2013 Kiteboarding 4 Cancer

Benefiting: Project Koru
Jul 12
Hosted by:Project Koru
July 12, 2013 at 8:00am to
December 31, 2013 at 5:00pm
Hood River Event Site map 200 Portway Avenue Hood River, OR 97031
Goal: $100,000
$61,724 4 62% Complete

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How to participate as an athlete in KB4C.

  • Fundraise for entry: Start a fundraising page here & raise a minimum of $500 by July 10th for entry into the event. Read below for details.


  • Purchase entry: (Register online - $75 individual / $300 team, NO fundraising required)

KB4C directly impacts lives affected by cancer right NOW.

The 7th Annual Kiteboarding 4 Cancer will take place in Hood River, Oregon on July 12-14, on the beautiful Columbia River. Commonly known as "KB4C", Kiteboarding 4 Cancer empowers kiteboarders from all over to race and endure in a 6 Hour Kite Derby Endurance Race and Team Relay kiteboarding events to raise money for Athletes for Cancer's Camp Koru Survivorship Program for teens & young adults with cancer. If you don't know about it, take 3 minutes to watch this video: https://vimeo.com/53171530 or read on....

The Story behind the cause

Kiteboarding 4 Cancer (the event) and Athletes 4 Cancer (the organization) began from the hospital bed of 19-year old Scott Farman, fighting for his life with Leukemia. Sick of watching him suffer, his sister Tonia harnessed her passion for the outdoors to raise funds and awareness for cancer. In the process, what transpired was something much bigger. Recognizing the powerful healing combination of the elements, profound personal relationships, and overcoming personal challenges in the outdoors, a program was born that would memorialize Scott’s struggle with cancer and help future fighters rebuild their lives after cancer.

The Challenge

The after-effects of surviving cancer are often more difficult than the treatment itself. Despite the hundreds of cancer foundations nationally, survivorship is generally an area not commonly treated. Recognizing a need for survivorship-focused programs, Athletes 4 Cancer began the Camp Koru Survivorship Program.

The Purpose

The purpose of Camp Koru is to empower young survivors to get their lives back after cancer through outdoor adventure.  Camps run for 6 days, and are set in locations accommodating a safe learning environment for participants. Survivors are given the proper tools, instruction, and focused encouragement required to take on new challenges in a safe setting, such as – surfing, standup paddling, outrigger canoeing, and snowboarding.

Individuals discover that they can overcome fears of something they never thought they can do, sharing their experiences with peers at camp.  This journey at camp serves as a vehicle that channels strength, promotes renewal, and fuels passion for a healthy and productive life ahead, inspiring everyone around them to embrace life and challenges in the same way.

The Outcome

A Camp Koru attendee wrote an incredible letter describing the experience that changed her life. Her story is awesome. So is Kim's story - read her blog post or watch her video.

The name “KORU” stands for the spiral Maori symbol representing new life, growth, strength, and peace. If you ever come visit the tiny Athletes 4 Cancer office in Hood River, Oregon, you'll get to see the glass-top table displaying dozens of letters from survivors describing these words and the impact of Camp Koru on their lives. Here are some more words from our camp ambassadors.

Kiteboarding 4 Cancer - July 12-14 Event Details

Kiteboarding events take place on Saturday and Sunday kicking off with the 6-Hour Kite Derby Endurance Race. In this race, Kiteboarders endure strong current, variable winds, and stunningly distracting views to kiteboard a 3-mile course in laps, for 6 hours. The goal is to get the most number of laps over the 6 hour period. Athletes can come in and out of the water anytime during the 6 hours, but are encouraged to go the distance! Watch the start of last year's race:  http://vimeo.com/13261368 .

On Sunday, we continue the fun with the Relay-on-the-Green Team Relay Races. Teams of 4 kiteboarders are given instructions just 10 minutes before the start as to what they will be doing. It's always a surprise. This is one of the most entertaining events of the weekend! Sponsors are invited to participate and sponsor a team for the Relay-on-the-Green Team Races. Contact tonia@ athletes4cancer.org for more info.  

How to participate as an athlete in KB4C.

