Surfer magazine named Jesse Billauer one of the Top 100 up-and-coming surfers of the world in the 90’s. Jesse embarked on a pro surfing tour competing in Hawaii, Tahiti, Indonesia, Mexico, and Costa Rica.
In March of 1996, Jesse rated number one among the juniors in the Pacific Surf Series. On March 25th 1996, while surfing, Jesse was hit by the crest of a wave which flung him into a sandbar. The sheer force of the impact resulted in a complete spinal cord injury.
It would seem that Jesse’s charmed life had ended, but nothing could be further from the truth. Instead of being angry and depressed, as many people are, who have sustained such a traumatic injury, Jesse felt grateful for the life he had.
Since his passion has always been surfing, Jessie decided that he wanted to give that sense of adventure to people who otherwise would never have the opportunity to surf. He created “Life Rolls On”, “A non-profit organization that inspires others to see the boundless possibilities beyond paralysis.”
I personally have several friends who surf with “Life Rolls On”. They love it, and say how freeing it is being out on the ocean. Everyone who meets Jesse just adores him and seems eternally thankful for what he has done for the community of individuals with disabilities. “Life Rolls On” relies on fundraising and donations. Surfing lessons are free to anyone with a physical disability. Volunteers are eager to help folks surf to their full potential.
Jesse uses his charisma as a motivational speaker to inspire others with paralysis. Women are captivated by his good looks and his down-to-earth personality. Men love his kick butt attitude. Nothing stops Jesse from achieving his goals.
I plan to get my surf on. I would have never in a million years thought that this would be a possibility for me. Thank you Jesse, for creating such a wonderful awe-inspiring non-profit organization as epic and important as “Life Rolls On,”