Support continues to grow for local surfer Brett Connellan who is recovering in hospital after being attacked by a shark last month.
23 year old Brett, manager at DP Surfboards in Thirroul,
suffered extensive leg and hand injuries in the attack, but has been buoyed by support from around the world, including surf-legend Kelly Slater, who has shared the story on Instagram.
Kelly shared the Surfers for Bretto post with his 1.5 million followers, and Brett is overwhelmed.
Close friend and fellow surfer Justin Wynn says Brett can’t believe it, saying he wasn’t expecting this level of regional support, so is staggered that people across the world are right behind him.
“He’s stoked,” says Justin. “And so are we to think his story has gained traction world wide. The number of people donating is great. Brett is pretty upbeat and everyone is happy with his progress so far.”
Justin launched his own campaign to help raise funds for Brett. He offered to be tattooed with a ‘Simpsonesque’ image of Brett if he could raise $10,000. You can read that story HERE
He raised the money and the tattoo has been done.
Darren Longbottom from Zink Surf in Kiama offered up the first $5000, then Bruce and Michelle Lay from Ray White Kiama threw in the remaining $5000.
Tattoo artist Wayne Cartwright from Thirroul’s Soul Expression donated his services Justin now wears his good mate’s face on his ribcage!
“It took about an hour,” says Justin. “It was pretty much as long as I could take. The first half hour was OK but it got more painful as it went along. Now it’s done and I spent the night wrapped in glad wrap, but it should be OK today.”
Brett watched the proceedings on FaceTime. “He loved every minute of it,” says Justin. “He had a big smile the whole time.”
Justin’s tattoo is sure to be the centre of attention at a special Jones Beach Boardriders Club event being held today in Brett’s honour.