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I think if you find something you love doing enough you will always find a way to do it again, even if it is different to the way you did it before. medical staff put into his recovery just finding a way to do it, as being his surfing, Chris did say that he was that made a difference. an above knee amputee and missing more wary. my knee joint makes it hard to stand community and complete strangers “Support from my family, friends, up on a surfboard and keep my calculate the risks a bit more, and try to has been overwhelming and really balance,” he said. shorten my surf time and only go out important in my recovery. with numbers in the water,” he said. “Chloe took a year off work to “Designing a leg that mimicked “Now back surfing I think I me standing in a crouched position be there every day for my rehab and was one of the key factors in getting sightings around the area and if many appointments, and along with me back in the water. the weather is bad and the visibility this, I had great support from the is down it tends to bring back Port Lincoln community – I have also love doing enough you will always memories of the day I got attacked.” found speaking to other amputees as find a way to do it again, even if it is the best way of talking about all the different to the way you did it before.” back into the sport that he loves, and unknowns.” had some advice for others looking One of the advantages of the “I think if you find something you Chloe said that she was proud of “I also look for recent shark But, worries aside, Chris is getting Chris for getting back to surfing. to pursue their passions. new prosthetic is that it allowed Chris to take to the water, surfing again and that it was just a matter of time – that may not think they can achieve for the first time since the accident the ocean was always a big part of their goals: there is always a way, it is earlier this year. our lives and for a few years since the all about finding or connecting with attack it felt like this was missing.” the right people who can help you “It was always something I wanted to do since the attack – It was “I always knew it would happen Though loving getting back into “For all those people out there get there.” interview 23