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The Fat Paddler

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As a hard-playing, hard-living rugby forward, Sean Smith was used to putting his body on the line. However, that soon changed when two severe motor-vehicle accidents left him with devastating physical injuries, and unable to regain his past physical fitness or his zest for life. After witnessing firsthand the 2002 Bali bombing, Sean also found himself suffering from post-t ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Finch Publishing
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Kenno82
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book's readership will predominately be fans of The Fat Paddler blog, which has traced Sean Smith's recovery from a series of life changing and threatening events to an online everyman sensation. Smith's story is inspiring and accessible. His focus on charity work, passion for the outdoors and commitment to inspiring others is admirable. This book will leave you questioning where your life is heading and how you can improve.
Lauren Mccabe
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I found it an easy, captivating read and was completely drawn into the author's story. The challenges he faced and his attitude to overcome them was inspiring. It's a real adventure story!
Malcolm
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I found this a great easy read generating a lingering respect for the author and his journey from the bowls of the black dog to an emerging icon in the sport of paddling with a breadth of experience that is rare. Great job.
David
Feb 08, 2014 added it
It's a super inspirational book. You can find my more indepth review here: http://www.paddlinghq.com/book-review...
Walt
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Very enjoyable armchair paddle. Worth a read especially for paddlers.
Diana Bradbury
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great read. Just an average joe who overcame severe injury and found balance in his life. In the end only the individual can decide their fate.
Nat Bradford
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Inspirational book for anyone trying to change their life through exercise and better living principles. My review of this book can be found at http://sydneysurfski.com/the-fat-padd...
Phil Wahlbrink
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An incredible journey,an inspiring recovery. Discovering passion after loss...an Aussie accent. This book has it all.
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Surfski paddling, 4wdriving, powerlifting, camping with his girls. Just an ordinary bloke living his life. But the road to this point in the story had been long and dramatic as captured in his book "The Fat Paddler" where Sean recounts multiple motor vehicle accidents, the Bali Bombing, trekking though Alaska and of course some paddling thrown in for good measure.