*Devon Raney is helping to forge a new path in adaptive snow sports
*Devon has Leber's Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON), a rare and inherited form of vision loss
*Devon has participated in snowboarding events such as the Dirksen Derby (Bend Oregon) and The Banked Slalom (Mt Baker) both before and after his impairment.
*Devon and friends have devised a way to ride tandem, with Devon following slightly behind his partner, who wears a dark jacket. He exhibits this technique at these events, and in 2018, rode tandem with his daughter, Madrona
*Devon regularly surfs, which does not require sightedness. He says he feels unlimited when he is surfing.
*Devon's story is about facing life-changing adversity, especially around sports, and finding a way to continue to do what you love and be who you want to be.
Working-class American adventurer Devon Raney was born in Goleta, California, and currently lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington, with his wife Rebecca and daughter Madrona. Devon fell in love with surfing and skateboarding at an early age and went on to spend most of his life riding a board of some kind. Devon has spent countless hours searching for good waves, smooth snow, and flowing skate parks.
He spent a decade as a construction project manager before starting his own homebuilding company in 2007. A year later, in September 2008, Devon hit his head on the hard sand bottom while surfing in Northern Oregon. He lost 85 percent of his eyesight as a result of a genetic disorder triggered by the head trauma. Devon and Rebecca are the owners of YES Please! Coffee and have been successful business owners for nearly twenty years.
Devon navigates his visually impaired world in a way that makes it hard to recognize his disability. He remains active in the passions he has known since childhood although he takes a very different approach these days and often has help from a friend. Still Sideways is his memoir and second book.