Climbing With Brain Cancer: Extreme Sports Legend Trevor Ponting

After having been diagnosed with brain cancer last year, its been climbing that has allowed legendary skateboarder Trevor Ponting, of New Zealand, to push the limits of his body and mind in the ways he needs to.

By Delo projet | December 15th, 2020

If you know anything about the skate and snowboard scene in New Zealand in the 80s and 90s you’ll have heard of Trevor Ponting. Trevor grew up skating on New Zealand’s South Island, and when Snowboarding was introduced in New Zealand, Trevor made a career for himself as a freestyle snowboarder, pioneering the sport in the country.

These days Trevor lives in Niseko, Japan, and after having been diagnosed with brain cancer last year, it’s been climbing that allowed him to use his body and mind in the way that a man that has spent his life pushing his limits needs to.


Notify of
newest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Michael Eatson
Michael Eatson
2 months ago

Thanks for sharing this R&I. Such a heartwarming story.
I have had the pleasure of climbing with Trev in some of the greatest climbing areas of New Zealand – Paines Ford and Flock Hill to name a few. Very pleased to see Trev making a recovery and getting back to the things we live for.
Wishing you all the best mate. We’ll catch up when you’re back in NZ. Kia Kaha.

2 months ago

Thank you so much for sharing Trevor’s story. He is an out of the ordinary character and very kind.