There is enough news around Brisa Hennessy participating in the Tokyo Olympics getting good scores and placing in the top 8 in the first time for Surf as an Olympic sport. It is one of the few Costa Rican athletes getting an Olympic diploma, an honor given to the top 8 participants in each sport category.
The Green Season is already here in Nicoya. The first rains wet the dry earth and everything in the zone becomes greener, way greener. You can hear the chirping of birds because is their mating season.
Also, flowers bloom everywhere as an act of gratitude to Mother Earth for the much-needed freshwater. The “Cortez Amarillo” tree bloom with really beautiful and vibrant yellow flowers which could make any painter jealous. The flowers have small red lines near the center giving a lively contrast with the vibrant yellow.
With every year passing here on Santa Teresa, I start to feel this hidden paradise in Costa Rica should be the next United Nations headquarters. Maybe It will sound like a joke to you but when I received visits from so many places around the world I really feel like that. At least the Nicoya Peninsula is way cozier than any big city.
This time I received a very beautiful and nice couple of Ukraine, Vlada, and Albert. I was impressed by Vlada’s name and did a little research to know that means “Rule”. I can not think of a better word to describe her, while offshore she was nice and kind, she totally ruled the board once on the water as if the board was capable of hearing the thoughts of its ruler.
I am the kind of person who does not like to feel attached to material things, I prefer to feel synchronized in a spiritual way with my inner self and enjoy the little things life brings.
Despite this, I aware of how these material things help us to go through our days on the planet Earth, I can not stop feeling kind of cheerless when some of my working tools get broken.
When I became in surfer one of the first things I noticed is how easy is to make friends. No matter the origin or the language I can connect with people smoother than I did before my surf life.
Our surfboard is the pen and the waves are our paper, we can write messages that come from the heart and others can understand what one is saying through our movements, surf for me has become some sort of universal language.
It is kind of silly to expect that one’s situation could change as simple as the old year is gone and the new year enters the scene. Still, like everyone else, I see January as an opportunity to gain strength and keep going on.
2021 couldn’t have started better, I have received the visit of two amazing families for surfing lessons and this was perfect to recharge my batteries.
I was born to be a traveler and I was never quite comfortable being at the same place. I traveled to many places around the globe, always looking for new landscapes and experiences. But something happened the day I set a foot on Santa Teresa, suddenly I just felt at home.
Here I never expected to see too many people from my country, my beloved France, but gladly and to my surprise, I was wrong.
It is funny when you think that maybe I would have never met these fellow countrymen if I would stay in France, but here they are in Costa Rica and I am really happy when I receive visits.
One special case is the visits I received a month ago, the lovely Leroux Lefranc family, they came all the way from the Nouvelle-Aquitaine, looking for surf lessons here in Santa Teresa. They instantly booked lessons for all the family members.
As a lonely soul, I really appreciate what they make me feel that day, being part of a big family. All that love flowing between the family was really warming my heart. As a surf instructor, I always try to connect with my pupils, but this time It was different, the experience of teaching a whole family was something wonderful for me.