We’ve got to say it: The bar was high for our national gathering, yet the weekend blew us away.
Over 175 surfers, with almost every US Chapter represented, gathered in Carlsbad for great waves, even better community, and truly inspiring speakers. We learned that our conference host Matt Beacham is really, really serious about beach preservation, got a CS history lesson from Chandler Brownley, Chris Peck, and John Lindsley, and heard great messages from National Director J.W. Kaiser, Sumo Sato, Ana Barend, and more.
Damien Hobgood, Ana Barend, Corey Colapinto, and Nate Dorman came out for the pro panel chat. We heard from a local family that their young groms were waking up excited each morning asking if they were going back to the “Christian Surfers Party” again! On Sunday morning, we celebrated with a sunrise paddle out with over 100 surfers forming a cross together in the water.
Oh, and let’s take a moment to celebrate just how incredibly generous our tribe is: Both surfboard raffle winners have re-gifted the boards to local chapters for ministry use. You both are amazing!