The nuns of Sister Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary have found a unique way to raise funds: hosting a surfing competition.
The nuns don't actually participate in the competition but their relationship with the surfing community goes back to the1950's when they opened up their beach to surfers. Since then, their stretch of sand has been known as Nun's Beach. The money raised at the event maintain their 6 1/2 acre, 150 bedroom, Jersey Shore beach retreat - Villa Maria by the Sea. (I can't help but wonder how many developers have offered to buy their property!)Their 16th annual Nun's Beach Surf Invitational in Stone Harbor, New Jersey.
The nuns may not ride the waves but they do enjoy watching the contestants." It's very peaceful," said Sister James, the retreat's property manager. "You see how the water holds them up, balances them and if you ride with the water, it will get you where you want to go. That's how it is with the grace of God."
This morning the sky was a vibrant mixture of multiple hues...
The sea just waiting for someone to play in it.
And then it began.
From the West Coast or from down South they donned their wetsuits, sex wax and a laid back yet confident stride.
I must say... some arrived in die hard Hang Ten way.
( I also am in pure love with this vehicle!)
You have to admit.. You love it too!
But we weren't too lucky today as far as the swell or the weather.
Those pretty hues in the early morn began to fade, and the dark skies came in and the rain fell.
But that doesn't mean they stopped.
Or we weren't able to capture some shots.
But the rain did start to come down...
And the cold set in.
We hung around as long as we could handle the chill and amped up little ones.
But before we left we had to make a pit stop and grab some T's and sweatshirts...and of course ask for some blessings!
Don't you just love her smile!!!
So we grabbed our treats...
Said goodbye to the lone boards...
But something did catch my eye as I was crossing the street...
You know that I am
So getting this made for me!
Gotta love it!
Have a great Sunday and drop me a line on what beach lovin' eco fun you had!