Last night I rolled up the hill in my neighborhood to the skate park. It was after hours and late and yes, pitch black. But I wanted badly to try rolling around nevertheless. And as my buddy Brett Martin taught me, “Make it happen!” Which is exactly what we did.
Me and buddy Mark charged around in the dark as he ran behind me shining the light from his cell phone and goproing. Mark spotted me up hills and on table tops.
Pure fun was had!! Much aloha – Damon
Yesterday I woke up to a beautiful sunny day and thought what a great day for a jump at Skydive Hawaii. It was epic conditions, blue skies and perfect winds.
I had such a fun jump. We exited forward, somersaulting into freefall. While burning a hole in the sky at 120 mph I practiced body positioning and left and right turns. After deploying chute I practiced some canopy work too. Thank you so much Brett Martin! Another awesome day at Skydive Hawaii.
Another great day was had at Manawale’a Riding Center for some therapeutic horseback riding. Manawale’a will work with children of all ages regardless of mental or physical challenges and are able to accommodate large or small groups.
Depending on a riders experience and comfort, a beautiful trail ride is offered which includes exercises to help with balance and coordination.
Heres video we took of doing this. Also check out the video of the safe and comfortable hoyer lift used to assist with transferring on and off their horses. Aloha
VIDEO: Trail Ride
VIDEO: Horse Transfer with Lift
Great talking with the guys at Purpose 2 Play. Check out their site for more amazing action sports features. Mahalo for the cool article.
It was an amazing day at Manawale’a Riding Center located in Waimanalo on Oahu’s eastern shore. Manawale’a creates a safe nurturing environment where people with special needs can experience the unconditional love and bonding horses provide.
I got to work with Humvee, a beautiful and gentle mare. An adaptive saddle with a built in backrest and a hoyer lift made the transfer from wheelchair to horseback effortless.
Riding Humvee was incredible and with the adaptive saddle, balance was a breeze. As her shoulders rose in stride so did my thighs giving a sensation of walking. It was wonderful how she felt like an extension of my body. Afterward riding I got to spend time bonding and grooming Humvee.
The riding center was teeming with animal life from horses to dogs to cats and chickens. Such a beautiful experience! Aloha
Jumping from airplanes and into shark-infested waters. Just another day for a wheelchair rider…
Eleven years ago by chance, I met dear friends on the north shore of Oahu. Since then we have reunited often, finding many beautiful adventures together.
This year after a quick tire repair and yummy malasada pastries, we returned to Haleiwa on Oahu’s north shore to enjoy some delicious huli huli chicken with pineapple coleslaw. After lunch we wandered down the road to enjoy shave ice at Matsumoto’s. It hit the spot on such a hot day.
On the way home, we explored Dole Plantation and enjoyed pineapple ice cream.
The next day we drove to Keaiwa Heiau and also to Izumo Shrine. Both were breath taking! After exploring the Chinese Cultural Plaza we went on to Ala Moana to meet up with a friend for lunch. While finding our way to the restaurant we happened to see sumo Grand Yokozuna, Konishiki!
Lunch was great and we discovered that we were all the same level of spinal cord injury. So we instantly formed Team C6!
When leaving the mall parking lot we accidently forgot a wheelchair sliding transfer board only to return several hours later to find it in the exact same spot in the parking stall. There is so much aloha in Hawaii.
It was so wonderful to visit again and am already looking forward to more adventures with my beautiful friends from across the sea. – Aloha
I had one of the most beautiful days in my life! It was an amazing day on the north shore of Oahu, perfect weather for a long time dream. The boat ride 3 miles offshore was breathtaking.
Upon reaching the dive location the boat idled for a bit, the sound of the diesel engines attracting the sharks to the surface. The metallic boat hull and propellers also give off electricity that’s attractive to these graceful creatures. I learned later that our bodies give off energy that the cage only amplifies which also attracts sharks.
As I sat at the edge of the boat preparing to descend into the cage I could see thru the crystalline waters a shark swimming directly below the cage. Much to my surprise seeing these amazing creatures underwater and up close was very peaceful. They swim with such a grace thats truly amazing. It was such a beautiful time and I look forward to continuing my relationship with life’s beauty. – Aloha
Another wonderful day at Skydive Hawaii with tandem jump instructor Richard Dopplemayer aka “Papa Dop”. It was a beautiful sunny day with passing cloud cover.
On our load, they found a nice big puka or hole in the clouds for us to jump through. The view was amazing and freefall flight was epic.
I was able to strap my GoPro on my chest so that I could share our view of the jump. You can hear on the video when we are low enough to see my Mogo wheelchair for landing, and theres a cool picture below of us targeting my chair on final approach.
The week before this, I was surfing and happened to meet the band Third Eye Blind. They were very nice and sincere guys. I wanted to put a beautiful relaxing song on my jump footage and used their song “The Background”, which we so happened to have a memorable conversation about at the beach.
Love life! Aloha