IT WAS almost poetic to see the sun break through the clouds on to surfers in the formation of the cross off Coolum Beach yesterday morning.
About 120 volunteers from Christian Surfers Australia lined up as the sun rose on Easter Sunday.
They have been at Luther Heights since Thursday for their annual national gathering, which comes to an end today.
Christian Surfers Australia run camps, day drips and Bible studies and club nights for youths, mainly between the ages of 15 and 20.
Their aim is to bridge the beach and the Church.
Christian Surfers' Queensland regional co-ordinator and Coolum local Jono Bailey said the Easter break was the only time all volunteers from around the country could get together.
"It's an opportunity for us to catch up, reconnect and encourage one another," Mr Bailey said.
"It's always relaxed, and just a chance to remember the reason for Easter.
"For us it's the highlight of the year both personally and spiritually."
The group gathered in Coolum's Tickle Park on Saturday night for performances by local bands and the premiere of documentary Living on Cloud 9, which tells the story of discovery to the Philippines of four Coast surfers.