SurfingPop by Orthofiga
Being disabled doesn't mean you have to spend your life moaning about the fact that you're not like the others and that you can't do what they do. Nope. On the contrary. Being disabled is all about doing what everybody else does and saying "Hey losers, I'm doing like you AND I'm doing it with one hand/leg/<whatever part is missing or misshaped> behind my back. What are you waiting for?".
Still, sometimes you do need a little help. I've been surfing for years, paddling out and popping-up single handed. It sort of worked, but I have to admit that it was tough for my spine and back in general especially during 7km paddle races. So with help of a doctor and a prosthetist I started tinkering and designing a sport oriented prosthetic limb.
Black Mamba, the thing I'm holding with my left hand on my profil picture, was born. It kicks asses at the gym, for cycling or any heavy duty work (I can smash cinderblocks with it, try doing the same with your left hand). But for surfing it tended to get in the way. So we went back to the drawing board.
After several drawings, experiments we finally got a resin prototype ready. Shorter, lighter and with a sturdier paddle, we had the tool I needed to paddle and pop up efficiently with both arms. Once the little details sorted out my prosthetist made the final version out of carbon fiber and marine grade stainless steel. And this is what you are looking at.
1/5 second exposure with Canon 5dmkII, 200 ISO 70-200 @ f/18 with 430exII flash in an octobox at 1/2 power