Kiteboarding 4 Cancer Kite Derby in Hood River
This past weekend was the 8th Annual Kiteboarding 4 Cancer Kite Derby in Hood River, OR. Kiteboarders from around the world gather to partake in North America’s largest amateur kiteboarding event – a 6 hour endurance race around the Columbia River. While it is most definitely a race full of fierce competitors, the idea of this race is much larger than winning or losing. The Athletes 4 Cancer organization exists to help cancer survivors meet up with one another to overcome new challenges. While fighting cancer is one of the toughest battles anyone can imagine, sometimes the fight after can be much harder. For every single lap that a competitor completes at the KB4C Kite Derby – $1 is donated to Camp Koru – a camp that brings cancer survivors together to take on new challenges such as kiteboarding, surfing or snowboarding. You can find out more information on the organization here www.athletes4cancer.org/events/kiteboarding-4-cancer.
The weekend was a blast with over 75 kiteboarders on the water at once, some people were on teams to break up the grueling 6 hour battle, and some people were going for individual glory by racing the entire 6 hours by themselves! The whole time the race is going on there are performances by local bands, food samples from the local Hood River food trucks, and of course beer being served up from the local breweries. Truly a spectacular event with fun being had on and off the water!
The Best team had an amazing showing as usual – with our Team Riders Carol Bolstad, Tony Bolstad, Rachel Callahan and James Ropner all taking a spot on their respective podiums! Carol placed first in the Women’s individual race, followed closely by Rachel in 2nd. Tony managed to take 2nd place in the Men’s individual race and James Ropener took the top spot in the Team Competition. Way to go Team Best! How many laps and what was their weapon of choice?? Each one of these racers was on the 15m TS and each one of them completed over 40 laps on the course – Tony took the top prize amongst the Best Team with over 60 laps completed! Safe to say they all earned a day of rest after putting their bodies through that task.
If you haven’t had a chance to come to this event – it’s a must add to anyone’s kiteboarding event schedule!