Jesse Billauer

world champion quadriplegic surfer & motivational speaker

two surfing legends at the 2016 World Adaptive Surfing Championship – Rob Machado and Jesse Billauer

photo credit C. Mudlo

medalist at the 2016 World Adaptive Surfing Championship

winner of Duke's OceanFest 2016

In the Assisted-B Division, Jesse Billauer, the 2015 ISA World Adaptive Assist Champion from Southern California, won in classic form. 

Duke's OceanFest is held each summer in Waikiki in honor of Hawaiian legend Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, one of the world's greatest waterman.

one of the best surfers on the planet

Jesse Billauer was named one of the seven most inspirational – and influential – surfers on the planet in 2016. In addition to being named the world champion of adaptive surfing, Jesse is also, arguably, the foremost advocate of overcoming disabilities through sports. 

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On March 1, 1996, Jesse 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. Learn more at



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Jesse and Jason Mraz in Morocco