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Paraplegic man surfs Cape waves, starts inspiring project to get others on board

7 September 2017 12:50 PM
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David Nhlapo was left wheelchair-bound after he jumped in front of a bullet to save his pregnant partner and their unborn child.

Wheelchair-bound David Nhlapo recently braved the waves of Muizenberg Beach to learn how to surf and has since started a foundation to inspire others living with disabilities.

Nhlapo flew from Pretoria to Cape Town to learn adaptive surfing with the Surf Emporium.

He lost the use of his legs after he jumped in front of an attacker's bullet to save the lives of his pregnant partner and unborn child.

The couple were mugged in January last year and he took two shots to his spine that left him paralysed, but saved the lives of his fiancé and young baby.

Nhlapo says he researched activities that where wheelchair-friendly and found out about adaptive surfing online.

What happened in my mind was that I didn't want anything to limit me.

David Nhlapo, founder of the Victorious David Foundation

I was a very active person before I was injured, I was always in gym.

David Nhlapo, founder of the Victorious David Foundation

Surfing is something that I want to do regularly. I want to break barriers.

David Nhlapo, founder of the Victorious David Foundation

He has now founded the Victorious David Foundation to help show other people living with disabilities that life does not end.

I want to push and inspire each and every person who is in a wheelchair. I want to show them that there is still something that you can do for your life.

David Nhlapo, founder of the Victorious David Foundation

He explains that a positive mindset is what has pushed him to challenge himself and live without limits.

My life has changed forever. It's a situation that no one can prepare for, but I can still live.

David Nhlapo, founder of the Victorious David Foundation

I'm wheelchair-bound. I can't walk, but my mind is not disabled. I can still think and do a lot of things that I want to do.

David Nhlapo, founder of the Victorious David Foundation

I think that day I became a hero for my son and fiance. I could have died.

David Nhlapo, founder of the Victorious David Foundation

I don't want disabled people to hide or think it's over.

David Nhlapo, founder of the Victorious David Foundation

Take a listen to his inspiring story:

Thumbnail image credit: @jeffayliffe on Twitter.


7 September 2017 12:50 PM
Tags:
Surfing
Disability
Foundation
Be Inspired
David Nhlapo
Adventure

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