Patrick Ivison, a 15 year old quadriplegic surfer who was featured in TransWorld SURF’s “Innerviews” issue (August, 2009), and Ricochet, the Surfin’ for Paws-abilities surfer dog, teamed up to complete the first ever tandem surfing ride between an adaptive surfer and a dog!
Patrick is one of the most inspiring figures in the surf world, and it’s no surprise that he’s doing new things and pushing his limits. He doesn’t let anything get in the way of the things that he wants to achieve and regularly speaks for the Life Rolls On Foundation, which was started by fellow surfer Jesse Billauer.
You can find this new pair catching waves in San Diego over the next few weeks, practicing for the upcoming Surf City Surf Dog contest in Huntington Beach on October 11th where they will be demonstrating their new skills. Ricochet is fundraising to offset the costs of Patrick’s physical therapy and new service dog, and will also be competing in the contest to generate donations.
See this exciting, unusual, and touching event captured by KFMB-TV channel 8 below.
Here’s another video about the duo:
Visit Patrick’s website to Help Patrick Walk.
Ricochet’s website also has much more info.