By Nicolas Fernandes
A cerebral palsy sufferer has defied the odds to go VOLCANO SURFING thanks to friends who carried him to the top.
Zach Anner, 33, of Austin, Texas, USA, added the activity to his long list of daring adventures for the video he made in collaboration with the non-profit UCP Wheels for Humanity.
The comedian’s disorder was caused by brain damage during birth that limited his muscle coordination, leaving him in a wheelchair his whole life.
For the trip up Cerro Negro, in Nicaragua, each friend took turns to carry him on their back, while physical therapist David Calver climbed up using his crutches.
Surfing down the volcanic ash on wooden board took a magical but mere three minute, compared to the hour it took the group to transport lucky Zach.
They shot the footage while in the area to help with Wheels Up Nicaragua, an initiative in which the charity delivered wheelchairs to the poor.
Zach hopes the clip will inspire others in his situation to get out and try some adventurous things.
Ron Cohen, CEO of UCP Wheels for Humanity, said, “He’s a thrill seeker. He’s always doing something adventurous, so it’s not even a surprise that he came up with this idea.
“He creates awareness about what people with disabilities are capable of doing.
“I hope other disabled folks watch this video and realize that they can go out and do stuff like this.
“First they had to get him up to the top, which was quite an ordeal as you can see in the video.
“Then they slid down at a speed of over 30 miles per hour. It’s very dangerous.
“These are the kinds of things that Zach does. He really pushes his limits.”
On his way down the bumpy slope, his board flipped over. The same exact thing happened to David a few minutes earlier.
Ron said: “It definitely made me shake my head. He could have killed himself.”
The comedian has done various risky activities such as bungee jumping off a bridge and ziplining through a forest.
Ron said: “You really can’t talk about Zach with a disability because he does things that people without disabilities would be too afraid to try.
“I wouldn’t do half the things that he does. They are just too dangerous.”
To donate to UCP Wheels for Humanity, visit http://ucpwheels.org/.