Bodhi Surf Launches Marine Preservation Contest

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Entering its second year, the My Ocean Guardian Contest seeks to inform, inspire, and motivate a more educated and conscientious public on marine welfare and the human impact therein.

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Beautiful Costa Rica, home of Bodhi Surf and a rich marine ecosystem.

As an organization that relies on the majesty of the ocean for its inspiration and enjoyment, this initiative is near and dear to our hearts.

Bodhi Surf, the leading Costa Rican yoga and surf retreat, is proud to announce the start of their second annual My Ocean Guardian Journey Competition. The goal of the contest is to raise awareness of ocean conservation needs while encouraging a proactive approach to the problems by generating innovative ideas and action plans.

"As an organization that relies on the majesty of the ocean for its inspiration and enjoyment, this initiative is near and dear to our hearts," explains social entrepreneur and Bodhi Surf founder Travis Bays. "If we can do anything to encourage respect for its wonder and preservation of its diversity, we're going to do it. That's where this contest began."

The contest launched in 2013 as a means of encouraging social activism related to marine health. It asks for participants to contribute in one of two ways: suggestion of unique ideas of oceanic preservation, and demonstrated actions that are already making a difference. Contestants will then be eligible to win prizes that span from marine biologist and conservationist Wallace J. Nichols' best selling book, "Blue Mind," to a free one week Holistic Yoga and Surf vacation or Inner Surfer Surfing vacation for two people with accommodations at the Bodhi Lodge in Costa Rica.

All participants will also be required to sign the Ocean Guardian Pledge -- a commitment to helping protect our oceans by taking concrete actions to reduce individual impact on the environment The initiative has garnered more than 150 pledges since its inception, but this year, Bodhi is hoping for even wider participation.

"As the public learns more and more about climate change and the human footprint on the environment, these types of ideas and plans are more important than ever," Bays argues. "With the recent realization that the Aral Sea has almost entirely dried up as a result of our cavalier attitude towards environmental protection, we owe it to each other and our children to make a change today."

The 2014 My Ocean Guardian Journey Competition will be accepting submissions from now until December 31st at 11:59 PM. Winners will be selected based on originality of their submission and the scope of impact of the ideas involved. For more information on the contest or Bodhi Surf, contact Travis Bays at +506-2743-8453 or info(at)bodhisurfschool(dot)com.

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