Beyond These Eyes: The Biography of Blind Surfer Derek Rabelo

Beyond These Eyes: The Biography of Blind Surfer Derek Rabelo

by Lynn Goldsmith (Compiler)


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“If I can do all this and I am blind, what can you achieve?”

Beyond These Eyesis the biography of one of the most inspiring, courageous and incredible young men to be living on our planet at this time in history.

Professional surfer Derek Rabelois fearless in the ocean. The unique characteristic of this young man, though, is that he is blind, having been born with congenital glaucoma.

He is famous for his big wave courage, riding life-threatening monsters at Pipeline, Jaws and Mavericks in Northern California, and most recently surfing 50 foot waves in Nazaré, Portugal. This is an unbelievable attempt for anyone, but a miracle if you are blind.

Beyond These Eyestakes you on an extraordinary journey of Derek’s life. From the time of his birth, the anguish and then devotion and love of his family, to his time now as a married man and his devotion to his wife, Madeline.

His strong faith and love for God has enabled him to achieve the miraculous. Derek tours the world to speak to people of all ages to encourage and inspire them to take the limitations off their thinking.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780648458586
Publisher: Initiate Media Pty Ltd
Publication date: 05/24/2019
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Lynn Goldsmith resides on the Northern Beaches in Sydney, Australia. She was introduced to Derek Rabelo and entrusted with writing his amazing story.

Lynn is an Editor and Journalist. She was previously Editor in Chief for a number of magazines and is the author of five published books.

To get in contact with Lynn direct, email her on

Table of Contents

Foreword with Tom Carroll vii

Prologue xiii

Chapter 1. My Destiny – Amazing Where I Am Now! 1

Chapter 2. I Came Into This World Screaming! 8

Chapter 3. Love Conquers All 21

Chapter 4. School – Oh Happy Days! 30

Chapter 5. Conquering The Impossible 45

Chapter 6. My Goal – College Or Surf? 57

Chapter 7. Hawaii – My Pipeline Dream 62

Chapter 8. A Young Star Is Born 75

Chapter 9. My Time ‘Down Under’ 86

Chapter 10. Love Is In The Air 98

Chapter 11. The Wedding Of The Year… 114

Chapter 12. Travel Time 129

Chapter 13. What Keeps Me Going In Life 139

Chapter 14. My Dog - My Precious Companion! 149

Chapter 15. The Rush Of Riding Big Waves 158

Chapter 16. My Destiny – Nazaré And Jaws 170

Epilogue 190

Testimonials 194

About The Author 218

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