I am Drew

an amputee surfer.

Gender: Male / Amputation: BKA
Foot: Venture / Shell color: Caucasian

This is my story

"In August 2010 I was involved in a tragic car accident in which three of my friends died. I suffered severe burn injuries on both of my legs, resulting in a below-the-knee amputation of my left leg. Before this, I was a collegiate soccer player at the University of San Diego and an avid surfer. When I was told that I was going to lose my leg, the first question I asked was, “Will I be able to surf again?” Surfing has always been my true passion, something that I want to do forever. My doctors told me that I might be able to do some limited surfing again. After I was released from the hospital, I found only one amputee surfer in the San Diego area. He told me that if I wanted to surf again, it would have to be on a longboard and that I would never be able to surf on a shortboard again. However, I refused to accept that opinion. I began surfing about six months after my amputation and within a month was surfing smaller and smaller boards. By three months, I was able to surf on my shortboard again, doing what I was told I would never be able to do. When I first started surfing with my prosthesis, I tried several different feet but did not like any of them. Three years ago, I came across the Venture foot and decided to try it because of the multi-axle features. I have been surfing on the Venture ever since. I really like the Venture foot because, more than any other foot I've tried, it mimics a real ankle. It has real multi-axle moment that no other foot has. Also, because it is a low profile foot, the multi-axle feature pivots at the same spot a real ankle flexes. The Venture foot feels the most natural. I now want to dedicate myself to surfing, and I truly believe that I can become the world’s best amputee surfer."