a.k.a "Carlos Mancini"
- Hometown: Wanaka
- Northern Base: Frisco, Colorado
Carl Murphy 's Bio
Carl is the first adaptive snowboarder to be named to the NZ Snowboard National Team and has been a member of the team since 2009.
Carl represented New Zealand in snowboard cross at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games and achieved an impressive fourth place finish.
The 2014/2015 season got off to a good start when Carl won a World Cup silver medal at the season-opener in Landgraaf, The Netherlands. Carl was competing in the new discipline of banked slalom which has been added as a new discipline for the 2014/2015 season following the successful debut of para-snowboard cross in Sochi.
In 2013 Carl won the Snow Sports NZ Overall Athlete of the Year Award and was recognised as the Snow Sports NZ Adaptive Snow Sports Athlete of the Year.
At his first event of the 2013 northern hemisphere season Carl claimed two golds at the IPCAS race at Landgraaf in The Netherlands. The 2012 northern hemisphere season saw a string of podium finishes including a silver at the Para-Snowboard World Championships. He also competed at the prestigious Winter X Games, where he finished in fourth place.
Ask Carl, a below the knee amputee, what happened to his leg and he’ll tell you, “I lost my leg at a young age while surfing off the south coast of Australia when a tiger shark thought I looked like a tasty lunch package!”
“Ha, I wish it was that dramatic! I was actually born with only one and a half legs. However, this hasn't stopped me from getting up on a snowboard and competing at an international level.”
Carl rides his board in the same setup as a two-legger (A.K.A. person with two legs) does but with the help of a custom designed carbon fibre prosthetic leg.
In his spare time, Carl is an architectural designer, husband and welcomed his first child in 2010.
4th place 2014 Paralympic Winter Games
First place in men’s Snowboard Cross at the IPC Para-Snowboard World Cup in Canada in March 2013.
Bronze at a Paralympic Games Test event in Sochi, Russia in March 2013.
Two gold medals in men’s Snowboard Cross at the two-day IPCAS race in the Netherlands in November 2012.
2nd WSF Para-Snowboard World Cup / NZ Winter Games, Cardrona NZ - August 2011
4th X Games Adaptive Snowboardcross, Aspen, Colorado - January 2012
2nd WSF World Championships – Sling Shot Format, Orcieres, France - February 2012
1st WSF World Championships – Head to Head Format (Demo Event) Orcieres, France. February 2012