14th National Conference a great success
26th June 2008
Christian Surfers UK National Conference 2008
Despite not the best of weather, quite windy and pretty wet at times, the 14th Christian Surfers UK National Conference was an amazing success with over 140 from throughout Europe attending the 3-day event in North Devon near Mortehoe.
The gathering was truly European, with a contingent of more than 20 from Holland, 8 from Ireland, Jersey and from throughout the UK. Add to this some travelling crew coming all the way from South Africa and Australia, and it was always going to be a great weekend.
The key speaker was Mr Andrew Carruthers - who used to run a Christian Surfers local group in his home town, then headed up Christian Surfers Australia before taking on the role of Asian Pacific Director. He travelled all the way from Australia just to be with us. He shared with us from the book of Daniel, in a powerful way, with key points to act upon.
Top class worship was provided by 4 sets of worship musicians, which had the marquee rocking. The stories and testimonies that were shared throughout the weekend were inspirational, very much looking at taking smaller steps for God, in order to make big decisions. Everyone present were impacted in some way, and took away a real positive attitude to do something different for God when they go back to their home areas.
On Saturday night we were privileged to see a private premier of the new ‘Walking on Water’movie called ‘Walking on Water’. Amazing movie which invites you to come along and see the world through the eyes of two kids as they embark on a surf trip of a lifetime. Luke and Tyler are given the opportunity that most young surfers only dream about. The movie features Tom Curren, Bethany Hamilton and the Hopgood brothers.
A full tour is scheduled for the autumn, with a public Premier taking place on 1st July at the Creation fest free music and skate Festival in North Devon.
A gallery of photos will be up shortly on the site, so please browse through.
A couple of awards were presented on Saturday night. The ‘Chris Scott memorial trophy’ was awarded to Oli Salisbury, for ‘Outstanding contribution to the work of CS during this last year’ and the ‘Ben and Martyn memorial trophy’ was awarded to CS East Wales, for there ‘Outstanding contribution to the work of CS during this last year’.
As for the surf, we did get some Friday morning, Saturday afternoon, and with a bigger swell coming through on Sunday morning with over 30 members in the water by 6.15am. By the time people were leaving the sun was shining, albeit that it was still breezy and we were able to pack down the tents nice and dry.
A huge thanks to all involved in the organising the event, the speakers, the worship leaders and above all God as we believe he was present throughout the event and led and inspired us to continue the work of Christian Surfers UK, as we aim to be ‘A Christian presence and witness in our surfing Communities.’