Surf Lessons for Thinking Beyond Borders

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Group surf lesson in UvitaIt’s not everyday you get to teach surf lessons to a group of students who are preparing for an 8 month journey around the world, but on September 11, 2010 Bodhi Surf School was doing just that; group surf lessons on Uvita beach inside the Marino Ballena National Park with students from Thinking Beyond Borders. The surf lessons started in the early afternoon at Playa Uvita. Conditions were nice with cloudy skies and soft waves rolling through on the dropping tide. The surf lesson started with me providing a breakdown of surf safety and security. Later, the group lined up along the shoreline and learned techniques for popping up and getting in a surfing stance. Afterwards, the group was divided to maintain a low student to instructor ratio and ensure quality surf instruction. Finally the groups hit the surf for some excellent Costa Rica surfing. The lessons were so successful that the group rented surfboards for the whole week in order to “Awaken their inner surfer”.

What is Thinking Beyond Borders?

Thinking Beyond Borders is a non-profit organization that has developed a gap year program with the mission to empower youth as agents of proactive change by developing consciousness of global issues. The 8-month program starts in Costa Rica and continues through Ecuador, Peru, China, Cambodia, India, South Africa and ends in the United States where students spend six weeks processing and presenting their traveling discoveries and lessons learned about the world they visited.

Thinking Beyond Borders in Bahía Ballena-Uvita, Costa Rica

For two-weeks students are introduced to the Thinking Beyond Borders curriculum, participate in team building exercises, goal setting activities and safety training. During their free time they receive surf lessons and yoga with Bodhi Surf School, hike to local waterfalls, fly through the jungle with Osa Canopy and tour Cano Island Reserve with Bahia Aventuras. The group also enjoyed a friendly BBQ hosted by Bodhi Surf School photographer Ronald Guzman and a community walking tour of Bahía Ballena-Uvita where the group learned about the community’s history and its current socioeconomic and environmental development patterns.

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Travis is a head surf instructor and social entrepreneur at Bodhi Surf + Yoga. When Travis is not at the beach getting guests stoked on surfing, he is probably at a community meeting, on a Skype call, or spending time with his lovely daughters, Maya and Clea!


  1. Kathleen on September 28, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Thanks so much for the great post about the TBB kids—what fun to see them! Sadly, I’m sure my daughter WASN’T surfing every day to “awaken her inner self”! But she is really glad she tried it!

  2. Gibran on September 29, 2010 at 8:02 am

    Kathleen, glad you enjoyed the post, it was great having the TBB kids in Bahia Ballena. While surfing is not for everyone it’s great that your daughter at least tried it because riding a wave is an exhilarating experience.

  3. Chris Stakich on September 29, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Yo Travis – I can’t believe I missed the action again this year. Surfing in Bahia Ballena is one of the magical, almost spiritual, activities in this world. There is something about sitting on your board, in the rising and falling warm water waves, looking back at the rainforest lit up by the sun sinking into the ocean. Thanks for taking great, safe care of the TBB Crew. It looks to be an awesome bunch this year. Catch you on the flip side.

  4. Travis on September 29, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Chris – Glad to know your still in love with Bahia Ballena-Uvita! Your words say it all. I’m not sure I could have written a better description of surfing in Bahia Ballena. You and TBB are very welcome! Bodhi Surf School is proud to teach such a noble group of young adults who will be effectively changing our world for the better. See you next year and know that we will be following your travels. All the best!

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