OCEANSIDE — The second of five Christian Surfing Federation surf meets was held at the Oceanside Pier on Feb. 12. The all-day contest held back-to-back heats from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Small, well-shaped waves allowed surfers to rip it up.
Age group competitors, from 11 years old and younger super grommets to 35-year-old and older senior surfers score points throughout the Christian Surfing Federation’s January to May competition season to determine annual winners. The yearly overall winner takes home a Tropical Brazil Surfboards shortboard.
Each meet records performance points and gives plaques to first through fourth place winners in each division.
Contest sponsor Breno Basilio, owner of Tropical Brazil Surfboards, competed in the men’s senior division. His son Kole, 6, and daughter Maya, 7, also competed in the super grommet division. “It’s very family-oriented,” Basilio said. “It’s not the pressure of money-driven contests with prize money.”
The Christian Surfing Federation is a spinoff organization of Christian Surfers that began in the 1980s. It holds the Christian values of the parent group, but continues to hold surf contests whereas Christian Surfers no longer does. “We do whatever doesn’t fit into Christian Surfers,” John Lindsley, executive director of the Christian Surfing Federation, said.
Surf events are family-oriented and drug-free featuring Christian rock ‘n’ roll. “We do a lot in giving families a venue that’s clean and safe,” Lindsley said. “It’s a little more human touch than just a guy getting his jersey and going out to the beach.”
“Our hope is that one or two families check out their local chapter of Christian Surfers or Christian Surfing Federation,” Lindsley said.
Christian Surfing Federation groups are located nationwide, chiefly in California, the East Coast and Hawaii. The Oceanside chapter of the Christian Surfing Federation has about 60 members who meet at the beach for worship, fellowship and surf sessions. “We gear our messages to high school kids,” Lindsley said. “That’s our target.”
“It’s a very profound thing to surf,” Lindsley said. “It’s got a spiritual pull. God can use that to reach into people and ask them to rise to their best.”