Kiteboarding 4 Cancer

July 12-13, 2014

The 2014 Kiteboarding 4 Cancer will take place July 11-13 in beautiful Hood River Oregon on the banks of the mighty Columbia River. Come watch and be a part of the magic of this event!

The 8th Annual Kiteboarding 4 Cancer will take place July 11-13, 2014 in Hood River, Oregon. North America's largest amateur kiteboarding event will once again draw kiters from around the globe for a cause that touches all of us.

For complete 2014 event info, please go to the Official Kiteboarding 4 Cancer Event Website

Can't make it this year? Please consider a donation. If you are an artist, consider making a Board of Hope!

Funds raised at Kiteboarding 4 Cancer benefit Athletes 4 Cancer's Camp Koru Survivorship Program for Young Adults with Cancer. Sponsorship funds allow us to cover the expenses to put on KB4C, so that 100% of the funds raised through athlete fundraising, donations, silent auction, and Boards of Hope go directly to help young people affected by cancer.

Complete Schedule

Sponsorship & Vendors

If you are interested in sponsoring the 2014 KB4C, email Tonia at athletes4cancer.org. At this time, we are nearing capacity and are currently accepting only vendors interested in sponsoring KB4C at the $1000 level to present at the event. Our food vendor list is complete. 

How to Participate

Fundraise for FREE entry & prizes or purchase your entry...

You don't have to be an athlete or even a kiteboarder to raise $500 and get the cool swag bag we give to all of our $500 fundraisers! Raise a minimum of $500 to get FREE registration into KB4C, swag bag, VIP perks (special riding jersey), and you are eligible for cool fundraising prizes at different levels. Fundraising is OPEN.

$500 minimum for entry: 

  • Entry into the Kite Derby
  • Ticket to the Athletes Dinner on Friday night
  • Event Shirt
  • 1 Beverage ticket
  • Lunch on both days of the event
  • A special gourmet lunch prepared on Kite Derby Day by Mark "Ahi" Whitehead, our head chef for Camp Koru
  • Entry into the Athletes Lounge for snacks, beverages, massage therapy, physical therapy

Fundraising Prizes:

Fundraisers who reach the $1000, $2000, and $5000 levels are all eligible for prizes! Check out all of our fundraising prize levels on the Kiteboarding 4 Cancer Event website here

6 Tips to elevate your fundraising

#1 Start fundraising early
Timing is everything. We don't want people to just hit goals; we want them to exceed them.

#2 Lose your inhibition to ask people for money  
Getting over this hurdle is one of the most important steps to getting started. You're not asking for money, you're asking them to make an impact. Recognize that this is truly a selfless act that will benefit others and be proud. Others will appreciate and respect your enthusiasm for the cause.

#3 Find your personal connection to the cause
To be an effective advocate for Athletes 4 Cancer, you must have conviction about the work it does and the people who benefit from it. Some have very direct links to the cause.

#4 Craft a compelling message
Your message has to be impactful and explain why you are raising money for Athletes 4 Cancer and why the charity deserves it. Let the strength of your story draw the appropriate donations. And remember to ask them to forward the request on to others who may support the cause.

#5 Leverage social media
Tell your story on Facebook and Twitter. People will "like" and retweet your story to others who may donate.

#6 Send a personalized thank-you note to every contributor
Make sure that everyone who makes a donation receives a personal word of thanks from you. The core message must convey the gratitude for and impact of their contribution. Use a photo from the event in your thank-you!

Another way to partipate in KB4C: Purchase your Registration

Registration is open - $75/individual, $300/team. This includes sponsor swag bag, entry into the Kite Derby Endurance Race, ticket to the Athlete & Community Dinner, ticket for lunch Saturday, an official KB4C shirt/jersey, drink tickets, access to the Athlete Lounge for all-day snacks, beverages, and massage and physical therapy sessions! That's a lot for $75!

The Kite Derby is limited to 200 athletes, so FUNDRAISE & REGISTER EARLY!

  • Entry into the Kite Derby
  • Ticket to the Athletes Dinner on Friday night
  • Swag bag
  • Event Shirt
  • 1 Beer ticket
  • A special gourmet lunch prepared on Kite Derby Day by Mark "Ahi" Whitehead, our head chef for Camp Koru.
  • Entry into the Athletes Lounge for snacks, beverages, massage therapy, physical therapy

Interested in sponsoring? Contact Tonia (at) Athletes4Cancer.org for sponsorship information.

