My goal is to make this world a smaller place. When we bring people together, differences evaporate. We’re in this short life together ... let’s make it awesome for everyone.
— Jesse Billauer

CULTURE

Jesse's influence casts a wider net each year. Check out this video produced by Ford Motor Company, featuring Jesse's contribution to countless lives through his foundation, Life Rolls On.

 

 

Sports

Jesse loves sports. If he's not surfing or fishing, he can be found at an LA Galaxy match, taking in a big fight in Vegas, or somewhere on the globe watching a World Surf League event. Jesse has also served as a spokesman for the Red Bull Wings for Life World Run.

Jesse is the proud recipient of the Nike Casey Martin Award; the NBA Heroes Among Us Award, the Malibu Surfers Association Lifetime Recognition Award, and last but decidedly not least, the ISA World Championship Gold Medal in Adaptive Surfing. 

Shown here with his friend David Beckham.


Music

Jesse is so fortunate to count as friends humanitarians who also happen to be Grammy award-winning musicians. Jason Mraz hosts benefit concerts; volunteers at surf events; and financially supports Life Rolls On.

Dave Matthews has provided financial support, and even donated his wonderful wines for the Life Rolls On gala fundraiser, Night By The Ocean.

Shown here with Jason Mraz at a Life Rolls On Benefit Concert in Santa Barbara CA.

Learn more about Jason Mraz and his humanitarian efforts.

Learn more about Dave Matthews and his Dreaming Tree Winery.


Media

Jesse has appeared on Good Morning America, TODAY, Dateline NBC, Extreme Home Makeover, E! True Story, and many more. He has also been featured in a myriad of print media. Check out a few of the articles below:

Surfline

Surfer

Inertia


Film

Jesse's story was made into an award-winning documentary. This moving film won Best Documentary at the 2009 Malibu Film Festival, and the Audience Award at the San Diego Film Festival. This isn't a surf film, but one of inspiration, and how to win when life changes the rules.

Jesse is also featured in the riveting surf movie, Step Into Liquid.

Buy the DVD of Jesse's Story


Books

Michaela Haas' new book, Bouncing Forward: Transforming Bad Breaks into Breakthroughs, radically shifts our perspective on adversity. The author explores the new science of post-traumatic growth through her moving personal story, encounters with survivors from all walks of life – from soldiers to surfers – and a practical take on the latest scientific research. Critics have called it one of the most inspirational books of 2015, and a great message of hope. Jesse is proud to be one of the 12 stories of breakthrough and bouncing forward. 

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