Derek Rabelo’s Story
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! -> http://beyondsightmovie.com/east-coast-trip-derek-rabelo/
Do you like the ocean? Have you ever surfed? What aspect of his story most inspires you?