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The Fat Paddler :  A Big Man's Unusual Journey to Recovery - Sean Smith

The Fat Paddler

A Big Man's Unusual Journey to Recovery

By: Sean Smith

Paperback | 1 August 2011

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An extraordinary tale of an ordinary man's 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.

About the Author

A former rugby player, Sean Smith has a growing global following as the Fat Paddler, a big man with a thirst for adventure and a passion for life. By day, Sean (based in Sydney) works in local and global marketing with an international hotel chain. Sean also operates the network of websites and social media platforms which have a significant following.
Industry Reviews
"An extraordinary story of personal recovery and adventure." --Al Baxter, Australian International Rugby Union Player

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