Claudy Robin: surfing is for everyone

Claudy Robin has an hereditary illness. He is practically blind, but that doesn't stop him from hitting the surf.


When you can't see the board, keeping balance is definitely a challenge. Fortunately, Claudy is not worried about that. The 44-year old paddles and takes-off like any other wave rider.

"I get this feeling of freedom from practicing a sport that's not really meant for handicapped people. I can do this just like any able bodied person can", says Claudy Robin.

The near-blind surfer from Bordeaux has two friends helping him out in the water and in the beach.

"What's astonishing is how he finds his way around the water. If I were to surf with my eyes shut, without points of reference or where the sand is, that's amazing", adds Andy Crière, a French junior surfer.

The Lacanau Surf Club has already held a special surfing day for eight visually impaired beginners, and will continue to develop similar initiatives.

As for Claudy Robin, he's heading to Hawaii.