Derek Rabelo’s Story
Beyond Sight

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Looking for some encouragement, I came across Derek’s story and knew at once that I had to share it. Not only is it the perfect summer story, it goes beyond … summer, beyond seasons … and, yes, beyond sight!

Derek Rabelo,  a Brazilian blind from birth, decided early on that he wanted to surf and nothing was going to stop him – not even blindness. He became so skillful that he, undaunted, made it his goal to surf in “The Pipeline,” a location that even the most seasoned sighted surfer feared and respected, more formally called the Banzai Pipeline, Oahu in Hawaii.

Yet, his courage inspired some of the other divers and won over their admiration. They took him under their wing and he surfed with them. During one of those times, someone recorded a you-tube video of him surfing. The video went viral and subsequent events unfolded leading to a movie called “Beyond Sight,” which chronicles his journey that culminates in his surfing in the Pipeline. Learn about it in the video clip below.

Check out the link below to see what kind of a platform Derek has built as a result of the movie made about his journey to the Pipeline. Derek is living his life with the same passion he uses when surfing, even when he’s not on the waves! ->

Do you like the ocean? Have you ever surfed? What aspect of his story most inspires you?


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  • August 11, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    I’m inspired by any of you who master such challenges. I can’t imagine mastering such skills as surfing with normal vision – never mind with NO vision!

    And yes, I love the ocean! I grew up in New Hampshire and now live in Maine, and trips to the ocean have always been a pleasure.

  • August 11, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    I love these kind of stories, they’re so inspiring! I recently saw a documentary that followed a blind man and how he used sound, clicks with his mouth, specifically, to identify objects in close proximity to him. It was very impressive.

  • August 11, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    I know, Angelica! So impressive!
    2 or 3 people have mentioned that documentary you are talking about with the man who identifies things around him with the clicks. I am going to have to look it up and find it to watch. Thanks for reminding me!
    Thanks for your comment!

  • August 11, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Hi K Lee,
    If you grew up on the ocean, you probably saw lots of surfers over the years. The ocean is wonderful in Maine, I’m told.
    Yes, that was one focused dude, which goes to show what you can do when you are determined!
    Thanks for taking time to read and comment. 🙂

  • August 11, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    I am not very much into the clicking thing, but whatever works for him.
    As for surfing blind, I think that’s cool. I love the ocean. It is massive and magical, but I am also one who has a healthy, I believe, fear of its power. I would love to try surfing, but don’t know if I could get past my fear. Sounds thrilling.

  • August 12, 2015 at 12:29 am

    Hi Kerry,
    I’d love to see Derek’s movie, “Beyond Seeing.” I don’t surf but I think it would be pretty fascinating to see how he has managed to do it. He gives all the glory to God. He believes he can do anything with God’s help. The power of positive thinking seems to carry accomplishment along.
    If you see the movie by Netflix, let me know what you think!

  • August 12, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    How inspiring! I never cease to be amazed by how far a human can go when they are determined to make it work. God certainly designed us all with the capacity to accomplish many things we may be unaware of. Thanks for sharing this story, Amy!

  • August 12, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Yes, and he’s giving God the glory. Thank you for your comment, Bethany!

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