Paralyzed Surfer Who Inspired Millions Remembered

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The small town of Elliston, Australia gathered to remember the life of one of their own, Pascale Honore. Pascale inspired countless people after battling depression and medical conditions when a car accident left her paralyzed. Eighteen years after her accident, Honore was able to reconnect with her love of the ocean through a son's friend. Using duct tape, she was once again able to surf the waves she considered home.

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“That first wave was mind blowing,” she remembered. “I tried to take in the color, the sound, the smell of the ocean. I looked up to this wall of water — I felt part of it. That first wave got me addicted, I just wanted to do it again. It was the ultimate connection, riding the ocean.”

Last September, Pascale passed away from health complications at the age of 52. The Elliston community gathered for a traditional surfer send-off, remembering a smile that inspired above all else.

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