Skateboarding is something I’ve always wanted to try, but have always been to chicken to really attempt… It just looks like so much fun cruising through the streets of the city and whatnot. Just don’t expect me to do any tricks..
And for some, I know it can be hard enough to get a hang of even when they’ve been skating for a while, but imagine having to do it completely in the dark.
That’s the situation for 15-year-old skater Tommy Carroll who has been completely blind since the age of two, when he lost his eyes to bilateral retinoblastoma (cancer of the retinas).
After picking up skating at the age of 10, he now relies on his highly developed sense of hearing to pick up the sound of his wheels on the terrain.
Check out the inspirational video directed by Arthur Neumeier below!
“I think what’s really fun about skateboarding is when you get something new and kind of scary, when you finally land that scary thing and you feel that tension release, that’s one of the better feelings,” he says, explaining it’s “one of the biggest adrenaline rushes you’ll ever experience.”
The video is part of the “Be Brave, Be Safe” campaign led by Amsterdam-based consumer safety organization VeiligheidNL in partnership with Dutch sportswear company Perry Sport, and includes Carroll talking about how important protective gear is to him as a skateboarder, since he feels comfortable enough to experiment and fall as he tests out new tricks.
All I can say is WOW!