Making A Surfing Dream a Reality


Life rolls on, despite injury or disability. On Saturday, July 8, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., all are welcome to join for an event that warms the soul. Dozens of people with various disabilities, from paralysis to blindness, will be given the chance to surf with the help of many volunteers, and adaptive surfing equipment.

Life Rolls On is bringing its They Will Surf Again program back to Beach 67th on Saturday. Life Rolls On was started by world champion quadriplegic surfer Jesse Billauer. After suffering from his own accident that left him paralyzed in 1996, Billauer found that life doesn’t have to stop after paralysis. Instead of letting it keep him down, Billauer found ways to ride the waves again despite his handicap by using adaptive surfing gear. In 2001, he founded Life Rolls On to show others that they can enjoy life as well despite paralysis or other disabilities.

For the past few years, Life Rolls On has brought They Will Surf Again to Rockaway to give people a chance to surf using adaptive surf equipment. The day is made possible with the help of local surf schools and surfers that volunteer, as well as everyday people who are willing to lend a helping hand. Volunteer registration is closed, but those interested in helping can sign up for a waiting list at the event. Otherwise, the event alone is something worth seeing. To learn more, visit