Adaptive Kayaking from Start to Finish: One Family’s Experience
I first met Raymond Juballa and his mother, Rosanne Balla, in August of 2020 when they reached out to Angle Oar through our website to inquire about our adaptive paddling equipment.
Rosanne indicated they were doing preliminary research on what it would take to get Raymond, age 22 at the time, kayaking independently again. The family lives on a scenic, waterfront property and, prior to a life-altering accident one year earlier, Raymond was an avid kayaker, volunteer and all around active young man.
Rosanne had heard about our Versa Paddle and was seeking information on what other adaptive equipment might be required to meet Raymond’s specific needs. That initial inquiry kicked off a series of interactions between the family and Angle Oar staff that lasted a full eight months. This is the first in a series of seven blog posts that will describe, in detail, the major steps the Juballa family went through to get Raymond on the water again. Go to the end of this post to see other articles in the series, as they become available.
If there’s one thing that stands out about Raymond Juballa, it’s that he’s a “hands on” kind of guy. Whether it’s caring for animals as a part of his 10-year youth involvement in 4-H, teaching young people how to kayak safely, or designing new products with CAD, he likes to be active and involved.