This last week Kerry and I were in Canada for our best friends wedding at Balsam Lake, Ontario. While there we got to play in boats on the lake and after my success knee boarding the other week I was up for giving anything a go.
I’d never wake boarded, even when I had two hands and wasn’t sure if I’d be able to pull up with one arm. After 2 attempts trying to hold on to the rope and failing it was third time lucky. With a slightly slower start I was able to keep hold and pull myself up and thanks to my years of snow boarding I was off to the races. What a blast!
Certainly tiring with only one arm, so for my next goes I donned my prosthetic hook to take some of the load, which helped greatly.
Then from wake boarding, to wake surfing – something entirely new to me. I was familiar with wake boarding, but I’d never heard of wake surfing.
You use a mini-surf board, your feet aren’t attached to the board and you need a wake boarding boat that has balast tanks to generate a huge wake…which you then surf.
You hold the rope and pull yourself up as the boat starts, then once the wake is established you surf it and drop the rope.
It’s wild, you’re actually surfing behind the boat as it motors along at 10 miles an hour or so.
You can watch the video below to see me in action…not bad for someone who’s never wake surfed before!
Chris Cussons says
My name is Chris im 23 and from South Africa. I lost my right arm below elbow last year March, also with high voltage electrocution! Its been an adjustment but i believe with positive thoughts our minds can overcome and conquer anything!! Even with my positive outlook on life there are still days that gets the better of you, but just reading some of your blogs and what you’ve accomplished after your accident makes the hard days easy!! U inspire me to inspire others!
It’s sad that it has to take a horrific accident for us to realize that it IS possible to change the way people see the world.
Keep on inspiring, I really hope I can meet you one day!
Chris, thanks for the kind words and if you put your mind to it you can do anything!