Wavejets for Nathan and Patrick
My name is Ted Canedy and along with Tom Kirk we are trying to raise enough money for our two good friends Nathan Gocke and Patrick Ivison to have personal Wavejet surboards of their own. As many of you know I do a lot of work with people who have suffered spinal chord injuries and by raising this money for both Patrick and Nathan they will be able to go surfing on their own with the help of just a few people. Normally for them to go surfing it can take up to 8 people, but with the Wavejet it could be as few as 3.
The reason these boards are so special is because they come with a powerful jet under the board that will allow Nathan and Patrick (by pushing a button on their wrist) to ride waves without traditionally being pushed into the waves by family and friends. Thus giving them the independence to surf on their own terms.
As one can imagine this technology isn't cheap and therefore we have started this fundraising page. We are asking for donations as little as five dollars. So if everyone could just go one day without say a Starbucks coffee, a beer or cocktail, or perhaps even eating a meal at home instead of out on the town, we could take that money donate it to this worthy cause, and we can have these boards for them in no time.
So please make a donation today!!!
Tom and Ted
On March 25, 1996, on the verge of becoming a professional surfer, Jesse Billauer was surfing at his local break at Zuma Beach in California when he was pushed headfirst into the shallow sandbar, fracturing his neck. Billauer sustained a C-6 complete spinal cord injury, which resulted in quadriplegia. He lost the ability to walk and had limited mobility of his arms and hands. Jesse left the hospital and immediately knew two things: he had to surf again and he had to help others be inspired to follow their passions.
Below is a quote from Jessee describing his wavejet and what is has done for him!!! There is also a video of Jessee riding the waves on his wavejet in California.
"Catching big waves with the help of my @wavejet that was shaped by @cisurfboards is one of the most amazing feelings in the world. I lost my independence when I broke my neck back in 1997, but I recently regained some independence when I got a jet propelled surfboard that allows me to catch waves by myself (for the most part that is) I am forever grateful for all of my friends, family and sponsors for supporting me and my love for the sport of surfing."
So please continue to give, share this with others, and help us get another wavejet to bring independence to others who have suffered a spinal chord injury.