True Grit

A salute to the strength and courage of quadriplegic surfer Jesse Billauer

Jesse Billauer, making the impossible possible. Photo: Gilley
Jesse Billauer, making the impossible possible. Photo: Gilley

In a collective way, we’re used to seeing Jesse Billauer now. We’ve seen him ride many waves over the years, but before we take his surfing for granted, let’s all pause for a minute. Let’s close our eyes and really think about this. Try to imagine the leap of faith—the unbridled courage—it must take to not only drop into, but ride a solid wave as a quadriplegic.

For over a decade now, Jesse has amazed us with his bravery and positivity. In the face of incredible daily challenges, Jesse has not only become a role model for others with spinal cord injuries, but a role model for all of us. So do what you can to help Life Rolls On, and hoist your schooner to the man that, with a little help from his friends, makes the impossible possible.