Derek Rabelo is a blind surfer from Brazil. In 2014, he toured Europe, presenting his film “Beyond Sight”. Cross Culture Surf organised a special screening in Zarautz, which was presented by Derek and movie director Bruno Lemos.
BLIND SURF SESSION:
Together with Axi Muniain (big wave surfer) and Basque surf coach Aitor Francesena (who is also blind), we invited people to try surfing whilst blindfolded. Ironically, it was a huge eye-opener! It gave us a “glimpse” into their world, and what it’s like to surf without being able to see. It makes you focus on your remaining senses. You listen much more and every signal from a friend is a welcome ingredient to catching the wave. This unique initiative caught the attention of the local Basque TV, radio and press, and was even featured on the national Basque news. Here’s what they made of it: