Walking On Water Films has produced eleven documentary films including Bethany Hamilton’s story, Heart of a Soul Surfer. Beyond Sight: The Derek Rabelo Story is their latest project with S4J Hawaii Productions which tells the story of a blind, 17 year-old from Brazil who pursues his dream of surfing Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. The documentary takes viewers through Derek’s three-year journey of grueling mental, physical and spiritual training. As Derek perseveres towards his goal of surfing Pipeline, he inspires the best pro-surfers in the world including Kelly Slater, Gerry Lopez, Tom Curren, Damien Hobgood, Rob Machado, Lakey Peterson, Laird Hamilton and others — who star in Beyond Sight. “Pipeline is basically the ultimate wave in a lot of ways — just a short, intense, dangerous wave that’s close to the beach,” said Kelly Slater, 11X World Champion surfer. “Many surfers with sight do not venture out even after they see that others can do it.” Derek’s story is one that exemplifies that the best journeys in life are walked by faith, and not by sight. “I think Derek has a lot to teach people including that there’s no limit to what you can accomplish”, said Rob Machado. Lakey Peterson added: “He has inspired me to really live by faith and not by sight”.
While Derek’s YouTube Video surfing Pipeline has received over half a million hits, Walking on Water founder Bryan Jennings is determined to complete production on the feature film for release in Spring of 2013. ”During fifteen years of producing documentaries, I have never seen the community of surfing rally to support the telling of someone else’s story”, said Jennings. Emphasized by Laird Hamilton’s comment, “Derek is an inspiration for people and his story needs to be told”. Walking On Water is enlisting an army of volunteers to help spread the word through social media using the Kickstarter.com fund raising platform, Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, YouTube, Vimeo, InstaGram and others. For more information on Beyond Sight, visit http://kickstarter.beyondsightmovie.com.
About Walking On Water: Walking On Water is a non-profit 501 C 3 Action Sports Organization founded in 1995. What started as a small camp of ten students has now grown into a worldwide organization that reaches thousands of people through films, outreach events, surf camps, and international mission trips. Walking on Water Films is a premier production company for action sports feature films that tell the stories behind athletes in the surf, skateboard and snowboard sports. Over 500,000 people in 30 countries have viewed their films through a unique distribution model of independent screenings in movie theaters, outdoor venues and convention centers. For more information, visit www.walkingonwater.com.
Beyond Sight Film Synopsis: Amidst the small beautiful city of Guarapari, Brazil, Derek Rabelo’s father prayed that his son would become a famous professional surfer. Unfortunately on May 25th 1992, his prayer seemed unanswered when Derek was born blind. Seventeen years later Derek decided that despite his blindness he still wanted to surf and that he wanted to surf Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu. Through the encouragement of his parents, best friend, and surf coach, Derek embarked on a three-year journey of grueling mental, physical and spiritual training. You will learn from Derek’s story that the best journeys in life are walked by faith, and not by sight. For more information, visit www.beyondsightmovie.com.