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.
Often dubbed the Hawaii of Europe, join us for a 7-night getaway to the Canary Islands. We'll be staying at Oasis Surf House, beautifully situated with a wide variety of surf breaks a short drive away. Couples welcome, the time with be facilitated by Mike & Trish Croft who will encourage open conversation and wide variety of experiences this island has in store (€250 additional cost per person). Click here for more information.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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: www.schengenvisainfo.com
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.