Derek Rabelo - About The Film - Beyond Sight
Amidst the small beautiful city of Guarapari, Brazil, Derek Rabelo’s father prayed that his son would become a famous professional surfer. 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. 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 this new surfing movie and christian film. You will learn from Derek’s story that the best journeys in life are walked by faith, and not by sight. Derek’s story of intense perseverance despite a physical disability grabbed the interest of film maker Bruno Lemos who caught the realization of Derek’s dream—surfing Pipeline—in a surfing movie. The short surf clip found its way to YouTube, and then to Bryan Jennings, director/producer of surf industry films such as Walking on Water and the christian movie Bethany Hamilton’s Heart of A Soul Surfer. Walking On Water films and S4J Hawaii Productions have partnered together to produce this very special Beyond Sight surf film.