THEY WILL SURF AGAIN
ZUMA BEACH, MALIBU, CA.
21 May 2005
DISABLED SURFERS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY JOIN TOGETHER TO RIDE THE WAVES ON BEHALF OF SPINAL CORD INJURY NON-PROFIT, LIFE ROLLS ON FOUNDATION.
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 24 May, 2005 : - - May 17, 2005 (San Diego, CA) They are stoked and ready to hit the surf for a very special event at Zuma Beach, California, on May 21, 2005, entitled They Will Surf Again (TWSA). An inspired group of disabled athletes and spinal cord injury victims, among others with debilitating injuries and diseases, will travel from as far as Florida for a day of fun in the waves of Malibu.
They Will Surf Again, a program of Life Rolls On Foundation (LRO), has been met with excitement by its participants and their loved ones alike. Some have not surfed since their injury, some have never surfed, while some surf all the time despite their handicap. Above all, the day is not just about surfing, but a chance for participating surfers, and the volunteers that make it possible, to become an inspiration for others facing similar challenges.
One such inspiration is CC Roberts, a former pro wakeboarder and quadriplegic, who will be flying from the East Coast to attend the event. CC's proficiency as a paraplegic wakeboarder (www.ccroberts.net) is vital to They Will Surf Again's mission. CC's action in the water as a spinal cord injury victim is key to others like him experiencing a more fulfilling life. "Through my experiences (in the water), I believe I can help get them back to doing whatever it was they loved before their accident or sickness", said Roberts.
Quadriplegic surf phenom, Jesse Billauer, will also be a featured participant of They Will Surf Again. Jesse is a motivational speaker and the founder of the Life Rolls On Foundation but is perhaps best known for his wave riding in the major motion picture, "Step Into Liquid."
TWSA will connect up to fifty, passionate volunteers with more than fifteen disabled surfers for a day of thrills that only surfing has to offer. Experienced watermen (and women) will join lifeguards in the surfline to ensure that the event is both safe and fun. "Essentially, there is no better place for healing than the ocean. It's a place where everyone can focus on all the positive that such a group of individuals can bring," said program director, Richard Yelland.
Yelland oversees organization and direction of the TWSA event and is the founder of They Will Surf Again, now a program of the Life Rolls On Foundation. The event is co-produced by Brendon O'Neal of West Coast Riders. TWSA began in 2000 with surfing expression sessions - featuring top pro surfers Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Taj Burrow and Bruce and Andy Irons - along with San Diego to San Francisco surfing expeditions that helped raise funds and awareness for the spinal cord injury cause. TWSA combined forces with Life Rolls On in 2004 to present concepts such as They Will Surf Again's day at Zuma Beach and other awareness and inspiration-building LRO events.
To participate as a surfer or volunteer in They Will Surf Again events, please go to: www.liferollson.org/twsa. For media, press, and other related inquires, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone (310)629-2394 or 1-866 We-Will-Walk
Life Rolls On Foundation
Life Rolls On is a non-profit 501(c)3 Foundation dedicated to increasing awareness of spinal cord injuries (SCI) within youth culture via influential action sports athletes. Life Rolls On's message resonates deepest within the surfing, motocross, snowboarding, skateboarding, wakeboarding and BMX cultures. Through recreational, educational, and developmental programs, Life Rolls On also raises money to fund research for the treatment and cure of paralysis caused by SCI.
May 21st, 2005 (Zuma Beach, Malibu, California)
Tower "12" at the north end of Zuma's parking lot. Parking will be plentiful and at a reduced rate of $1.00 per car. Coming from the south on Pacific Coast Highway, make an immediate left after Busch Drive. Volunteers and press should arrive at 9:30am. The event runs from 10am to 1pm. Surfboards and wetsuits will be provided for participating surfers but volunteers should bring their own wetsuit.
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