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Beyond Sight: The Derek Rabelo Story (2014)

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Beyond Sight – Surfing is hard. But can you imagine surfing blind? That’s what brazilian Derek Rabelo does. Here is the movie about his amazing and truly inspiring story.

Set in the small, beautiful city of Guarapari, Brazil, Derek Rabelo’s father prayed that his son would become a famous professional surfer. Unfortunately, on May 25, 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. As Derek perseveres towards his goal of surfing Pipeline, he inspires the best pro-surfers in the world including Kelly Slater, Damien Hobgood, Rob Machado, Lakey Peterson, Taj Burrow, Laird Hamilton and more, who are featured in the film. You will learn from Derek’s story that the best journeys in life are walked by faith and not by sight.

Two weeks before Bryan Jennings traveled to Rio, Brazil with 3X World Champion Tom Curren, he watched a powerful online short video about a blind surfer who surfed pipeline. He was absolutely amazed and inspired. What he didn’t know was that God had a bigger plan as always. The blind surfer’s name was Derek Rabelo and he was from Brazil and was scheduled to be a special guest at Walking On Water movie outreach in Rio, Brazil. Even though special guests as Tom Curren, Damien Hobgood and Lakey Peterson were invited, the crowd was much more impressed with Derek the blind surfer who surfed pipeline.

The next day, they all went surfing and were amazed to see Derek surf and see his faith in Jesus Christ. When Bryan returned home from Brazil, he could not stop thinking about Derek and his powerful testimony. God then made it very clear through some miraculous circumstances that Derek’s story would be the next Walking On Water film and the theme of the movie would be based on 2 Corinthians 5:7 which says, “We are to live by faith, NOT by sight.” The title of the movie is BEYOND SIGHT.

Tags: disabilities, documentary, sports, true films, 2014

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