Greetings from the new Texan Volunteer at Shaka!

Posted by Aug04, 2011 Comments (0)

Hey everyone, John-Michael here, the new Shaka volunteer from Texas.

It’s my first time in Costa Rica and I couldn’t be more blown away by the natural beauty of the area!  I’ve been here at Shaka for 3 weeks now and I can’t figure out where all the time has gone. Zip-lining in Montezuma, snorkeling in the nearby tide pools, trying some of the local flavor, and surfing every day probably explains some of it.  JAWS 9 and 10 went off with huge success, bringing in 5 new participants and their families, along with a few returning veterans, to shred the waves of Playa Hermosa.  I have been working in the adaptive field for a few years now, but the JAWS program with Ocean Healing Group was my first experience with adaptive surfing.  I have never been so moved like I was that first day of JAWS 9.  There is so much therapeutic power in surfing, I wish everyone could experience it first hand.  I am incredibly thankful to Frank and Mo’e for letting me be a part of such a wonderful program, and I am excited to continue my involvement with Ocean Healing Group in the future!

A quick little note about the charming power of Shaka and Costa Rica:    One of the couples staying with us has fallen in love with the area and Costa Rican lifestyle that they are planning to sell their house back in the United States and move down to Playa Hermosa permanently.  How cool to think a vacation getaway could turn into a new beginning!  Costa Rica really is an amazing place!

Well, I’m off to the beach for a quick surf session.  Only 2 weeks left here at Shaka so I have to get in as much surf as possible!

Pura Vida!

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