CNN has nominated San Clemente’s Dana Cummings for their Hero of the Year awards. Cummings, who lost his leg in a car accident, founded AmpSurf in 2003, an organization that helps teach amputees how to surf.

“We want to inspire them [the amputees] to move on and just be active and live full lives,” said Cummings to CNN. “We want them to walk away with that empowerment, that self-confidence that they can do whatever they set their mind to.”

Many of the men and women that AmpSurf teaches are veterans. We’re stoked to see such a worthy cause gaining international recognition. Way to go, Dana.