Thrill-Seeking Teen With Cerebral Palsy Rides the Waves on Specially-Built Surf Board
Thirteen-year-old Kai Lewis may have cerebral palsy but that won't hold him back.
The extreme sports enthusiast became the first child to test out a specially-built surfboard for kids with cerebral palsy.
The tandem board has a supportive bucket seat, which allowed the teen to sit in front while a surfer directed the board from the back.
The Cerebra Innovation Center (CIC) partnered with Surfability UK and Tonic Surf Therapy to create the board.
The team tested out the product at a British beach with the help of Kai, who has cerebral palsy following a stroke when he was just one. He took to the waves as his proud mom looked on.
"With this now, he is like the king of the sea," she told the charity. "He can sit back, relax, and ride the wave. The first wave he caught was the biggest he has ever caught, and my heart was in my mouth."
A video shows the look of joy on Kai's face.
Dr. Ross Head, product design manager for CIC, added that the conditions were perfect for Kai's adventure.
"It was an amazing feeling to see Kai surf past shouting with joy," he said.
Cerebra is a UK charity supporting children with brain related conditions by funding research and providing direct support to families. The charity's Innovation Centre designs products to help make the daily lives of disables children a little bit easier.