I first saw Abdoul Aziz three years ago while watching the documentary 'Gum For My Boat.' He was speaking his native language of Bengali at a beach in Bangladesh and still very much a boy. This morning, I saw Aziz as a grown up man, sit in front of a large group of people in Hawaii and tell his story to a large audience in English.
How do things like this happen? How can a boy that used to throw his books in the bushes on the way to school and go crabbing instead, be captivating an audience in a place and a language that he could never grasp a year ago?
I'm going to be honest with you.
I have been putting off writing this blog about this film for days. Not because I didn't want to write it, not because I wasn't interested in it; on the contrary, I was so inspired and moved by this story that I couldn't properly translate the emotions that had been inspired into words that made sense.
The film is Walking on Water's ''Beyond Sight.'' The story is of Derek Rabelo, a blind surfer from Brazil who has overcome his blindness to surf all over the world, and most notably, at Pipeline. I remember the first time I saw Pipeline ...