Born to a San Diego family, Ryan Porteous was fortunate to grow up in the coastal community of Pacific Beach in a time when P.B. was booming. His father an environmental consultant and mom a grade school science teacher, Ryan was oriented toward getting an advanced education from an early age. Beginning at Mission Bay High School, after graduation Ryan matriculated to UC Santa Barbara.
Ryan was introduced to water sports at a young age, firmly rooting his destiny in boating. At Mission Bay Yacht Club, he attended the Junior Summer Sailing Program from age seven to ten. It was there at MBYC that Ryan learned to sail and then eventually race. “I started out in sabots, progressing from C3 to A fleet, then on to 420s, lasers, and other sailboats, racing at junior regattas and other types of fleet racing.” Being the ace that he has become Ryan humbly explains, “I have won multiple local regattas in these boats and done well in national regattas, as well.” Some notable achievements were winning the 2007 Mark Reynolds Perpetual Trophy in the 420 class, and placing third then second in the 2008, then 2009 ISAF (International Sailing Federation) Youth World Qualifiers in Multihulls.
Things were going well for Ryan when he headed off on a camping trip in October of 2011. Regrettably, while walking on a dock he slipped and changed his life forever. “I have a C-6 spinal cord injury which caused almost total paralysis. I broke my neck in a freak accident in which I slipped and fell to the ground, clipping my head on the end of the dock. I lost control of my body from the neck down.” Continue reading