Surfing Beyond Disabilities: Inspirational surfer speaks at Aquarium

jesse-lro.jpgThrough his zest for life, motivational speaking, and the Life Rolls On Foundation that he created, surfer Jesse Billauer inspires people to live life to the fullest despite any obstacles they may face. Watch video clips about Billauer, meet him, and hear him speak about his inspirational life and passion for surfing at the Aquarium of the Pacific on Tuesday, August 7 at 7 p.m.
As a boy, Jesse Billauer was a star athlete, excelling in baseball, soccer, and floor hockey. He began surfing at the age of 9 and, by 11, Billauer was surfing competitively.
As his talents grew, he was featured in magazines and had secured sponsors. Billauer reached the international level of surfing, with competitions in Hawaii, Tahiti, Indonesia, Mexico, and Costa Rica. By the mid-’90s, Surfer magazine had named him one of the Top 100 up-and-coming surfers of the world.
But that all ended on March 25, 1996. Billauer was surfing at Zuma Beach in California and was pushed headfirst into the shallow sandbar, fracturing his neck and severing his spinal cord.
At the age of 17, he became a low-level quadriplegic with limited use of his arms and legs. Billauer was told by doctors that he would never surf again, but that did not stop him.
Adapting his surfing technique and equipment to the reality of his current condition, he continues to ride waves and help others to ride too.
Billauer will speak at Aquarium of the Pacific’s Honda Theater located at 100 Aquarium Way.
Admission is $7 per person, $4 for aquarium members, and free for students with reservations and ID.
For more information, call (562) 590-3100 or visit www.aquariumofpacific.org.

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