Scott Leason has become the first blind rider to compete in the history of the World Wake Association (WWA).
On July 4, 1993, Leason was shot in the head during an armed robbery at a convenience store, in La Quinta, California. As a result, he lost his sight.
Today, he practices wakeboarding, waterskiing, and snowboarding, and he is an Ironman competitor. Leason is also a two-time US blind surfing champion.
The American daredevil earned his first-place finish with a half cab and linking all different 180s for a score of 80.00 in the adaptive standing division.
"This is my first wakeboarding competition. I just wait until I hit the wake, and then I pop. I love the sport and want to spread the word," explained Scott Leason.
"Wakeboarding is a blind-friendly sport. I had a blast. I don't think of myself as a blind person - I'm just a wakeboard dude."
The Malibu WWA Rider Experience West got underway at Broadside Harbor Ski Lakes, which played the perfect host to all the action, creating a fantastic atmosphere paired with perfect conditions all weekend long.
Junior Pro Men's rider Luca Kidd took his third win of the year with a massive nose grab crow mobe 540, completing a final score of 83.33.
Kevin Duffy scored 77.67 with some stylish riding that included a nose grab heel 7 and a H/S B/S 7. Jake Hill rounded out the podium in third with 68.33 points sticking a huge stalefish roll to blind.
Elle Christensen and Zoe Luquette put on a show for the crowd in the battle for the Junior Women division gold, with Christensen taking the win with two passes full of inverts to score 86.67. Luquette landed her first-ever T/S front roll to earn a second-place score of 70.00.