1. Who are you, and where are you from?
My name is Rebecca Brown – but everyone calls me Bec.
I am from Wamberal on the Central Coast of NSW, but I grew up in Normanhurst (north of Sydney - not on the beach)
2.How did you first get involved in Christian Surfers, and what is your role now?
I first heard about Christian Surfers in 1984. My sister was seeing a guy from CS Maroubra. I got involved in 1985 through guys and girls in my local church who were in Central Coast Christian Surfers. Pete and I got married in 1986 and in 1987 we helped out as co-leaders of CS Central Coast. We went on the lead it from 1989-1992. We have stayed on in some capacity all these years, doing camps, treasurer … just hanging around and helping and supporting where we can. I am still treasurer and a bit of an “Old Salt”. This year I am keen to start a girls/womens Shaping Bay in our local region
3. How has Christian Surfers made a difference in your life?
It’s had a massive effect. It’s a ministry where I get to serve God and do what I love … win win !! It’s almost too hard to put into words. It has shaped my life – I love the grass roots, rawness of it, the way it blends community and church. I think the thing I love the most is the impact it has been on my family, seeing them love it and grow up in it.
4. What do you value about CS Girls?
It gives the girls some space to move, be themselves and have their own identity. It was very male, grom orientated in the 80’s and to see CS girls today is such a treat. It’s multi-generational and multi- surfcraft!! It is making such an impact, but not at the expense of alienating themselves from the guys.
5. What would you say, to encourage girls who are keen to be involved in Christian Surfers?
It is such a great part of CS – I feel very privileged to remain in CS for so long and see it evolve through the years. Women’s surfing is so huge and Australian girls, like Steph Gilmore are such incredible ambassadors. CS Girls is such a great tool for reaching the surfing community... so get involved!! You can make such a difference!