Picture from the Expo here
April 20-22 I headed to the New Jersey Convention Center for the 2001 Abilites Expo. I go to the Expo every year. It is a great way to see what is new and try out some equipment. This year was better then ever for me because I got to meet some of you who read this site. On day one I hooked up with John and Jeff from the PA Center for Adaptive Sports. On to the Quickie booth it was a great pleasure to speak with Jim Martinson, the father of the Shadow mono-ski. I buzzed around and handed out some cards, looking for some new toys. One of the new and innovative products was the Spinergy...SPOX. Most all on the wheelchair manufactures had a demo model with this new wheel system. There were a lot of auto conversions as is every year. I thought the PT Cruiser was very cool. On day two I hooked up with Mike, an avid reader of sitski.com. It is great to know this site is helping people find equipment and choose products. It turns out we are only a few counties apart. It looks like I found a new ski buddy. I hooked up with Justin and Bob at the Quickie booth as I toured the rows of vendors. We talked about equipment, namely the Revolution Pro Comp. All three of us ski the RPC now. We all had the same thoughts about the show. Lots of the same stuff, but no toys. Don't get me wrong, the show was great, but we want to see more fun and extreme sport equipment. On day three I was just tooling around and jumping in some new equipment. There are some great wheelchairs and hand cycles I got to check out. I love this design by Shadow. All the controls, brakes and gears are on the crank handles. Very cool! If I was in the market for a hand cycle this would be a major contender. Also the word is that Shadow will have a new water ski available very soon. And sure enough you will find the details here on sitski.com. It was a great show and Lord willing next year, Extreme Adaptive Sports will be there in a booth loaded with the fun stuff for you to see and sit in first hand. I picked up some info on Freedom's Wings to try my hand at flying a glider and a few days later I was air born. Find an Abilites Expo near you and go to it. There is a lot to see and learn, don't pass it up. I checked out the booth for Canine Companions for Independence. I love dogs, so I was drawn right to this booth when I saw this face. They have assistance dogs trained for your specific needs, again, very cool! Another great thing about the expo is the camaraderie. Most of us live in the real world, and rarely come across other people with disabilities that are into the same things we are. This is a good way to meet those people and make some new friends, maybe find a skiing or riding partner. See you next time, Be Blessed!