Bear’s message dynamites an opening in his audience’s souls to the possibilities that God has for them. Bear’s life message transparently communicates the thrills and spills of a life lived in the quest of abandonment to God.
INTRODUCING BEAR WOZNICK
Author of the Best Selling Book "DEEP IN THE WAVE - A SURFING GUIDE TO THE SOUL" and “DEEP ADVENTURE – THE WAY OF HEROIC VIRTUE”
Two time World Tandem Surfing Champ and Legends Stand Up Paddle Surfing Champ.
Host of EWTN’s “DEEP ADVENTURE RADIO” heard by millions each week world wide on over 300 stations in nearly all 50 states.
The Big Kahuna on Fox Network’s adventure reality show “CLEAN BREAK”
Guest star and stuntman on “HAWAII 5 – 0”
Inductee of the CATHOLIC SPORTS HALL OF FAME.
Surfed 24 foot plus waves at Waimea Bay.
Surfed a tidal bore in France for 12 kilometers.
Co-founded the professional International Tandem Surfing world tour.
Developed hundreds of tandem surfers, developed and coached dozens of teams including world champions.
Pedaled his bicycle from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean – San Diego, CA to Jacksonville, FL.
Paddled the treacherous 30 mile open ocean channel between the islands of Molokai and O’ahu.
Licensed Private Pilot
Licensed Scuba Diver
Holds the very rare NINJA blackbelt and holds instructors licenses in several other martial arts forms.
Has repelled off mountains and even out of his 25th floor Waikiki Condo.
Full on Waterman, Sails, Distance Outrigger Canoe paddles and surfs the outrigger canoe in big surf, Champion Stand Up Paddle Surfer, Spear Fishes and swam many times with sharks.
Many Ocean Rescues
Member of the SONS OF HAWAII MOTORCYCLE CLUB, formerly a notorious1 Percenter club.
Father of four adult children
Has his own CPA practice with a Masters Degree in Tax.
Pursuing Masters Degree in Catechetics at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Novitiate Oblate at the Benectine Spouse of the Holy Spirit Monastery on O’ahu’s north shore.
Lives part year in Cocoa Beach, FL and part year in Waikiki HI.
A PARTIAL LIST OF TALKS
These talks can work for just men or just women or a mix.
TALK TITLE: GO DEEP OR GO HOME
This talk challenges us to an hour a day of prayer.
When people ask me what it takes to ride twenty foot plus waves I tell them my 20/20/20 rule. You must be able to hold your breath for the two minutes and twenty minutes that it takes for the sun to set when it first touches the ocean. You must be able to paddle your surfboard twenty miles without stopping. You need to be able to dive down twenty feet grab a boulder to weigh you down and run twenty meters under water.
I share how Aloha means to give breath. And that this is what the essence of prayer is; to receive the breath of God's Spirit. I share that the people of Hawaii are more people of the water than of the aina (land). And so we experience daily that we should not take breath for granted. I share about scuba diving one hundred twenty feet deep and running out of air and needing to trade off oxygen tanks.
Then I challenge people to the 20/20/20 rule of prayer. If you want to go deep with God, one hour of prayer each day is the minimum. I share different ways they can do this. They can pray twenty minutes three times a day or any combination in order to pray the total sixty minutes all at once.
I share the rosary, the Liturgy of the hours, Lectio Divina, Mass, The Rosary, the Divine Chaplet and other ways they can commit to a disciplined pattern of prayer and devotional reading.
I end challenging them to make that commitment for sixty minutes per day for sixty days and see where it leads them. I challenge them to go deep or go home.
TALK TITLE: DEEP VIRTUE
This talk introduces the 7 Virtues and challenges us to pursue them.
I use adventurous stories to make an impact with each virtue.
Open ocean rescues for the Virtue of Justice
Encounters with sharks for the Virtue of Self Mastery
Peddling my bicycle across the USA for the Virtue of Fortitude
My son surfing seventy foot waves for the Virtue of Prudence
Skydiving for the Virtue of Faith
Paddling the treacherous 28 mile Channel between the islands of Molokai and Oahu for the Virtue of Hope
The story of Eddie Aikau giving his life in an attempt to paddle for help when the Voyaging Canoe the Hokulea broke up in the treacherous Molokai channel for the Virtue of Love.
