Surf City's Signal Snowboards Develops Board That Lets the Paralyzed Hit the Slopes
I can relate to professional snowboarder Tim Ostler in this way. Years ago, as the last skier off the chair for the last run of the day at Brian Head, Utah, a binding broke off a ski, I tumbled near the top of the run and remained there until a ski patrolman came to save me. Ostler, of Murray, Utah, found himself in similar circumstances in Park City in 2000, only after he was tossed off balance on the last run, he broke his neck. He's been confined to a wheelchair ever since. Now, thanks to a Huntington Beach company, he's boarding again.
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Utah's Tim Ostler returns to the slopes thanks to an adaptive board made in Huntington Beach.
His savior, or saviors, were Signal Snowboards' Dave Lee and Marc Wierenga, who knew Ostler before his accident as a buyer for Backcountry. The Surf City shop actually has a program called "Every Third Thursday" that encourages employees to be creative. After leaning of the accident that left Ostler paralyzed from the chest down, Lee and Wierenga decided that making a wheelchair-adaptive snowboard for the pro fit the "Every Third Thursday" bill.
Ostler couldn't be happier with what Signal Snowboards produced, and there are now plans to market the board for others.
Meanwhile, please keep checking those runs late afternoons for us stragglers, ski patrol.
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