When Cobian partners with ambassadors who share our values, magic happens. This was evident on our recent Surf & Serve Trip, featuring none other than surfing legends Damien and CJ Hobgood. This adventure wasn't just about riding waves; it was an embodiment of 'Salt + Light' — a journey that combined our love for adventure with heartfelt service.
Fishing Adventures in San Quintín
Our time in Baja California kicked off with a fishing expedition. Guided by a local sport-fishing charter, the Hobgood brothers set out to sea, their hearts set on catching enough fish for a delectable taco feast. Mission accomplished: they returned triumphant with a haul of Rockfish and Lingcod. That evening, the catch was transformed into mouth-watering fish tacos, enjoyed in the cozy atmosphere of Captain Kelly's home.
Stories that Bring Baja Alive
But what truly enriched this trip were the stories shared. Whether it was tales of the sea from Captain Kelly or memories from the Hobgood brothers' surfing careers, each story added a new layer to the experience. In sharing these narratives, we found that the essence of a place isn't just its scenic beauty but also the tales that emanate from its soul.
Off-Road Adventures and Unexpected Heroes
The adventure didn't stop there. A thrilling off-road escapade led the brothers to explore potential surf spots along Baja’s rugged coastline. Along the way, they encountered a stranded traveler. Helping him out turned into one of the trip’s most memorable moments, proving that sometimes life’s greatest rewards are its unexpected surprises.
Surf Camp: More Than Just Waves
The Hobgoods also dedicated time to a local surf camp, imparting their knowledge and skills to eager young surfers. One of the camp instructors shared a simple yet impactful lesson about making one's bed each morning as a "quick win" to start the day. This resonated with everyone and served as a reminder of how small actions can set the stage for bigger successes. For Damien, teaching at the surf camp was also an opportunity to rediscover his love for the sport: "The surf camp yesterday was really just another way to serve... I get to see surfing through their eyes, and all of a sudden now, I'm more in love with surfing than I've ever been."
Making a Difference: The My360Project
Our partnership extended to the My360Project, a non-profit committed to empowering underprivileged communities, especially children. It provides shoes, jobs, health, and hope by leveraging local resources. When the Hobgood brothers washed feet and put handmade shoes on local kids, the expressions of joy were priceless. Here, fashion met philanthropy, resulting in more than just "cool shoes" — it was about human connection and making a real difference.
The Essence of 'Salt + Light'
Through each activity, the underlying theme was clear: service. Whether it was teaching surfing, aiding a stranded individual, washing feet or distributing shoes, every action was a manifestation of 'Salt + Light'. For the Hobgood brothers, and for us at Cobian, the key to a fulfilling life lies in service, and in the happiness and well-being that ripples out from each selfless act.
A Journey of Shared Values
Surfing and fishing may have been the backdrop, but the real story here is one of service, community, and shared values. This Baja trip wasn't just another adventure; it was a testament to what can be achieved when like-minded individuals come together for a greater cause. And for Cobian, it was another beautiful chapter in our ongoing mission to spread 'Salt + Light' wherever we go.
Join us in celebrating this unforgettable journey and stay tuned for more adventures that embody the Salt + Light spirit.