboarders race around a 3-mile course on the Columbia River for the six hours, spanning more than 100 miles per rider. KB4C Kite Derby is unique compared to other kiteboarding events due to its format: Athlete kiters 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 6 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 4 racers, one kite, and one board.  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.

Kiteboarding 4 Cancer also features 6 bands playing over the two days, the Full Sail beer garden, food by local vendors, the kids’ art tent, Boards of Hope art project/auction, raffle, silent and live auctions.


Boards of Hope entails the transformation of boards of all types – surfboards, skateboards, snowboards, kiteboards and skimboards – into works of art that represent “healing and living”. Boards are donated by regional artists and auctioned off Saturday at the Boards of Hope Auction at the Hood River Event Site. Funds raised benefit Athletes 4 Cancer.


Nightlife for KB4C includes the Athlete & Volunteer Feast Friday, July 13th, hosted by Apple Valley BBQ and the KB4C Kickoff Party after the dinner Friday night at the Horse & Hound Pub.

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. The mantra of the event is to take on a unique challenge and endure to the point of exhaustion, testing both mental and physical tenacity, embodying the struggle someone going through cancer faces every day. With this in mind, we encourage individuals to fundraise a minimum of $500 (Teams, $2000) in donations to participate. Alternatively, there will be a simple registration fee of $75 (Teams, $300) to participate. Top fundraisers and finishers receive sponsor prizes.

Athletes 4 Cancer is dedicated to harnessing the healing power of the elements with the determination of the human spirit to benefit lives affected by cancer through funding of advocacy, prevention, and survivorship programs. Athletes 4 Cancer is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, IRS tax ID #42-1737854 and is solely in charge of Kiteboarding 4 Cancer. We fund our programs and charities solely through tax-deductible contributions from private individuals, corporations and foundations.


Athletes 4 Cancer would like to thank our 2014 Kiteboarding 4 Cancer sponsors: Subaru, Patagonia, Liquid Force Kites, Vela Kitesurf Resorts, Full Sail Brewing, Cabrinha Kites, 2nd Wind Sports, UPS Store Hood River, Dakine, North Kiteboarding, KIND Bars, Best Kiteboarding, Airush Kites, Big Winds, Dub Box, Coast to Coast, Naish Kites, Native Eyewear, The Kiteboarder Magazine, Apple Valley Country Store, Cascade Kiteboarding, SoloSports, and Palapas Ventana.

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Kelly O’Malley-McKee
Ahtletes 4 Cancer

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