With a couple of local contests under his belt, his winning course was brought to a violent end when aged 16 he was hit by a car: he woke up a couple of weeks later with an amputated leg and waning down to half his body weight.
With extraordinary resilience and never blaming events, Llywelyn went back to his beloved #PorthCeiriad and 'felt alive again' as soon as he hit the water. Building his strength from mere minutes to hours in the water, and supported by an extraordinary local community (@abersochwatersports amongst others), he soon set his eyes on the top prize: the #Tokyo2020 #Paralympics. After a shout out, Ben Clifford @surfability_uk and the @welshsurffed stepped in and brought Llywelyn to #LaJolla California for the Stance ISA World #AdaptiveSurfing Championship. Against all odds, Llywelyn ended up ranking 5th in the world.
Now with serious #Olympics prospects, he is sharing his time between training for the @dukesoceanfest in August in #Hawaii and the next @isasurfing World Championship in December, as well sharing #stoke and gratitude, doing schools talks or volunteering with the @inspiredoceanproject for #beachcleanups.
Knowing that this inspiring & talented young athlete rides 'standard #surfboards straight from the shop', isn't it time a board #sponsor stepped up to the same level of commitment? @firewiresurfboards @grahamsmithsurfboards @cisurfboards @jsindustries1 @slaterdesigns @tomo_surfboards @pyzelsurfboards all eyes on you! ;) ✒️: @_laurence_b 📷: unknown. #reallifestoke #freesurfspirit #swellbound
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