Nathalie Vigia chases her dream in a Volkswagen surf van

January 21, 2015 | Surfing
Nathalie Vigia: she loves La Caribeña | Photo: Max Flatow

Nathalie Vigia dreams of driving her classic Volkswagen Type 2 through Central America.

Fourteen years ago, Nathalie got in love with the Volkswagen surf van while visiting Australia. She saw people cruising around and chasing waves with surfboards on top of the vehicle. When she finally bought a green Volkswagen Type 2, Nathalie named her "La Caribeña" (The Caribbean).

"I use it to drive around the little town where I live, and to go surfing with my clients. It's nice to see so many tourists making pictures of the bus and waving 'hello' or giving me thumbs up!" explains Vigia.

But in the last couple of years, she discovered she had a new dream: "Olas Para Todos" (Waves For All). Nathalie wants to travel in Central America - Costa Rica and Nicaragua, in particular - and run a surfing and environmental education project targeted at children living in small communities.

"I need to let 'La Caribeña' ready to hit the road and to improve it inside, with a small bed and space for my personal belongings. 'Olas Para Todos' wants to show people the beauty of surfing and the need to protect the ocean and keep beaches clean."

Nathalie Vigia wants to share life-enriching experiences in coastal communities through environmental education while spreading the stoke of surfing with youth. Can you help her? uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Learn more on our About section.