For a long time now, I have been a big advocate of Paddleboarding, recognising it as a sport for all and a sport that encompasses all ages, shapes, sizes and abilities. This is no more apparent than in the case of paraplegic Charles Webb, who against all the odds, has taken to Paddleboarding like a duck to water and is an inspiration to us all.
Following a terrible motorbike accident in 1986 at the young age of 19, surf loving Charles, lost the use of his legs and at that time the chance of continuing to cherish the ocean he had previously enjoyed so much.
Then in 2013 Charles was put in touch with Kawika Watt, the owner of Onit Ability Boards, who had designed a Paddleboard with outriggers and the rest, as they say, is history. Before long, Charles had the outriggers removed and had progressed from gently paddling on the water to catching a few waves and eventually even riding a wave-ski.
Discovering the SUP has given Charles a new leash of life and has opened many doors, including meeting Laird Hamilton and competing in the 2013 Battle of the Paddle event. Check out the news clip below, of Charles appearing on Wake Up San Diego, and hear him talk about his incredible and inspiring life journey.