The founder of AmpSurf in Pismo Beach is now a member of the United States Surfing Team.
Dana Cummings, a left leg below-knee amputee, qualified at Nationals last week in Oceanside.
A U.S. Marine Corps vet, Cummings lost his leg after his military service had ended. He told the doctors, “I want to surf! It is the only thing I haven’t been able to do,” according to a press release.
Cummings, 49, founded AmpSurf in Pismo Beach. The program teaches others with disabilities how to surf and to focus on “abilities”, not disabilities. It has now spread to chapters in New York and New England.
Cummings will surf in the coming weeks at the Hawaii Adaptive Championships on Oahu, The English Adaptive Open in Cornwall, England, and the Welsh Adaptive Championships in Snowdonia Wales.
Later this year, he will compete at the World Adaptive Championships, location to be determined.