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11/20/2012 03:50 pm ET | Updated Jan 20, 2013

Autistic Boys Profoundly Affected by the Ocean (VIDEO)

Former pro surfer Keith Malloy's latest project is making waves far beyond the surf community. His documentary "Come Hell Or High Water" is an ode to bodysurfing, not surfing, and in it he tells the story of Beau King, a young autistic boy in Hawaii who is profoundly affected by the ocean. When Beau jumps in the water with his dad, legendary bodysurfer Don King, he breaks out an enormous smile and confidence he doesn't always show on land.

After seeing Beau's story in the film, Australians Donna and Greg Edwards wrote Keith to share the story of their son, Kyan. Kyan, like Beau, is autistic, and after seeing Beau in Malloy's film he made his first trip to the beach in years and jumped straight into the water. Malloy and the Edwards and King families were all united recently on HuffPost Live for an incredibly moving conversation about the ocean's affect on some autistic children.

WATCH CLIP BELOW AND FULL SEGMENT ON HUFFPOST LIVE.

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