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8th Annual Interdenominational Blessing of the Waves this Sunday, Aug. 30
posted on 08/24/2015.

Join Mayor Hardy and other community leaders on Sunday, August 30 at 8:30 a.m.  at Pier Plaza for the 8th Annual Blessing of the Waves — an event for anyone and everyone, all ages and all faiths. Come bless the waves with us as we focus for a moment on the importance of water and the environment in all our lives. Join Mayor Hardy and other community leaders as we celebrate life through music, song and dance.  The 8th Annual Paddle-Out will conclude the event with hundreds of surfers taking to the water. The event also launches the city’s Compassionate Games held Sept. 11 through 21 – activities designed to make communities safer, kinder, more just, and a better place to live. 

 Many local and regional special guests will speak, reflect, and pray at the event. Those speaking will be honored with a Special Achievement Award including: 

  • Four-time USA Olympic Gold Medalist Jason Lezak.  Jason lit up the 1998 U.S. Nationals winning his first National Title in the 100 Freestyle – and that was only the beginning. Jason went on to win a Gold and Silver Medal at the 2000 Olympic Games. 
  • PT Townend. Peter (PT) Townend was born in Coolangatta, in Queensland, Australia. He ranked as one of the best surfers in the world throughout the 70's and 80's. Apart from surfing, Townend has a rather extensive resume including movie stuntman, contest organizer, writer, publisher, marketer, and coach to future superstars. 
  •  The Rev. Tim Philips.  The Reverend Tim Philips is Assistant to the Bishop and Director for Evangelical Mission, Pacifica Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Having grown up along the ocean in beach communities like HB and Hawaii, his sensitivity to water is heightened.

Other guests and representatives include: Local HB surfing priest - Father Christian Mondor (who celebrated his 70th anniversary of priesthood last year and recently turned 90 years old), Pastor Sumo, Huntington Beach Jr. Lifeguards, Golden West College Swim Team, HB Marine Safety Division, Visit HB, City of Huntington Beach elected officials and staff, former Mayors of Huntington Beach, all pastors, clergy and rabbi’s from the community, and a variety of celebrities will join us in this celebration including USA 8 Time Olympic Swim Coach Mark Schubert and Surf City's own, Dean Torrance of Jan and Dean Fame.  The Huntington Beach ukulele group - Rock-A-Laylee – will kick off the event.
Organized by the Huntington Beach Interfaith Council, this is a life celebration and all are invited to participate. The Blessing of the Waves was originally conceived as a Catholic-led event through the Diocese of Orange prior to the Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council assuming responsibly in 2013

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