Life Rolls On - They Will Surf Again Program


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"They Will Surf Again" utilizes a surfing experience to push the boundary of possibility for those with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). It's not all about the surfing, it's about showing that anything is possible! The program travels around the U.S. to various ocean locations where one-day events draw volunteers and wheelchair bound individuals together for a day of surfing, inspiration and camaraderie. Some have not surfed since their injury, some have never surfed, some surf all the time despite their varying mobility.

It takes about 7 volunteers for each surfer to provide an exciting, yet safe experience -- no prior surfing experience is necessary for SCI individuals.

Life Rolls On Huntington Beach Style

Written/Photographed By: Chris MacDonald, HB Ambassador/The Local News Columnist

Approximately 37 paraplegics and quadriplegics mounted surfboards and experienced the thrill of riding the waves during a one-day event in Huntington Beach sponsored by Life Rolls On. These participants and more than 200 volunteers who helped them from their wheelchairs onto surfboards, then into the water for exciting rides, were part of the 2011 Season of Life Rolls On. Held at Huntington City Beach at PCH and 9th Street, the event took place on Saturday April 9th, 2011.

They Will Surf Again (TWSA) empowers disabled individuals the opportunity to surf despite paralysis. As the 40th TWSA event since the program's inception, this also marks the first stop on a nine-city national tour.

At the event were Ali Stroker, a Los Angeles based actress who sustained spinal cord injuries as a child, Power 106 Radio Personality Jeff Garcia, and Patrick Ivison, who appeared on an E Television Special, Born Different 2: More Amazing Medical Stories. Life Rolls On National Outreach Director Jesse Billauer was also there to encourage the adaptive surfers.

Event sponsors included: Surf Industry Manufacturers Association, Rollx Vans, Global Surf Industries, 1-800 Get Thin, and Function Drinks. City Of Huntington Beach Community Services Department's Chris Cole was responsible for helping facilitate this important event held at our city beaches.

Members of Huntington Beach Elks Lodge and the new Huntington Beach Rock Harbor Church donated their time to provide breakfast and lunch meals for the event.

If you would like more information on this sensational group please log onto:

Apply to participate as an adaptive surfer or volunteer. Limited spots available. Application process opens 45 days prior to each event date.


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