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Elias, Buddy  Search this
Elias, Buddy  Search this
Physical Description:
fiberglass (overall material)
metal (overall material)
fabric (overall material)
leather (overall material)
overall: 58 in x 11 in x 13 in; 147.32 cm x 27.94 cm x 33.02 cm
Object Name:
snowboard, adaptive sports
Adaptive snowboard
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Description (Brief):
Snowboard with boots attached and crutch rig made by Buddy Elias from equipment he had on hand and from items purchased from a local hardware store.
In 2000, Buddy Elias lost his leg below the knee to Buergers Disease, an inflammatory disease of the blood vessels which can lead to reduced circulation in the extremities. A recreational snowboarder and skateboarder, Elias did not stop participating in the sports he loved but chose to adapt his snowboard equipment to fit his changing physical needs. Elias is now a double amputee using a wheelchair to grind curbs as if it were a skateboard. Elias plans to get back to his extreme sports as soon as he is able and will adapt his equipment further to satisfy his urge to play.
Currently not on view
Snowboarding  Search this
Adaptive Sports  Search this
recreational  Search this
Disabilities  Search this
Credit Line:
Buddy Elias
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Sports & Leisure
Data Source:
National Museum of American History