'I have come that you may have life and have it to the full' - Jesus in the Gospel of John
'Surfers are members of a different race of people from the man in the street - Nat Young, Australian World Champion
"Jesus I trust in you!"
'The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun.' - The Duke
'Ask and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.' - Matthew 7:7
'Stoke: surfing's most enduring expression used to convey the feelings of joy, thrill and excitement that riding waves induces.' - Guy Motil, Surfboards

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Discovering Jesus – Stoke and Joy

“Apart from Jesus Christ we do not know what God, life, death, and we ourselves are.”

– Blaise Pascal

‘Surfers are members of a different race of people from the man in the street’

– Nat Young, Australian World Champion

 

Most people from the outside get a feeling that surfing is an awesome sport. There is a mystique surrounding surfing. This explains why so many people wear surf gear but don’t get wet.

 

I had a surfing poster on my wall that once read:

 

“If you live the lifestyle no explanation is needed; if you don’t no explanation is possible.”

 

I pointed to this poster one night when my older sister was trying to convince me to move back to the city and earn a living instead of surfing all day. Because she didn’t surf I found it hard to explain how I felt.

 

From the outside a Cathedral looks impressive, but this is nothing compared to what it looks like from the within. Similarly outsiders of Catholicism will simply never quite get it. It is too mystical, too transcendent to put into words. To discover Jesus and the Catholic Faith, a personal encounter is needed. Prayer is the gateway discovery.

 

I reckon the surf company may have plagarised those words in that poster from St Thomas Aquinas who said:

 

“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”

 

To discover the stoke of surfing you need to get wet and give it a go. To discover the joy that Jesus brings you need to pray.

 

 

 

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