(Agence France Presse) His surf buddies call him the white wolf. To everyone else he is just R.S.

Welcome to the unlikely world of Rene-Sebastien Fournie, a French priest who persuades young wave worshipers to consider committing themselves to a higher power: God.

With the blessing of the Bishop of Bayonne, R.S. has been a regular feature on the Atlantic beaches of the southwestern corner of France for the last two years.

His business card describes him as a “worthless servant of Christ.” And when he swaps his cassock for a wetsuit, he also pops on a dog collar to ensure fellow surfers know there is a purpose behind his presence.

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