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Snowboard with boots attached and crutch rig made by Buddy Elias

Snowboard with boots attached and crutch rig made by Buddy Elias

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Description (Brief)
Snowboard with boots attached and crutch rig made by Buddy Elias from equipment he had on hand and from items purchased from a local hardware store.
In 2000, Buddy Elias lost his leg below the knee to Buergers Disease, an inflammatory disease of the blood vessels which can lead to reduced circulation in the extremities. A recreational snowboarder and skateboarder, Elias did not stop participating in the sports he loved but chose to adapt his snowboard equipment to fit his changing physical needs. Elias is now a double amputee using a wheelchair to grind curbs as if it were a skateboard. Elias plans to get back to his extreme sports as soon as he is able and will adapt his equipment further to satisfy his urge to play.
Object Name
snowboard, adaptive sports
Adaptive snowboard
date made
Elias, Buddy
Elias, Buddy
Physical Description
fiberglass (overall material)
metal (overall material)
fabric (overall material)
leather (overall material)
overall: 58 in x 11 in x 13 in; 147.32 cm x 27.94 cm x 33.02 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Adaptive Sports
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Sports & Leisure
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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