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Kiteboarding 4 Cancer 2014 Was a Huge Success

Brought to you by Athletes 4 Cancer, a nonprofit dedicated to enriching lives impacted by cancer through the healing power of the elements and the tenacity of the human spirit, the Kiteboarding 4 Cancer event is the largest amateur kiteboarding event in the US and it gathers kiters from around the globe for a cause that touches all of us.

This year, the KB4C event was a huge success. No less than 154 athletes descended on the Hood River event site and managed to gather over a $100,000. This benefit will help raise scholarship funds to help young people participate in Camp KORU action sport cancer survivorship programs. Over $24,000 were raised through silent and live auctions throughout the day and the athletes’ personal fundraising efforts brought in $77,000.

This year, the participants circled the KB4C course an impressive 1,537 laps. The physical challenge of kiting for six hours is a symbolic struggle, both physical and mental, that connects athletes to those event participants and spectators that have experienced the challenges of fighting cancer.

Event Director Tonia Farman stated: “This year was particularly unique because we were able to pull off a full 6-hour race with solid wind that pretty much came out of nowhere. The forecast for the day was for a couple hours of 10-15 mph wind, and our forecaster is pretty accurate. To get that mystery wind to pull off the race with record lap counts is what we call. . . Karma Wind!”

Overall results:

Individual Men’s:
1) Brandon Scheid
2) Tony Bolstad
3) Cory Roesler
Individual Women’s:
1) Carol Bolstad
2) Rachel Callahan
3) Savannah Boersma
Group Winners:
1) Team Patagonia Randoms
2) Team OG
3) Team Naish Kites