The Miracle Man
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