Joey Buran, who kept a close eye on the U.S. Open of Surfing 2018 held in Huntington Beach last week (7/28-8/5), hung up his USA Olympic Surfing Team Coach hat down for a moment and gave a message at the regular Saturday evening service at Worship Generation church.
Buran, who is the lead pastor at the church in Fountain Valley, delivered a message of transformation and salvation, something that he’s experienced first hand as a young professional surfer, who shortly after winning the 1984 Pipeline Masters, became depressed and suicidal.
“I just could not find a clear purpose to live,” Buran told author and WBUR commentator, Bill Littlefield. Buran tried to kill himself with a drug overdose in 1986.
“I tell people, ‘I know how low you can go,’ ” he says in the podcast, ‘California Kid’ Finds Meaning As A Minister — Then U.S. Surf Team Head Coach,’ published on the WBUR website. “Because I’ve been strapped into a straitjacket in a hospital and have the doctors talk to me like there’s something wrong with me, which, usually, if you try to take your own life, that’s how they talk to you.”
Watch Beyond the Dream (below) to catch more of Buran’s story.
USA Surf Team Finalist in the 2018 US Open Junior Events🇺🇸 So stoked for Cole, Samantha, Kayla and Kade all making it to this coming weekend and the FINALS of the US Open Juniors! They were all so impressive at the USA Surf Team Mini camp last week in the “big stuff” and now getting done in the “small stuff”…so awesome! Great job by all the Team and good luck to these 4 on the weekend! Go big and go for the Gold! #getafterit #inspire #embracethemoment #teamusa #cultureofexcellence @cole_houshmand @samantha.sibley @kaylacoscino @kadematson
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