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Tommy Carroll (Credit: Vimeo)

Tommy Carroll (Credit: Vimeo)

CHICAGO (CBS) — Tommy Carroll has been blind since he was two-years-old.

But that’s hasn’t stopped him from pursuing his passion: skateboarding.

As reported by the New York Daily News, Carroll, a journalism student at Northwestern, posted a video of his amazing skills at a skateboard park near his home.

Carroll was diagnosed with cancer of the retina when he was a baby. The disease cost him his sight.

He’s been skateboarding since he was 10.

In the video, Carroll talks about how he focuses on the sounds of his skateboard wheels to help him negotiate the dips and curves of the skateboard park.

“I’m always constantly using the sound of my wheels to check if there’s anything in my way and get my sense of direction,” he said in the video on Vimeo, which has gone viral.

Carroll is a big advocate of proper protective gear for skateboarding.

“Falling is a skill you get good at,” he said in the video. “For me, protective gear is the difference between being absolutely terrified while skateboarding and being completely confident.”