Beyond Sight: The Derek Rabelo Story (2014)

The accomplishments of a blind surfer that, through the encouragement of his parents, best friend, and surf coach, embarked on a three-year journey of grueling mental and physical training that inspired the best pro-surfers in the world.


Bryan S. Jennings (co-director), Bruno Lemos (co-director)


Bryan S. Jennings (co-writer), Roger Thompson (co-writer)




Credited cast:
Makua Rothman Makua Rothman ... Self
Bethany Hamilton ... Self
Laird Hamilton ... Self (as Laird John Hamilton)
Faith Fay ... Self
Kala Alexander ... Self
Kelly Slater ... Self
Mike Stewart Mike Stewart ... Self
Koa Rothman Koa Rothman ... Self
Derek Rabelo Derek Rabelo ... Self
Rob Machado ... Self
John John Florence John John Florence ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Coco Ho Coco Ho ... Self
Bryan S. Jennings
Reef McIntosh Reef McIntosh ... Self
Magno Passos Magno Passos ... Self


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. As Derek perseveres towards his goal of surfing Pipeline, he inspires the best pro-surfers in the world including Kelly Slater, Damien Hobgood, Rob Machado, Lakey Peterson, Taj Burrow, Laird Hamilton and more, who are featured in the film. You will learn from Derek's story that the best journeys in life are walked by faith, and not by sight. Written by Bryan Jennings

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A true champion lives by faith, and not by sight



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Release Date:

7 March 2014 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

O'ahu, Hawaii, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,840, 9 March 2014

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Surround 7.1



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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