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Skaters with Disabilities to Get Championship Series in 2012
While scanning the news this week I was very pleased to discover that there is a new skateboarding championship series that will be debuting in the spring of 2012. Here are a few more details:
About the Championship Series
The Adaptive Skateboard Championship Series is being created by Adaptive Action Sports, an organization that was founded in 2005 by Daniel Gale and Amy Purdy. Daniel Gale is a skateboarder and snowboarder with a history of working for ESPN. Amy Purdy is an award winning snowboarder and advocate for Element Skateboards as well as a below-the-knee double amputee. Their organization's mission is to create programs for young adults living with permanent, physical impairments.
The annual series will consist of six skate competitions to be held throughout North America as well as four, optional, learn to skate clinics. The organization is hoping to be able to offer prize purses valued over $3,000 at each stop and is actively seeking sponsors. Given that some of the tentative stops are planned for major skate competitions like the 2012 Summer X Games, I suspect the organization will have no trouble securing sponsors.
About Disabled Pro Skateboarder Jon Comer
Some skate fans may not realize it but there are disabled pro skateboarders that continue to compete. One worth noting is Jon Comer. Comer lost the use of his legs at the tender age of four in a tragic accident. He went on to become a venerable figure in the skateboarding world and turned pro in the late 1990s. Many in the industry consider him to be the first pro skater with a prosthetic limb. He has participated in such recognizable events as the Extremity Games, the Velocity Games, the Tampa Pro and the Vans Warped Tour. Because he is considered an inspirational figure, a documentary was made about his life in 2004 entitled Never Been Done. The documentary also contains interviews with other skateboarding legends like Steve Caballero, Mike Vallely and Tony Hawk. He has also appeared in several skate magazines including Thrasher, Slap and TransWorld. Comer hails from Dallas, Texas, and uses a goofy footed stance. Over the years he has received sponsorship support from Gringo Skateboards, Bones Wheels and Independent Tucks.
My children are skaters and I have a history of following the sport.
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