There is a story behind the skatepark we are building in San Rafael, Costa Rica.
With it, comes the legacy of an individual, determined to use the transformative power of action sports for the youth and reshape a negative reality of drug and gang culture, into a positive life without it.
Luis Diego LuZo Zumbado or ‘Lobo’ as he was endearingly called by the locals of San Rafael Heredia – was nicknamed the ‘wolf’ due to his protective nature over the kids in the area, their future and freedom to skate. LuZo, along with cousin Ruben Villalobos, began the San Rafael eXtremo! project a year and a half ago, ensuring that more kids would have access to action sports; and in the process, gaining a safe alternative to the drug and gang culture corrupting the local way of life for the youth.
Not only was LuZo a positive role model within the community, his commitment to bridge the gap between those that could skate and those that could not was taking shape in the lives of those choosing the sport over the street. His reputation as ‘the wolf’- fighting for the future of San Rafael’s youth- preceded itself.
Sean co-founded the non-profit, “A Walk on Water”, which specializes in Ocean and Surf Therapy for people needing the healing powers of the ocean. A Walk on Water was founded in 2012 by four men who shared the belief that the ocean’s healing powers could help people. They all had a passion for Surf Therapy and giving back, so they wanted to make it accessible to children who needed it in the USA.