Christiaan was a professional skateboarder and surfer alternating his home between Santa Cruz, California and serving as a surf safari guide in Central America and west Africa. A skateboard crash while shooting a video would paralyze Christiaan from the waist down and put his lifestyle in question.
Questions are made to be answered and Christiaan was a firm “yes” when it came to returning to his passions. With the help of all his former sponsors, Christiaan remained able to continue surfing on tour, becoming not only the first paralyzed World Surfing Association National Champion, but also the first paralyzed person to surf “Mavericks” in Half Moon Bay, California.
In 2010, Christiaan was selected by the International Olympic Committee to showcase the sport of WCMX during the Vancouver Paralympic Opening Ceremonies.
Christian is also the CEO of Ocean Healing Group, a non-profit that provides adaptive sports adventures in Costa Rica to children in wheelchairs and their families. See his YouTube channel here: