Disabled surfers brave the waves

Associated Press
In this March 16, 2013 photo, AdaptSurf co-founder and surfer Henrique Saraiva rides a wave at Barra da Tijuca beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He and two friends created the organization in 2007, some 10 years after a mugging left Saraiva partially paralyzed. The then-18-year-old was cycling near his home when he was set upon by several young men who were after his bike. One of them pulled a gun. A single shot went in through his stomach and lodged in his spinal column. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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Dozens of disabled people in Rio are conquering the waves. Men and women with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, people missing a limb, the blind, the deaf and even the paralyzed all hit the waves at Leblon.  A Rio-based non-governmental organization aims to make beaches accessible to the disabled and encourage them to practice water sports.

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