It wasn't your typical day at the beach, as many of the oceangoers here were back in the ocean for the very first time since losing the use of their limbs. Tusi Mailo says: it looks fun and i guess that's just making me more nervous i saw a couple guys fall off the board too so that didn't help my butterflies it looks fun and i can't wait to get in." Of the that just one the many feelings Mailo has had to overcome since being paralyzed from the neck down. in may of 2001, he dove into the ocean and broke his neck. Mailo: i just dove in to a wave head first from the shore and just hit something was instantly paralyzed i don't even know what i hit a rock or the sandbar
Mailo hasn't felt the coolness of saltwater since Mailo says: "this is like coming full circle with me like you said i haven't been in the water since I got hurt so i'm pretty excited." With the help of dozens of volunteers and his friends and family, mailo got on the surfboard, and road a wave for the very first time. Neighbor Joyce Castillo says: "ultimately the water the ocean is what paralyzed him but this is what is going to kind of set him free." and, the organization that helped make the experience possible, is life rolls on, founded by a man who lost the use of his limbs while surfing. Organizer Jesse Billauer says: " feel like a proud father you know checking out his kids surfing for the first time the big smiles on their face." knowing the struggles first hand, billauer founded the program with the hope others like him would be able to do things they never thought they were capable of doing.