TALK TITLE: I HAVE COME TO BRING A FIRE AND HOW I WISH IT WAS ALREADY BLAZING.
This is meant to teach the lesson of detachment.
I use the different stories of fire starting with the flaming sword in the garden of Eden, the story of Abraham with Isaac, the three young men in the fiery furnace. We stop off to study Jacob grappling with God. I use my knowledge in several martial arts and my second degree Ninja Blackbelt to talk about this fight and then I end with Elijah challenging the prophets of Baal to the Super Bowl of the Gods on Mt Carmel to send fire. This tells us how God works to teach us the lessons of detachment and to learn to cling only to him and not to be lukewarm nor to stand on one foot and then the other. But to choose this day whom you will serve.
TALK TITLE: DEEP CALLS TO DEEP AS THE WATER ROARS
As world champion surfer, I have had my share of big wipeouts. In this talk, I go through every stage of surfing from paddling out, to waiting on the wave to paddling for it and riding it as a metaphor for the contemplative life. I even use the anatomy of a big wipeout that I had to give hope to those who are going through the dark night and how it is meant to bring us to a point of surrender and to just loving God for who He is not out of fear and not out of what he does for us. It teaches us to love God for His sake, to love others for His sake and to love perhaps even ourselves in a sense of self forgetfulness for God's sake.
I share how dark it is in a big hold down. How no amount of struggling helps. You just have to surrender to the power of the Wave but then when it releases you, the only way you know which way is up is to swim towards the light.
I also share that in God there and there really is no darkness at all, but in the Dark Night his love is shining so bright that it blinds us and it seems dark. So no matter how dark a place you are in have hope and release yourself to God.
TITLE: DEEP ADVENTURE QUEST RETREATS - 8 TALKS
These can be given in a conference setting but I prefer to do it in the context of a two and a half day retreat. We use phyiscal adventure to draw people out of their comfort zone to prepare themselves to abandon themselves tothe wild adventure of God's will.
We have mass each morning and on one of the days we have confession. We teach that the Way of the Hero is the Way of the Seven Virtues. On the retreat there are eight talks. There is an introductory talk on Virtue and then talks on the Seven Virtues. Each talk is followed by break out dialogue and there are times of going away by yourself to pray and to journal your thoughts to God and to listen and write down your impressions.
TITLE: DEEP WARFARE
I use my extensive martial arts and Ninja blackbelt skills to challenge men to be the Spiritual protector of their homes.
I start with the story of Adam and Eve and how Adam blew it. He should have been there to protect her or after she fell to rescue her, but instead he just copped out.
I use the scripture "He trains My hands for war. By theE I can crush a troop, by thee I can leap a wall, by thee I can bend a bow of bronze." I talk about how we are to train for spiritual battle so that when it comes we are prepared. We are to be on the look-out. We are to pray for our families and for their protection and to be on the alert of the subtle ways the enemy seeks to invade our families.
I talk about the weapons mentioned in Ephesians 6:16 emphasizing that there is no protection mentioned to shield your back. We are to be on the attack we are to resist the devil and he will flee.
I talk about how we are to lead by example and be the spiritual leader in our homes. I challenge them that leaders are readers and that they must “study top show themselves approved.”
Then I Challenge men not to lose heart by, Looking at Gideon's small army. A small committed group of men once turn the world upside down in the apostles and this small army he is raising will do it again. I share about the weapon of the rosary and then challenge men to prayer and study.
TITLE: GO DEEP OR GO HOME
The most radical thing you can do in life is abandon yourself to the wild adventure of God's will.
I share some of my more extreme adventures like running with the bulls on the bloodiest day in the history of the run. Paddling out at Teahopu’u on what has come to be known as Bloody Sunday in the surfing world. I talk about how when you catch a big wave you got to want it with all your heart and paddle with all your might but how when you drop in you really abandon yourself to the power of that wave.
Then I challenge people to step out of their comfort zone and into the danger zone of the wildness of God’s will.
WITNESS IN THE MARKETPLACE
God wants to use right where you are as a witness in the market place. This is a challenge to Go Deep in this area and how to share your faith in your every day life. God has divine appointments for you to share your faith.