Photo by Ana Catarina
After a snowboarding accident left Victoria partially paralyzed, she returned to skiing and surfing. She trained hard to become an accomplished adaptive surfer on the competitive scene. Victoria has been surfing for Team Canada since 2016 and holds the world record for most women’s para surfing wins. Victoria has won four consecutive ISA Para Surfing World Championships and every contest in her division for 5 years. She is looking to progress the sport toward the Paralympic inclusion.
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Photo by Cliff Schumacher
After college Ashley decided to go back home and give back to her community by becoming a teacher and a coach. Ashley taught middle school, coached middle school volleyball, and coached high school basketball for two years. When she decided this career path was not for her and started looking into nursing programs she decided to move to California. After being in California for 4 days, on June 4, 2018, her life dramatically changed after being in a terrible car accident. Ashley was in ICU for two weeks on a ventilator and feeding tube. Medical personnel told her she would never be able to breathe, eat, talk, or walk again.
Ashley then went to Craig Hospital in Englewood, CO, where she started making incredible progress. She learned how to breathe on her own again. Next, learned how to talk and eat. Ashley started becoming independent again. After returning home Ashley now goes the gym and physical therapy to continue progress as well as for mental health. She still enjoys traveling and trying new activities and sports. In November 2022 Ashley went to Hawaii for a surf camp and fell in love with the sport. She decided there she wanted to start competing. With the help of INDY.CLUB Ashley was able to go to her first competition 6 months later.
In 2016, Sam faced an unimaginable challenge when he broke his neck, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. We met Sam early on when starting INDY.CLUB and stayed connected with him over the last few years.
Sam was a passionate surfer before his life-altering injury, and his unwavering love for the water drove him to stay connected to his passion. If you’re in NSB, Florida, you’ll likely spot him at the beach, capturing the talent of local surfers through his lens.
Recently, Sam released an absolutely EPIC edit from summer 2023, and we can’t emphasize enough how much all you surf fans need to check it out, especially if you call Florida home! He threw a rad viewing event in NSB, and boy it looked like a good time!
Sam embodies the very essence of INDY.CLUB, and we feel incredibly fortunate to have crossed paths with him. Beyond his surfing photography, Sam is a brilliant photographer in his own right.