Adaptive Paddling for SUP

Seeking freedom from gravity and want to experience surfing? There's a few options available to allow you to get on the water. Surfboard shaper and owner of Infinity Surf, Steve Boehne, has been building wave skis for disabled folks for years. An innovator, he rigs his boards to safely carry disabled paddlers. Check out his site and examples of his efforts here: Infinity Surf.

Check out filmmaker Sean Mullens moving documentary about 'Michael' a disabled Californian surfer who rips on a wave ski near his home. The film shows Michael doing his daily routine of getting to the beach solo and going surfing - finding freedom from gravity. Epic film. Watch it HERE.

Other Links of Interest:

Ryan Levinson (SUP'er with MD)

More about Ryan on the Shelby Stranger blog,Here.

Kayak Zak's offers Adaptive Paddling north of Arcata, CA.

Life Rolls on Foundation

Disabled Surfers Association

Amp Surf - Association of Amputee Surfers

Adaptive Surfing, http://www.adaptivesurfingfoundation.org

Team River Running - Great programs for wounded vets.

Comments

Ryan Levinson said…
Thanks for including me in your post! For the record, I have Muscular Dystrophy (MD) not Multiple Sclerosis (MS). It's a common mistake people make (I'm not offended). FSH Muscular Dystrophy (the kind I have) is a progressive genetic muscle wasting disorder while MS is an autoimmune disorder that mainly impacts the nervous system. Thanks again for the post and for brining attention to "disabled" surfing!

If you're interested there is more info at http://www.shelbystanger.com/blog/outside-magazine-reader-of-the-year-ryan-levinson/
I would love to get back on my mini tanker on Maui. I havnt surfed in some 5 years due to having been diagnosed with parkinsons and having 3 surgeries, 2 knee replacements and foot /2 toes pinned and straightened.

I now have hope that I will be able to ride at least one more wave..Mahalo for your encouraging words...

Mariyangel@aol.com