Fundraiser: Kiteboarding 4 Cancer

The Seventh-annual Kiteboarding 4 Cancer fundraising event will be held at the Hood River Event Site. North America's largest amateur kiteboarding event will once again draw kiters from around the globe for a cause that touches all of us. The event’s endurance race, all day Saturday based out of the Hood river Event Site, is the focus of a weekend packed with fundraising efforts. The race starts at 10:30 a.m., weather permitting, and will run until about 4:30 p.m. For non-competitors, dry land activities include live music throughout the day, food and beverage vendors, a kids art tent and the Boards of Hope live and silent auction. Sunday will play host to another full day of events including kite team relay races and the never-ever-windsurfed-before race, a new event that promises to be a crowd favorite. Farman explained that “a group of local professional windsurfers are very eager and enthusiastic about introducing windsurfing to non-windsurfers.” In this competition, which is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Sunday, competitors will be provided gear and basic instruction before being challenged to make it out and back around a buoy. The Boards of Hope project is an opportunity for artists to create works of art out of new or used kiteboards, surfboards, skateboards, wakeboards and other boards. The boards are then sold at auction during KB4C. This year two famous surfboard shapers, Gerry Lopez and Fletcher Chouinard, have gotten involved by shaping boards which will be sold in the live auction. The Boards of Hope boards will be on display for the silent auction all day Saturday at the Event Site and will be auctioned off at 6:30 p.m. that evening. For more information about KB4C, visit athletes4cancer.org.

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