Me on a wave at Pipeline. Photo: Andrew Carruthers

I have been in Hawaii for the past month now. I am staying on the North Shore of Oahu surfing, training, and interning at Sunset Beach Christian Church. Only a few days after I got here to Hawaii a big swell hit with 20+ foot face waves. I had a few great sessions out at Pipeline and Sunset Beach, shaking the dust off since not being in waves this big all year. During one of my first sessions at Sunset a massive wave broke way out side catching me and many others off guard. Hawaiian legend, Kala Alexander, was the only one in position and he charged the massive 25 foot drop on his stand up paddle board. I would have much preferred to be in his shoes as I had to dive down in front of the avalanche of white water and hold my breath as I got dragged under water. Surprisingly the leash on my board did not break and I came up several seconds later and was able to paddle to the channel. I pray to God so often for safety when I am in big waves, but this has reminded me to pray and praise God, not just when I am scared of waves, but equally as much when I just want to talk to Him. 

When I am not surfing and training or getting worked by sets at sunset, I am working at Sunset Beach Christian Church as a youth group intern. I get to lead Bible studies for the youth kids as well as help out with the main Sunday services. I got to teach at youth group a couple weeks ago and spoke on:

John 15:5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”  

After I taught we broke the kids into small groups to pray and discuss what it looks like to ‘bear fruit’ in their own lives. The kids left setting goals, with accountability in the group, to read the Bible and truly pray and talk to God daily. I am loving seeing God use my life as a surfer to be a servant for His Kingdom.