The First Surf Conservation Retreat to be Held in Costa Rica
By: Greg Gordon – CRsurf.com
Today's Date: 5/26/2018
If you surf, or just enjoy our oceans, waves, and beaches, then you understand the need to protect our playground. There are constant threats to them including plastics pollution, poor water quality, beach erosion, and lack of access. Across the globe volunteers take time to clean our beaches, replant dunes, and petition for cleaner water. And in Costa Rica the balance of tourism development and protecting the environment is delicate. It makes for a great place to study the effects of tourism on the ocean ecosystem.
From August 13th-19th, 2018, ocean and beach activists are invited to attend the inaugural Surf Conservation Retreat in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. This goal of this event is to bring together like-minded individuals to enjoy the beaches and waves in this part of the Guanacaste coast and discuss ways to protect these natural resources for future travelers. You will get to meet local volunteers who can share their challenges and accomplishments. And participants can trade ideas with other members of ocean related environmental groups.
This is a retreat so there will be plenty of time for fun and relaxation as well. The Tamarindo Vista Villas is hosting the event, which has one of the best sunset views from their pool bar and restaurant. Witchs Rock Surf Camp is also involved, organizing a welcome dinner with guest speaker Robert August from the timeless surf movie classic – The Endless Summer. And guests will get to see and surf some world-class waves including Witchs Rock, Ollies Point, and Playa Negra. If you do not surf, you will still be able to explore the dynamic coastline and swim or snorkel at the more protected sections of the beach.
The organizer of the event is Greg Gordon who has been an active member of the Surfrider Foundation for 19 years and led the Sebastian Inlet Florida chapter for two of them. He helped start the Tamarindo Surfrider chapter in 2001 and has volunteered in San Diego, San Francisco, and Virginia Beach. His travel business, CR Surf Travel Company, has been a 1% for the Planet member since 2011, donating funds to the Costa Rican non-profit PRETOMA, which protects sharks and sea turtles. They also have sponsored local surfers and contributed to the lifeguard program in Dominical on the southern Pacific Coast.
For each participant that signs up, $100 will go to the Surfrider Tamarindo chapter. That group helps keep the local beaches clean and raises money for the lifeguarding program. They also create education campaigns to reduce plastic use and improve water quality. Now is your chance to visit Costa Rica and share your knowledge and experience with others who care about our oceans and beaches. If not you, then who? If not now, when?
Visit this link to learn more and sign up – 2018 Costa Rica Surf Conservation Retreat