‘SAN DIEGO — You may not think of extreme sports as a form a therapy, but for one thrill-seeker with autism, flying around on a Jetboard makes him feel alive.

Ben Dewart can be seen soaring above Mission Bay on the Jetboard weekly. “From failing, I learned I had to make some improvements and I learned as I went through the months,” Dewart told FOX 5.

For four years, he’s strapped on the hose at Mission Bay Sports Center to fly above the bay. His dad, Tom, is with him for every adventure.

“You get choked up, I won’t lie, it’s exciting,” Tom Richardson said. “With his autism and a lot of times with autistic kids, they need something exciting to settle them down. You’d think it’s the opposite.”

“He’s such an inspiration to everybody … even just anybody without any sort of disability,” Jetboard instructor Nate Sinisgalli told FOX 5. “If you even want to call it that. I’d almost call it an advantage at this point.”‘

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