Surf City, meet "Planet Surf."
That's the title of a two-part documentary that, a few months from now, will broadcast a glimpse of Huntington Beach's surf culture on French television. Frances Wimberge, a director for the public station France 4, visited town with her cameraman Sunday to record the Blessing of the Waves, Duke's, the International Surfing Museum and other local staples.
But her documentary, which is scheduled to air in January, is not intended just as a tribute to Huntington. Rather, it's a look at how people around the world use surfing for the good of the community, whether it's providing recreation for inner-city kids, teaching the disabled to ride a board or bringing the religions of the world together.
That's what the Diocese of Orange did Sunday in Huntington, as Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Zoroastrian, Mormon and other faith leaders gathered at the pier to make speeches, give a prayer over the waves and surf. Yes, some of them did get in the water at the end of the service — including the Rev. Christian Mondor, who is 85 years old and sported a wetsuit under his brown friar's robe.