Here at C4, we get barraged by emails through our website. We filter throught the spam and spaz and enjoy the feedback we get from our customers: how do I hold my paddle? Which way do the fins go in? Your marketing team is so creative and awesome.... you get my point. Every once in a while, we get a letter that requires a double-take and makes you re-boot your system.
Meet Wendy Ong. Read her story. If you aren't inspired, check your pulse and restart your hard-drive.
I thought you guys might get a kick out of my story and want to post
it on your blog, or whatever.
In Oct 2010, I fell 140 ft smack to the ground in a rock climbing
accident. While I survived, my skeleton acted like the hood of a car,
crumpling and absorbing the impact. I severed my spinal chord
(T7-incomplete), my L2 vertebra "burst" (that is the medical term - I
now have a cage in place of the vertebra there), I had severe damage
done to all my L and S-vertebrae, my sacrum was/ is a
collection of pebbles and I broke my pelvis in many places. I spent
one month in the ICU, followed by acute in-patient rehab. After eight
surgeries, many months of blood, sweat and many many tears, wheelchair
and turtle-suit confinement, I felt the need to prove to myself that I
could still do cool things, travel and see new places. My upper-body
still functioned for the most part, so, logically of course, kayaking
down the Na Pali coast in Kauai it was!
I hit it off with my seat neighbour on the flight to Kauai,and he invited my bf and I to hang out with him and his wife. He and his wife have many C4 waterman SUPs and while they did not expect
me to be able to stand up on one, they offered to let me muck about
with theirs. Well, I did not intend to go home until I managed to stand
up on one. After a few clumsy attempts (I don't have much sensation in
my left leg, so it is like trying to stand up and paddle one-legged),
I managed to figure out a system of popping up and staying up using my
right ankle/leg primarily. Here are some pics. I hope they inspire
other people with disabilities to give SUP and other water-sports a