Tim Sherer and Jessica Cox. Screen Grab from the film “Armless Surfer.”
On Tuesday, an incredible video share appeared up in my Facebook feed. It showed Jessica Cox, a brave girl who was born with no arms, taking a surfing lesson on Maui. I did a double take when I quickly realized that her teacher was an old friend of mine named Tim Sherer.
I met Tim back in 2000, when I was working for Jimmy Buffett – taking photos, shooting video and writing a sort of travel journal for Jimmy’s Margaritaville website. Tim was – and is – the owner of Lahaina’s Goofy Foot Surf School. He had met Jimmy in Lahaina by way a few mutual friends. When Jimmy offered Tim, a lifelong Parrot Head, the opportunity to work as his surf coach, you could have knocked Tim over with a feather.
Jimmy and Timmy. St Somewhere. Photo: Chris Dixon
Tim and I would become good friends. He was, and is a peripatetic surf wanderer and we shared some insane surfing excursions from Hawaii to Fiji to Panama to Jamaica. When I saw the video of him taking young Jessica Cox surfing, I was blown away. So I rang him up. Tim’s long been a cosmic warrior. It turns out was on a layover in Orlando on his way to trek along on a pilgrimage through India, but he had time for a quick Q&A about one of the most inspiring surf sessions of his life.