Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Bulls & El Bulls

A month is a long time to be away from home, but revisiting your original home, and then travelling to a place that feels like home makes it easy. My most recent adventure began in Chicago of all places. I headed up a 3 week long surf camp with WB Surf Camp by teaching for 3 days in Wheaton, Illinois with my codirector and trusty travel companion Steve Schroeder. We stayed with one of the coolest families I've ever had the pleasure of knowing, the Blocks. Bryan and Jennifer treated us as two of their own (they already have 4) and spoiled us the entire time. Their kids are also top notch. Super fun, always polite, and just full of positive electric energy.

Apart from the normal surfing and surf education that we generally give on the beach we had the opportunity to teach true marine biology, oceanography, and surf science to this lucky group of high schoolers from the midwest. While at Wheaton Academy we dissected squid, made a wave tank, tested water properties and we even got to jump in a pool with them one day and have them drag us around under water.  It was fun to say the least and we even got to go to a Bulls game...my first NBA experience! We won!!!

Costa was filled with bulls...but also sea turtles, and plenty of good waves. We seemed to have spent more time with our friends down there this time though. Relaxing, surfing together, and sharing meals are 3 highly underrated activities that should happen more often and in succession. From the surf to the coffee to the gallo pinto, we shared all of our favorite things with others who traveled down from the States to learn to surf and relax. A huge thanks to Cairo & Courtney and Rafa & Monica who made our time there that much more smooth and awesome!

Here's just a few good memories from an amazing trip...from tall building to tall trees!




















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