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Sport Para snowboard
NPC United States   
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Haiku, HI, USA
Higher education
Media Studies - University of Oregon: Eugene, OR, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para snowboarding through the Teton Adaptive Sports organisation in Wyoming, United States of America.
Why this sport?
He was encouraged to take up Para snowboarding by his friend and US Para snowboarder Amy Purdy.
General Interest
Hiking, swimming, surfing, playing percussion, yoga, kite surfing. (Facebook profile, 11 Nov 2020;, 03 Nov 2020;, 01 Jan 2019;, 28 Jul 2020;, 11 Jun 2020)
He underwent heart surgery to correct an irregular heartbeat in June 2017. (, 2017)
Other sports
He competed at the 2020 World Para Surfing Championship in La Jolla, CA, United States of America. Prior to his amputation he competed as a professional snowboarder and mountain climber. (, 21 Jul 2015;, 21 Oct 2020;, 10 Jun 2020;, 11 Jun 2020; AmpSurf Facebook page, 25 Jun 2020)
In 2012 he developed an MRSA staph infection after a fish hook stabbed him in the foot while he was deep sea fishing in Maui, HI, United States of America. The infection resulted in the amputation of both his legs below the knee, his right hand, and all five digits above the knuckle on his left hand. The infection also damaged the valve on the right side of his heart, which resulted in him having a mechanical valve inserted in 2013. (, 21 Jul 2015;, 30 Sep 2015;, 2017;, 28 Jul 2020)
Other information
He has spoken about developing an addiction to prescribed pain medication after suffering injuries while snowboarding before his amputation. He believes his addiction contributed to the severity of his body's reaction to the infection that led to his amputation. "It all started with a series of accidents that ultimately got me hooked on painkillers. This is not how I lost my legs but how I ended up in an unhealthy state of living. Pain meds addiction caused my body to become so unhealthy that only after I stepped on a fish hook and was in a coma for 17 days did I end up losing my limbs. [In 2012] doctors were waking me up in a hospital room. I had gotten an MRSA staph infection from stepping on a fish hook, and ended up in a coma four days later. The prognosis was total liver and kidney failure from systemic shock due to taking 10 opiate pills a day, and the amputation of both legs, my right hand and half of my left hand." (, 01 Jan 2019;, 21 Oct 2020;, 28 Jul 2020)

He began surfing competitively at the 2018 Duke's OceanFest event in Waikiki, HI, United States of America, and went on to compete at the Para surfing world championship in 2020. "I found adaptive surfing to be the most freeing feeling in the world. The feeling of flying with the ocean and water really connected with me." (, 01 Jan 2019; AmpSurf Facebook page, 25 Jun 2020)

He has studied massage therapy and holistic healing at the Heartwood Institute in Garberville, CA, United States of America. (, 30 Sep 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
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