2018 Orange County Banquet

Please join us for a fun night of fellowship, dinner, music and stories of transformation at the Walking on Water 2018 Orange County Fundraising Banquet!

6:00 PM

24399 Dana Dr
Dana Point, CA 92629

2018 San Diego Fundraising Banquet

Please join us for a fun night of fellowship, dinner, music and stories of transformation at the Walking on Water 2018 San Diego Fundraising Banquet!THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2018
1505 Lomas Santa Fe Drive
Solana Beach, CA 92075


Photo by Kevin Caldwell

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Surf Camp Time!

Friends there is still time to register for one of the Walking On Water day or overnight surf camps happening this 2018 summer in San Clemente and San Diego! This will be our 24th consecutive summer of surf camps!!! The camps are great for age 6-18 beginner surfers as well as advanced!

Camp Dates:

June 11-15: Day Surf Camp
San Clemente (Ages 6-14)

June 18- 22: Day Surf Camp
Del Mar (Ages 6-14)

June 25 – 29 Day Surf Camp
La Jolla (Ages 6-14)

July 9 – 13: Overnight Surf Camp
San Diego (Ages 11-14)

July 16 – 20. Overnight Surf Camp
San Diego (Ages 15-18)

July 23 – 27. Day Surf Camp
La Jolla (Ages 6-14)

July 30 – Aug. 3 Day Surf Camp
Del Mar (Ages 6-14)



The Word : 1 Peter 5:2

Photo by DeMasi Photography

Bryan Jennings’ “coaching and parenting” interview reminds us of the common elements between coaching and parenting, especially as our relationship with our kids transitions from ‘telling’ younger children, to ‘coaching’ older ones. In coaching and in parenting we have a great opportunity, and responsibility, to shepherd those God has put under our care. In fact, anytime we find ourselves in authority over another person – in work, sports, or family, we should look at it as an opportunity to serve, as a calling from the Lord.

The truth is, sometimes it’s easier to teach or coach someone we hardly know than it is to patiently parent our own children. Parenting requires sacrifice and endurance, and a lot of it. We can easily take for granted the privilege it is to bring up our children — teaching them, training them, and leading them the way a shepherd would lead his flock.

Let’s remember that our kids are God’s gift to us, and our role as parents is a true calling. Next time you are overseeing someone — from an employee at work, to a student, athlete, or your own child, consider your role as shepherd. When you see what you do as a calling and a way to please the Lord, it changes everything.

Written by Monica Swanson • monicaswanson.com


Personal Story: Bryan Jennings on Coaching + Parenting

Bryan Jennings, Derek Rabelo and Magno Passos, photo by Faith Fay

Recently Bryan Jennings was interviewed for an article about coaching and parenting. He shared some great thoughts on really important topics: dealing with fear, coaching techniques and parents’ responses to WOW surf camps, and how coaching is applicable to parenting. Read the full interview below:

What is a short summary of your involvement in coaching?

Over twenty years ago God prompted me to start the Walking On Water Surf Camp in San Diego, California. Through the surf school I have had the opportunity to coach beginner and some advanced competitive surfers and more importantly lead them to a relationship with Jesus Christ. I absolutely love sharing the sport I love and the truth of God’s powerful love with the young surfers.

What has been the impact you have seen on both yourself and participants in coaching?

I especially enjoy helping a student who has a fear of the ocean because I can remember having the same fears. Fear is actually very similar to faith. It believes in something that has not yet happened. Unfortunately fear believes in something bad happening before it happens. Faith is believing that God who is good and loving will work out something we can’t see yet that is good and perfect and amazing! The fear of the ocean has kept many people from ever learning to surf similar to other fears keeping people from what God has called them to.

