The Jesus Pro Am falls under the legal and accountability structure of Christian Surfers Australia (CSA). CSA is a non-profit organisation that aims to be “A Christian Presence and Witness in the Australian Surfing Community”. CSA was established over 30 years ago and now consists of around 40 groups across Australia, involving hundreds of volunteers, and supporters. Through these groups, CSA offers many activities such as, day trips, camps, surf competitions, annual conferences, leadership courses, fundraising events such as “Paddle against poverty” & community gatherings.
The Jesus Pro Am (JPA) was first held in 1985 at Manly beach and since then it has been staged at manly of Australia’s iconic beaches. In 2009, the JPA went for a single event per year to holding multiple events. It attracts elite surfers from around Australia and has a rich history of winners, including: Mitch Crews, Nic Squires, Mark Matthews, Amy Donohoe, Philippa Anderson, Robbie Page, Mick Lowe and Ellie-Jean Coffey. With the surfing format of Cadet boys & girls, Open men’s & women’s and an air expression session, which is always a crowd favorite. This sets the scene for an exciting 2 days of surfing. With its large group of volunteers made up of Christian Surfers, local Churches and the local community, we create a unique atmosphere where people come together to relax and enjoy.
Some of the activities you will find at a JPA:
The Hub (Hospitality Tent) – this is a meeting place where we serve free tea, coffee and yummy cakes (all hand made with love from the local churches) to the competitors and spectators. Also, you can fill up on our BBQ breakfast & lunch. This is a café style seating and depending on the location, lounges, where people can just come and relax and enjoy the competition from a vantage point.
Interactive areas – each JPA is unique and have their own interactive areas. For example, there have been art displays, fair trade stalls, chill out zones, live music, skate board ramps, live radio broadcasting, giveaways, live music, competitions (win a surfboard), prayer (for those that need a little extra love) and remedial massage (for competitors only) offered by qualified physiotherapists.
Global Focus – The JPA have partnered with World Vision Australia (WV) to showcase social justice issues. Together JPA & WV are working on a project in Indonesia. Together with CSA & WV we hold a paddle-a-thon’s, in 2011/12 we collecting signatures on a surfboard that will be present to parliament stating – Surfers of Australia want to see poverty ended.
|Year||Opens Mens||Open Women’s||Cadets Boys||Cadets Girls||Air divison||Location|
|2012||Nic Squiers||Phillipa Anderson||Jackson Giles||Holly Warn||Johnnie Keith||Newcastle|
|2011||Connor O’leary||Freya Prumm||Chris Roberston||Stephanie Single||Otis Carey||Cronulla|
|2011||Mitch Crews||Audrey Styman-Lane||Mitchell Parkinson||Stephanie Single||Dru Adler||Gold Coast|
|2010||Nic Squiers||Ellie-Jean Coffey||Chris Robertson||Ellie-Jean Coffey||Dru Adler||Cronulla|
|2010||Nic Squiers||Phillipa Anderson||Mitchell Parkinson||Ellie-Jean Coffey||Ben Hannah||Coffs Harbour|
|2010||Ice Pereira-Ryan||Brodie Doyle||Mitchell Parkinson||Kristen Ogden||Oney Anwar||Gold Coast|
|2009||Nic Squiers||Yvonne Byron||Jacob Hooker||Codie Klein||Chris Enever||Wollongong|
|2009||Dale Lovelock||Phillipa Anderson||Jackson O’Donnel||Ellie-Jean Coffey||Billy Kean||Coffs Harbour|
|2009||Nick Riley||Phillipa Anderson||Connor O’Leary||Jess VanDerMeer||Steve Ahrens||Manly|
|2008||Blake Thronton||Yvonne Byron||Connor O’Leary||Ellie-Jean Coffey||Luke Reading||Manly|
|2007||Mitch Vanderveer||Yvonne Byron||Jordi Watson||Kirby Wright||Cronulla|
|2006||Dylan Hannah||Amee Donohoe||Chris Salisbury||Cronulla|
|2005||Fletcher Hayllar||Lyndsay Noyes||Joe Sear||Cronulla|
|2004||Kurt Nyholm||Lyndsay Noyes||Ashley King||Bendalong|
|2003||Glyndyn Ringrose||Amee Donohoe||Leigh McMahon||Damien Wills||Maroubra|
|2002||Mark Matthews||Sandra English||Sam Page||Kable Rowlinson||Bendalong|
|2001||Mick Cain||Amee Donohoe||Jackson Forbes||Wollongong|
|2000||Kurt Nyholm||Sandy Ryan||Bendalong|
|1999||Kurt Jacobs||Sandra English||Khy Vaughn||Manly|
|1998||Nick Wallace||Sandra English||Todd Mingram||Bendalong|
|1997||Wylie Fowler||Kim Moran||Peter Hughes||Cronulla|
|1996||Tony Seddon||Kim Moran||Peter Hughes||Bendalong|
|1995||Matt Griggs||Yvonne Rogencamp||Drew Courtney||Maroubra|
|1994||Mick Lowe||Kim Woldridge||Phil Macdonald||Bendalong|
|1993||Andrew Murphy||Kim Woldridge||Ben Nolan||Bendalong|