Mike Coots is an inspiration. Through and through. He is a world-class photographer. He’s a very nice guy. And he also happens to have survived a tiger shark attack at his home break in Kauai in 1997 that claimed his right leg below the knee – only to make a full recovery – and not just physically, but also mentally. In grand measure. To illustrate, in 2012, Coots headed to Washington to lobby for the protection and preservation of sharks – yes, sharks. The creatures responsible for violently stealing his leg from him. And he’s dedicated no small portion of his time advocating their protection since.
Coots once told The Inertia:
Yesterday, Coots posted this little zip of inspiration. For a lot of us, a cutback might feel routine. However, the glowing ball of stoke around Mike after this turn reminds us to be thankful for what we have: Ocean. Waves. And the resilient human spirit.
Keep killing it, Mike. Your impact is immense.