Surfer Brett Connellan who was attacked by shark in Kiama shares path to recovery in new film


Australian surfer who lost ‘a big chunk’ of his thigh after being maimed by shark details horror attack – as he shares his incredible journey to learn to walk again

  • Brett Connellan was maimed by a shark at Bombo Beach, Kiama on March 30, 2016
  • After several surgeries at the hospital, the surfer was told he might never walk again
  • Mr. Connellan has now released a trailer for his documentary film “Pyrophytic”
  • Shares a glimpse of the surfer’s strength on their inspiring path to recovery










Australian surfer who nearly lost his leg to shark opened up about the horror attack and shared glimpse of her long road trip to walk and surf again.

Brett Connellan was only 22 when he was maimed by a shark 100m from shore on March 30, 2016.

He was surfing at Bombo Beach in the coastal town of Kiama, New South Wales, when the beast pounced on him shortly after 7 p.m., taking three-quarters of his thigh with it.

Brett Connellan (pictured) was just 22 when he surfed at Bombo Beach in the coastal town of Kiama, NSW shortly after 7 p.m. on March 30, 2016, and was maimed by a 100 shark m from the shore.

His fast friend Joel Trist, a professional surfer, kept him from bleeding to death as they waited for paramedics to arrive.

Mr Connellan was taken by helicopter to St. George’s Hospital in Sydney, where he underwent several surgeries before being placed in a induced coma.

When the surfer finally woke up, medics told him he might never walk again.

Now, Mr. Connellan shares his story of strength and recovery and has released a sneak peek of his thrilling documentary titled “Pyrophytic.”

The trailer showed gruesome flashback scenes from the 2016 shark attack in black and white footage.

When the surfer finally woke up after several surgeries, doctors told him he might never walk again

When the surfer finally woke up after several surgeries, doctors told him he might never walk again

“I never wanted to be defined by the incident or remembered as the guy who was attacked by a shark,” he said.

“I want people to remember what I did next.”

The film preview then showed a close-up of Mr Connellan’s thigh and the scars left by the attack, as well as footage of Mr Connellan training hard at the gym, using a rower and lifting weights on his inspiring road to recovery.

The film preview then showed a close-up of Mr Connellan's thigh and the scars left by the attack

The film preview then showed a close-up of Mr Connellan’s thigh and the scars left by the attack

Healthcare professionals were in awe of Mr. Connellan's determination as he exceeded their expectations on his second chance at life.

Healthcare professionals were in awe of Mr. Connellan’s determination as he exceeded their expectations on his second chance at life.

The trailer also showed the surfer catching huge waves on the beach as Mr. Connellan showed his passion.

Healthcare professionals were in awe of Mr. Connellan’s determination as he exceeded their expectations on his second chance at life.

“I think the biggest problem we had with Brett was trying to slow him down,” Mr. Conellan’s doctor said in the trailer.

The teaser featured more scenes of the surfer at the beach facing massive waves as well as more clips of his workout regimen at the gym.

Mr Connellan admitted he might have to live with wearing a brace, but a massive breakthrough occurred for the surfer where he realized he could surf again.

Mr Connellan admitted he might have to live with wearing a brace, but a massive breakthrough occurred for the surfer where he realized he could surf again.

Mr Connellan admitted that he may have to live with wearing braces for the rest of his life.

“I started to think walking with a brace was as good as it gets,” he said.

But then a massive breakthrough occurred for the surfer where he realized he could once again take to the ocean with his surfboard.

Honest Boys Production stated that the result of the film created

Honest Boys Production said the result of the created film “is an inspiring celebration of Brett’s unwavering determination to be better”

“And then it’s fine, how far can I push myself now?” Mr Connellan said as he was captured standing at dawn on a hill overlooking the beach.

Honest Boys Production, who produced the feature documentary, said the result of the created film “is an inspiring celebration of Brett’s unwavering determination to be better, encouraging viewers to examine their own situation from a new perspective.”

The inspirational Pyrophytic film is slated for release at the end of 2022.

The inspiring Pyrophytic film is set for release in late 2022 (Pictured: Brett Connellan and his partner Megan)

The inspiring Pyrophytic film is set for release in late 2022 (Pictured: Brett Connellan and his partner Megan)


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