One young eight year old girl named Molly had almost drowned a year prior to attending our surf camp so she was paralyzed by fear. Instead of pressuring her to surf I encouraged her and built up her confidence by only taking her into 6 inches of water and asking her to stand on the board. I told her that I will only take her out farther if she asks me to. I had to be patient. But eventually she asked me to take her out farther and farther and eventually she rode a wave and had the biggest smile I have ever seen! She had conquered her fears and realized that yes she had a tragic near drowning situation in the past, but that did not mean that God could not protect her and lead her back towards her fear so that HE could conquer them and give her the courage to surf and literally ride the storm instead of being suffocated by it!

Can you give us a practical story that illustrates this, particularly with some parent feedback on their child response to coaching?

The most rewarding part of my job is when parents thank me and our Walking On Water surf camp staff for loving their child and teaching them surfing at our surf camp! Last summer we had an amazing situation happen when Derek Rabelo a blind surfer helped at our surf camp as a surf instructor. Derek has surfed the most dangerous waves in the world and has taught all of us what it really means to live by faith and not by sight! Well this past summer we had a young surf camper who was adopted and had some slight mental challenges. This camper became very frustrated during the beach games time and was in an argument with some of the other campers. Derek the blind surfer gently asked this student to go on a walk with him and they began a leader to camper friendship. The wisdom Derek gave him and the love he showed the camper that week made such a huge difference in the camper’s life that his parents came on the last day and could not stop thanking Derek and our staff. They kept saying, “We can’t believe how God brought a blind surfer from Brazil to a surf camp in San Diego to make such a wonderful impact on our son who was adopted from Europe. God’s ways and waves are truly amazing!

What principles of coaching are applicable to parents also, especially as they transition from ‘telling’ younger children to ‘coaching’ older ones?

I think the most powerful coaching comes when the coach is vulnerable and honest about their own past and present mistakes and even go as far as to share with the athlete or our children how God is coaching us through his love and truth. We all need practical examples. For example lately I have struggled with feelings of fear as I am making much needed changes in my life. Derek the blind surfer coached me reminding me that when that first thought or feeling of fear arrives, I need to recognize it, take that thought captive by telling it to leave and praying for God to give me faith and trust in him instead of listening to the voice of fear. I recently told my daughter this and asked her to do the same when she has feelings of anger and agitation. So she is seeing her dad/coach applying his own material and even asking for forgiveness when he/I fail. The recognition of not handling a situation correctly can be a more powerful learning moment than when we do it right. I also ask my 6 year old daughter to coach and teach her dolls what I teach her. So she is learning, teaching, then applying these weapons of Biblical love.

As you observe kids developing resilience through the surf coaching, what advice can you give parents to develop resilience in their kids outside of surfing?

I think the best tool for parents is to teach their kids when they are not in the middle of the storm or the tantrum. It has worked so well for me to wait until the next day or a different time when my daughter has done nothing wrong and then gently remind her of how she gets frustrated when certain things happen. I then coach her through what to do next time this happens and maybe even help her to avoid it happening next time. Resilience is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties or failures. The word Consistency comes to mind. Confidence comes from consistency! When we are not consistent in certain areas of our lives then we don’t have victory. Without practice teams fail. Another way of saying this would be that without failing a lot we can’t win. Practice is actually being humble enough to fail a few times before getting something right. But without humility we can’t fail well. Failing well turns us into champions. Someone who fails well needs resilience to learn from their failures and make changes and persevere. This is developing resilience. Resilience is the state of mind that rejects attitudes like, “I have arrived!” or “I got this” or “It was their fault not mine” or “this will never happen”.

(Left) Bryan Jennings, photo by Tim Craig, (Right) Magno Passos, Derek Rabelo and Bryan Jennings, photo by DeMasi Photography

Image by Kevin Caldwell

San Clemente Surf Camp Location Added!

