The Fat Paddler by Sean Smith Now Available for Pre-Order

Sunday, 05 June 2011
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The Fat Paddler by Sean SmithI was thrilled to find out via Facebook that Sean Smith’s book is now available for pre-order via Booktopia.

From the website:

[blockquote][The Fat Paddler is] an extraordinary tale of an ordinary mans recovery from physical and mental trauma through taking on the challenge of competitive kayaking. Over an eight-year period, Sean Smith survived two major accidents including the Bali Bombing in 2002, leaving him with significant physical and mental injuries and setting him on a path to an early death. At a low point in his life, he accepted the challenge by friends to compete in a kayak ultra-marathon with only seven months preparation. Despite early failures, Sean persevered. This is the story of his struggles and eventual triumphs that lifted him from a state of despondency and physical wreckage and lit a passion in him for the outdoors.[/blockquote]

I had the great pleasure of meeting Sean when he visited Toronto this past winter and I can tell you that he is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet on the water.

Sadly we still live in a world where talking about mental issues and depression is still a bit of a taboo topic. Because of that, it takes a takes a lot of courage to write about such deeply personal topics.

I’m so excited that his book has finally made it to print. Look for it at bookstores in August.

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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