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WEB EXCLUSIVE: Blind surfer talks about surfing pipeline

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Tonight we had the opportunity to meet Derek Rabelo. The 19-year-old surfer from Brazil told me he was born blind but that never stopped him from living life to the fullest and taking on big challenges like surfing one of the most dangerous surf spots in the world.

"They tell me about the danger but I was conscious and just had faith in God that everything would be okay," Rabelo explained. "I try to be very sensitive to what I'm hearing, and that's just what I hear and what I feel."

Derek described his ride at Pipeline saying it was like nothing he's ever experienced anywhere else. Local filmmaker Bruno Lemos is putting together a documentary about the inspirational surfer.

 

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