He was rushed to the hospital with a fractured neck and underwent two surgeries before he was transferred out of intensive care. He spent about 10 days in a hospital in Long Beach before he was sent home in a wheelchair he refused to use.
He did physical therapy for another six months and had to have a third surgery in March before returning to school halfway through his sophomore year.
It was some time during those six months that Erik said he finally felt back to his old self. He still has a little trouble with his left hand, but it's really only when it's cold, he said.
Although he has made strides physically, about a month ago he hit another low.
His doctors let him start training to play basketball again, shooting and jogging, but they laid out the gravity of Erik's situation and let him make the choice.
If he took another fall, he could be fine, or it could be his last, doctors told Erik, who also played on Ocean View's junior varsity team in addition to the club team.
Although his arms and legs are working again and he had started training, shooting a basketball and jogging, he made the choice not to risk it.
Basketball has been Erik's passion since he started seriously playing in third grade, said Susan Munro, Erik's mother.
The game is a big part of his life and he will always want to play, but it isn't worth taking the chance, Erik said.
"It was just too much of a risk to go back and play," he said. "It wasn't worth it."
With one passion taken away, Erik has been able to focus on his future and has cemented what he wants to dedicate his life to, Munro said.
Erik was leaning toward sports medicine before the accident and has since narrowed the field to physical therapy. He has met his share of physical therapists, he said, and gained from his experiences with each one.
He also wants to share his own experiences with other kids who are facing the same hurdles he did.
"I can relate to those kinds of kids," he said. "I think it would just make the connection even deeper."