“Being asked if Ricochet could serve as a Life Roll’s On TWSA Ambassaor is truly an honor,” said Judy Fridono, Ricochet’s guardian. “The chance to make a greater difference in the lives of those with disabilities is not an opportunity that everyone is given and is one I have no intention of taking lightly. Helping others is something so inextricably linked with who Ricochet is, so deeply engrained in her soul and rooted in my heart that I can’t imagine an opportunity more exciting. I’m eager to see how Ricochet’s distinctive abilities will impact the lives of those she surfs and interacts with, as she is nurtured by the loving environment of Life Rolls On.”
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Ricochet was named an Ambassador for Life Rolls On by Founder and Executive Director, Jesse Billauer. “It's an honor and a privilege to have Ricochet as an ambassador for Life Rolls On. The pure joy that she brings to the beach is everything that we stand for. The inspiration that she provides is truly a priceless experience for not only our adaptive surfers, but for all of our volunteers as well. Welcome to the LROhana Ricochet!!!” said Billauer.
When Billauer was 17 and on the verge of becoming a professional surfer, he was pushed headfirst into a shallow sandbar, fracturing his neck. Billauer sustained a C-6 complete spinal cord injury, which resulted in quadriplegia. He lost the ability to walk and had limited mobility of his arms and hands. Billauer left the hospital and immediately knew two things: he had to surf again and he had to help others be inspired to follow their passions.
With that, Life Rolls On was born with a mission to improve the quality of life for young people affected by spinal cord injury. They are the largest adaptive surfing Their signature program, TWSA is a series of bi-coastal events that empowers paraplegics and quadriplegics to experience the freedom of mobility by riding a wave with the assistance of adaptive equipment and the support of hard working volunteers.