Ryan Gambrell is a sponsored competitive surfer from San Diego and member of the US Adaptive Surf Team. For the last two years Gambrell has been competing in ISA and US Surfing competitions, taking second place at the 2016 USA Surfing Championships and first place at two WSA Championship Tour Stops - San Onofre and Oceanside. He is sponsored by Challenged Athletes Foundation, Degree 33 Surfboards, and Sticky Bumps Surf Wax.
Ryan grew up competing in martial arts where he fought to earn a spot on the US Men’s Karate Team, competing in tournaments throughout Europe and Japan and earning six US National Championship titles during his career. Gambrell is also a triathlete, completing six triathlons to date.
Gambrell is heavily involved with the Junior Seau Foundation Youth Adaptive Surf Clinics put on by Challenged Athletes Foundation where he passes along his passion for surfing to the younger generation, hosting events for first-time surfers with his same condition and being a mentor for the next generation.
Gambrell said in his CAF Bio, “Sports change people’s attitudes immediately,” he says, “I see it in their eyes. It’s like ‘Oh, this is awesome. What else can I do?’ Now, if you were to ask me what the biggest thing is I am working toward, it’s to encourage more of that!”
When he's not in the water, Gambrell also works as a photographer and designer.
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