This Blind Brazilian surfer is an inspiration as he challenges the waves and overcomes his fear
Never give up and never back down. Sounds like a movie title I know. But these words are true in every sense of the word because where there’s a will there’s a way!! Life has many obstacles but getting around them and inching towards your goals is what makes life worthwhile.
Along the way we falter despite of the fact of having two hands and legs and all our senses. It is these times when we should look to role models for inspiration. One big living inspiration is Derek Rabelo, the blind surfer. Yes BLIND!!
1 He was named after a surfing champion Derek Ho
Brazilian Derek Rabelo was born blind because of Glaucoma. Born in the coastal city of Gurapari, Brazil, the local population like Derek’s father is mad over surfing. Derek’s dream to become a champion surfer started when he was 17. He persevered and practiced every morning.
2 His father was always there for moral support
Derek son overcame his fear of the unknown and challenged the waves. He began bonding with the ocean. ‘I listen to the ocean and feel it. Every single part of a wave makes different noises so I can decide which side of the wave I should surf towards.’
3 He soon mastered the art of surfing
‘I believe all of us have strong senses given by God which should be used with passion and perseverance. Now 23, Derek is an expert swimmer and an idol and inspiration to all of his friends.
4 He wanted to prove to the world what a blind man can do
And he proved it by showing to the world that even a blind man can surf. Says Derek ‘my God is powerful and I have faith in Him and he helped me overcome. I never imagined I could surf or do things like this. But it was always in my mind. It was my dream.’
5 Derek travels the world
Derek Rabelo the blind surfer is a great motivating figure to surfers worldwide he travels the world and wherever he goes people are inspires. His message is simple. Believe in god and believe in yourself and you can accomplish many things and most of all succeed. Watch his video showing Derek in action.