Carlos Sanchez is one curious Costa Rican: a surfer, photographer, a skateboarder, a painter as well as a multitude of other roles. And despite all the fun he is having, he executes these roles well and makes a substantial living from of all of these professions.
Surf Mei Mei met Carlos at School Of The World (SOTW) in Playa Jaco, where he teaches Photography, GoPro and surfing for all levels. Spending just one week with this multi-talented man, any individual is sure to be inspired by his devotion to surfing, skateboarding and art.
Carlos sees surfing as part of his life. He believes everyone needs to be passionate about her career in order to have a well-balanced life. Initially, he was to follow in his mother’s footsteps to become an architect. Life led him in another direction. He received a scholarship from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City where he studied photography. And today, he is a respected photographer in the City that Never Sleeps.
Carlos doesn’t need to state the obvious: life as a professional photographer is pretty great. He travels the world and gets paid for it. Yet even with the world as his playground, home - despite the cliché – is most certainly where the heart is. And after countless miles travelled, Carlos returned home to Costa Rica, choosing to live in Playa Jaco.
+ School Of The World (SOTW)
At SOTW, Carlos is a force of energy but starts each day simply: he strolls into the School with wet hair every morning after a solid surf. Students immediately surround him with questions about photography, surfing… everything, thinking he knows the answers for it all. And, in a way, he does. He takes it all in stride, though, answering questions while taking his students to such exotic places as the local scenic waterfalls or to a fishing seaport. His goal for his students is to enjoy the beauty of Costa Rica. The reason and the secret is simple: Carlos Sanchez knows how to enjoy life. And he wants to share this secret. He knows that empathy, feeling and understanding is invigorated by people’s love for excitement, stories, and emotions. As a teacher, photographer, artist – as a human being – he shares colorful stories that empower his students to aspire to live a happier lifestyle.
Love + Balanced Life
Despite his various interests, Carlos has managed to stay grounded and happy. He has attained the seemingly elusive work-life balance:
Carlos wants to master all his interests but remains insatiably curious of the world and its constant innovations. His latest obsession: GoPro. “It’s just a f*cking cool camera.”
When asked what advice to give surfers to live a well-balanced life, Carlos laughs and answers the hackneyed question genuinely:
“Life is beach…”
“Surfing is not just a sport but a lifestyle. Be simple and understand the priority of life. You can have a really expensive short board but won’t be able to catch one wave on it. You’re better off having an inexpensive longer board that is up to your skill level. Don’t be afraid to break the board because of its price, and surf on it. Surf on it till it breaks. Once you understand the true meaning of surfing, all things in life will come to you. You will surf and enjoy everything in your life. Even if there is something that seems hard for others; for you, with an understanding of surfing or – whatever it is that you love - you will find a way to embrace and love the challenge.”
School Of The World, a boutique hotel that offers learning vacations and provides instruction on everything from surfing to speaking Spanish.
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