Paralyzed Surfers To Ride Waves At Jacksonville Beach With Help From Life Rolls On Foundation

Los Angeles, CA (May 12, 2009) -

WHAT: On Saturday, May 16, Life Rolls On Foundation will host its second “They Will Surf Again” (TWSA) of the summer at Jacksonville Beach, FL. TWSA is Life Rolls On’s signature quality of life program, which empowers individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) to experience the freedom of riding a wave through the assistance of adaptive surfboards and dedicated volunteers. Surfing experience is not required, as for many, it will be their first time in the ocean.

“We are pleased to, once again, bring They Will Surf Again to Jacksonville,” said Meghan Schinderle, Program Director at Life Rolls On Foundation. “Though Life Rolls On is based in California, this is a great opportunity to make our programs available to others across the country. I have been told numerous times by so many of our talented surfers, we are not just providing a day of surf and sun, we are helping them find their ability to defeat disability and to focus on the infinite possibilities that lie ahead.”

“I have been a competitive surfer for six years and love to share my knowledge and love of the sport with other people,” says volunteer and LRO supporter, Kayla Beckman.

They Will Surf Again has made a profound impact on the lives of thousands nationwide by uniting the able-bodied and disability communities to push the bounds of possibility for those with SCI.  TWSA has proved that even if the body is challenged, the human spirit continues to soar.  Additional event details can be found at liferollson.org/twsa.

This program is available at no-cost to participants through generous sponsorships by the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) and Global Surf Industries.  Event sponsors include Brooke Adaptive Sports and Recreation, Bagel World, Sun Dog Diner, Epic Surf Ministries, Christian Surfers and Sisters of the Sea.

WHEN: Saturday, May 16, 2009; 9AM – 2PM (pre-registration is required)

WHERE: Lifeguard Station, 2 Ocean Front North, Jacksonville Beach, FL  32250

WHO: Miss Wheelchair North Carolina 2009, Erika Bogan, will be among the more than 25 adaptive surfers and 100 volunteers


About Life Rolls On Foundation

Founded in 1999, Life Rolls On Foundation (LRO) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people affected by spinal cord injury and utilizes action sports as a platform to inspire infinite possibilities despite paralysis.  Its signature program, They Will Surf Again (TWSA), is an award-winning series of bi-coastal events that empower individuals with spinal cord injury to experience freedom and mobility by surfing a wave with the assistance of adaptive equipment and dedicated volunteers.  Through quality of life programs and spinal cord injury awareness campaigns, LRO proudly impacts the lives of more than 100,000 people each year.  Featured in national print, television and radio, LRO received its first EMMY nomination for Best National Public Service Announcement in 2007.  For more information, visit liferollson.org.