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If You’ve Lost Your Sight, Try Surfing and Martial Arts

This remarkable program offers health and hope for the blind.

<em>Edit Article</em> If You’ve Lost Your Sight, Try Surfing and Martial Arts

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On a sunny June Saturday at Long Island’s East Beach, blind surfers-in-training climbed astride their boards with a sighted instructor looking on. The surfers—some tentative, some daring—paddled their way through the breakers and balanced on the unwieldy boards. Feeling, smelling, listening, and tasting the salty playground, they anticipated and met each wave.A few hours later, the last surfboard was surrendered and Devin Fernandez, founder of Third Eye Insight (TEI) – Fitness for the Blind and event host, deemed the day a success. Another triumphant Fitness Field Trip under his belt.Days like these keep Fernandez inspired as he navigates a sighted world and develops his now five-year-old nonprofit organization, created with a simple mission—to offer free fitness opportunities for the blind and visually impaired. “It’s a bittersweet experience. I love being part of my new community and creating this organization but I also hate it because I have lost my sight,” he admits. “TEI has helped move me forward.”Weekly martial arts, yoga, and meditation classes at the Ninjutsu Center in West Islip, New York, ar …

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