Bodhi Packing List: Costa Rica Yoga and Surf Vacation

What to take on your surf retreat in Costa Rica

Either you’ve decided to come do a Costa Rica vacation or surf and yoga camp with Bodhi Surf School, or you’re looking into it and want to get an idea of what to expect. One of the big questions that you may be wondering as you plan your tropical vacation is — what should I pack?So here is the official Bodhi Surf Packing list, which I will break into two parts: mandatory and suggested. Keep in mind that both Bahia Ballena and the bordering town of Uvita are quite small, and it will be … [Read more...]

Bodhi Sessions: For Your Valentine’s Day (Or Other Special Celebrations)

Couple's surfing vacation

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and we wanted to take the opportunity to talk about how the way that people commonly celebrate special days (birthdays, anniversaries, honeymoons), and to offer an adventurous, sustainable, and fun alternative.On one hand, we have the old standbys… chocolate, flowers, jewelry. For some, these are a good option: easy, and they don’t require too much thinking. Yet consumption for the sake of consumption is a practice we are going to have to leave … [Read more...]

How To: Choose an Ideal Bathing Suit for Surfing

Example of bad surf bikini

Here at Bodhi Surf School, we primarily get ladies who come to stay with us for surf (and sometimes also yoga) vacations. Why? Perhaps it's because there are more women than men on the planet. Or maybe because women are more likely to plan and execute a girls trip than men. Or, it could be that men are just more likely to teach themselves to surf rather than get lessons. Whatever the reason behind this phenomenon, there is one burning question that ladies ask me time and time again: what kind of … [Read more...]

San Diego Charity Golf Event Winner Enjoys Surf Vacation in Bahia Ballena

Big Brothers Big Sisters

This week, Sam Quigley and two of his friends are in Bahia Ballena, Costa Rica for a week of surfing and relaxation with Bodhi Surf School. Sam won the trip (well, not technically… more on this below) in the annual Big Brothers Big Sisters 100 Holes for 100 Kids golf event last June in San Diego. The 2013 event was a huge success, raising over $165,000 which will help to take 100 kids off of the waiting list for adult mentors in San Diego county.Sam has been involved in with the San Diego … [Read more...]

We Have Launched Our Travelers’ Philanthropy Program!

Travelers' Philanthropy

You may have heard lots of buzz from us in recent months regarding something called a “Travelers’ Philanthropy Program”. Travelers’ philanthropy is not a new concept, in fact, you have probably encountered opportunities to donate to different causes in the places that you have visited. Primarily, the idea behind travelers’ philanthropy is that via the investments of visitors, travel destinations can be either maintained or improved for both residents and visitors. Travelers’ philanthropy is a … [Read more...]

Our Clients Make Us Stoked

Fun business owners

People generally think that it’s our clients who leave here after a surf lesson/clinic, yoga class, or vacation feeling extremely stoked. That’s definitely true; we get many emails from people after they’ve left saying how much they didn’t want to leave, and generally how revived they feel after their Costa Rican vacation. However, a lesser-known fact is how we feel after people leave -- especially those who stay longer and who we spend quite a bit of time with, but even those we met only … [Read more...]

Getting Ready For Another Busy Season 2013

Surfing holiday

The year 2012 is coming to an end, and we are gearing up for another busy season here in Bahia Ballena. Our high season, and that of the whole country, is during what the Tico’s call their “summer” -- the dry months of December-May. The busiest dates are always the holiday dates: Christmas, New Years, Easter, the various North American spring breaks, etc.Team members Gibran and Adrianne arrived earlier this month, having visited family in both the United States and Canada, and are excited to … [Read more...]

Our 3 Retreats In 2012!

Gibran and I are now in Bahia Ballena, so the Bodhi Surf team has been reunited! Together, we have come up with some new and exciting stuff to offer, such as the 3 great retreats that are designed to teach you to surf, to help you improve your yoga skills, and give you a great time in this beautiful country. There's no way 2012 will fail to be our best year yet, so it is advisable that you start making plans to come and let the fun times begin!Here's a bit about each of our retreats. … [Read more...]

Bodhi Surf Now Part of MuchBetterAdventures

We are enthusiastic about our new membership with!Being approved as full members of, a carefully selected collection of adventure providers who have a strong ongoing commitment to sustainability, is no easy task.We believe it is the ‘Trip Advisor’ of adventure travel, specially designed to support local businesses and reward businesses committed to executing ethical practices. As a user, the platform that Much Better Adventures developed … [Read more...]

Thoughts About Shark Attacks & Surfing

Last Friday there was a shark attack incident at a beach in Santa Barbara County, California in which a young man, 19 years-old, was fatally bitten while bodyboarding. It is obviously a very tragic event, the victim’s family is surely grieving for having lost a loved one, as anyone would be in their situation. However, surfers, bodyboarders, swimmers, et. al. who go into the ocean are, or should be, aware of the risks they run. … [Read more...]