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Young amputee loses limb, but not his spirit

January 16, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Now and again, people like Sean Reyngoudt cross our paths. In Reyngoudt's case, quite literally jump across our path.

Reyngoudt will take your breath away. Mike Walsh has seen it. He sponsors Reyngoudt on a professional kite surfing team.

The kid is pretty good on the kite surfing or wake boarding, but that's not entirely what's inspiring about Reyngoudt.

"When I kite surf, I'll be out there doing all my tricks and everything having a good time and then I come in to the beach and people realize that I'm missing my leg and they are totally shocked by it," Reyngoudt said.

In 2003 when Reyngoudt was 19, he lost his left leg below the knee in a freak forklift accident.

Reyngoudt took up kite surfing two years after his accident and today, he's the only handicapped professional kite surfer.

"I have basically all titanium components in here," Reyngoudt said.

Before his accident, Reyngoudt ran track in high school and loved fishing.

After losing his leg, he went through the roller coaster of emotions. The day he got his prosthetic limb changed him.

"They were able to fit me the first day and I was running out of their office," he said. "It was a really unique feeling and I was super happy about it too.

"I don't let it slow me down and that's something every amputee should do, is just take full advantage of what you have and live life every day as you can and enjoy it."