In 2016, we set out on our first Christian Surfers France networking road trip, and every year since we’ve visited new spots and made new connections. After meeting surfers and churches on the Mediterranean and Normandy coasts, and even some Parisians (no, there’s no standing wave on the Seine unfortunately), 2018 was the year to head towards Brittany. Thus, during the spring school holidays, the Harrisons hit the road from Hossegor heading north.
Our first stop was Nantes where we met Léo, a twenty-something skater/surfer who was the first person to contact us through the re-launched website of CS France. Audrey had communicated back and forth with Léo by e-mail for about a year, so we were thrilled that he was free to meet us as we passed through Nantes as the gateway to la Bretagne. What a testimony we heard! Plunged deep into the sordid and addictive night scene, Léo experienced a radical awakening while at a night club in Berlin. God broke through the darkness and brought him into the light of Christ. He is now breaking free of the strongholds of sin in his life as he is regularly discipled by a group of priests.
Next on our itinerary was a visit with a couple that had stopped in at Surf Church while they were on holiday in Hossegor last year and while we were away ourselves. We had therefore never met in person but had been talking and praying with them regularly via Skype ever since. Esther and Jonathan have purchased a plot of land near one of the most well-known spots on the south coast of Brittany and are building a home for which they have a vision of welcoming surfers and potentially launching a house church. Then on Britanny’s north coast, we visited a church in Saint-Malo that we had been hearing about for a long time as having a number of surfers including the assistant pastor. We were warmly welcomed by Loïc and his wife who fed us and regaled us with stories and testimonies of the early days of surfing in la Bretagne. We were able to spend time with several other surfers from Loïc’s church who were unanimous in their enthusiasm for the vision and ministry of Christian Surfers France.
With each new and renewed contact on our trip, we equipped them with outreach tools including CS France-branded surf wax and copies of la Bible des Surfeurs from the last boxes remaining from the 2004 printing. By the way, be on the lookout at the International Conference for the release of a brand new edition of this French New Testament with surfers’ testimonies!
We praise God for the mutual encouragement in all of these growing friendships and connections, and we look forward to our next networking road trip. In the meantime, we hope to see many of you in Hossegor in September. May every French surfer have the opportunity to know and follow Jesus!