Who would have imagined that a group of teenagers meeting in Cronulla back in 1977 would have birthed a world mission movement to reach surfers? The first ever conference for Christian Surfers was in 1983, at the Tops Christian Centre - where we are right now! For that reason, it was only right to extend the invitation to celebrate our history and hear about the future with those who have partnered with Christian Surfers from the beginning until now.
More than 100 long-term supporters, former CS leaders, key church and mission leaders and friends of the ministry joined with us to commission BD into his new role and hear International Director, Roy Harley, share future vision.
Geoff Thompson who was with BD in 1975 and started the ball rolling as the first ‘Christian surfer’, was present and shared his story. Representatives from Gymea Baptist Church who, as BD said, “believed in a 23-year-old waxhead and his vision”, were honoured for more than 30 years of partnership, prayer and support. Awards were also presented to many national leaders and board members who have served Christian Surfers for over ten years.
The evening culminated with six creative performances; one from each region. The winners were the Central Americans with a skit based on Aussie conference slang – pure gold!
We want to take this opportunity to thank each and every person and organisation who has been part of Christian Surfers history. Grateful too for those continuing to invest in its future.