SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Randy Abbott gets around in a wheelchair, paralyzed from the waist down. But that hasn’t prevented him from surfing three or four times a week. You see, it wasn’t that long ago doctors told him he would never surf again after a back surgery went terribly wrong.
After spending fourteen years as a Marine Corps recon scout sniper, Abbott’s body got pretty banged up. When he got out of the service he needed back surgery. But during that surgery his spinal cord ended up getting accidentally severed, leaving him paralyzed.
But Abbott turned his tragedy into a triumph, opening a surf camp for kids with disabilities. After all, he was able to get back into the water himself because of specially designed surfboards. Surfboards that ended up getting stolen Monday night after two thugs assaulted Abbott, leaving him with cuts and scrapes after they threw him out of his wheelchair