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November 29th, 2012

Beyond Sight, The Derek Rabelo Story

Being born blind did not stop Derek Rabelo from pursuing his dream to surf Pipeline! A film by Walking on Water: Beyond Sight is an inspiring story of a young Brazilian surfer who has overcome being blind to surf regularly, and even surf at Pipeline (Hawaii), one of the world’s most dangerous and powerful waves. The movie has insights from numerous professional surfers, amazed by Derek’s achievements. The movie needs support via Kickstarter to finish production. You can learn more about that and the film below…

Watch the Beyond Sight trailer below:

Help get Beyond Sight produced on Kickstarter

You can support this project on Kickstarter at: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1102935190/beyond-sight-movie-the-derek-rabelo-story

Film synopsis

Amidst the small beautiful city of Guarapari, Brazil, Derek Rabelo’s father prayed that his son would become a famous professional surfer. His father named his son after the legendary Pipeline surfer Derek Ho, the embodiment of his dream. Unfortunately on May 25th 1992, his prayer seemed unanswered when Derek was born blind.

Seventeen years later Derek decided that despite his blindness he still wanted to surf and that he wanted to surf Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu. Through the encouragement of his parents, best friend, and surf coach, Derek embarked on a three-year journey of grueling mental, physical and spiritual training. Join Derek as he perseveres towards his goal of surfing Pipeline and along the way inspires the best surfers in the world including Kelly Slater, Gerry Lopez, Tom Curren, Damien Hobgood, Derek Ho, Laird Hamilton, Lakey Peterson, Coco Ho, and the entire surfing world. You will learn from Derek’s story that the best journeys in life are walked by faith, and not by sight.


“It’s an inspiring thing to see Derek. He’s so excited to just get in the water. He’s traveled all around the world going surfing, it’s rad.”

Kelly Slater

Derek Rabelo with professional surfer Rob Machado

“I think Derek is an inspiration for a lot of people and his story needs to be told.”

Laird Hamilton

Derek Rabelo with professional surfer Damien Hobgood