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Shad Eischen
Shad Eischen

Shad Eischen

Pushing 4 Independence

Newport Beach, CA USA

"The biggest obstacle we have in life is our own mental state of mind. If you don’t think you can overcome something, you’re never going to overcome it. But if you think there’s a way, you’ll find a way to do it."

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Shad's work combines: Action Sports, Non-Profit Organizations, and Helping People

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Day In The Life

Founder / CEO

Adaptive paddler and outdoorsman helping restore hope and dignity for men and women with disabilities.

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    As a young man, his plan was always to work in construction.

  • 2.

    But after an accident in high school left him paralyzed from the waist down, he struggled to figure out what his next career path would be.

  • 3.

    He’d always enjoyed water sports and activities, and even after his accident, he often stayed active by going fishing with friends.

  • 4.

    One day, one of his friends spotted a paraplegic man using a special paddleboard to catch waves in a local harbor.

  • 5.

    Within hours, Shad was on the scene, cruising around the harbor for the first time in years on the wheelchair-accessible paddleboard.

  • 6.

    After feeling the joy of being back out on the water, he knew he’d found his new purpose; he wanted to enable other disabled people to experience that same joy.

  • 7.

    He founded Pushing 4 Independence, a nonprofit that gets disabled people back out on the water with the aid of custom-built paddleboards and surfboards.

  • 8.

    Says that finding a community of people similar to him helped him finally face his disability head-on.