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Zach Platt can barely use his arms, but that doesn't stop him from skimboarding.

In an explicable display of finesse, determination and years of practice, Platt, 32, manages to use his feet to push a skimboard down the sand, then hurl himself onto the board and into a wave.

In some sense, he was just like all the other competitors at last weekend's 40th annual Victoria Skimboards World Championship of Skimboarding, aka "The Vic," in Laguna Beach.

But make no mistake, Platt is unlike anyone else.