The event raises money for several cancer related research organization, as well as Athletes 4 Cancer, an amazing organization that sends young cancer survivors to a retreat, Camp Koru" on Hawaii that helps a them re-enter a life that has often drastically changed, and may at times feel like life ended even though they survived the cancer treatment. At Koru the campers learn to reengage with life through water sports, such as surfing, SUP, and kiteboarding. Check their website out.
Besides the money raised, many people come to be wowed by the sheer number of kites on the water at a single time during the 6 hour endurance race. Many riders clock well over 100 miles of riding in a single day by doing 60-70 laps around a 3 mile course.
This year I once again participated in the race, and while I didn't go the full distance, I did personally raise $1,000 to the cause during the weeks prior to the event.
Here are some pictures of me riding in the event....
Same moment, different angle....
While I don't have any pictures to prove it, the event was heavily attended by the pros. Jason Slezack, Craig Cunningham, Colleen Carroll, Sam Light, Renu Romeo, Brandon Sheid, and others I am sure that I am forgetting.
Anyways, it was a hugely successful event, with a ton of money raised for the cause.
Here are a few other pictures from the event.