This post is coming up a bit late, but it is in honor of Bodhi Surf + Yoga’s 10-year anniversary which was in 2020 (a year we did not get to celebrate as we had planned!) Learn more about the other co-founders, Travis Bays and Pilar Salazar.
The most outgoing of the three co-owners, Adrianne Chandra Huff has likely left an imprint on each and every Bodhi Surf + Yoga guest she has encountered. Whether in the kitchen listening to tunes while preparing delicious food and drink or out in the surf dancing around on her longboard, Adrianne brings a sense of fun and enthusiasm to all aspects of her life. She is most comfortable surrounded by people, and her bubbly personality raises the spirit of all those around her.
Growing up with Bodhi Surf + Yoga
At the age of 22, with a deep love of the ocean, a dream of an unconventional life, and a set of values to respect and protect both people and planet, Adrianne joined forces with the other co-founders and has never looked back. Adrianne’s extremely social and extroverted nature means that she quickly found her place engaging with all our guests on the day-to-day.
She can be found bouncing around the Bodhi lodge doing one of the following: running from one task to another while answering questions, telling the Bodhi origin story, giving a tour, shuttling guests to the local waterfall, crafting our famous homemade meals, filling in as a surf instructor, or making signature cocktails before dinner. To say her role is diverse is an understatement. Adrianne perfectly exemplifies what Bodhi Surf + Yoga is all about: discovering your passion and sharing it with the world.
Adrianne has an uncanny ability to connect to all different kinds of people which has manifested in Bodhi Surf + Yoga guests who feel empowered to make change in the world and in their lives. Her commitment to the B Corp movement and her belief in using business as a force for good is seen and felt in everything she does to make sure Bodhi Surf + Yoga lives up to the values and vision the co-founders had from the start: which is to lead with passion, have fun doing it, and leave each person or place you interact with a little better than you found it.
Cheers to you, Adrianne!
Sitting down with Adrianne
What is your favorite thing about working at Bodhi?
Waking up every morning and seeing all the awesome people that work here. I also thoroughly enjoy interacting with Bodhi guests and sharing a potentially life-changing experience that we have created and curated over the years.
Do you have a role model in the business world?
Yvon Chouinard and Rose Marcario. I love how they have built Patagonia while maintaining a disregard for the business status quo. They follow the beat of their own drum and continue upholding their values and making decisions based on what feels right. I have had the pleasure of seeing both of them speak, and what really came across was their authenticity. They are not afraid to challenge and respectfully call out other business leaders.
If you were a mixed drink, what drink would you be?
I would be a Margarita (obviously) because it has lots of flavors — salty, sweet, sour — and tequila is vaguely medicinal.
What is your favorite meal to prepare for Bodhi guests?
I love preparing a taco bar for the guests. I am alone in the kitchen sipping a glass of something, listening to music, knowing that everyone is out surfing and will return with a hefty appetite. There will be homemade salsa verde, pico de gallo, guacamole, chips, rice, beans, tortillas, salad, and margaritas of course!
Do you have a favorite book?
I have lots of favorite books, but if I had to choose just one it would be Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. I get a feeling from reading a book that imprints on whatever is happening in my life at the time. Anne of Green Gables reminds me of my childhood growing up in Canada, and so I reread the series every couple of years to reconnect with that special time and place in my heart.
What was your most listened-to song on Spotify in 2020?
Pa’ Olvidarme de Ella by Christian Nodal. Don’t ask.
If you could take a surf trip anywhere in the world, where would you go and with whom?
I would longboard in the Maldives with Kassia Meador.
Would you rather… be reborn into the past or the future?
Knowing what I know now, I would rather be reborn in the past. I would love to live off the land in a place like Bahia Ballena fifty years ago when it was still super wild.
What is your general attitude toward global climate change?
We are certainly coming down to the wire and there will be many ramifications that we cannot predict. That being said, I am cautiously optimistic and I believe we must operate with the mindset that we are going to right the ship. Combating climate change is one the greatest challenges in human history, and we need to stoke a sense of urgency. I am going to keep evolving to be better and inspire others around me to do the same.
When you look at the coming decade, how do you think your role at Bodhi will change (if at all)?
I want to continue to focus on people, which means having more time to learn and teach and have space to share. I also want to focus on Bodhi’s impact model and disseminate it to the rest of the world. I want to show other entrepreneurs that a small group of motivated and driven people can indeed make an impact while maintaining a profitable business, and be really happy doing it!