RedBull presents a day in the life of an inspirational quadriplegic surfer, Barney Miller. Barney gives us an inside look into his daily life with a spinal cord injury. Filmed in Australia, this quadriplegic surfer shows how he continues to persevere to reach his goals of dancing at his wedding in 2015 and eventually walk again.
The inspirational Barney Miller / Photo: Bruce Thomas/ RedBull
Barney Miller was an up-and-coming Aussie surfer with a lot of potential. Miller’s path to the professionals, however, came to a standstill when he was paralyzed in a high-speed car accident in 1999. The accident broke his spinal cord at the C5-6 disc with damage to the C3. He was told he’d be on a ventilator for the rest of his life, never move his right arm and never walk again. Miller wasn’t willing to settle with the prognosis, and instead set out to do something about his condition and prove the doctors wrong.In 2009, Miller found a rehabilitation program called Project Walk, based in Carlsbad, CA. The kinesiology program based on repetitive exercise was what he needed to start seeing a marked progress in his recovery.Dedicated to training, he now spends half of the year in Australia and half in Carlsbad.
Wings for Life World Run Ambassador Barney Miller and fiance Kate / Photo: Bruce Thomas / RedBull
In July of 2007 Miller met the love of his life, Kate Southwell, an Australian singer/songwriter known to her fans as Kada. With romantic tradition as a motivator, Miller told her that he wouldn’t propose until he could get down on one knee. The training and perseverance paid off, and the couple celebrated a beautiful, traditional on bended-knee proposal in September 2012. The next milestone goal Miller has set to accomplish is to have a standing first dance with his beautiful bride at their wedding on April 18, 2015. Miller is currently filming a documentary with Trinity Films about his life called “No Means Go,” titled for his personal motto.
There are 3 million people currently living with a spinal cord injury, and each year 250,000 more are traumatically injured – the main cause being traffic accidents. The Wings for Life World Run is a first of its kind running race organized to raise awareness and funds for spinal cord injury research. The event will take place on May 4, 2014 in 35 different locations around the world, simultaneously. One hundred percent of registration fees go directly to the Wings for Life foundation to fund research. Santa Clarita, CA is just one of three U.S. locations hosting a race, and on board to support the West Coast event as Wings for Life World Run Ambassadors are Barney Miller (Carlsbad, CA/New South Wales, Australia), Jesse Billauer (Los Angeles, CA), and Honza Rejmanek (Davis, CA).
Wings for Life World Run Ambassador Jesse Billauer / Photo: Robert Gallagher / RedBull
Wings for Life World Run Ambassador Honza Rejmanek / Photo: / RedBull