Wanna volunteer? We have event committees that need your help! We also need volunteers during the event weekend. Apply here!

Event Schedule

Full Detail

Friday, July 11th

4:00-6:00 pm - Athlete Check-in : Hood River Event Site

Pre-registered athletes can check in, plus those last-minute kiters who want in on the action. Come get your goody bags, tees, wristbands and more for the weekend.

5:00-7:00 pm - Athlete & Community Waterfront Dinner : Hood River Event Site

An annual tradition, the kickoff dinner for our valued volunteers, athletes, Boards of Hope artists and event sponsors is an incredible spread of good food, good drinks, amazing desserts and a preview of the silent and live auction items.

8:30 pm - KB4C Kickoff Party : British Pub, 4th & Oak Downtown

Who doesn't love people fire dancers and hula hoopers hooping to live music?? We take over the corner of 4th & Oak at the British Pub parking lot for this unique and very entertaining event! Donations accepted at the entry. All proceeds benefit Athletes 4 Cancer's Camp Koru Survivorship Program.

Saturday, July 123th

8:00 am-9:45 am: Registration, Kite Derby Endurance Race

The Kite Derby requires tenacity, endurance, and insane determination to finish the 6 hours and over 100 miles of kiteboarding on the Columbia River in this event. Claimed to be more difficult than running a marathon, the top finishers in this race will have kited more than 100 miles during the 6 hours.

  • 8:00-9:45 am: Late Registration for Kite Derby
  • 10:00 am: Kite Derby Rider's Meeting
  • 10:15 am: Riders launch
  • 10:30 am: Kite Derby Endurance Race Start (weather-dependent) with One World Taiko Drummer Group
  • 4:30-5:30 pm: Kite Derby Endurance Race, scheduled finish
  • 7:00 pm: Kite Derby Race Awards

10:00 am - 7:00 pm: Boards of Hope & Silent Auction

Boards of Hope is a community art project that unites artists and the boards we ride to create works of art that empower healing and celebrate life! Boards will be available for bid in the silent auction, with a select number of boards on display for live auction bidding at 6:30 pm on Saturday. Check out our Boards of Hope page for more info.

  • 9:30 am: Boards of Hope & Silent Auction opens
  • 6:00 pm: Boards of Hope & Silent Auction Closes
  • 6:30 pm: Boards of Hope Live Auction

10:00 am - 8:00 pm: Beach Festival

Don't kite? There are all sorts of activities going on at KB4C while the Kite Derby Endurance Race is on for 6 hours! In addition to Boards of Hope and the Silent Auction, there will be an art studio for the kids, a KB4C photobooth, live music all day, and cancer program partners sharing valuable information on how to live a healthy lifestyle focused on prevention and survivorship. Local food vendors will be dishing up good food sourced by Hood River & Gorge local farms and vendors. Finish that off with an IPA or Lager from our very own Full Sail Brewing, who sponsors the beer garden.

  • 10:30 am: One World Taiko Drummer Troup from Seattle, WA kicks off Kite Derby
  • 11:30 am: Full Sail Brewing Beer Garden Opens
  • 11:30 am: Food vendors open for lunch
  • Noon: Kids' Art Studio open
  • 12:00-1:00: Live Music from Ben Bonham & His Band, Hood River, OR
  • 2:00-3:00: Live Music TBD
  • 4:00-5:30: Live Music TBD
  • 4:30-5:30: Estimated Kite Derby Finish
  • 6:00 pm: Silent Auction CLOSES
  • 6:15 pm: Boards of Hope Live Auction BEGINS
  • 7:00 pm: Kite Derby Race Awards

Sunday, July 14th

10:00 am - 4:00 pm: Kite Relay Races & Never-Ever-Windsurfed-Before Race

You thought Saturday was full of action. Just wait until Sunday. This is when all the kite action turns to the beach. Yes, that's right. We have a kite relay race that takes place directly in front of the event site lawn. Some of it actually takes place on the lawn. Next we move on to our very first Never-Ever-Windsurfed-Before Race. The name by itself should make you want to be there to witness this one-of-a-kind event.

  • 10:00 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

Site Plan of KB4C at the Event Site

Quick Weekend Schedule

Friday, July 11th

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

Saturday, July 12th

  • 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 am: 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
  • 1:00-3:00 Live Music on the music stage 
  • 4:00-5:30 pm: Live on the music stage
  • 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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