We are a family on mission - we are in this journey together using this amazing tool of surfing to reach every surfer! Come join us in France for our bi-annual family reunion. Our aim is to gather to train leaders, fellowship together, strengthen and encourage one another. At the conclusion of our time we will send out missionaries to the uttermost ends of the surfing world!
(Watch the Gathering promo video by clicking the image above)
WELCOME TO FRANCE
Cap Océan Conference Center
We are returning to Cap Océan after first meeting there for the 2004 International Gathering. Located one hour north of Biarritz, and conveniently located walking distance to world-class beachbreaks and a 5 minute drive to the town center, we are excited to reconvene in a historic venue for our ministry. Visit their website
Gathering Fees: Due by August 1, 2018
- Individual: €449
- Couple: €799
- Families = €799 +
- Infant (under 2): free
- Children (2 to 11): €125 each
- Children (12 to 17): €190 each
- Children (18+): €250 each
- All children must register with an individual or couple for these special rates
Fees include Gathering venue and program, as well as the speakers, t-shirt, childcare, lodging, and 15 meals on site. The Gathering registration checkout page charges a small admin fee on top of these rates.
All registrations are online and require a credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express). Gathering fees and accommodation are to be paid in full by August 1, 2018.
This is a gathering for Christian Surfers leaders, friends and ministry partners. Please check with your national leader or regional coordinator if you are unsure about attending. Others exploring CS as a mission are welcome. We also invite our friends from other surf missions.
Pre & Post Gathering Meetings
There are a wide array of pre and post gathering meetings, most requiring a special invite. Please review our calendar and Frequently Asked Questions for dates and descriptions of these meetings, and a link to register specifically for them.
Pre & Post Gathering Accomodation
If you are looking to arrive early or stay longer at the conference venue, you can view rates and pay on our Pre & Post Gathering Registration page.
Other Post-Gathering Options
Following the Gathering, on October 1-3, will be Christian Surfers Advanced Leadership Training. This will be a detailed consortium of like-minded CS leaders in a field you are interested in. Study sessions include Chaplaincy, Groundswell Aid, Surf Church and Leadership. CSALT is open to anyone and everyone who is interested. View costs and book on our Pre & Post Gathering Registration page!
Join us after the Gathering for a 7-night getaway to the Canary Islands, often dubbed the Hawaii of Europe. We'll be staying at Oasis Surf House, beautifully situated with a wide variety of surf breaks a short drive away. Couples are welcome and the time will be facilitated by Mike & Trish Croft, who will encourage open conversation and a wide variety of the experiences this island has in store (€250 additional cost per person). Click here for more information.
Action Sports Ministry Summit
A broader summit of surf, skate, snow, bike, climb, wake missionaries are also gathering in Munich, Germany, October 4-7. CS delegates are welcome to apply for this also. There is a mini bus tour connecting the two events. Check out their website (the password to access is Welcome! [caps and ! included]) Contact Brett Davis for more details.
We have a number of partial scholarships built into the Gathering costs available upon request from your national CS leader. You can also adopt an emerging world leader or donate towards a scholarship below or when registering.
Click an image to learn more about the recipient. Any amount you can give will help these leaders from diverse parts of the world be able to grow in their leadership through their time at the Gathering.
Cap Océan (same venue as the Gathering)
Following the International Gathering, on October 1-3, we will be hosting a CSALT Intensive at our Gathering venue in Hossegor. This will be a detailed consortium of like-minded CS leaders in a field you are interested in.
The 3-day intensive will comprise four streams:
- Surf Chaplaincy
- Groundswell Aid
- Leadership Training
- Surf Church
There will be some communal sessions but in order to get full value from each subject, it will be necessary for each delegate to choose one stream and remain in that stream for the duration of our time.
CSALT Intensive Cost: €99
Please note that you will need to pay for accomodation on top of this fee. This can be booked through our Pre & Post Gathering Registration page. When booking you will need to choose the CSALT option as well as the amount of nights needed for accomodation if you are staying on-site.
(Watch the CSALT Intensive promo video by clicking the image above)
The Surf Chaplaincy stream will be focusing on Sports Chaplaincy Training Level 1, through Sports Chaplaincy Australia.
For more info email Andy Pitt
The Surf Church Collective is for anyone who is part of a church that is actively reaching surfers and anyone looking to plant a surfer-friendly church. The time will focus on networking together, as well as the leadership skills necessary for this calling.
For more info email Robbie O'Brien
The Leadership Training stream will focus on three key elements: The heart of CS leadership (values, beliefs, behaviours); from zero to hero - growing, building and developing a CS mission to a national movement (accountability, governance, leadership team and strategy); practically developing a plan to reach your beach, nation, region or area.
For more info email CS International
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
There are often many questions accompanying registrations that our team are processing when people are considering traveling to the Christian Surfers International Gathering. We have found that many email exchanges have common questions, so we are listing those in advance here. Please review this first, and if you still have a questions you can use our Facebook Group, or you can email us.
Schedule: On-site registration opens on September 23 at 13:00, with the Gathering beginning with dinner at 18:00. The Gathering ends after lunch at 14:00 on September 28.
Visas: Check here first regarding visa questions.
Venue: Please visit www.capocean.org for more information on the gathering location.
Children’s Program: There will be childcare available for grommies age 3-11. This is free as a part of your conference fees.
Meals: 15 meals will be provided, beginning with dinner on the 23rd and ending with lunch on the 28th. This is part of your Gathering fees.
Council Meeting: The Council Meeting will be held on September 22 (one day before conference begins), starting at 09:00. All National Leaders and Board Chairs should be present.
Airport: The nearest airport is Biarritz (30 mins away) but there are limited flights unless you fly through Paris, other good options are Bordeaux (1hr 45) and Bilbao, Spain (2 hrs)
Airport Transfers: Christian Surfers is looking at options to provide some form of limited airport transfers for this event, restricted to a couple of days before and after. Hiring a car is also a good option. If you need a ride, keep track on our Facebook Group as we will aim to connect people to share rides and confirm any plans for airport transfers.
CSALT Intensive: Christian Surfers Advanced Leadership Training will explore unique areas of interest. We are offering four tracks - Surf Church, Groundswell Aid, Chaplaincy and Leadership. The purpose of this additional level of training is to dive deeper into particular subjects which will only be topically covered during the main Gathering. If any of these areas are of interest to you, book your time at CSALT happening October 1-3.
When you are ready you may register by clicking the button below.
Things you need to do to make sure you can attend the Gathering:
- Register and pay
- Book flights
- Apply for Schengen Visa (required for most international delegates)
- Purchase travel insurance (strongly recommended for all delegates)
- Join our Facebook Group (optional, but you'll make us happy :)
If you have any questions please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions section.