Christian Surfers UK

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Christian Surfers UK


22nd August 2014

It has been another busy summer for the Christian Surfers UK team and volunteers up and down the country.

Following on from a fantastic National Gathering in Polzeath, we join the thousands of people at Paddle Round The Pier in Brighton. Daren, Phil and local crews from Brighton, London and the Witterings did a great job helping out at different points over the weekend. It was great to build on past relationships, connect with so many people as they passed the CS stand and be a witness through helping to pack down when many people had already gone home.

Shortly after that, Brain Allen lead a CS Scotland crew as they partnered with Scripture Union on their first Surf Camp. It was a hugely encouraging week for the team and the kids involved with lots learned for future camps.

Following on from that Phil, Johnny, David and Andy had the plessure of flying out to Costa Rica to join 200 other surfers from 26 different countries for the CS International Conference. It was such an encouraging and blessed time - it was great to catch up with old friends and make new connections all over the world. We happened to get some great waves too! You can catch up with all the talks from the conference and see all the photos by going to the CS International website.

A big thank you has to go to Daren Mountain, with the rest if the UK crew away in Costa Rica, did a great job heading up fantastic teams at Soul Survivor, Creationfest and the Boardmasters. It is always such a busy time of year and it was great to see such dedicated teams from all over the UK come together to serve and work together. At all three events the CS crews made a big impact on the organisors and the people they spent time with.

In the middle of all this busyness came a big blow to the CS family with the passing of Phil Pechonis. He was such a faithful man of God, who fearlessly preached the gospel. He had such a big impact on the UK surfing community and was so encouraging, especially to the younger surfers. For CS he was such a big part of the Jesus Surf Classic and many of the skate events we organised. He will be missed by so many people and it was a privilege to join with the North Devon community and people from further afield to celebrate his life at Calvary Chapel and then join together in a paddle out at Woolacombe.

It has been great to spend some time reflecting on all the opportunities to bless the UK surfing community we have had over the summer, before we move on to another busy period, with many surf contests taking place through September and October. We will be working to support the Surfing GB and UK Pro Surf Tour contests were we can, but our main focus turns to the Jesus Surf Series. The Jesus Surf Classic runs on 13 - 14 September in Croyde and the Jesus Longboard Classic runs on 11 - 12 October. For all the details and how to enter, just go to the event pages.

If you would like to get involved or support the work of Christian Surfers UK in any way do get in touch.

David Renyard

Next Event

23rd CSUK National Gathering
16th-18th June
Tubestation, Polzeath

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