A top junior surfer on the cusp of turning pro in 1996, Jesse Billauer's life changed when a wave threw him headfirst into a sandbar, breaking his sixth vertebrae. Although he was rendered a quadriplegic, his story most certainly did not end there.
Driven to return to the water, he helped develop adaptive equipment and dedicated himself to doing whatever it took to get back on the surfboard. He was successful, and knew that the unique experiences of surfing and skating could help improve the quality of life for others affected by a spinal cord injury.
His foundation, Life Rolls On, makes that a reality with surf and skate events on both coasts – life-changing experiences for all involved, whether in a wheelchair or not.
Learn more about Jesse in the video below, and join him by registering for the Wings for Life World Run, knowing that 100% of your entry fee will go directly to spinal cord injury research. Sign up for events in Santa Clarita, California, or Sunrise, Florida, or take part wherever you are via the Selfie Run app.