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AMPSURF gets wounded veterans riding waves
Operation Restoration IV, a learn to surf clinic hosted by The Association of Amputee Surfers, took to the surf on Pismo Beach, Calif. to ride the waves from August 13th - 20th. AMPSURF is an organzation set up to help disabled veterans and local disabled, along with wounded active duty servicemen, to learn adaptive surfing and feel the healing power of the ocean and the sport. Photographer Ezra Shaw shows us the triumphs and challenges of the event. Regular viewers of this blog will recognize Shaw's terrific photography, which frequently appears here. ( 18 photos total)
Triple amputee Jake Speed rides a wave during Operation Restoration IV August 15 in Pismo Beach, Calif. Speed lost the bottom portion of both his legs and his right arm from frostbite when he was caught out in a storm in Greenland for three days while on a research trip. He received his prosthetic legs just two weeks ago. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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This is very inspirational. One of my clients, DryCorp, is a company the makes waterproof protectors for prosthetics , and it great to see people overcoming their limitations and getting out on the water. We are in NC and there are a lot of veterans here with prothetics, I wonder if anything like that goes on here? I would like to see it.
What is surprising to me here is that in all these pictures, all the amputees are missing their right foot (or leg), while all their left ones are intact. Is this some sort of coincidence, or does having an amputation on your left leg impede surfing?
All of these folks have triumphed over their hardships, it only makes me realize how much more I need to try something new!
Your hearts are big and your courage is unmeasurable, thank you from one American to another
these are the stories that should grace the covers of newspapers -- inspirationally fantastic !
Wow! It gives you faith in the human race again.
These are truly the great ones!!!
So pround of you Jake Speed! Go get'em.... Looked like a fantastic day for a surf!
Hope to see you on the ice soon... HUGS!
Truly inspirational althletes! Surfing is a sport which requires strength, grace, patience and a keen sense of awareness regarding ones suroundings. The injuries these athletes have overcome rely on the same skillset, day-in and day-out. Mad props...Surf's Up!
Great photography as well! Compliments to the photographer.. What equipment was used?
Amazing people and their stories. Never give up hope. Keep searching for your mojo, no matter what happens. My heart is with all of the athletes, your organization and the good work you promote.
just a coinicidence we are missing the rt but sure one way is better than the other I could go both ways not to be taken out of context haha
Cool article you got here. I'd like to read something more about this matter.
Great blog as for me. It would be great to read more concerning this theme.
You all look amazing. What a great thing to do for our disabled veterans and local disabled
As a left BK, I noticed the same thing, all the pictures were of right leg prosthetics. Which leg should be in front, my good or prosthetic leg?