CJ Hobgood // Costa Rica // 3:39

posted by / Video / February 3, 2012

This is from a recent trip to Costa Rica CJ took with Eric Geiselman and Balaram Stack for Surfing Magazine. You’ll be seeing photos from it in an upcoming issue. CJ Hobgood is no longer without a main sponsor. He’s with TWLOHA (To Write Love on Her Arms).

It’s not your typical surf brand. It’s actually a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. But it’s also a brand, and that’s the logo you’ll see on the nose of CJ’s board during this year’s ASP WT events, and everywhere else.

Here’s a press release below from a great person and friend, Jamie Tworkoski, to let you know more of what TWLOHA is all about. –Jimmicane

 

We’re big fans of comebacks. It’s at the heart of our message. TWLOHA is a few things at once ­ we¹re a charity as well as a brand – but those things happened by accident. This started with a story. It was a story about starting over, and an attempt to help one friend in her battle with addiction and depression. We were blown away by the response ­ messages from people across the planet telling us that the story we were telling was also their story.

Over the last five years, we’ve learned that millions of people struggle with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. And we’ve learned that most of those people feel like they’re not allowed to talk about it. As people we all experience pain. We lose things, and we run into some really big questions in this life. The true purpose of this press release is to say that it’s okay to be honest.

We believe that people need other people. We believe it’s okay to ask for help. We believe that great help exists, and we say that on behalf of the thousands of people all over the world who are finding hope and help, people sitting across from a counselor for the first time, people calling crisis hotlines, people stepping into treatment.

We’ve seen amazing doors open over the last five years. From our favorite bands supporting us to our favorite magazines telling our story to winning awards on national television. But for me personally, surfing is home. It’s where I grew up and it’s still my favorite thing. The heart of the matter is this: We’ve seen people literally choose to stay alive. We’ve seen people find sobriety. “Hope Goes Surfing” is simply about seeing those things happen in the surf community. CJ is going to play a big part in that and it¹s our hope that you might come with us as well.

Peace to You.
Jamie Tworkowski
Founder, To Write Love on Her Arms

CJ Hobgood

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  • james b

    NICE!!! Congrats to CJ!!

  • zxcvb

    Finaley some great news from the surfing community. Just as I had given up on any soul left in the sport, YA ALL appeared in the literal hand of GOD. SURFING has “more than once” saved my life not only from ADDICTION but also the DEBILTATING factors of DEPPRESSION. STAY ON THAT SOULFUL UN MOLESTED STRAIGHT LINE WITH THAT GRACE AND RESPECT OF THEE PELICAN……………………..

  • Eric

    CJ, you sold out to the drug companies to fund your surfing adventures? This is total bull, you don’t need drugs, more people die from pharm companies than have ever died from depression. If this is not the case CJ remove this BS!!

  • Eric is a douche

    Eric you should know the facts before you open your mouth. You sound like a complete idiot.

  • r. boyles

    Eric,

    Why bother lambasting?
    Please tell us what you have done outside of your little world. I have no clue if CJ is a good or a bad guy, but at least he’s approaching mental illness while most would stay safe with environmental ventures. If you have known people that have killed themselves, you might hold your tongue. Get some perspective and live another decade.. gain some wisdom. I hope you move ahead in this world beyond quick comments based on rhetoric and zero evidence.

  • Wyatt

    I’d always wondered when someone would finally get around to using epic surf footage to promote depression awareness, especially after last year’s effective campaign using xtreme snowmobiling to call attention to bipolar disorder.

  • J.D.

    Hey eric, your village called they are missing an idiot.

  • zach

    epic

  • agree Erics a dick

    Im depressed coz I cant surf waves like that! Lol

  • randy diaz

    this is my country good waves so perfect..!!

  • churros

    caribe my friend!!!!!!

  • Luis Castro

    CJ gracias por venir a Limon Thanks cj to coming in limon

  • TicoSurf

    PURA VIDA mae! Caribe de Costa Rica the best! regards CJ

  • edwin salem

    Hi C.J I would like to congratulate you on what you are doing. I have S.A.D Seasonal Affection Disorder and I know what is like to be depressed and how hard some everyday stuff can be when you are down even when everything is going well. 15 years ago I moved to the carebean coast of Costa Rica and I started a Horsebackriding business and later made bungallows. Surfing, horsebackriding and sailing in this great setting with lots of sunlight wwas the best therapy. Now I do all this for a living helping people understand the real life and how good life can be. We are also starting with an organic farm. Im sure some of the affected people would like to see us. http://www.horsebackridingincostarica.com, check our video us or in facebook look up Seahorse Stables. Tell me what you think. Best of luck Edwin

  • edwin salem

    Hi C.J I would like to congratulate you on what you are doing. I have S.A.D Seasonal Affection Disorder and I know what is like to be depressed and how hard some everyday stuff can be when you are down even when everything is going well. 15 years ago I moved to the carebean coast of Costa Rica and I started a Horsebackriding business and later made bungallows. Surfing, horsebackriding and sailing in this great setting with lots of sunlight wwas the best therapy. Now I do all this to help people understand the real life and how good life can be. We are also starting with an organic farm. Im sure you would like to see us. http://www.horsebackridingincostarica.com, check our video or in facebook look up Seahorse Stables. Tell me what you think. Best of luck Edwin

  • yorgo diaz melendez

    gracias por tu visitaa nuestras playas del caribe en playa bonita blesss

  • sergio

    The only reason surfers get depressed is cause we watch guys like CJ been paid to surf perfect waves! I don’t get it… Burned out from working and he comes with that bull#@$%. I know it sounds wrong but… its true.

  • Costarican surfer

    Thank you lord for what you have done for me. Thank you lord for what you are doing now. People if you do not have anything good to say about something do not say anything. The worse evil in the world is indifference!