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.