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Tommy Carroll: Blind Skateboarder

Tommy Carroll was born with bilateral retinoblastoma, which left him blind by the age of two. But since the age of 10, he's been devoted to a pastime that's daunting enough for most fully sighted people: skateboarding.

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Tommy Carroll was born with bilateral¬†retinoblastoma, which left him blind by the age of two. But since the age of 10, he’s been devoted to a pastime that’s daunting enough for most fully sighted people: skateboarding.

There isn’t any special trick here; no way for him to be aware of his surroundings other than by what he can hear around him, and feel under the wheels of the board. And besides his skill and years of practice, another part of what allows him to do what he does is a solid set of safety pads, and knowing how to fall well.

Watching him drop into a bowl and ride the walls smoothly is a testament to what you can achieve with mind-over-matter. In Tommy’s words:

“I think that everybody should know that everything happens for a reason, and that there’s always a way to overcome an obstacle if you really want it enough.”