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The Miracle Man

April 27, 2013


Everyone loves a comeback, its key to the hero myth… the idea someone can overcome absolute adversity and save the day. In this case, it was Australian surfer Tim Rogers saving himself.

After suffering a severe stroke in January, some thought Timmy was done. When you’re a surfer in your 60’s and you suffer a critical injury like this, the odds are usually against you.

With loss of speech and most of his motor skills, Timmy spent many months in Macksville hospital facing eternal darkness. For his mates it was a troubling state of affairs. But for this die-hard surfer – who’d lived the short board revolution and much of Indonesia’s surfing story – he wasn’t about to surrender what he loved most.

As each month passed, the stories coming out of Macksville were occasionally hopeful but generally bleak. Nobody really knew how it would end, nobody accept Timmy – who refused to surrender.

About a month ago, I heard whispers a miracle was occurring – Lazarus was apparently on the mend. Against all doctors predictions, Timmy was regaining full speech and movement.  Few could believe it… but many felt the joy.

The man was back.

One of Tim’s oldest mates – Michael Owen (aka Big Dog) – recently sent in a few words describing what’s probably the most memorable session in their collective surf histories…

“…There was no hesitation no scrambling around, just pure determination in his mind he was going out for a surf.   
So on a sunny autumn day Timmy Rogers paddled out for the first time in 5 months proving all doctors prognosis reports wrong. Still weak on the right side didn’t lessen the smiles all around as a huge milestone had just been overcome.”

*featured photo – High Noon Paddle-out with Timmy. Valla beach, Nambucca Heads NSW


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10 Comments leave one →
  1. mullet permalink
    April 27, 2013 9:38 am

    GO TIMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. April 28, 2013 2:11 am

    that is sooo great! I hope I rock as much as he does in my 60s! :)

  3. April 29, 2013 9:42 pm

    some people just never accept any alternative – it makes me happy there are still some out there like this

  4. May 3, 2013 5:30 pm

    Good on ya, Tim.

  5. Frank McCarry permalink
    June 17, 2013 10:12 pm

    Don’t know if you remember me Tim (Frank McCarry)……We had a few jams together, and I visited you a few times in Newport. I grew up in Avalon and lived two doors down from the Barriskills in Old Barrenjoey road….used to surf with him sometimes. I remember seeing you one time in a 6 maybe 8 foot barrel off the rocks at North Avalon…..I remember thinking….Timmy’s really hot when the surf’s big!
    Anyway…oldtimer….fantastic to hear the news!

  6. December 23, 2013 8:10 pm

    I spoke to Timmy the other day. He’s buying a laptop – it’s a miracle! Maybe he’ll even drop in here and leave a comment. Peace…and don’t look back – some bastard might be catching up.

  7. Ron Mansfield permalink
    March 6, 2014 1:01 pm

    All the best Tim.Your old mate Ron Mansfield.


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