At Adaptive Surfing Magazine we were recently contacted by a group of surfers that have rallied around supporting their friend, Jay Liesener, and helping him maintain his passion for surfing. Leisener suffered a C4 and C5 spinal cord injury at age 17 from a trampoline accident, which has left him with 15% body function. Surfing is his favorite pastime and his friends, which dubbed themselves "Team Surfgimp", make sure he can get into the water whenever he is feeling up for it.
It comes with great sorrow to learn that Liesener's condition is becoming more and more challenging and many specialists have recommended that he live out his life in bed. Liesener made the challenging decision to do what he loves and stay active, choosing quality of life over quantity, “this is the last opportunity I have to live the life I want to live, instead of dying in a hospital,” stated Liesener. He has always wanted to surf Southern California, so Team Surf Gimp is making it happen for him and you can come share some waves with Jay!
To learn more about Jay please read the article, "Death by a Thousand Waves" published by The Cape Gazette.
The video below features a recent interview with Jay and Team Surfgimp on a local television show, Delmarva Life. Take a few moments to watch, get stoked, and be grateful.