Ryan Porteous – San Diego, CA
UC Santa Barbara – Engineering – 2018
Ryan has a great love for the outdoors and being active and combined all this by competing in sailing, surfing, swimming football, basketball and soccer while also enjoying mountain bike riding, snowboarding and skateboarding. His high school team won the CIF Div. IV Championship in 2009 and he raced sailboats for the Mission Bay Yacht Club. After graduating from Mission Bay High School in 2011 Ryan entered UC Santa Barbara. A couple of weeks into his freshman year Ryan broke his neck at the C-6 level as he slipped on a boat dock and clipped his head on the end of a dock. He was partially paralyzed from the neck down. The rehabilitation process has taken a long time but he slowly recovered some movement in his legs enabling him to stand and walk with support. Since being injured Ryan continues to exercise, surf, ski, swim and has returned to competitive sailing making the United States National Team as a skipper using adapted equipment. Ryan returned to UC Santa Barbara where he continues his studies as an engineering major. Ryan is very involved in Swim With Mike UCSB. He competed for team USA in the 2016 Paralympics in sailing.