  1. Fundraise for entry: Start a fundraising page here & raise a minimum of $500 by July 10th for entry into the event. Of course, you can fundraise as much as you would like!  If you don't raise the minimum of $500 by July 10th, you simply pay the $75 entry fee at athlete check-in.
  2. Purchase entry: (Register online - $75 individual / $300 team, NO fundraising required)

What you get participating as a Fundraiser.

Individuals who raise $500 receive:

  • A Limited Edition Dakine / Athletes 4 Cancer embroidered backpack with sunscreen & goodies
  • Special riding jersey
  • 2 Beer tickets
  • Lunch on both days of the event
  • A special gourmet lunch prepared by Mark "Ahi" Whitehead, our head chef for Camp Koru
  • Entry into the Athlete Lounge - Complete with all day snacks & beverages, massage and physical therapy sessions, and a place to just chill. 

When you hit these fundraising levels, you get way cool prizes. 

$1500 +

  • Everything above plus...
  • Invitation to the KB4C VIP Party on Thursday, July 11
  • A $150 gift certificate to use toward any lesson (including Advanced!) with Cascade Kiteboarding

$2500 +

  • Everything at the $500 + level plus...
  • Invitation to the KB4C VIP Party on Thursday, July 11
  • A new kiteboard of your choice from Slingshot Kites or Liquid Force Kiteboarding

$5000 +

  • Everything at the $500 + level plus...
  • Invitation to the KB4C VIP Party on Thursday, July 11
  • A new kite of your choice from Slingshot Kites or Liquid Force Kiteboarding

Top Fundraising Prizes:

  • 1-Week Trip to Cabarete, Dominican Republic for a kiteboarding vacation!
  • 2-Kite Quiver + Twintip board from one of our kiteboarding brand sponsors!!
  • Round trip ticket anywhere Alaska Airlines flies, courtesy of Alaska Airlines!

Event FAQs

How do TEAMS fundraise? 
Each person on the team creates their own fundraising page by first HERE. Once you create your page here, you will see a box on the lower right that states, "You are currently fundraising individually. Do you want to join or create a team?" Click this button.  If your team already exists, you simply click on the next option "JOIN A TEAM". If not, select "CREATE A TEAM". It's that easy. Each team member must raise a minimum of $500 to receive the Fundraiser benefits above. TEAMS receive free entry into both of the two TEAM events: The TEAM Relay in the Kite Derby on Saturday & the Relay-on-the-Green TEAM Relay Races on Sunday. 

"I don't like asking people for money..." 
Don't ask for money; ask for them to check out what you're doing this for here: 

https://vimeo.com/channels/athletes4cancer/53171530 and the program that it supports

Better yet, show them the actual START of the Kite Derby Race and the physical endeavour you are undertaking!   If it speaks to them, they will donate. If not, it's ok! Some will support you, some won't. However, you will be surprised how quickly you can raise $500 and even $2500 when you reach out to your entire network... Email, Facebook, Family, Friends, etc... 

Does each member of my TEAM get a fundraising prize at that level? 
Yes, if they reach their own personal fundraising numbers. It's the same as individual fundraising because, essentially, each member is fundraising. The difference is that you are racing as a team. 

How do TEAMS work in the 6-Hour Kite Derby Endurance Race? 
TEAM Jersey = BATON. Each individual on the team will kite for as long as they want (or planned for), then hand off their jersey AS THE BATON to the next team member, and this repeats with either 3 or 4 TEAM members. TEAMS must first land their kites safely before transferring jersey to the next team member. 

Can I race both as an Individual and on a TEAM? 
You must select one or the other when you fundraise or register, and you must race as one or the other to be eligible for Kite Derby prizes. If you want to ride for a TEAM, and also kite individually aside from your team time on the water, you can do so. However, your laps will not be recorded as an individual. 

How many people can be on a TEAM? 
3 or 4 for Kite Derby. 4 for Relay-on-the-Green Team Races on Sunday 

How does Sunday's Relay-on-the-Green Team Relay work? 

The team relay is limited to 12 teams, with 4 members on each team. Teams find out what's going to happen on the day of the event at the riders' meeting. I highly recommend putting together a team for this event. It's the most fun 2 hours of the weekend. Register here or at the event.


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