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 the film. You will learn from Derek’s story that the best journeys in life are walked by faith, and not by sight.
Bryan Jennings founded the Walking On Water Films non-profit organization in 1995 and since 1997 Walking On Water Films has produced eleven independent faith based family movies including Bethany Hamilton’s documentary titled The Heart Of A Soul Surfer. Sony Pictures has since turned this documentary into the Soul Surfer feature film which grossed 45 million in the box office. Sony Pictures hired Bryan Jennings to join their faith marketing team for the Soul Surfer movie release. Sony Pictures has also distributed Bryan’s latest movie titled Walking On Water. For the past fifteen years, Walking On Water Films has developed their own distribution model by independently screening their movies to over 500,000 people in live attendance. They have hosted movie screenings in movie theaters, churches, outdoor venues, and convention centers in over thirty countries. Walking On Water Films is now branded as the premiere production company for faith based action sports movies and will be launching a series of feature films that tell powerful faith based stories of athletes in the surf, skate, and snowboard industries. For more info: www.walkingonwater.com
Bruno Lemos is a talented photographer and filmer originally from Brazil and now lives on the North Shore of Oahu where he met Derek Rabelo at the Brazilian church. Derek is a blind surfer also from Brazil and was on the North Shore pursuing his lifelong dream to surf Pipeline. Though many surfers aspire to conquer Pipeline, none of them imagine making the conquest blind. This fact alone compelled Bruno to gather his Souls 4 Jesus Hawaii Productions team (Pastor Luiz De Oliveira, Lika Maia, Raquel Rache, Claudia Lemos , Milena Zumbach, Luiz Werneck ,and Carlos San Felice) to help Derek surf Pipeline. Local Hawaiian surfers took Derek out to surf Pipeline and made sure that he got the waves he needed despite the competitive crowd of surfers. Bruno caught Derek’s achievement on film and then posted a short video of this amazing feat on Youtube. The video quickly became viral and reached nearly 500,000 views. Derek was also on the Hawaiian news and a popular nationwide Brazilian tv show. While filming in Brazil, Derek’s home country, Bruno was introduced to Bryan Jennings during a Rio showing of the film “Walking on Water.” Bryan spent time surfing and filming with Derek and Bruno’s team. Bruno was very impressed with Walking on Water’s past productions and, “Loved the idea of having a version of Derek’s story produced by WOW Films.” Bruno and Bryan agreed to co-produce the Derek Rabelo surf documentary “Beyond Sight. During the Summer of 2012, Bryan invited Derek to come to California as a special guest for the Walking On Water surf camps and also to start filming the Beyond Sight movie. Within a week God opened doors for Derek to surf and film with 11 Time World Champion Kelly Slater, 3 Time World Champion Tom Curren, Laird Hamilton, Rob Machado, Damien Hobgood, Makua Rothman, Lakey Peterson, and Coco Ho. The Beyond Sight movie is off to an amazing start and because of Bruno and the S4J Hawaii Productions team taking a step of faith to help Derek surf Pipeline, the entire surf world has already been inspired by Derek’s story! Walking On Water films is very honored to work together with Bruno’s team to produce such a special movie! Major media outlets like CNN, Good Morning America, and others are already expressing interest in Derek’s story.
WE NEED YOU TO HOST A SCREENING OF THE BEYOND SIGHT MOVIE! The pre screenings to leaders will begin in September of 2013 and the actual public release in theaters will be on March 7th, 2014. What makes Walking On Water films unique is that we do not just produce movies, but we then tour the world screening each movie to hundreds of thousands of people! This is only possible through city screening hosts like yourself. We work together with anyone willing to host a screening in their home town and our team helps them through each step of planning a successful event/screening. If you would like to find out more about possibly hosting one of these screenings please fill out the form below and we will be in touch with you soon. We will then give you more details about how to host a pre screening of the movie to leaders in your city and/or buy out a movie theater near you and plan a successful screening of Beyond Sight on opening weekend March 7th, 2014. Thank you so much! Click Here to learn more about screenings and to fill out our host a screenings form.