Meet Derek Rabelo, A Blind Professional Surfer
Published: Feb 8, 2016
Derek Rabelo was born blind. He always wanted to be a surfer. At the age of 17, he decided to make his dream a reality.
His father helped him to make is dream come true. They went together to the ocean every morning we practiced and learned how to listen to the ocean and feel it.
Talking to the Bored Panda, Derek said:
“Firstly, my dad encouraged and helped me. We went to the ocean together in the mornings. However, he sent me to a surf course to learn and practise more. I have also practised a lot with my friends. They always consider me just as themselves.”
He further added:
“I listen to the ocean and feel it, and every single part of a wave makes different noises. So, I can decide which side of the wave I should surf towards. If you have a dream, you have to believe in yourself. Otherwise, you can not do it. I believe all of us have strong senses given by god. Use them with passion and perseverance.”