Mick’s story: How a big wave knocked a surfer’s confidence
Mick Andrews is sitting on his surfboard out amongst the waves on Mangawhai Beach, Northland, as the sun rises over another set of golden waves.
He takes a moment to soak up the idyllic surrounds of his home beach and remembers a surf that could have changed his life.
Mick suffered a nasty head injury 22 years ago. He knows how lucky he is to still be able to do what he loves.
“These days surfing for me is an escape,” says the 40-year-old.
“To be out in the water and in that beautiful scenery is pretty special. Maybe it’s a sign of maturity but it’s good to just appreciate the act of doing it rather than just going out there to ride big waves or push myself.”
Mick is more cautious these days because he knows first-hand the impact of a surfing injury.
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ACC – April 11, 2021