Blessing of the Waves remembers Pastor Sumo Sato and Rev. Christian Mondor, leaders in faith and surfing
The Blessing of the Waves drew hundreds of people to Huntington Beach on Sunday, Sept. 9. The annual event gathers various cultures together to share religious insights and to worship one common love – the ocean.
Now in its 11th year, the event is put on by the Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council, which aims to bring various religious groups together. A special tribute was made for two leaders in the religious and surfing community who passed away earlier this year.
Pastor Sumo Sato, who ran H20 in Huntington Beach and who died of colon cancer in March, and Rev. Christian Mondor of Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Church, known as the “surfing padre” and who died the following month, were remembered with a bronze statue. It was to be placed on the pier near lifeguard tower zero.