- 21 August 2013 | Surfing
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.