Carl Murphy

a.k.a "Carlos Mancini"

Rider Information

  • Hometown: Wanaka
  • Northern Base: Frisco, Colorado

Carl Murphy 's Bio

Carl made a fantastic start to the 2014/2015 northern hemisphere season firstly claiming Europa Cup bronze followed by World Cup silver in banked slalom at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Europa Cup in The Netherlands. In January 2015 he took World Cup gold in banked slalom and bronze in Snowboard cross at Big White, Canada. Just days later Carl was in Aspen, USA as one of 12 invited riders for adaptive snowboard cross at X Games - the first time the discipline has featured as a medal event at the X Games. Carl won the silver medal.

Watch his run here

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.


Current Results

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