Surfing for Jesus:
Surfers, by nature, are a passionate breed. And this group is using that passion to infuse their faith into the surf culture. Founded in 2001 (then called 3FO), EPIC is a non-denominational, Christ-centered outreach ministry that reaches out to surfers, skaters and others.
"While surf culture is our target nation, surfing is our all-access pass into lots of other spheres of influence," organizers say. "Surfing unlocks doors with kids and young adults anywhere and everywhere."
EPIC works its mission with weekly praise and prayer meetings, surf camps, surf contests and ministry conferences. Its FreshFire Conferences are tailored for any group and involve music, multimedia presentations, evangelistic surf movies and more, whether it's a single, Sunday morning service or a multi-day event.
Surf & Wake Camps:
EPIC Surf & Wake Camps run June through August and include both day and overnight camps. Sessions include morning devotionals and surf instruction on topics including water safety and awareness, surf etiquette, wave selection and positioning, surfboard selection and surf forecasting. Overnight camps also include worship jam sessions, Bible studies and movies. Costs range from $160 to $340. Feeling generous? Sponsor
a kid unable to afford the tuition.
Surf and Missions Trips:
EPIC runs annual surf trips, missions trips and retreats to Costa Rica. Missions trip participants surf in the mornings,then spend the afternoons helping to serve via churches in Hermosa and Nosara. Singles, couples, family and youth trips all involve surging, bible studies and sight-seeing. Youth also participate in service projects. Other missions projects span the globe from Atlantic Beach to Maui to Zambia.
EPIC volunteers also participate in the Life Rolls On Foundation's They Will Surf Again
, an adaptive surfing program for people with spinal cord injuries. LRO is a nonprofit organization that advocates on behalf of young people whose lives have been affected by spinal cord injury.