A Paraplegic Windsurfs From Maui to Molokai

After a horrible car accident on the way to what was to be an epic ski trip in Utah, Darren Quinn woke up a paraplegic.

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He was a great golfer and skier, and even had dreams of going pro someday, but life took its own turn and he had to turn with it.

Darren was in ICU for 41 days followed by months in rehab. He needed 24 hour care.

After sometime of living with his Grandparents and being tended to around the clock by his sweet Grandma Susie, nurses and friends, Darren knew it was time for him to figure life out for himself.

He moved to Hawaii with his entourage and settled in.

Luckily for Darren, he had learned to paint as a young man too and thought he might give it a try again. He had gained the ability to lift his arms in a jagged manner, but that was about it. So he had a splint developed to hold a brush in his hand and he used a rocking motion to get his arm moving so that he could paint.

Darren realized one day that duck tape was pretty handy and, because it was so sticky, it could stick to his hands and he could actually guide it to the canvas.

Darren started painting with duck tape.

As time wore on Maui, Darren and some of his new friends (one a famous windsurfing board shaper and another a famous windsurfer) thought it would be cool it they could build a windsurfer that could carry Darren so that he could experience windsurfing across the channel from Maui to Molokai.

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Darren and #Laird Hamilton

It took over a year, but the day came and Darren’s MISOGI came true.

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“It was the ride of my life!”

Darren went on to become a very successful painter and has his paintings on television news sets and restaurants in Las Vegas.

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Surviving was a MISOGI in and of itself, but as life moves forward, Darren is an amazing example of someone who took on MISOGI after MISOGI in order to live a full and happy life.

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