Rethinking Your Local Surf Bum

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Safari Surf Instructor Erick Aragon – Miner with a Heart of Gold!

Safari Surf Instructor Erick Aragon – Miner with a Heart of Gold!

As Erick and I sat down to chat, I was trying to explain to Erick the definition of “surf bum”. He had never heard the expression before. After a lengthy attempt, (“you know, a lazy, derelict ne’er-do-well beach bum”) Erick eyed me quizzically and replied dead serious: “I do not understand this”.

Erick comes from country-life roots. Born in San Jose, he grew up in Nosara. Skateboarding, surfing, and fishing grabbed his attention early on. So where did he get this ‘ambition’ for more?

“I have always been interested in science”, he shares. “Maybe it comes from been absorbed in the nature that surrounds us here. To me I see science, and I want to study it deeply”.

Not long ago I read in some trendy, uber-cool travel blog: Nosara Costa Rica – the perfect getaway to get your inner surf-bum on! And sure, at 1st glance a lot of Nosara’s surf elite seem ideal candidates for the ‘surf bum’ profile.I remember back in the day when long hair and surfing automatically enrolled you in this dubious category. But if you look further, you’ll be surprised at the many things they accomplish!   Time has revealed that we surf-rats also went on to earn college degrees, have careers, and raise successful families.

All of Safari Surfs’ instructors have a serious introspective demeanor…and Erick is no exception. He set his sights on personal progress early on in his life. In 2011, he enrolled in Universidad de Costa Rica…

“I wanted to major in something involving nature and the outdoors. I have always loved science; chemistry and physics are my favorites. When I discovered the field of geology I knew it was what I wanted to study”.

Erick graduated in 2016 and now holds a bachelors degree in Geology.

Geology Department Graduates, Class of 2016

Geology Department Graduates, Class of 2016

So…what does he have in store next?

“My goal is to work on my Masters Degree somewhere out of Costa Rica, maybe in the states or Europe. Eventually I would like to have a career in the environmental sciences”

Thoughts on Nosara (scientifically speaking, of course!)

“Nosara is growing rapidly and we need more regulations and controls on building and zoning requirements. Water rights and conservation needs to be carefully managed and protected. The Government needs to step-up its development of infrastructure here in sustainable ways; we need the main road paved. Let’s take care our paradise home”.

Here at Safari Surf, we are SO fortunate to have wonderful individuals like Erick…we are so very proud of him.

“Lead the life you love, love the life you lead” he says; THAT is Pura Vida!”…thanks Erick!

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