World Champion Adaptive Surfer Jesse Billauer to speak Oct. 14


On March 1, 1996, Jesse Billauer stood with the top 100 junior surfers in the world. Three weeks later, a wave at Zuma Beach rendered him unable to stand again. But this paralyzing accident could not keep Jesse from surfing. He pioneered adaptive surfing gear, and with the help of the loyal surf community, got back to the big waves he loves.

Then he created Life Rolls On, leading the way to freedom beyond paralysis. And in 2015, Jesse won GOLD for Team USA, becoming the first ever World Champion of Adaptive Surfing. 

The inaugural "Jesse's Story on Tour" has traversed the country and Jesse has delivered his message of Overcoming Adversity to over 100,000 people.

Jesse will share his inspiring story at Penn State Worthington Scranton on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 3 p.m. in the SLC's The View Café.  The event is open to the public.