Hungry. Raw. Honest. Humble. Charging. All of these attempt to collectively describe in a series of single words the man that John Cardiel is. But, as words often do, they fail at representing the totality of who he is. Those unfamiliar with him have never stepped anywhere near a skateboard. The impact he has had on four wheels and plank of wood will never again be repeated. A freak accident in 2003 lead to him being told he would never walk again. 5 months later he emerged from a wheelchair and while his legs won’t cooperate with him in a way that allows him to skate as he once did, he has taken to two wheels and is now inspiring us all in new ways. Respect.