Congratulations to Kristin and Thaddeus of Redlands, California for taking the Clay Marzo giveaway. Thaddeus, Kristin’s son, is a 9-year-old diagnosed with autism himself and actually began surfing in 2008 during the Surfer’s Healing day that was the end segment for Clay’s movie, Just Add Water. From then on Thaddeus has been hooked on surfing and it’s changed his life. Well Thaddeus, here’s an even bigger stoke, the Clay Marzo prize pack. Here’s their winning answer in full:
Clay Marzo may or may not win contests, and he may or may do the World Tour. Although, I am biased to believe that he will do this and more.
In addition to his insane accomplishments in the surf world, he will make history as a man who, “because of” or “in spite of” a complex neurological disorder, will make re-invent the sport, re-define “normal,” make magic, turn heads, crush expectations, inspire an entire industry and hopefully, the world.
My 9-year old boy is diagnosed with Autism, and he too perseverates on surfing. Doing it, talking about it, drawing it, watching it. This weekend, he paddled out and rode a wave alone for the first time. He felt so smart and proud of himself. He loves to watch Clay do his crazy, cool shit in “Just Add Water,” and our family continues to draw inspiration from him, his family & his path in the world.
Your name will be written in the stars, Clay.