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The Deafening Impact Of Andy King

The story behind Andy’s injury, his recovery, and determination to succeed in surfing in whichever way possible.

cinema // Sep 1, 2018
Words by stab
Reading Time: < 1 minutes

Before Andy King was a World Champion producing coach for the likes of Mick Fanning and (hopefully) Julian Wilson, he himself was a serious threat on the world tour. Unfortunately, Kingy’s surfing dreams were suddenly silenced due to a violent brawl on a night out in Newcastle in 2004.

Andy suffered a serious concussion and permanently damaged his cochlea, which is essential to his hearing, equilibrium, and ability to orient himself. An injury which threatened his livelihood, ability to surf at a world tour level and relationships with loved ones. 

This short film relives the story of Andy King, ranging from his origins in Cronulla, his success as a World Tour coach, and the revolutionary Cochlear Implant that allowed Kingy to re-experience what surfing was like before his harrowing injury.

Andy’s story is a heart-wrenching one, and the input from Andy’s wife, Nadene, Mick Fanning, and Dingo Morrison gives another perspective of the positivity Andy manages to evoke despite the harsh hand with which he was dealt.

Set aside 10-minutes for a personalised audio experience, and get to know Andy King, the man partly responsible for Mick’s three-world titles a little better. Watch his story here.


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