Why Kelly Slater’s Outerknown Brand is a Trendsetter

Kelly Slater | Photo by Nathan Congleton

On July 15th, surfing icon and 11-time world champion surfer, Kelly Slater, launched his clothing line, Outerknown. While the launch created some buzz within the surfing community, it wasn’t because surfers found the new Kelly Slater boardshorts “radical” or were “stoked” on the price tags — people were generally upset. If you head over to the Outerknown website, it’s quite apparent that the price tags of the clothes target a higher-end market, and are not conducive to the average surfer’s … [Read more...]

Arctic Oil Drilling & The Emergence of “Kayaktivism”

Kayakers gather to protest Shell and arctic drilling in the "Paddle in Seattle" in May, 2015 | Photo by Danielle Beccaria, Backbone Media

Protecting the ocean can take form in many ways. Individuals, communities, and businesses all have important roles in the fight to keep our planet blue. Other institutions that have a great responsibility to the sea, and those who arguably have the largest impact, are governments of nations worldwide. They have the power to set the tone of conservation or destruction. U.S. President sanctions highly-contested arctic drilling In late-July, President Obama granted Shell Oil permission to drill … [Read more...]

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...]

My Ocean Guardian Journey 2014 Contest Winners

My Ocean Guardian Journey contest 2014

We were stoked to announce the much anticipated results from our second annual My Ocean Guardian Journey Contest yesterday morning. It was our second year running the contest, and we had some interesting and exciting results: a number of fantastic entries in the Actions Category, and no entries in the Ideas Category, (perhaps an indicator of less talk, more action?). It was a tough call for our judging panel, and it came down to the wire.The results In 3rd place, we had Eric Ross Salazar … [Read more...]

Ocean Guardians We Admire: Walter Brenes

Walter Brenes

Earlier this month, we got some devastating news: three of our fellow community members had been killed in a tragic car accident (a tour guide and both of the owners of Bahia Aventuras, a boat tour operator here in Bahia Ballena). One of the three was a very dear friend/colleague/supporter of us members of Bodhi Surf School — Walter Brenes. The days following passed in a blur of mourning, confusion, tears, hugs, and bitter feelings of regret for the whole community of Bahia Ballena. Just now are … [Read more...]

How I’m an Ocean Guardian: Putting Yoga into Action

Colorful Costa Rican sunset

A few months ago I wrote an article that was published in Elephant Journal about my move to a rural Costa Rican community and how the reconnection with nature influenced my yoga practice and my life.In that article I talked about how a connection with nature nurtures my yoga practice. Now I would like to share how my yoga practice enhances my connection with nature and has encouraged me to become an Ocean Guardian. As I write this, a few ideas jump into my mind... Yoga creates openness and … [Read more...]

Why I’m an Ocean Guardian: The Most Powerful Inspiration

Surfing in France

I could probably write a book about how my love for the ocean came to me, and how my heart feels fulfilled every time I am in touch with it. First of all, in my childhood, I didn’t live anywhere near the ocean. But every year for a few years in a row, my parents took me and my brother for a week of holidays at the beach. There were no waves, nor warm water, and it was the North Sea but still — even if my memories are vague (which by the way is the French for “wave” — see, everything’s related) I … [Read more...]