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Co-Founders

All co-founders share a conviction about what we want to see happen in the world, as well as how we want to run our business. We each have had very distinct life experiences, and thus each offers a unique approach to the development and implementation of Bodhi Surf + Yoga. As owners and operators of Bodhi Surf + Yoga, we are stoked to run a truly international business and are always excited to learn from our guests (who, excitingly, come from all around the world to visit us), and hear their stories, experiences, opinions, and suggestions. More than anything, we are exceedingly grateful for the opportunities that Bodhi has given us: to develop personally and professionally, to make a living doing what we love, to utilize our business as a force for positive change, and to meet and make friendships with amazing people from all over the world.

Travis Bays

California, USA

At Bodhi Surf + Yoga, Travis Bays is known as the connector and the “ideas guy”, always dreaming up new projects to take on, finding ways to connect (or connect with) individuals and movements, and looking for ways to improve himself and everything around him. A former Peace Corp Costa Rica volunteer who spent his two service years in Bahia Ballena, Costa Rica, Travis feels privileged to have been able to start a social and environmental impact business in the community that stole his heart and affected his life so positively. Professionally, aside from being a social and environmental entrepreneur, Travis is also a consultant for the Stanford Woods Institute for the environment, and has over 15 years of experience in micro credit community banking, project design and management, and best practices for sustainable tourism. He is a co-founder of SOMOS community foundation, and the Central American Ambassador for the Transformational Travel Council. He is a committed husband and father, ardent surfer, and ocean lover, and enjoys incorporating his passions into his wide array of roles at Bodhi Surf + Yoga.

Pilar Salazar

San Jose, Costa Rica

Pilar is the grounding energy of the Bodhi Surf + Yoga team. Her calm composure and “Pura Vida” vibe are evident to all who meet her. She has worked in the tourism industry in Costa Rica for nearly two decades, and is so excited to have been able to open her own tourism company in what she considers to be one of the most beautiful areas of her home country. Pilar brings what she has learned in her career, from her myriad of travels all over the globe, and from personal study of world philosophy, into her various roles Bodhi. She is the main yoga teacher, as well as being in charge of administration, human resources, bookings, and logistics. Pilar is passionate about creating a positive, safe, and hospitable workplace for all of Bodhi’s staff. Outside of Bodhi, she is a Board of Directors member of the nonprofit Fundacion Los Valientes. Personally, she is an engaged wife and mother (dance mom!), avid foodie and cook, passionate yoga practitioner, and lifelong student of the human condition.

Adrianne Chandra Huff

British Columbia, Canada

Adrianne is the fun-seeker, socialite, and extrovert of Bodhi, a fact obvious to all who come into contact with her. She relishes spending time with the Bodhi guests, conversing, teaching, learning, and laughing. Being a creative and linguistically-inclined individual, Adrianne enjoys taking on the tasks of content creation: writing, editing, management of visual content generation. She also loves to create in the kitchen, and has designed the menu and currently manages the Bodhi kitchen. Travel, reading, and surfing are probably the three biggest teachers that Adrianne has ever had, and their presence in her life has undoubtedly altered its course (for the better!). She is a Board of Directors member of the nonprofit Geoporter, the creator of the B Corp Travel and Tourism group, and a former panelist about tourism and responsible business at several conferences and speaking events. Outside of work, Adrianne is a cat mom, a people-lover, a champion for social and environmental justice, and a dance party queen.

Maya Paz Bays

Bahia Ballena, Costa Rica

Maya is the first daughter of Travis and Pilar, and as such, has already had more exposure to yoga and surfing than most of our guests! She is extremely helpful in operations, with her great attention to detail, outgoing personality, and wisdom beyond her years. Whether it’s helping with table set-up and takedown, double checking the chalkboard schedule, or entertaining the engaging with guests, Maya is an excellent team player! She is a very curious, intelligent, and independent child who loves nature deeply and abides by the Bodhi principles of respecting and helping preserve the environment. In her spare time, she loves to dance and hang out with her friends.

Clea James Bays

Bahia Ballena, Costa Rica

As the second daughter of Travis and Pilar, Clea pretty much loves the same things as her sister, and of course, idolizes Maya! She is also helpful around the Bodhi lodge, especially with entertaining the guests with her daredevil antics. She is very inquisitive and adventurous child, she loves nature and being outdoors and especially at the beach. Clea enjoys eating fresh tropical Costa Rican fruits, having dance parties, and doing arts and crafts.

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