Gibran and Adrianne constitute the “wandering” portion of the Bodhi Surf School as they have neither a home-base nor permanent roots set down anywhere. When asked where they are living, they usually answer with the name of wherever they happen to be. And deep down, both are happy wherever they are as long as the other isn’t too far away.
Gibran and Adrianne met in San Blas, Nayarit — Gibran’s hometown — in 2006 while Adrianne was backpacking through Mexico. It turned out that Adrianne and Gibran shared many friends in San Blas and had much in common, but they just hadn’t met because they were never at the same place at the same time. Once they finally met, they became inseparable almost immediately, and when Adrianne went back to Canada to start college Gibran came up 2 months later to surprise her. It was around then that they mutually decided to get married and start their life together — they just didn’t know where they would live.
In the end, it made most sense to move to the place that Gibran had grown up — San Diego, California — where he had done his entire schooling, including earning his degree in Business Administration at the University of San Diego. Having family there made it easier on the young couple as Adrianne would be starting college herself. She started at MiraCosta College in January of 2007, and the couple got married in San Diego in June of that year. They lived in San Diego for 5 and a half years, during which Adrianne completed her degree in International Studies – Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. They also spent a lot of their free time road trippin’ around California, surfing and spending as much time as possible on the beach, hanging with family and friends, reading, eating, and having fun. Both were happy to begin a new adventure when they left San Diego to be with their Bodhi Surf compadres in 2011.
The development of Bodhi Surf School started when Gibran and Adrianne were still in San Diego; however, having both spent time in Bahia Ballena, they knew what a great idea it was to be part of the development of a sustainable surf school in Costa Rica’s South Pacific. With Gibran’s background in business administration and his insatiable enthusiasm for surfing, and Adrianne’s interest in social justice, environmental conservation, and her undying love of fun, these two have brought a unique dynamism into the evolution of Bodhi Surf Camp. While they don’t spend the full year in Bahia Ballena, being able to spend part of their time there and surf, meet great people, and contribute to a variety of different causes that are dear to their hearts makes them feel like they have definitely struck gold.
Fun Facts About Gibran
- Gibran is the “surf bum” at Bodhi Surf School — he’s been surfing since the age of 3
- His role at Bodhi Surf is to do a little of everything, from business development to ding repair; but his favorite tasks are leading groups and running the Bodhi Sessions surf camps
- His interests and experience are as an eco-tourism consultant, small-business manager, tour guide, and internet marketer
- Gibran has surfed competitively on and off in both the U.S. and in Mexico since the age of 10
- When he isn’t working or surfing he enjoys traveling (but again that typically involves surfing), snowboarding, rock climbing, or any other physical activity
Fun Facts About Adrianne
- Adrianne is the fun-seeker, socialite, and youthfulness of Bodhi Surf
- Her love of writing has made her Bodhi Surf’s primary content writer/editor and principal blogger
- Adrianne was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada but grew up in a smaller city in B.C.’s interior, Kamloops
- Her biggest “life-shaping” events have been travel-related: going back to her father’s homeland, Fiji when she was 7; an epic 8-month journey to Mexico when she was 12, and more recently, a drive from California to Central America, Central America to B.C., and B.C. to California
- She is an avid reader, writer, cooker, and eater: her ideal day would feature equal parts relaxation, laughter, delicious food consumption, and outdoor play time