As summer is quickly approaching we are getting really excited for our 24th consecutive summer of the Walking On Water surf camps in San Diego! We are super stoked to announce that we added a San Clemente location! The camp will be held at T-Street in San Clemente and will be a day camp for ages 6 through 14. Similar to our day camps in San Diego this camp will also include surf instruction, surf equipment, lunch, and Bible studies. If you are interested in one of our day camps or overnight camps please go here for more info and to register before the camps fill up! Register at www.walkingonwater.com

Girls Leadership Weekend

This weekend we brought together nine girls from all over California and Texas to fellowship with one another, and grow deeper in our relationships with Jesus. We focused on 2 Timothy 1:7 and Acts chapters 2-4 learning about the “power” we receive from the Holy Spirit and how each of us can tap into that in our daily lives. We spent Saturday at Salt Creek where a couple of the girls participated in the West Coast Board riders competition, placing 3rd for Encinitas. We surfed all day and ended the night with a Bible study on power and a beautiful worship set led by two of the girls attending the weekend. It was an amazing weekend learning about the authority each of us has by the power of the Holy Spirit living within us, and how God calls us to step into that power. We have the opportunity to tap into that power whenever we choose, as a free gift from God. Knowing that we can accomplish anything God has put on our hearts to do because we have His strength and His power ready for us to use. What a blessing that is! This was another unforgettable weekend filled with laughter, surf, and good, deep conversations. New friends were made and lasting memories were created.

Written by Katherine Miranda

Personal Story: Chris & Megan Probasco

Chris and Megan Probasco work with Summer in the USA to bring high school students from the Basque region of Spain to America each summer as part of an English Immersion program. This is all done with the intention of showing these students God’s love lived out through host families, as well as camps and community events. We are so excited to have a number of these exchange students coming to Walking on Water Surf Camps this summer! Children in the Basque region are raised in a culture that is not friendly towards Christianity. These kids would never hear the gospel message, even if they wanted to. Through relationships with families who live out their faith in an authentic way, these exchange students learn about God’s love, and discover that Christianity is about a relationship, not a religion.

Though this will be the first time the Summer in the USA program sends kids to WOW camps, the Probascos have a long history with Walking on Water ministry. While the Probascos lived in the Basque region for four years, they were glad to have the WOW films to use as an outreach tool. Noah’s Arc premiered in San Sebastian, and The Outsiders movie was one of the few surf films to be translated into the Basque language.

When Summer in the USA decided to start sending kids to the San Diego area, Chris said “They have to go to WOW surf camps! With the Basque’s proximity to the ocean and their European surfing culture, the Walking on Water surf camps would be the perfect camp experience for our students going to San Diego.”

Summer in the USA is looking for a few more host families in the greater San Diego area. Find out more about Summer in the USA here:  www.summerintheusa.com/host. If you are interested in hosting a student for one month this summer (June 30 – July 30) be sure to contact Chris at [email protected]

Written by Monica Swanson • monicaswanson.com


The Word : Isaiah 9:2


“The people walking in darkness have seen a great a light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” – Isaiah 9:2

Chris Probasco recalls Isaiah 9:2 as a theme verse for his call to mission work. When he was a young Christian and became aware that there were people in the world who had never heard the gospel — people literally “walking in darkness” who needed to “see a great light“, Chris’ response was to ask God: “Where do you want to send me?”

Stories like these challenge and humble me. Those of us who have known the Lord for some time tend to take our faith for granted. We might push those dark places of the world into the recesses of our mind. We avoid questions about being sent (or about being uncomfortable in any way.)

God answered Chris by leading he and his wife to the Basque region of Spain — a spiritually dark place. The Probascos were given the opportunity to shine God’s light into that darkness… an adventure they will never regret.

I have to wonder what the world would look like if more Christians were moved by the fact that there are still people walking in darkness. What if more of us asked God: “Where do you want to send me?” And, what if we, too, were willing to go into the dark places…in our neighborhoods or workplaces…across town, or across the globe? We are often afraid to ask God these questions, but we need to remember: There is no safer place to be than in the center of God’s will. His call is always higher, better, and more fulfilling. So, let’s be brave and ask where He might want to send us. Then let’s be willing and eager to take his bright light into the dark places. Let’s live the adventure we were created for. One with no regrets.

Written by Monica Swanson • monicaswanson.com