It's finally starting to calm down here in Hood River after two weeks of back to back events. The first event was Kiteboarding for Cancer put on by Tonia Farman at Athletes for Cancer. We had a huge success with the event raising over $60,000 for the survivorship camps that get put on to help cancer survivors. The first day was the endurance race which involves riding for 6 hours around a race course. I participated on team Liquid Force along with Colleen Carroll, Craig Cunningham, and Dave Grove. We pushed it hard during the day and ended with 35 total laps, not bad considering a lap was about 2 miles. We ended up taking home 2nd place for the team relay and walked away with some amazing stories. On Sunday we also participated in the team relay challenges which involved a lot of swimming, running, and team cooperation. We ended up taking 1st in the team self rescue, 2nd in the dreaded walk of shame, and 3rd in the relay race, wahooo!
Team LF high fiving the win!
Immediately following the KB4C weekend was the Annual Ro-Sham Throwdown, a slider contest held right here in Hood River. The event was setup as the first official slope-style contest kiteboarding has ever seen. The whole Hood River slider park was setup in one big run, and riders took their turns making two passes through the park for their score. The format was amazing, allowing great spectating, progression, and great vibes from all the riders. We had varied conditions throughout the week, the first day saw a solid 25-40 mph with some heavy gusts pushing through. The final day saw solid wind, warm temps, and blue bird skies. What more could you ask for?
In the end Liquid Force Team Riders Craig Cunningham, Sensi Graves, Colleen Carroll, and myself all made it into the finals. Colleen walked away with a 1st in the women's division with Sensi taking home 3rd. In the mens Craig pulled out a 4th place and I took home 2nd to Sam Light. Not to bad for team LF. In the end it was an amazing two weeks showcasing all that kiteboarding has to offer!