Clay Marzo, a professional surfer who has Asperger’s Syndrome, is one of the sport’s most exciting participants, stunning crowds with an amazing reverse aerial move long believed impossible. He’s a natural at surfing; he’s just not a natural at communicating with others in a social setting.
The 2008 film Just Add Water follows Clay as he takes the surfing world by storm, riding Hawaii’s barrel waves with haunting artistry. It’s a brilliant story that’s worth watching over and over, even years later.
Clay says that “waves are toys from God” — take a look at him in action and you’ll understand what he means.
In the extended trailer below, several of Clay’s friends and fellow surfers talk about his incredible talent and worth as a human being. Experts on his condition also explain why people with Asperger’s often have social difficulties but excel in one area of their lives.
“You don’t suffer from Asperger’s,” says Dr. Tony Attwood, an expert on Asperger’s syndrome. “You suffer from other people.”
Clay’s life is definitely one worth knowing more about. And some of these extreme wave rides are sure to get your adrenaline pumping! Check it out in the video below.
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