Interested in showcasing your environmental actions? In October, we will be giving away the grand prize of a Surf & Yoga Camp for 2 in our annual Ocean Guardian Contest. Check out the contest page here!
One of the world’s biggest surf competitions is happening right now in Costa Rica, and Bodhi Surf School would love to see visitors utilizing the principles of Ocean Guardianship to help protect the ocean during their stay. We have listed some simple tips to practice while attendees enjoy the action this week in Jacó!
1. Bring a reusable water bottle
We encourage you to drink a lot of water during the games as it will be hot and sweaty, and we urge you to bring your own reusable bottle and don’t buy plastic ones. The water in Jacó is safe to drink out of the taps, and you can always ask to refill at hotels and restaurants. A lot of plastic bottles end up in the ocean and the toxic material slowly kills the marine life. We really want to keep our resident whales, dolphins, and other swimming friends healthy and their home too!
2. Avoid plastic straws
Skip the straw and save a sea turtle. These small objects cause a lot more damage than you would think, and the worst part is that they aren’t even necessary. You can drink your smoothie, coconut, or soda without a straw, or bring your own reusable metal straw. The amount of waste of plastic straws is huge and they can easily get stuck in the nostrils of sea turtles and other sea animals.
3. Use bikes instead of renting a car
Riding a bike is fun and liberating. You automatically explore more when you are on a bike rather than in a car, you get some exercise, and you don’t have to get stuck in traffic. If you can avoid taking the car, please do. If more people left their car at home we would have more space, cleaner air, and a happier environment.
4. Bring a cloth bag to pick up your goods
You will likely need to purchase goods at the event or during your stay in Jacó. Just be prepared and make sure to bring your own cloth bag to the stores with you! Say no thank you to the plastic bags and encourage other to do the same. The beach, the ocean, and all of its residents and visitors appreciate it.
5. Pick up trash and put it into waste bins
People can sometimes be lazy and throw their trash on the ground — much of this ends up in the ocean and harms sea animals and birds which eat the trash when they confuse it for food. If you see trash somewhere, pick it up and bring it to the nearest waste bin. Or if there aren’t any trash cans around, you can collect the trash in a bag and throw it away when you have an opportunity.
6. Enjoy a refreshing shower with organic soap
With nearly 500,000 visitors during the surfing games it will definitely be crowded, hot, and sweaty. Make sure you enjoy a refreshing shower with a non-toxic soap or shampoo to spare the ocean from chemicals. You can find organic options in both local stores and bigger supermarkets.
7. Avoid buying single use
If possible, try not to purchase a lot of single use like paper coffee cups or plastic cups for smoothies and ice cream. Be aware of what you can use again. If you buy one paper mug for a coffee and are planning on having another one later, use the same cup and make sure to put it in a waste bin when you are done. Or even better, bring your own cup or bottle if you can.
8. Buy local food and fruit
Costa Rica is a rich country when it comes to fresh, delicious fruits and veggies. The options and varieties are plentiful. Just make sure you buy local stuff that hasn’t traveled days on trucks or planes to get here. The environment will thank you and so will the ocean for not polluting more than necessary.
9. Make sure you know what’s in your ceviche
Sea animals belong in the ocean. We want to able to enjoy the whales, dolphins, sharks and turtles in the natural environment and observe them from a distance. Make sure you aren’t buying a ceviche with shark fins or eggs from turtles. Be responsible with your purchases and ask if you aren’t sure.
10. Be a good example and inspire others
Every person we can inspire to be an ocean guardian and protect our ocean is a victory itself. Show others how easy it is to refill your water bottle, pick up trash, and drink a coconut without a plastic straw. You can’t tell other people what to do but you can be a good example and show them the way. Be proud of your effort!
Thank you for being an ocean guardian and enjoy the games!
Written by Anastasia Konstadinidis