DANI BURT

Dani Burt was in a traumatic motorcycle crash in 2004 that threw her 65 feet over the side of Mount Palomar.  The accident left her in a drug-induced coma for 45 days and her right leg was amputated above the knee.

In 2008, Dani tried surfing for the first time in her life.  She created her surf leg out of old parts with her prosthetist so she could stand on a surfboard as an amputee.  She became the first known female above-knee amputee surfer in the world.  In 2016, Dani was crowned a U.S. Adaptive Surfing Champion, competing against men. She then went on to the 2016 ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships and placed 1st for women and 7th overall.

In addition to Dani’s professional adaptive surfing career, she works full-time as a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Sharp Memorial Hospital. The same hospital where she was a patient.  Dani chose Physical Therapy as a career because the toughest time in her life was when she woke up from a coma.  She felt hopeless, lost, confused, and hurt.  She wants to be the person that is there for patients after they go through the darkest moments of their life to show them what is possible.

Dani is known for her generosity and perseverance.  She is helping to grow the sport of adaptive surfing, especially for women.  She uses her free time teaching amputees how to surf.  She frequently volunteers at youth adaptive surf clinics hosted by the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

Accolades

2017

1st  WEST COAST CHAMPIONSHIPS, stand division

3rd  HAWAII ADAPTIVE SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS, stand division

2016

1st ISA WORLD ADAPTIVE SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS – women’s division

7th ISA WORLD ADAPTIVE SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS – overall

2015

1st ISA WORLD ADAPTIVE SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS – women’s stand division

16th ISA WORLD ADAPTIVE SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS – overall stand division

2012

2nd  USA SNOWBOARD ASSOCIATION, GIANT SLALOM – adaptive snowboard division

Recognized as the only Female Transfemoral Amputee Skateboarder

2010

2nd  USA SNOWBOARD ASSOCIATION, BOARDERCROSS – adaptive snowboard division

3rd  DUKE’s SURF FESTIVAL – men’s adaptive surf division

PARALYMPICS OPENING CEREMONY – skateboarding athlete in the first showcase of action sports in Paralympics history