Seeded to represent South Africa once again at the 2nd annual ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship, Dries Millard turned his challenges into his dreams.
After being involved in a car crash at the age of 18, Millard was paralyzed and left 18% body function. Eight years later and he has turned what was once only a hobby into a burning passion with hopes of earning a gold medal for him and his country in world-class competition. “I realised that if I were not able to find a platform where I can train and exercise without limits I would, simply put, go insane,” Millard told Red Bull. Now with surfing Millard says, “The wheelchair quickly became something that just transported me from bed to the water. My independence became my own again.”
After finishing fifth in the first inaugural ISA World Adaptive Championship, Millard hosted and coordinated eight adaptive surf clinics, helping spread the stoke of surfing to almost 600 other disabled individuals.
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