Profiles in Courage

Profiles in Courage is a blog/column dedicated to sharing and honoring the stories of people who have suffered injuries and are regaining their strength physically, mentally and spiritually through surfing.

Profiles in Courage: Jocelyn Judd

Profiles in Courage: Jocelyn Judd

Profiles in Courage: Jocelyn Judd By Domenica Berman Jocelyn paddling out on her first surf trip to Launiupoko, Maui with the High Fives Foundation in 2015. Photo: Trevor Clark Photography On the morning of April 19th, 2014, Jocelyn Judd donned her fat suit and hit the slopes. “Yeah, I think I bought the fat suit for Halloween the year before and never ended up wearing it, so I don’t know, I thought it would be funny to wear it skiing.” It was closing weekend of the season at Grand Targhee, Wyoming and everyone was goofing around. “My friend was videoing because I thought it would be funny to see what happened with the fat suit and my hair when I did a backflip,” Jocelyn chuckled. “I thought you know, I’ve been doing back flips since I was like 12, no big deal and then I just picked up way...
Profiles in Courage: Roy Tuscany

Profiles in Courage: Roy Tuscany

Profiles in Courage: Roy Tuscany By Domenica Berman Roy’s infectious energy shows as he gets out of the water at Duke’s Ocean Fest. Photo: Trevor Clark. “Holy shit, first place!” Roy Tuscany exclaimed at the scoreboard minutes after his third heat of the day. He’d won first in his heat and advanced straight to the finals the next day in the Ventura Paddle Surfing Championships on October 7th. The Paddle Surfing Championships include“open” events for all athletes and also“adaptive” competitions for athletes who are disabled in one way or another. The adaptive athletes use waveskis, which are a mix of a kayak and a surfboard for maximum paddle power and maneuverability. When I asked Roy how it felt to win his heat he said with a laugh, “It’s really fun to win something again! It’s been a long time.” He went on to explain, “Ever since my injury, competition...
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