14-year-old Kai was featured on AllOnGeorgia last year after he traveled to Florida for a charitable cause for the visually impaired. His story drew attention because of his desire to raise awareness about Retinitis Pigmentosa, or RP, an eye disease that has claimed his own vision.
But the Bulloch County teen continues to not only spread joy to the visually impaired community through ‘Kai’s Comforts’, but he’s doing things big things and landed the title of the world’s only (known) visually-impaired skimboarder, a sport he’s been doing since 2005.
The company Exile skimboards became interested in sponsoring Kai after a recommendation from World Champion Skimboarder Austin Keen brought Kai to their attention. The California-based company has an enormous team and, as a whole, has been incredibly supportive of his participation in the sport. They say Kai is the only legally blind skimboarder with a sponsorship in the world.
“He loves sharing the sport, being an ambassador for Exile Skimboards and encouraging others to live a “#noexcuses” lifestyle.”
And just like with Kai’s Comforts, Kai shares his story and his joy with others. The skimboarder recently attended a surfing camp in North Carolina – one that draws children from all over the world with a focus for the visually impaired (VI). There, he was able to meet several of his Instagram followers, ranging from 12-years-old to 47. His travels along the East Coast have also allowed him to network with other skimboarders and those with low vision.
The camp, in its 10th year, is free to attendees, but has a strong need for donations. [If you are interested in donating to the program, please visit: https://www.crowdrise.com/
Kai said of the camp:
Kai is proof that the word “impaired” is not a lifestyle.