Coastal preservation may not be a conversation piece for most Christians. But for me it is a way of life. In 2008, my wife and I transplanted ourselves from Southern California to the Gold Coast of Australia, a Mecca for surfing pilgrims worldwide, so that I could take a break from seminary and study surfing at a local Australian university. That's right, I was earned a major in surfing. Although it was a formal break from theological studies, it became a year of advanced pastoral studies in surf culture and environmental activism.