A rebel with a cause

Fresh from surfing New South Wales’ Manly beach with former pro surfer Layne Beachley, lunch with former surfing world champion Tom Carroll and talking to 5500 students for a Stand Tall event, Derek Rabelo expressed his affection for Australia, his home for two years. “I miss Australia, the culture, the surfing, the people.” Australia has embraced Rabelo for his unbreakable ambition. You may recall seeing him on a Nutri-Grain box. The world became captivated by the brave blind boy when surfing footage of him went viral in his twenties. “How does he do it?” was the question on everyone’s lips. Surfing is hard enough but blind surfing seems suicidal and impossible. But “impossible” isn’t in Rabelo’s dictionary. “If you can dream it, you can do it,” is Rabelo’s motto as he’s gone on to conquer surfing the famous Pipeline break, tow-in big wave surfing, skydiving, downhill skateboarding, snowboarding and jet skiing among other adrenaline-seeking activities. What drives Rabelo and where does he get the guts to tackle things most sighted people wouldn’t even try?

Prophetic prayers

On May 25, 1992, an energetic Gemini Water Monkey came screaming into a welcoming world. Rabelo’s destiny was written before his birth. His father, Ernesto,

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