There’s more to the holidays than an overabundance of food and a room full of presents. Holidays bring out sincerity and goodness in the best of people. Costa Rica is celebrating the holidays in a very unique way. Veteran Surf Camp Safari Surf School gives its students amazing beach moments, music by G-Love, and most of all, achievements in environmental conservation, community service, sustainability and safety.
The ultimate adventure can be experienced at Safari Surf School, a surf instruction operation which focuses first and foremost on sustainability. The school is excited to partner with Olas Verdes Hotel in Nosara, Costa Rica, serving as its anchor tenant and striving to become the “First Sustainability-Certified Surf School In the World” while furthering its commitment to internationally-recognized standards in sustainable tourism.
On Saturday, November 28th, in partnership with both Surfing Nosara Foundation and Olas Verdes Hotel, Safari Surf School will play host to the 2015 Nosara Community Watch benefit concert featuring G. Love – frontman for the band G. Love & Special Sauce – with the picturesque beaches of Playa Guiones, Nosara, Costa Rica serving as the backdrop, from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. This is more than just a benefit concert. The concert will play a pivotal role in raising much needed funds for Nosara Watch, the community fire and security association, supporting local police in crime prevention, security tips and services for visitors and residents of the tranquil, Pacific beachfront community of Nosara, Costa Rica.
Safari Surf School currently holds longstanding, philanthropic leadership positions with Costas Verdes Restauración Costera (replacing and replanting trees, through its financial contributions); Refuge for Wildlife (providing financial support, thus contributing to awareness and education programs focused on rescue, rehabilitation and the release of its local monkey population); and Pack for a Purpose (improving the quality of education for students attending school within its headquartered hometown of Nosara through the drive, coordination and delivery of basic necessities packed and provided by guests).
Earlier this year, Safari Surf School continued towards making its commitment to sustainable practices with the use of new boards through a strategic partnership with Firewire Surfboards – lightweight, durable and innovative custom surfboards verified with eco-credentials. “Safari Surf School is proud to partner up with one of the most sustainably-conscious surfboard manufacturers in the world today,” says Safari Surf School CEO, Tim Marsh. “Safari Surf and Firewire are committed to positive changes upon the way surf camps and schools operate around the world. By coupling our sustainable practices and policies with the superior performance and conscious design principles which goes into these boards, we will advance our leadership position within eco-tourism while having a positive impact, both with our customers and upon the environment.” In response to this venture, Firewire CEO, Mark Price, was just as satisfied with the partnership because it joined sustainability to the highest degree with a love for surfing.
In addition, Safari Surf School implements the use of high-quality, handcrafted and environmentally-sensitive Sticky Bumps surf wax, and the remarkably-strong, worry-free green Wave Tribe surfboard leashes, each composed of recycled plastic.
The goodwill did not stop there. During this year, Safari Surf School has completed Lifeguard Training and Surf Rescue certification – prerequisite courses for inclusion in the International Surfing Association (ISA) professional development programs. The Association has been recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the world governing authority for the sport of surfing. The ISA Surf Coaching & Instructing Educational Program is the international standard for accreditation of Coaches and Instructors in the surf school industry.
“In a largely unregulated “industry” worldwide, surf schools seemingly can open on a whim with few boards and a surfer-dude instructor; little thought is given to format, technique, safety, and professionalism,” says Marsh. “I am dedicated to the cultivation of a team of top-level, highly trained and qualified surf instructors, authenticated by my ongoing support of specialized training programs and events advancing this cause. It is my assurance that our team is certified to the highest degree of preparedness and professionalism in all areas of instruction and water safety.
With a variety of different packages to fit every surf enthusiast’s curiosity and just as fitting on their budget, Safari Surf School is sure to make a surfer’s bucket list, not only during this holiday season, but for many more to come.