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Martin Passeri has won a lot of contests. The five-time Argentinian surf champion is no stranger to the podium. So when he stopped short on the sand on his way out to his heat, everyone was surprised.

He stopped next to Nicolas Gallegos, who sat in his wheelchair on the sand. At 18, he was paralyzed from the waist down, cutting his dream of learning to surf short. But when Passeri stopped on the sand twenty years after the accident, his dream would come true.

Martin Passeri touched Gallegos’s shoulder and offered to take him out to catch is first wave… in the middle of a heat. Passeri was later disqualified, but winning isn’t always about the trophy. “I believe that was the best wave,” he said, “and the biggest triumph of my life.”




  • bonxore

    Awesome.

  • Dan

    Humanity at its best.

  • Scottish Sponger

    Great story, shame about the cheesy Hollywood butchering of the story. Also the Reef slogan is a bit insensitive – Life is short, Go surf. All well and good if you’re not in a wheelchair

    • Art Carfi

      That’s been their slogan forever, bought a Reef key chain 25 years ago from “MTB Surf Emporium” it says ” Life is too short, don’t waste it, go surfing” I’ve used it everyday since I got it, longest lasting thing ever! Great story, amazing how the kindness of one person can make you happy!

    • Ira Tateu ☻♥☺

      Life Rolls On takes people surfing. Since you are a “sponger” you know you a paraplegic and many others in a wheel chair can surf. Maybe you are just a miserable person with a small penis and you manifest your anger online? Cheers!

    • Augusta1815625

      I started freelancing from home, by completing basic jobs that only required desktop or laptop computer and access to internet and it’s the best job i ever had… It’s been six months since i started this and i made so far total of 36 thousand dollars… Basicly i get paid close to $80 each hour and work for 3 to 4 hrs a day.And awesome thing about this job is that you get to choose yourself when to work and for how long and you get a paycheck at the end of each week.<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    • Spottysword

      The guy who made it is def not Hollywood. He probably has a good cam, some film school knowledge or education and had to you use a soundtrack that was free for budgetary reasons. I bet your are a nice guy. Don’t hate. Appreciate.

  • Chuck Allison

    And they DQed him , WHY?

    • Ira Tateu ☻♥☺

      Bet it was the rules.

    • Maria Emilia Martin

      HE WASNT DQ IN THAT CONTEST. I WAS THERE PERSONALLY, IT NEVER HAPPENED. THIS ARTICLE IS NOT TRUE. MARTIN PASSERI LOST AGAINST FACUNDO ARREYES AND COULDNT MAKE IT FURTHER ON THE COMPETITION, HE NEVER GOT DQ FOR DOING SUCH A THING.

      • Maria Emilia Martin

        SHAME ON THE JOURNALIST WHO PUBLISHED THIS BEFORE EVEN CHECK IF IT WAS TRUE

  • Maria Emilia Martin

    THATS NOT TRUE. I WAS IN THAT CONTEST PERSONALLY. YOU’RE POSTING WRONG INFORMATION, YOU DIDNT CHECK WHERE IT CAME FROM AND EVEN WROTE AN ARTICLE ABOUT IT.

    MARTIN PASSERI WAS IN THAT CONTEST, INDEED. BUT HE DIDNT GET DISQUALIFIED BEACAUSE OF DOING THAT DURING THE CONTEST,,,, THAT DIDNT HAPPEN, HE JUST LOST HIS HEAT AGAINST FACUNDO ARREYES.

    SHAME ON THE JOURNALIST WHO PUBLISHED THIS BEFORE EVEN CHECK IF IT WAS TRUE

  • Louis Ferdinand von Thun

    Wonderful, I agree that winning isn’t the only goal in life, what Martin did was fantastic and he deserves all our support and admiration

  • Spottysword

    that guy needs to make more people like. I hope you marry a friendly model and make tons of babies.

  • Spottysword

    That is fantastic. I love good people… I wish everyone was so awesome.

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