“I see everything that you see, but in another way.”
– Derek Rabelo
Derek Rabelo was born on the coast of Brazil, with congenital glaucoma. He has never even seen light, but from a young age his dream was to surf Hawaii’s massive (in)famous barreling wave, Pipeline. In the movie that is debuting in Europe this autumn, we see his journey to his goal, which he walks and surfs “by faith, not sight”.
Derek has never seen the waves he catches or the smiles he brings to faces, but he has heard the waves crash behind him and felt the embrace of friendship from surfers and non-surfers around the world. His passion for surfing and life as well as his spirituality that is not caught up in religion endears him to people. When you see him take off on a wave and put his hand out to feel the curve of the sea, you know that all he has is that touch and the sounds, and that is enough. And that inspires.
Derek with two friends with three suitcases and one surfboard have flown across his beloved ocean to be present for Beyond Sight – the Derek Rabelo Story European film premiere. He will be the guest of honor at showings in Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Portugal, Basque Country, Spain, France, England and Wales, and if it is anything like the movie’s opening in the U.S., theaters will be packed and showings extended.