No Means Go: The Barney Miller Story

No Means Go: The Barney Miller Story

Here’s a preview to No Means Go the story of paralyzed Australian surfer Barney Miller. I’ve been fortunate enough to go surfing with Barney a handful of times over the course of the last year and his determination, stoke, and positive outlook on life are beyond words. Seeing this guy flying down the line at Cardiff Reef puts a huge smile on my face—and an even bigger one on Barney’s. Recently he was approached by a trio of film students from New York who are making a documentary about Barney’s life and his quest to walk again—fourteen years after a car accident robbed him of the ability to do so. As for the meaning behind No Means Go? It stems from his surfing—sometimes when a particularly nasty wave comes through, he says, “No!” but the only thing all of us who are pushing him into waves hear is “Go!” Keep charging Barney, love ya mate!—JC

“14 years ago I was a passenger in a severe car crash. I break my C-5/6 in my neck and was paralyzed. According to doctors I would never be able of breathe by myself, never move my right and definitely never a chance of ever walking again. In 2009, 10 years later I found Project Walk and haven’t looked back! Just two weeks ago, which is 14 1/2 years later, I took my first assisted steps in a walker. In October last year I was approached by three New York film school students who seemed to think my life was worth making a documentary about. It kinda blew me away because I never thought my life was anything different. Thank you Taylor Monte, Lorenzo DeCampos and Kristen Fajt for believing so strongly in this idea! Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you cannot achieve your dreams! Yeeewww!”—Barney Miller

For more information go to facebook.com/NoMeansGo and projectwalk.org