Bodhi Surf Donates to Surfrider’s Two Coasts: One Ocean Events

Surfrider Two Coasts: One Ocean

If you’re a surfer or involved in the surf industry, you’ve heard of Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit environmental organization that works to preserve the world’s waves, beaches, and oceans (as well as the life that resides within them). For us at Bodhi Surf School, Surfrider has been a shining example of how the surf industry can and must be at the forefront of the environmental and marine conservation movements, and their work has motivated us greatly to combine surfing and conservation … [Read more...]

Bodhi Surf’s Everyday Impact Reduction Measures

Handpainted 6 Rs Sign

We’re on a mission, and this mission is called the Ocean Guardian Journey! What does it consist of, you may wonder? Stewardship, and especially that in the sectors of community and environment. It is top priority for the team members at Bodhi Surf School to be the best that we can be, which means not just providing great and consistent service for our guests, but also being a business that practices Social and Environmental Responsibility. We want to be an example for other people as well as … [Read more...]

Case Western University in Bahia Ballena 2014-15

Case Western Reserve University Costa Rica Service

We were fortunate to work with students and staff from Case Western University again over Christmas/New Years (for the 5th year running!) as they complete their course called Health and Health Care: A Comparative Perspective: Costa Rica and the United States. We were stoked to spend some time with them here in Bahia Ballena, leading them in some educational service projects, and of course, it wouldn’t be complete without a little yoga and surf! Also, something that was very exciting for us: the … [Read more...]

Visualizing Individual Marine Impact with the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Marine Garbage Accumulation

With 71% of the world’s surface covered by water, it can be hard to visualize the impact of our individual actions on the wildlife within. The cumulative scope can be understood in a small way, though, by one area of tremendous impact: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Located in the Northern Pacific Ocean, this massive span of polluted waters is estimated to be about 270,000 square miles – or around the size of the state of Texas. It is comprised of pelagic plastics, chemical sludge and other … [Read more...]

Surf School Intern Experience: Taylor’s Reflection

Ocean Guardian Journey Onternship

Taylor, San Diego native and future lawyer, did an internship with us earlier this year, helping us develop the Ocean Guardian Program. Specifically, she helped us refine our Ocean Guardian Pledge, My Ocean Guardian Journey Contest, and use of the Blue Marbles. Here is her reflection after several months of travel and starting law school! There are no words to describe or do justice to the experience I had during my month in Bahia Ballena. That being said — I will try ☺. Earlier this year, I … [Read more...]

GLA Protecting The Pacific – August 2013 Ocean Guardians

Costa Rica teen travel

This summer Bodhi Surf had the opportunity to work alongside Global Leadership Adventures (GLA). The organization, a division of Terra Education, has the mission to inspire the next generation to realize their potential to transform the world and their role in it. GLA works with high school students who are enthusiastic, inspired to serve others, excited to develop as global leaders, passionate about global issues, and interested to live abroad and learn about another culture. The students in … [Read more...]

III Global Wave Conference

III Global Wave Conference

Did you say “Surfonomics”? Is there really a Global Conference about Waves? These were some of the questions friends and acquaintances asked when they heard I was heading to San Diego and then crossing the border to Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico to attend the III Annual Global Waves Conference. The conference, a three-day event, was coordinated by Wildcoast, Surfrider Foundation Europe, and Surfrider Foundation. Its main purpose was to discuss and develop strategies to take a networked … [Read more...]

Nobody Said That Mapping Our Community Would Be This Easy!

With the help of experts from GIS ETC and ESRI life in the world of mapping and understanding our communities resources has become easier. Starting in May 2010, the president and director of operations for GIS ETC, Roger and Anita, along with Charlie Fitzpatrick Manager of K-12 education from ESRI, and Sandy Doss made the bold commitment to train boat tour operators, teachers, community leaders and students from the small coastal village of Bahia Ballena-Uvita, Costa Rica how to use GPS and GIS … [Read more...]

Corporate Responsibility: Etnies’ Tree Planting Project in Costa Rica

Responsible business

Established in 1986, Etnies describes itself as a "global action sports footwear and apparel" company, and it also sponsors a team of skateboarders, snowboarders, surfers, BMXers, and motocross racers. In 2007, the company's president, Pierre Andre Senizergues, met with government officials in Costa Rica and was pleasantly surprised to learn that Costa Rica had pledged to to be carbon neutral by 2021, one of the first developing countries to do so. Senizergues felt an increased affinity to the … [Read more...]

Why Surfers Are So Environmentally-Conscious

Surfer planting tree

Surfers have long been known for their "alternative" lifestyles. Through the years, they have been stereotyped as pot-smoking hippies who are constantly seeking thrills and cannot hold down a job (think of Fast Times at Ridgemont High's character, Jeff Spicoli). While this typecast seems to have faded quite a bit over the years, surfers have maintained an environmental-activist image. … [Read more...]