A true passion for a sport can become a motivation to go through life, even after the hardest time. Mackinthai Thomas Rosen aka “Makie” or “Mac”, a 25 year-old Thai-American, Phuket-born professional wakeboarder, who fell in love with the sport since the age of 12, has proven it with his inspiring story.
“My father has supported me since the beginning. He saw that I love being in the water and do water sports especially wake boarding,” Mac recalled.
“I love the nature of wake boarding; the fact that I can flip in many positions freely in the air. I was addicted to wake boarding. I had to do it every day otherwise I would feel like something is missing.”
Mac has become a professional wake boarder and a national team rider for Thailand joining many competitions internationally and domestically and earning great ranks and records. He won silver for an individual event and another gold for a team event at the Asian Beach Games held in Phuket back in 2014 while last year, he represented Thailand in Taiwan and Shanghai, and competed in Wakepark World Series events held in Thailand.
“I have competed in many countries, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, etc, but what I was impressed the most was the Asian Beach Games as I had a great record and it was an exciting big event.”
But life has ups and downs. A tragic accident happened to him while he was representing Thailand in the IWWF Asian Cup 2016 and Phuket Open International CUP 2016 at a wake park in Kathu, Phuket under the auspices of the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) and the Thailand Extreme Sports Association (TESA).
“I was trying to throw an air trick but I made a mistake as I didn’t think about landing when I was in the air. When I came down, it was a wrong position and it broke my left leg. Initially, I didn’t think it would be this bad.”
“I was sent to Bangkok Hospital, Phuket and found out that my left leg was cut up four times. I stayed at the hospital for four days and on the fifth day, I was rushed to Ramathibodi Hospital as the gangrene started forming.”
The hospital then found out that he had torn all the ligaments in his knee after the fall and his leg suffered from a severe artery damage resulting in complication with blood flow all the way from the knee to the foot.
“I realised that my leg was amputated when I woke up after the operation. I couldn’t make my mind and cried for a long while,” he recalled.
Refusing to surrender to the fate, Mac never gave up on water sports that he loves. Since his stay at the hospital, he has done work out as much as possible to remain fit. He has worked hard to stay strong and to get back on the water again.
Also, he had a chance to meet with Stefan Lange, Personal Coach and Group Fitness at Thanyapura who helped him getting some inspiration.
“I got better mentally because of the family and friends support and I have kept doing sports, especially swimming and never stop moving so, I don’t have to think about the accident.”
“I also trained with Stefan once doing body weight and balance. He told me about his accident, what he has been through and what he had to do to get back on track. He encouraged me to move on and showed me that we still have potential.”
“I am looking forward to trying out Thanyapura’s facilities when the opportunity arises.”
Never forgetting his wakeboard dream, Mac has planned to be a coach and train more talented wake boarders in Thailand.
“I’m planning to be a full time coach. I’m currently coaching a 12 year-old boy who recently won the first prize overall in Bangkok for the national competition.”
“So far, I’m still doing waterski as the artificial leg I’m using now doesn’t fit well with wakeboard. My friends at Anthem Wake Park are trying to get a pair of wakeboard legs for me soon.”
About the Author
Pierre Gagnon practised concentration and insight meditation intensively from 2010 to 2012, then went on to study meditation at Wat Suan Mokkh with the venerable Ajahn Po from 2013 to 2015. As well as his own practice, he has coordinated meditation retreats in the south of Thailand which were attended by more than 1,000 people.
Having a great passion in the field of neuroscience, he likes to integrate these concepts into meditation practice. He believes that much of our life is lived resisting and defending against internal and external experiences that people perceive as threats. Through the development of concentration and meditation, we can insightfully see that all experiences are harmless and there is no need to defend of contract around them. Pierre has experience coordinating concentration and insight meditation retreats, teaching the relationship that exists between Buddhism and neuroscience.