Monday, June 8, 2015

Bear Wosnick Enshrined in the Sports Faith Hall of Fame

Bear Woznick was enshrined in the Sports Faith Hall of Fame on Sunday, May 24, 2015, at Marriott Lincolnshire Resort. 

Bear Woznick
Bear Woznick, like his name, is a "big surf dude, with muscles to back it up." As Masters Tandem Surfing World Champion, he has developed tandem teams and events around the world. In tandem surfing, he lifts a women over his head while he is riding on the surfboard--sometimes the woman stands his hand.

Bear's Book: Deep in the Wave
As an author Woznick shares his love for surfing and for life in Deep in the Wave. For Bear, surfing is a metaphor for life, extreme sport is an expression of living life to the fullest, living life in faith. Woznick says living recklessly is living uninspired in mediocrity. According to Bear, in tandem surfing, "the man is lifting and carving, slicing through sometimes heavy water and he is holding his partner, a woman who trusts in him athletically holding her form in perfect stillness and calmness." 

As an extreme athlete, Woznick has "Run with the Bulls" twice in Pamplona, surfed world class waves, and earned a ninja black belt. Bear says: "the wildest thing you can do is abandon yourself to God will." He encourages men to think of God's plan for their lives as one of action, he encourages men to be active for the faith and they will be more engaged in life, seeing and experiencing the beauty that God has created. 

Woznick is a popular speaker, author, and radio host. Woznick's Deep Adventure Radio show is aired on 300 stations. A rare combination of serious adventure seeker, husband, father and devout Catholic, Bear’s creed, “the most radical thing you can do in life is to abandon yourself to the wild adventure of God’s will,” dynamites an opening in men’s souls to the possibilities that God has for them. A rare combination of serious adventure seeker, husband, father and devout Catholic, Bear’s creed, “the most radical thing you can do in life is to abandon yourself to the wild adventure of God’s will,” dynamites an opening in men’s souls to the possibilities that God has for them. 

Sporting Chance Press author Patrick McCaskey is chairman of Sports Faith International, an initiative that honors athletes who live exemplary lives. Sports Faith International looks to inspire and transform the current sports culture though media initiatives that feature and encourage faith based living. McCaskey is Senior Director of the Chicago Bears.