Andrea Diaz began her career as a surfer in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Through hard work and determination, she traveled the world representing Costa Rica in international championships. Motivated by her love of surfing and commitment to excellence, Andrea felt compelled to share her knowledge of surfing to help improve the lives of the underprivileged children of Guanacaste. In 2012 Surf for Youth (S4Y) was born.
Due to the enormous size of this undertaking, Andrea knew she needed strategic community partners Shortly after the formation of S4Y, non profit organization CEPIA (Culture, Education and Psychology for Infants and Adolescents) came alongside S4Y. CEPIA has been promoting culture, health, sports and education for children, teenagers and their families from poor backgrounds in the communities of Guanacasta, Costa Rica since 2005.