Switchfoot Bro-Am Surf Contest

For the past ten years Walking On Water films have been blessed with the music of multi-platinum recording artists Switchfoot. Each year Switchfoot hosts a fun surf contest in Encinitas, CA. Team Walking On Water this year included Matt Beacham, Bryan Jennings, Todd Morehead, and Toshiro Oyama. It was a fun filled day that included a beach concert with Switchfoot, Tim Curran, and Rob Machado.

Forgotten Promises of God.

Philippians 3:10
I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.

There are many promises in the Bible that we like to reflect on. For example, the promise that God will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5) and that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13). These are among the many encouraging promises found in the Bible. But there are other promises that I call the “Forgotten Promises of God”. These include Jesus’ promise that in this life we will have trouble (John 16:33) and that if we follow him we will be persecuted (John 15:20). In Philippians 3:10 Paul states that he wants to know Christ in a way that can only be known by “sharing in his sufferings”. I don’t know about you but the promise to know Christ better as we share in His sufferings is not the first promise of the Bible that I like to meditate on. However as you pass through painful seasons in your life, it will comfort you to know that the God you love and serve has also suffered and you will know Him more intimately as you “share in his sufferings”. Be encouraged to know that you will share an even closer bond with God as you draw near to Him during seasons of hardship and persecutions. “For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.” (2 Corinthians 1:5) And just remember, the sunrise is always more beautiful after a storm has passed through.

Lowers Surf Session

It seems like yesterday when I was 15 years old and getting ready for the NSSA National surf competition at Lower Trestles! I was surfing Lowers the other day with many of the nation’s best amateur surfers… Here is a photo gallery from the day on the Transworld Surf Magazine website.

To see the entire gallery you can go to:  Transworld Surf Photo Gallery, Lowers

Bethany Hamilton Feature Film SOUL SURFER

(This photo is of Bethany during the filming of Walking On Water in Indonesia)

Filming has began in Oahu and Kauai, Hawaii on the inspirational life story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, a Christian who, at age 13, had her left arm bitten off by a tiger shark in October 2003. Based on Hamilton’s Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board (MTV Books), which was sold in some Christian bookstores, the film, also called Soul Surfer, is scheduled to be released in theaters late this summer, according to People magazine. The movie stars AnnaSophia Robb as Bethany; Dennis Quaid as her father, Tom; Helen Hunt as Bethany’s mother, Cheri; and Carrie Underwood as church youth leader Sarah Hill. Bethany, now 19, has become a top-performing pro surfer despite her injuries. Soul Surfer is being marketed by Affirm Films, the faith label of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, which is also marketing Courageous–the follow-up to the surprise hit Fireproof–scheduled to be released in theaters in 2011. Sony Pictures Entertainment and Affirm Films call Soul Surfer Hamilton’s “story of loss, courage and faith in God.” “Bethany’s story exemplifies personal faith, family unity, the guiding influence of a Christian youth-group leader and the trust of a 13-year-old girl who, weeks before the accident, began praying that God would make clear her purpose in life,” said Lovell-Fairchild Communications, the public relations firm that is publicizing Soul Surfer to the Christian retail channel. Doug Schwartz, co-writer of Soul Surfer’s screenplay, added: “I’ve been a writer and producer for the past 32 years, and I’ve never encountered a more inspiring true story than Bethany Hamilton’s. The movie will encourage people worldwide to rise above adversity.” Hamilton’s autobiography has sold nearly 1.5 million copies since its publication in 2004. A sequel, Soul Surfer-Now a Movie, is planned in conjunction with the theatrical release.