Colin Cook lost his left leg to a 13-foot tiger shark in October 2015 while surfing on the North Shore of Oahu. In December 2016, he represented team Hawaii placing fourth in the ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship.
In a little over a year, Cook had gone through a painful rehabilitation, made his own prosthetic in order to surf again, and then competed in the highest level of competition to find himself within reach of the podium.
Cook had been surfing for years before the accident, it was his life, the reason he had come to the North Shore. So, after the accident, it wasn't if it was when was Cook going to surf again.
After going home to Rhode Island for the support of family and friends through the tough rehab, Cook realized there wasn't a prosthetic that he could use to surf because of his amputation above the knee.
With the help of close friends, he began to engineer his own. And with trial and error, came success. When he took to the water to compete for the WASC he was surfing with a leg he had built.
Cook's story is one a 100% dedication, against the odds and in quite a short amount of time he was back doing what he loved. For Colin Cook, Surfing will always be a part of his life.
His success continues with a recent win at the 2017 HSA Hawaii State Championship.