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9 Year Old Blind Surfer Gets Stoked Riding First Wave at Doheny State Beach

April 12, 2017

KIALOA 'Elele Lambert Lo met Nathan Nipp at a community center in Santa Ana, CA. Lambert witnessed this fearless boy and offered up a surf lesson.  Once they hit the water, Nathan offered up a lesson or two as well.

9 Year Old Blind Surfer Gets Stoked Riding First Wave at Doheny State Beach

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Nathan Nipp, 9, learned tosurf at Doheny State Beach last Friday. Despite being blind, Nipp had no problem learning how to ride the waves. (Video Screenshot: Lambert Lo)

Nathan Nipp heard the wave approaching and jumped up on the surfboard, putting his arms out wide and bending his knees into a surfer stance, the intense look of focus on his face easing as he enjoyed the ride.

“I’m up,” the 9-year-old surfer yelled out. “I got it!”

It didn’t matter that Nipp, of Irvine, couldn’t see the waves approaching, or had to feel around with his fingers to find just the right place on the soft-top surfboard to lay his body flat while out in the water.

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