IMPACT
08/27/2010 11:28 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

CNN Hero Dana Cummings Teaches Surfing To Disabled

Dana Cummings is a Gulf War veteran who lost his leg in a car accident after returning home. Even with the help of a prosthetic, he felt trapped by his difficulty in doing the things he loved. The first time he rode the waves after the accident, though, he immediately knew he needed to share that feeling with other victims of disability.

In 2002, Cummings began AmpSurf to promote the emotionally healing properties of the ocean among the disabled community. He regularly gives free surfing lessons to anyone from veterans to children suffering from autism, saying that the emotional and mental boost of being able to accomplish something like surfing with a disability gives his students a sense of freedom they won't find anywhere else.

CNN recently featured Dana as part of their 'Heroes' series: