by Phil Williams
In my role as Regional Coordinator for Christian Surfers in Europe, when I found out that the ISA World Surfing Games was going to be held in Europe for the first time since 2007, I felt a very strong calling to commit to being involved in it (whatever that meant).
As the event got closer I was aware there would be one or two other CS contacts involved throughout the event, but had no idea quite how many and what roles they would have.
With that in mind I booked a plane and the car and prayed for divine appointments and a role to play during the Games, as well as doing some other CS Europe business in Northern Spain and looking at a potential International Conference venue for 2018 near Hossegor.
What a fantastic time it turned out to be, some of the CS involvement included Alex Reynolds (Africa Regional Coordinator) working for the ISA in a key role throughout the games, Eric Zbaren (CS Switzerland) had been chosen as team manager for the Swiss team, Hutch (team New Zealand) was on the management team from New Zealand, as well as his son Taylor competing for New Zealand.
In addition we met up with Joey Buran, who was with the US coaching team. Jessica Anderson (Chile) and Bianca Buitendag (South Africa) were also surfing as part of their nation's teams.
Through a mad set of events I found myself being involved in the management of the English team, but also being photographer to assist the Swiss, English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh teams, as well as connecting with many other European teams.
It was so encouraging to meet up on a daily basis with some of the CS friends during the 10 days and we also had the opportunity to pray at various stages throughout the event.
Giving thanks for the contacts, not just the CS contacts, that we were able to connect with and it was an honour to be involved in such a well-run and professional World Surfing Games in preparation for the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020.
God is good #stepoutinfaith.