WILDWOOD CREST -
Surfs up, for a group of participants riding the wave in Wildwood Crest earlier Sunday.
Over 400 surfers and volunteers rode the waves.
"We're surfing, we're riding the waves, its exciting," said Joan Anastasi of Galloway.
Joan is no ordinary surfer she was born with Spina Bifida.
Joan and 46 other participants who suffer from spinal cord related injuries or disabilities had the opportunity to surf again.
"It's an awesome awesome experience something that I will bring with me forever," said Anastasi.
Life Rolls On Foundation is a non-profit organization created after surfer Jesse Billauer suffered a spinal injury, while surfing, that left him paralyzed.
Life Rolls On and MossRehab held the 8th annual "They Will Surf Again" program in Wildwood Crest.
"This is an adaptive surfing program for those living with paralysis," explained Chad deSatnick, They Will Surf Again New Jersey event coordinator
Chad, a lifelong Cape May surfer, was told he would never surf again after a spinal cord injury in 2001.
"I had to prove them wrong," said deSatnick
With 400 volunteers, including professional surfers and physical therapists, on hand to help the surfers put on their wetsuits, get in the water and hang ten the event made a big splash.
“It's just a great event for people to let loose, forget about every worry that they have and just to enjoy your time in the water," described volunteer Kristy Thall.
"I'm a surfer myself so I understand how incredible the feeling can be, how free you can feel and it's nice to be able to give that to somebody else that might not be able to do it," expressed MossRehab volunteer Kerry O’Connor.
“There's a sense of freedom when you get on those waves and when you see freedom in people's eye that don't have it on a daily basis you can not duplicate that,” explained deSatnick.
"Being in the water, you know you just got that weightless feeling. You got the beauty of the wind and the water in your face. It’s priceless," described Jesse Billauer, Creator of Life Rolls Foundation On.
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