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Christiaan Otter Bailey

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Phone: (530) ***-****  HQ Phone
Ability First Sports
551 Citrus Ave
Chico , California 95926
United States

Company Description: Wheelchair sports camp designed to provide instructional & recreational sports opportunities to youth with physical disabilities

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Coaches Corner | Ability First Sports, 13 June 2015 [cached]
Christiaan "Otter" Bailey Coach at Ability First since 2007
Christiaan is a professional Surfer and WCMX rider from Santa Cruz, California. He's currently a multiple world record holder in surfing the planets most dangerous waves, spending most of his time traveling on the ASP world tour.
Ambassador Spotlight: Christiaan Bailey - Life Rolls On Foundation current [cached]
Ambassador Spotlight: Christiaan Bailey
Splash Home Page > Media Room > Rolling eNewsletter Archive > Rolling: Third Quarter 2008 > Ambassador Spotlight: Christiaan Bailey
Ambassador Spotlight: Christiaan Bailey
Christiaan Bailey's career in action sports was on the rise, as he traveled the world to showcase his talents as a skater and surfer. So, it is with unfortunate irony that the skate park Bailey knew best, hurt him the worst. In July 2006, while filming a video at Derby Skate Park in his hometown of Santa Cruz, CA, Christiaan, then 25, fractured his L3 and L4 vertebrae paralyzing him from the waist down.
With the support of family and friends, Bailey was determined to not allow spinal cord injury (SCI) deter him from his dreams. Upon release from the hospital, Christiaan and his friends began the monumental task of adapting the sports he loved to his new disability. Working in conjunction with shaper Eric Roush and board manufacturer Surftech, Bailey made groundbreaking improvements to SCI surfboard design.
Since his injury, Christiaan continues to surf and skate around the world, including stops throughout the Americas and Europe. As an Ambassador for Life Rolls On, he has surfed in exhibitions at the O'Neill Coldwater Classic, NSSA National Championships, WSA National Championships, The Reef Panama Classic and the US Open of Surfing.
Most recently, he co-founded Shaka Surf Camp, the first surf camp in Central America that is fully ADA compliant and specifically designed to cater to both able-bodied and disabled surfers. Learning first-hand how disability affects an entire family, one of the camp's goals is to sponsor trips for wheelchair-bound children and their families. Family members will come as guests of the camp to enjoy a much-needed vacation, while the child will learn to surf under quality instruction and care to meet his or her special needs.
"Being an Ambassador for LRO means representing something greater than oneself," Bailey explained. "By serving as a mentor to those who have recently sustained spinal cord injuries, you have the chance to reinstill in them confidence, drive and determination...empowering them to pursue their dreams, despite the challenges life has thrown their way."
Christiaan continues to set lofty goals for himself, which includes surfing in an exhibition at Mavericks, a torrential big wave surfing competition at which he served as guest announcer last year, as well as promoting adaptive surfing to a worldwide audience. "It's critical to follow your dreams and cultivate your passions," said Bailey, now 27. "Otherwise, you're not really living, just existing."
When Christiaan is not on Surfline charting the next incoming swell, one can find him traveling, surfing, paddle boarding, scuba diving, chairskating, fishing, quad-riding and always living life to its fullest - never looking back at a life that once was, but always looking forward to the future that lies ahead.
To learn more about Christiaan Bailey, visit his MySpace page.
Rolling: Third Quarter 2008 - Life Rolls On Foundation current, 30 May 2010 [cached]
Ambassador Spotlight: Christiaan Bailey
Thanks also to Christiaan Bailey and Tiana Mayumi Martin, who sent daily reminders to LRO's social networking groups to vote each day, and to friends and sponsors, including Jason Mraz and Hurley, who posted the link onto their websites, encouraging their supporters to vote for Life Rolls On.
The last of LRO's Expression Sessions for 2008 will feature LRO Ambassador Christiaan Bailey surfing in the O'Neill Coldwater Classic, which takes place October 21-26 in Santa Cruz, California.
LRO Ambassadors Patrick Ivison, Xavier Horan and Christiaan Bailey joined LRO Founder Jesse Billauer in the water to surf in the Expression Session presented by Disaboom, while LRO Ambassador Tara Llanes provided media commentary overlooking the action.
As a charter member of LRO's Ambassador Program, Christiaan Bailey is one of the most active and visible representatives of Life Rolls On. Learn how this surfer and skater inspires others by demonstrating how "life rolls on" after spinal cord injury.
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Christiaan Bailey, Adaptive ..., 8 Oct 2008 [cached]
Christiaan Bailey, Adaptive & Special Needs Director, Shaka Surf Camp
Christiaan Bailey - Life Rolls On Foundation, 5 July 2011 [cached]
Christiaan Bailey
Homepage > Who Is LRO > Who Benefits From Our Work? > Christiaan Bailey
My LRO Story - Christiaan Bailey
Christiaan Bailey was injured in 2006 at his local favorite local skate park, but that has not stopped him from pursuing his athletic dreams. After working hard to recover, he immediately got back to doing what he loves, surfing every morning and skating every afternoon, albeit chairskating now. Christiaan learned of LRO and its programs through his surfer buddies and well, as they say...the rest was history!
As an ambassador for LRO, Christiaan continues to use his courage and enthusiasm to inspire others with physical disabilities. "When people first sustain an SCI, they feel as if their dreams are gone. LRO's programs, like They Will Surf Again, show people that they can accomplish more than they think," explains Bailey. "LRO instills in people the confidence, drive and determination to pursue their dreams despite the challenges life throws at them."
Christiaan has definitely pursued his dreams, surfing in exhibitions at the O'Neill Coldwater Classic, NSSA National Championships, WSA National Championships, The REEF Panama Classic and the US Open of Surfing.
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