A subsequent film, “Cold Thoughts,” was a tribute to his journey: hospitalization, rehab, recovery and lifestyle changes to ward off future infections, including a ban on trips to tropical climates. Six years in the making, Timmy and crew sought surf in remote and frigid spots in Canada, Chile, Iceland and Alaska to film “Cold Thoughts”. While filming in 2006 in Vancouver, he hit the rocks, broke his ribs and cracked his protective helmet. Had Timmy not been wearing that helmet, doctors said he most likely would have died.
In late 2013 the father of five was finally allowed by doctors and family to make his return to the place and the waves he loves so much: a dry left hander in Indonesia.
“Born and raised in Huntington Beach, Timmy Turner is a great soul surfer, amazing movie maker and has become one of the city’s most famous sons,” said Surfers’ Hall of Fame founder Aaron Pai. “He’s brought so many precious memories to all of us through his surfing out at the Pier, movies at Huntington Beach High and seeing him serving breakfast at the Sugar Shack!”