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Wine, Waves & Beyond kicks off in San Luis Obispo

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A Central Coast surfer, who is an amputee, is slated to compete in the Paralympic Games in 2020, but this weekend he is suiting up for a different cause.

Randy Roller will compete in a surf competition during Wine, Waves and Beyond, which kicks off April 27 with surf movie night at the Fremont in downtown San Luis Obispo.

“What this event will do is it gears us up for our upcoming season of both national events and the world games,” said Roller, who is the founder of AMP Surf and owner of Zada surf school.

Wine, Waves and Beyond celebrates California's rich surfing culture.

As part of the five day event, there's the 805 Surf Classic put on by the non-profit Still Frothy. It will be held Sunday morning at the Pismo Beach pier.

There are heats for longboard, challenged athletes, women, local winemakers & brewmasters and a 12 team legends shortboard division, pulling in legends past, present and future from all over the 805 area code.

“I gathered up some athletes from around the world. One athlete is coming from Australia and I was able to raise some funds for us for prize money,” said Roller.

Being an amputee has brought a lot of light to Roller's life.

“I was just a drop in the bucket surfer, but being an amputee has really opened a lot of doors for me,” said Roller.

He lost his leg in a forklift accident in 1990.

“It kept me out of the water for 8 years. I didn't think I could do it, and one day I decided I was going to surf again. It took me 30 days to get back on my board,” explained Roller.

Now his board is once again an extension of himself.

“I am representing team USA, I am the current US amputee surfing champion,” said Roller.

Proceeds from this year's event will benefit GleanSLO, a program of the food bank coalition of San Luis Obispo County that connects farmers and backyard growers with volunteers, who will harvest fruits and vegetables for local food banks that would otherwise go to waste.

It also benefits Still Frothy, an area non-profit that aims to motivate youth to turn off computers and video games and discover surfing.

For ticket information, click here.

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