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Surfing for Jesus

The Christian Surfers crew make a cross formation at sunrise off First Bay at Coolum.
The Christian Surfers crew make a cross formation at sunrise off First Bay at Coolum. Chris Harman

THE sun broke through the clouds and shone down on a group of 120 surfers lined up in the formation of the cross off Coolum Beach on Easter Sunday.

It was organised by volunteers from Christian Surfers Australia, who have been in town for the group's annual national gathering, which came to an end on Easter Monday.

About 200 of them have been staying at Luther Heights since last Thursday.

Christian Surfers Australia runs camps, day trips, bible studies and club nights for young people, mainly between the ages of 15 and 20.

The aim is to bridge the beach and the church.

Christian Surfers' Queensland regional co-ordinator and Coolum local Jono Bailey said the Easter long weekend was the only time of year all volunteers from across the country could get together.

"It's an opportunity for us to get together, catch up, reconnect and encourage one another," he said.

"It's always relaxed, and just a chance to remember the reason for Easter.

"For us it's the highlight of the year, both personally and spiritually.

"In Christian Surfers we have a lot of fun both in and out of the water."

The group gathered in Coolum's Tickle Park on Saturday night for performances by local bands Selahphonic, Ziggy Alberts, MC Wheels and Sailors and the premiere of documentary Living on Cloud 9, featuring four youths from the Coast.

The documentary follows surfers Jake Vincent, Matt Williams, Jayson Homan and Izak Clifford on their trip to the Philippines where they encounter not only big swell, but also big issues like poverty.

"It's about the lives of the four young surfers from the Sunny Coast getting to experience life beyond the waves in a place where the struggle for survival is a day-to-day reality," Mr Bailey said.

Topics:  christian, christian surfers australia, easter, religion, sunshine coast, volunteers


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