Ramping It Up With Justin Bishop

After being forced to put down his deck when he went blind at age 25, professional skateboarder Justin Bishop is back!

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Meet professional skateboarder Justin Bishop!

Justin was eight when he was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a rare degenerative eye disease that came with a warning that he would go blind in middle age.

Back on the Board

Undeterred, he picked up skateboarding at the age of 10. But by the time he turned 25, he could only see shadows and blurs. After a four-year break from skating to remaster all of his essential life skills, he was finally ready to get back on the board.

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Photo Credit: Chris Dunne

Skateboarding while blind requires some creativity. Typically, Justin uses his cane to feel the environment around him—the curve of a bowl he’s dropped into, the end of a rail he’s grinding.

Amazing Invention

In 2019, he partnered with Zappos and Not Impossible Labs to develop a sound-based technology that uses speakers to create audio markers visually impaired skaters can use to navigate a skatepark.

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Photo Credit: Chris Dunne

Now in his mid-thirties, Justin is a professional skater with sponsors, has starred in commercials and documentaries, and advocates for the inclusion of visually impaired skateboarding in the Paralympics.

Adaptive Trick of the Year

Check out our behind the scenes video of Justin Bishop working out the trick that won him Adaptive Trick of the Year for Street League Skateboarding.

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