Life rolls on in Carolina Beach - WECT TV6-WECT.com:News, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

Life rolls on in Carolina Beach

Group photo of volunteers and participants of the Life Rolls On Group photo of volunteers and participants of the Life Rolls On
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Over 200 volunteers and 40 adaptive surfers headed to Carolina Beach for the Life Rolls On free surfing event.  From 9 am to 3 pm, paraplegic men and women had the opportunity to get on a surf board and ride a wave, many for the first time. 

"A lot of able bodied people just get to the beach, walk to the water, and never really think about how they are going to get there," explained Jesse Billaure, owner of Life Rolls On and a paraplegic himself.

One by one, men and women were hoisted from their wheelchairs to their surfboard. One of those participants was Rachel Friedman, a C6 quadra-paraplegic. She can no longer use her fingers or legs due to an accident from her bachelorette party five years ago.

"There are still things for me to do," Friedman explained.  "I can still be happy and still have fun."

One of those fun things is surfing. 

"It's so awesome being out there because you feel normal," Friedman said. "It's surfing, just you in the water on the board."

Friedman said it's events like these that make her feel like part of a community. Billaure could not agree more. 

"It's not just about the surfing. That's what brings us here," he said. "The real thing is what goes on behind the scenes and the relationships that are built."

Billaure hopes to keep expanding his organization to reach more communities and more paraplegics across the country.

Copyright 2014 WECT. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • College student arrested; tried to trade chicken alfredo, Sprite for sex

    College student arrested; tried to trade chicken alfredo, Sprite for sex

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 3:38 PM EST2017-12-13 20:38:04 GMT

    Youngstown State University student Albert Maruna was caught red-handed and arrested this week after he allegedly attempted to have sex with a 15-year-old boy, who turned out to be an undercover officer.  

    More >>

    Youngstown State University student Albert Maruna was caught red-handed and arrested this week after he allegedly attempted to have sex with a 15-year-old boy, who turned out to be an undercover officer.  

    More >>
  • Report: 3 women accuse music mogul Russell Simmons of rape

    Report: 3 women accuse music mogul Russell Simmons of rape

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 7:14 PM EST2017-12-14 00:14:28 GMT
    Thursday, December 14 2017 8:16 AM EST2017-12-14 13:16:23 GMT
    Russell Simmons arrives at Universal Music Group's 2017 Grammy After Party at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for UMG/AP Images)Russell Simmons arrives at Universal Music Group's 2017 Grammy After Party at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for UMG/AP Images)

    Three women have told the New York Times that music mogul Russell Simmons raped them.

    More >>

    Three women have told the New York Times that music mogul Russell Simmons raped them.

    More >>
  • Caught on camera: Man strips naked in road rage incident

    Caught on camera: Man strips naked in road rage incident

    Thursday, December 14 2017 4:11 AM EST2017-12-14 09:11:18 GMT
    Thursday, December 14 2017 4:11 AM EST2017-12-14 09:11:18 GMT

     After crashing into two cars, a man assaulted one of the other drivers, stripped naked and jumped onto a truck bed, leaving witnesses bewildered. 

    (Source: WJLA/Tony Knick/Broadcastify/Nina Johns)

    More >>

     After crashing into two cars, a man assaulted one of the other drivers, stripped naked and jumped onto a truck bed, leaving witnesses bewildered. 

    (Source: WJLA/Tony Knick/Broadcastify/Nina Johns)

    More >>
Powered by Frankly