Don Bartletti / LAT
Thirty years ago, a car accident severed Sergio Valencia's spine, forcing him into a wheelchair. Then the ocean called to him in a dream, and he found freedom, fame and a monthly stipend as a swimmer who came to be known as the Black Shark. That was then, this is now, when he supplements his meager income by spearing fish and octopuses on his swims, selling his catch on the streets of Ensenada. Here, after a workout, an exhausted Valencia is helped onto a Boogie board.
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