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Jon Comer: Adaptive Skateboarding Pioneer

By Andres Pachon

A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.

 

"I'm not trying to impress anybody. I'm just skating and having fun."
 - Jon Comer

Who said skateboarding isn't for everyone? Jon is the proof of that, being the first adaptive skateboarders in the world and showing the whole skateboard community that nothing is impossible when you have passion.

 

Jon Comer Changing Skateboarding

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Photo: Jason Lee (Unsplash)

Comer become pro in the mid 90s and started to impress all skaters. His sick vert and concrete skatepark videos raised praise from everyone in the skate community. He also had a part in the 1999 Powell vídeo called 'Magic', inspiring a whole generation of future athletes with dissabilities to push themselves and become pros in skateboarding and action sports.

 

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The Godfather of Adaptive Skateboarding

Jon Comer was the Don of Adaptive Skateboarding. Maybe at first not all skaters noticed his prosthetic leg since the stuff he was doing was as good as just any other pro skater at the time. Comer injured his right foot when he was just four years old, and had it amputated at age 7. This didn't stop him from taking up skateboarding at 12 years old.

Comer is responsible for bringing adaptative sports to X games. He passed away december 5th of 2019 but his memory will always be remembered to the skate world. Jon went beyond every challange life put in front of him and is a true example of survival.

 

 

Read also: Chris Cole: From Grandma’s Window to a Skateboarding Legend

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