Skateboarder with disability inspires courage, determination

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PEORIA, Ariz. - One special skateboarder showed more than tricks at the the Volcom skateboarding competition in Peoria this weekend. He also showed grit, courage, and determination.

Ernie Ibarra does does not have functioning legs, but that doesn't stop him from doing what he loves.

"Kids see me bust a trick and they are like, that is so cool, that is so cool," says Ibarra.

Ibarra was born with Caudal Regression Syndrome. It's a condition that causes abnormal development of the lower part of the body.

But that didn't deter him from starting to skateboard at age 9. Since then, he has been inspiring other skaters, like Iman Raguadi, to be their best.

"He does tricks that I wouldn't even think of doing, and I have legs," says Raguadi. "It's pretty amazing to see that."

"i get a lot of props when I come here. A lot of the kids, they tell me good job, and it makes me feel good," says Ibarra, "I like that I inspire them. I like to be that person."

Ibarra's wife and two kids could not be more proud of the 26-year-old stay-at-home dad. "He can do everything anyone else can, except walk on his legs," his wife tells us.

Ernie hopes to one day go pro. "Just don't give up," he says. "Anything is possible if you give it your all and you're determined to do it."