The Life of Riley Poor
And here is Riley; going about his
business, still working on the simon dumont video, and the fucker can't walk anymore.
They are renting a great apartment in the 'nice part' of San Pedro, and Riley
is loving the spacious floor plan (lots of rehabilitative laps in his
chair) and the view (they overlook the bustling harbor, where tugboats hurry around 24/7 to orchestrate the coming and going of huge container ships - a novelty to a mountain man like Riley to say the least).
They've remained very busy since their arrival running daily errands; some of their favorite destinations: Whole Foods, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, and Riley's new primary care doctor's office in Redondo Beach for 3x/week administration of his blood-thinners (as he still remains at risk for blood clots).
Katrina has continued to be 'the busiest woman on Earth,' doing, well, everything, and Riley
has been logging a ton of active wheelchair time-his arms have been sore (in a good way) every morning from pushing pushing pushing.
Other than that, Riley
just wanted me to relay his
best sentiments to you all ... he
is still without internet access at the new apartment, but it should be up and running within the next couple of days, at which point he'll be able to re-insert himself into the web world (working on his
Macbook Pro is becoming easier and easier, by the way).
remains eternally grateful to all of you for the support, good vibes, and friendship.
The highlight of the event - besides watching all of the little munchkins in attendance crawl all over Riley
- had to have been Luke Van Valin's performance as live auctioneer.
My bro and I paid Riley
a visit this morning, and despite having a sore neck from 'looking up' during conversations with friends yesterday, his
spirits were the highest I've seen yet - suffice to say his
sense of humor has remained intact throughout this ordeal.
incredibly appreciative for everyone in his
life, and rightfully so... he
has some pretty great friends and family.
and Katrina will be leaving Denver for Los Angeles on Thursday (with the help of Jake Largess who will be driving their new van, packed with just a fraction of their belongings).
wants everyone to know that even if he
hasn't returned your email, text, Facebook wall post, etc., he
has read it and has drawn a huge amount of strength from the collective well-wishes; he
intends to get back to everyone in due time.
moves on to the next chapter in his
will continue to make strides with his
Take a pause for the cause and show your love for friend, partner and ski industry staple, Riley Poor, to help Riley get back on his feet.
In this Friday, April 3, 2009, photo, Riley Poor lifts weights at Craig Rehabilitation Hospital in the south Denver suburb of Englewood, Colo. Poor is a 26-year-old freeskier turned cinematographer who has worked with the biggest names in action sports, capturing award-winning images on peaks all over the world. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - The bright orange stickers were plastered all over at the Winter X Games, affixed to helmets, buildings, tops of skis, even on the seat of a chairlift.
Emblazoned on the decals were two neon words: Riley Poor
A new energy drink perhaps?
Or the latest line of must-have skiing attire?
Turns out Riley Poor
is a 26-year-old skier turned cinematographer who's worked with the biggest names in action sports, capturing award-winning images on peaks all over the world.
was conspicuously absent from January's Winter X Games in Aspen, represented instead by the swarm of orange stickers - a show of affection by friends.
could only watch the competition from a hospital bed as he
recovers from a spinal cord injury that's left him paralyzed from the chest down.
He did a back flip into an indoor pool after a night of celebrating with buddies following a Winter Dew Tour stop in mid-January at Mount Snow in Vermont, slamming his head against the bottom.
Now, Poor's going through rehab at Craig Hospital
, a Denver facility that specializes in spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries.
strength is steadily returning.
can lift his
hands and make a weak grip.
also can wiggle his
toes - with concentration.
Poor's rehab regimen is arduous, with hours a day spent lifting weights, doing pool therapy and other exercises.
"I've just always had this feeling that I'd have this amazing test in my life, that I would walk away from victorious," said Poor
, who's blogging about his
recovery on a Web site set up for him by Freeskier Magazine
"Don't worry," Poor
said, sipping Gatorade offered to him by his longtime girlfriend, Katrina Bobier, who is perpetually by his side.
The free-spirited freeskier sauntered down a quiet hospital corridor, screaming out "Ri-lanus" - his
nickname for Poor
- to locate his
"I knew right then," said Hall, who's spent countless hours filming with Poor
in the backcountry.
"I knew it was the same old Riley
The same old Riley
is the one they call "Shrek" because of his
ability to carry loads of gear on a shoot into remote locations.
the one they want filming on the mountain due to his
vision and concern for safety.
won't make them do something he
wouldn't attempt himself.
grew up in Crested Butte hoping to be the next Tommy Moe.
did the ski team thing, had sponsors like K2 and Oakley backing him.
thought that was his
met Seth Morrison, a rock star in the extreme skiing realm.
Morrison hollered at him one day from a chairlift at Crested Butte, inviting Poor
into a world he'd only been able to admire through watching ski movies.
jumped on board for the ride.
Ditching ski racing, he
dabbled in freeskiing, which was evolving from moguls and aerials to big-air and big-mountain competitions.
It was right up Poor's alley.
saw Hall in action.
At a competition at Snowbird in Utah, Poor
, who was 17 at the time, gawked in disbelief at this blond-haired kid performing unthinkable maneuvers.
Time for a career change.
"I was like, 'I'm not capable of being in this game if it's going to be played like that,'" Poor
Soon after, he
landed an internship with Matchstick Productions
, an action sports-film company.
borrowed money earmarked for college, purchasing an $8,000 movie camera.
career was launched.
On one of his
first assignments, he
captured snowmobiler Jay Quinlan leaping over a spillway of a dam, soaring nearly 80 feet in the air.
Not only did it make Matchstick's movie that year, it set a tone: Poor
doesn't miss his
Dumont and Poor
have collaborated quite a bit in recent years.
They were in the middle of filming a documentary entitled "Transitions" when Poor
was part of the crew for "Poor Boyz Productions" (the name's a coincidence) that filmed "Reasons," which was named ski film of the year at the 2009 Powder Video Awards.
hopes for that honor again.
"I'm realizing I'm going to be OK," said Poor, who's also the ski team manager of Nike 6.0, a youth-driven, action-sports sector of the company.
"My plan is to walk out of here.
But even if I spend the rest of my life in a wheelchair, it's going to open up a lot of doors and opportunities for me."
can recall every aspect of the accident.
was transported to a hospital in Albany, N.Y., where he
had surgery to fuse some vertebrae.
After that, he
was transferred to Craig to begin his
has this happen.
grew up admiring McConkey, who helped him get a foot in the ski-industry door.
Shane took that to the next level," Poor