Hawaiian surfer Kawika Watt had a simple goal when he decided that he wanted to bring his love to the water for everyone, and make paddleboarding, a popular beach activity, just as accessible for those with disabilities. "I'm just a surfer," Watt said. "I said, 'Look brah, I wanna put a wheelchair on a surfboard or a stand-up paddleboard and then create something.'"
The result was the "Onit" Ability Board, a paddleboard that accommodates people with wheelchairs, allowing them to participate in water sports they might not have before. The board features a wheelchair designed for beach environments fixed to a specially crafted standup board, with special outriggers attached to each side of the board to balance them for users and a special ramp to lower them in the water.
"The way the board is designed, it's instant independence," Watt told NBC's Hallie Jackson for TODAY.