Oscar Loreto is a skater from Los Angeles. He’s also missing his left foot and nine of his fingers. Oscar was born with a congenital birth defect that affected the development of his left foot and both hands. He started skateboarding to show others that he could conquer his challenge.
“Society has these images of like, perfect, and, you know, a lot of people that are missing limbs and whatnot think they don’t fall in that category. They just dont realize that they do. If you really want it, you’ll learn how to ollie.” says Loreto.
Whether he meant to or not, he’s inspiring others among the handicap community.
“Inspired is putting it lightly, like blown away, basically.” said writer Rob Brink, referring to the first X-Games Adaptive Sporting event.
Oscar credits his own inspiration to an edition of CCS he was flipping through where he saw pictures of Jon Comer doing kick flips. Jon Comer is the first professional skateboarder with a prosthetic which he had for an amputated lower leg.
Adaptive Action Sports (or ADACS) is an organization that helps people with permanent disabilities like himself find confidence through skateboarding and other things like surfing and snowboarding.
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Filmed and edited by Andrew Norton