Playing Skateboarder Born Without Legs Learns to Embrace His Disability Through the Sport
A Brazilian man has found a way to embrace the disability of which he was once ashamed — by skateboarding.
Vinicios Sardi, who was born without legs due to a congenital malformation, used to feel a sense of embarrassment about his condition.
“I’ve always been ashamed of being exposed because of my prostheses,” Sardi said. “A huge obstacle I had in my life was being ashamed of exposing myself without my legs. I was really ashamed of accepting that.”
But, when Sardi discovered he could still skateboard, his entire life changed.
“I always liked skateboards,” the 21-year-old said. “I always saw videos, magazines and photos of other skateboarders. And one day I saw on television, someone skating without their legs like me. It changed my life. I thought, ‘Well, if he can do it, why can’t I?’”
Initially, Sardi said he attempted to skateboard while wearing his prosthetics, which he was used to wearing.
“My prosthetics are simple and they’re not prepared for the sport so I ended up breaking one of them,” Sardi said. “I had no funds to buy another prosthetic so I decided to skateboard without them.”
Sardi said his passion for skateboarding surpassed any shame he felt about his condition. Sardi is now a regular at his local skate park and dreams of…