If you’ve ever hit the waves or shredded a skatepark, chances are you’ve come across Christiaan “Otter” Bailey
If you’ve ever hit the waves or shredded a skatepark, chances are you’ve come across Christiaan “Otter” Bailey. He is world renowned for his surfing skills and WCMX moves and with good reason. Since his spinal-cord injury in 2006, Bailey has gone on to become captain of USA Surfing, is a four-time USA National Champion, ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship medalist and of course, our 2012 Get Out, Enjoy Life photo contest winner.
Many of you may recall his winning photo, “Shark Attack,” as Bailey is seen dropping into a 13-foot bowl during the Nike US Open of Surfing.
Now he’s dropping in to be one of six judges for our brand-new Wheels Up photo contest and we’re stoked to have him on board.
Since his iconic photo splashed across the September 2012 cover of SPORTS `N SPOKES, Bailey has been bouncing across the globe putting on WCMX clinics in different countries in an attempt to grow the sport for the next generation.
In recent years, his primary focus has been on the development of adaptive surfing and progression to the Olympics/Paralympics starting in Tokyo 2020.
Apart from sports, he spends a lot of his free time volunteering and traveling with an international NGO called, Global Mobility and distributes wheelchairs to kids in third world countries. You can follow Bailey’s journey by checking him out on Facebook and Instagram.
For more information about Global Mobility, visit them at http://www.globalmobilityusa.org/home