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Meet Gary

Chasing passion is what best describes Gary. Just as soon as high school ended the adventure began with jumping in a car and moving to Colorado to take a break from the beach and pursue skiing and climbing. Missing the ocean was too strong and Gary returned to California to keep the surf stoke quenched. 


Always chasing the next perfect spot led Gary to meeting Johanna in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico while crewing on a sailboat looking for empty surf lineups. Johanna ended up being the perfect soul mate and both embarked on shared adventurous spirt quests surfing, climbing and snowboarding around the world.


In 2006 Gary and Johanna opened their dream, Samana Chakra, a boutique yoga and adventure retreat in Mancora, Peru. This is where the joy of guiding and sharing experiences taking guests to unexpected places to surf, kite surf, and just explore north Peru became his passion. Often guests commented that the highlight of their trip to Peru was because of the experience that Gary and Johanna provide at Samana Chakra.  

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