Dan Mancina is a blind skateboarder from Detroit, MI, who lost his eyesight at the age of 23 due to a degenerative eye disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa.
We have been working with Dan throughout the year on getting this Actions REALized board just right for visually impaired skateboarders using raised ink braille and a routed out nose indicator.
Dan has been skating with the Real crew every opportunity, taking trips to LA & SF and riding with us on the Detroit leg of our Actions REALized trip earlier this year, where we surprised him with the first prototype. Dan's approach to skateboarding and life is inspirational to say the least. The excuses we’ve all made over the years to not try a trick suddenly become void when you see Dan feel out a spot by touch and then commit to every try.
This special Braille Actions REALized board is our way of sharing Dan's vision of building an adaptive skatepark, designed specifically for visually impaired and disabled skaters. A portion of the proceeds will be going directly to helping make it happen.