Finding His Sea Legs Tyler's journey to the 2022 Paralympics
Double amputee uplifts and inspires his community all while training for a chance at the 2022 Paralympics.
Tyler Turner has always lived his life to the fullest, and hasn't let losing both his legs to a skydiving accident slow him down at all. Through the support of his community, family, and friends Tyler has continued his life of adventure and fun hogging by just adapting as he goes. He is now training as a hopeful for the 2022 winter Paralympics in the sport of snowboarding. That same community that was there for him after his accident is there again supporting this new dream. Tyler gives just as much back to his community as they have given him. His presence and willingness to push that much harder is a source of inspiration for the people around him to see past the limitations they have set for themselves.
Co-owner of Kindred Snowboards. Tyler and Angie met up Mount Washington when Angie was running events, years ago. Angie has been a constant supporter in Tyler’s life since his accident, not only through her company, Kindred, but as a no-questions asked friend. Angie and Evan took Tyler’s companion, Kirra, in for 6 months while Tyler was in the hospital and in rehab.
Tyler’s adventure buddy. Cody and Tyler have been through a lot together. Cody got severely electrocuted years ago and Tyler was there for him then. Cody returned the favor without hesitation and slept in the hospital for the first month. He’s a yes man and someone who never once doubted Tyler’s abilities, even at his lowest. Cody’s unconditional friendship was a huge motivator to help Tyler back on snow.
Kate started as a colleague at K3 catskiing in Revelstoke, but quickly became a lifelong friend. Kate is not only a badass snowboarder, but a caring, motherly friend that wanted Tyler to succeed again. Tyler braved getting onto snow for the first time after his accident with Kate by his side.
Tyler has one of those electric personalities, you can’t stop listening to his stories of jumping out of airplanes, surviving a life altering accident, and getting back to life on two prosthetic legs. Ultimately, you can’t help but want to be friends with him. The snowboarding community has been a huge part of his mental and physical recovery, especially now that he’s chasing a Paralympic medal. Tyler’s relationship with the snowboarding community is symbiotic, as his character adds a lifeforce that inspires others to push past physical and mental pain to pursue their passions on the snow.
Childhood friend and co-owner of Kindred Snowboards. Evan’s friendship used to involve a lot of hucking themselves off of jumps on their snowboards but now revolves around the Kindred Custom Snowboard workshop, innovating, designing, and building custom shaped snowboards for Tyler and his new needs with prosthetic legs.
Tyler’s number one supporter; Kayleen stayed around after his accident despite only having dated him a couple of months. She is the reason why he is where he is today -- thriving. She initiated him to the ‘sea’ life and taught him the love of sailing while supporting him through his darkest lows, as graciously as can be.