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!
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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 range from Groundswell Aid, Chaplaincy, Surf Church and Leadership. CSALT is open to anyone and everyone who is interested.
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 a scholarship when registering.
Andre & Yvette Holl // Mauritius
Based on the small Indian Ocean island of Mauritius for the past 10 years, Andre & Yvette Holl started Hope House, a ministry to the disadvantaged communities of the island. Affiliated with Christian Surfers for the past 8 years, one of the main initiatives of Hope House is reaching the surfing community, utilising surfing as a way of reaching out to the youth with the love of Christ. Living on an island Andre & Yvette are reasonably isolated. To be able to attend an International Gathering where they can receive input, deepen relationships, be encouraged and share their lives with others who are involved in similar ministry is invaluable. They are extremely grateful to be a part of the CS tribe and can't wait to be together for times of teaching, prayer and worship!
Amount needed: €2,550 / AUD$4,000
Daniel & Kelly Mansell // Canada
Daniel & Kelly Mansell live in Nova Scotia, Canada with their three children. Daniel has been instrumental in the development of CS Canada, both as part of the founding team and as a structural visionary for the future. Being a CS Canada ambassador he has had the privilege of both hosting and visiting people from many other CS groups. As a family they have both a local and global love for people and their heart for Christian Surfers is for the love of Jesus and his power to be as real as the waves they're in. As a family they don't just go where they want, they go where they feel God is telling them to go. It has been a desire of Daniel's heart for a long time to attend a CS International Gathering and he and Kelly feel God leading them to attend this one, as a family, in France.
Amount needed: €900 / AUD$1,400
Francois & Marieta van Heerden // South Africa
Francois van Heerden is married to Marieta, the father of three children and the National Director for CS South Africa. He has a deep passion to see surfers far from God being restored to their Maker as part of Jesus' Great Commission to reach all nations. He is eager to learn from the wealth of experience from the international CS community and to network with leaders from other nations. "We believe that this conference will empower Francois & Marieta as a 'new' couple to full time ministry in Christian Surfers. Personally I have been to four International Gatherings and know that the encouragement and fellowship that the van Heerden's will receive, will go a long way to strengthening the ministry in South Africa." Rees Lewis-Thomas, CSSA Charman
Amount needed: €1,000 / AUD$1,500
Kirby Whitlock // Taiwan
Kirby is from Charlotte, North Carolina, USA and was called to go to Taiwan in 2015, where he met Chris Chon and started learning about surf ministry. Since that time, he have been living in Taiwan and getting involved in the local surf community. This time has included church planting training with YWAM and language study. Moving from Taipei (the capital) out to Yilan (Taiwan's largest surf community) in June of 2017, they have been surfing and building relationships ever since. "Kirby is new to Christian Surfers and super keen to learn more and grow the CS ministry here in Taiwan. I think it would really benefit Kirby to attend the Gathering so that he could meet others in surf ministry, hear their experiences and learn from them." Chris Chon, CS Taiwan National Leader
Amount needed: €850 / AUD$1,300
Nancy Chang // Taiwan
Nancy is a 22-year-old Taiwanese girl who received Christ when she was 17 years old after missionaries opened up a coffee shop near her house. For her being a Christian meant being a missionary. Although she comes from a Buddhist family and experienced a lot of persecution her heart for Jesus kept growing. Then she realized because she could surf and all her friends wanted to learn how to surf, it was a perfect avenue to spread the message of Jesus! Thus her heart for surf ministry began. After going through a DTS and School of Biblical Studies with YWAM, she is currently working among the largest surfing community in Taiwan. She wants to attend this conference to be better equipped and to be surrounded by wise counsel that has already walked the road she is on.
Amount needed: €1,000 / AUD$1500
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.
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 not providing airport transfers for this event. We recommend hiring a car as there are no viable public transport options, but make sure to keep track on our Facebook Group as we will aim to connect people to share rides and also provide the names and contact info of transport companies that you can book with.
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.