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Surfing priest brings evangelical wave to beaches

(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.