This week, Sam Quigley and two of his friends are in Bahia Ballena, Costa Rica for a week of surfing and relaxation with Bodhi Surf School. Sam won the trip (well, not technically… more on this below) in the annual Big Brothers Big Sisters 100 Holes for 100 Kids golf event last June in San Diego. The 2013 event was a huge success, raising over $165,000 which will help to take 100 kids off of the waiting list for adult mentors in San Diego county.
Sam has been involved in with the San Diego Big Brothers Big Sisters for over 10 years; it is an organization that really hits home with him. He lost both of his parents when he was 12 years old, and was fortunate enough to have very loving and capable grandparents who raised him from that point on. Sam wanted to be able to give kids in need a similar opportunity — the support and mentorship of a caring adult and role model. While not a Big Brother anymore, he continues to support the organization by participating in the annual golf event.
Bodhi Surf School donated a 7-day surf vacation package for 4 people in the 2013 event. Last year, Travis was approached by Aaron Wilson, a 2013 event leader and participant, to donate something as an event prize. A San Diego native himself, this particular cause resonated with Travis who has also done quite a bit of work with the youth of his new home community in Costa Rica.
Aaron and Travis are longtime friends, former high school baseball teammates, and first year University of San Diego roommates. While their paths diverged — Aaron went on to be drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 24th round of the 2004 MLB June Amateur Draft and Travis went the way of surfing and surf instruction — they have stayed in touch and followed each other’s careers. Travis and the entire Bodhi Surf team were stoked to be able to contribute to this incredibly successful event.
At the awards dinner at the end of the tournament, we were stoked to hear that our surf vacation package was one of the most sought-after prizes. The original winner was Jeff Crane, while Sam Quigley won a Padres Suite for a night. Already a Padres season-ticket holder, Quigley asked Crane if he would be willing to trade prizes and was pleasantly surprised that he was. Interestingly enough, both Sam and the original surf package winner, Jeff Crane, are USD alumni along with Travis and Aaron. In fact, so are Gibran (another Bodhi co-owner) and one of Sam’s chosen guests. It is a small world indeed.
Bodhi Surf School is very excited to host Sam and his two friends this week. It seems as though he and the Bodhi Surf team were almost pre-destined to become acquainted, and what better a time then while surfing in the beautiful warm waters of Costa Rica?