The Mentawai Surf Camp Family Grows
After a few years of operating in the area, Diego and Lora are coming back to the visions that once had them dreaming about the ideal way to live in Peipei.
Having their children attend the local school, interact and create everlasting childhood bonds with locals, Lora and Diego have been doing the same with the adult Mentawai community. Committed to their tangled destinies and the vicissitudes of their antipode Colombian and Indonesian luck smeared lives, they willingly knitted a path that balances their needs while orbiting goals such as the ideal Mentawai experience both in the surf and on land.
The last move was bringing over Mariane Lintemani, a permaculture expert and agriculture graduate, to mesh with their friends and workers at Mentawai Surf Camp to learn the best practices to utilise everything their abundant and resilient backyard has to offer. Mariane’s goal is to influence people positively with her knowledge of treating compost, nursing plants, vegetables and fruits, and utilising all potential resources and waste as best as possible, in the hopes to make every individual as self-sufficient as a group as they possibly can.
When you go to Mentawai Surf Camp to Diego and Lora, you are directly injecting abundant fuel, motivation to spark as much creativity and drive to the town leadership and vision.
Talks of huge projects await the area as you might have heard, which would bring high-end development en-masse to the immediate surrounding of the town. High scale projects filled with amazing promises leave Diego and Lora regularly checking to KEEP their path AS REAL as possible while living the dream and being as resilient and determined as the seeds that grow in their nursery and the faith that gazes out of the eyes of their children and their local and foreign friends.
Their vision is expanding forward as they look into converting Mentawai Surf Camp a place where everyone can learn and observe the endemic priceless knowledge of what some of the rare and unique plants can do from this forest. Its a slow process and reality can sometimes be rude, raw and stark at best, so just like Lora usually says “good food takes time to cook!” they invite you now to “Let ‘s go surfing today while we slowly and tenderly grow for tomorrow.