Fundraising

Kona Raises Over $12,000 for Wildfire-Ravaged Trails

This year at the Sea Otter Classic we held a couple fundraisers in support of the Santa Barbara Mountain Bike Trail Volunteers and the Redwood Empire Mountain Bike Alliance. Both organizations are trail stewards for areas that were devastated by 2017’s wildfires. While we only had to deal with smoky skies in Bellingham and Vancouver, we were feeling deeply for our friends who were affected by one of the worst wildfire seasons in history.

Kona’s owners Dan Gerhard and Jake Heilbron wanted to pay homage to Kona’s bowling roots and threw a massive party at Monterey Lanes. A HUGE shout out goes to Bike Magazine, Maxxis, WTB, and SRAM for being co-sponsors of the event. We were joined by friends from all across the industry with representatives from Full Speed Ahead, Camelbak, Jenson, Dirt Rag Magazine, Santa Cruz Cycleworks, Dakine, Giro, Bike Rumor, B.R.A.I.N, Vital MTB, Freehub Magazine, Modus Sport Group and more. We even had one-time Kona Factory Team rider and current IMBA Executive Director Dave Wiens in the house. A special shout out goes to the crew from Palo Alto Bikes who drove 5 hours to the party after closing the shop, and then back again at 1 in the morning to open up again the next day. Legends. The lanes were packed all night as people channeled their inner “Dude” and partied into the wee hours.

Along with the bowling we also held a raffle for a limited edition birthday bike, a gorgeous steel Honzo. The lucky winner was Matthew Kurkjian of Moraga, California. Matt will be rolling on one of only 201 birthday bikes.

Between the raffle and bowling party, we raised $12,440 with 100% of the funds going to SBMTV and REMBA. We’d like to thank everyone who purchased a raffle ticket and joined us at Monterey Lanes for the good times!

“We are proud to support the rebuilding of California’s trails by working with REMBA and SBMTV. These types of organizations are what keep our sport progressing forward by helping to build new trails and grow local biking communities. Thank you to everyone who came out to support the cause!” –Jake Heilbron

 

Kona Friends! Cory Wallace Needs Your Help!

Super athlete and Kona adventureman, Cory Wallace is aiming for something big and he needs our help. Tomorrow, December 2nd, Cory is planning to ride the Annapurna Circuit and wants to own the record time. In doing so, he’s fundraising to build a new training center for Nepalese mountain bikers. His goal is to raise 1,000 British Pounds (About $1,350 USD or $1,720 CAD). Every cent earned will go towards buying new equipment for the athletes.

As a bonus, Cory is going to give away a boatload of Kona jerseys. He wants everyone to guess how long it will take him to complete the ride from Besi Sahar to Beni which equates to a total of 215km, and 6500m of climbing. Keep in mind this is at MEGA altitude, but Cory is a beast, so we know he’ll crush it. Leave a comment on the fundraising page after you donate a minimum of 10GBP with your best guess on his time. The closest guess will win a Kona team jersey and a Yak Attack Forbidden Kingdom jersey. An additional 20 Yak Attack jerseys will go to the 20 highest donors that leave their contact info.

Go to Cory’s GoFundMe page and donate! Every little bit helps. Let’s help spread the love of mountain biking to every corner of the earth- especially the corner with the most kick ass mountains in the world.

1000 GBP… Let’s blow that goal out of the water!