The Capuchino Surf Screen Story
For every good story told, there is an entire world of background to learn about the people involved.
Our story starts in the Mountains of Bariloche, Argentina (southern Patagonia).
I was raised in a very active family, where hiking, fishing, snowboarding, skiing and horseback riding were the norm. Along with their healthy lifestyle in the outdoors, my family possessed a deep consciousness for taking care of oneself in the extreme climate that is Patagonia. Living in the high altitude means living very close to the sun. At a young age, I was introduced to many natural home remedies, from cold and flu care to sun protection. My mother, Marta, would make creams to protect the family’s skin from the sun, along with a variety of other home remedies for everyday use.
In the early 2000s, mom relocated to Jaco, Costa Rica, where she was met with yet another harsh climate, this time a tropical one. In 2006, I joined my mother at the beach in Jaco.
In 2008, I started dating a local surf instructor and avid fisherman. And soon after, I picked up the Costa Rican version of snowboarding … surfing!
In my new surfing lifestyle, the battle began for protecting the skin from the hot Costa Rican sun.
The search for a sunscreen that would stay on during a full surf session was literally impossible. All the sunscreen I tried seemed to wash off into eyes and the ocean, and would leave my face and back covered with acne. The chemicals in the sunscreen had a smell that told the whole story… toxic to the ocean and to our health.
I began tweaking my family recipe for natural, non-chemical sun protection that could handle the ocean and tropical wet climate of Costa Rica. The goal was simple. Make a natural product that would not come off during surfing, harm the ocean, or cause skin problems, but smell good and leave skin feeling soft, nourished and moisturized.
Spending long hours in the sun surfing and giving surf lessons was the perfect platform to test and perfect the sunscreen.
And just like that, Capuchino Surf Screen was born!
Today, we are happy to share our all-natural sunscreen with people from all different walks of life, allowing our repeat customers to continue living their active lifestyle to its fullest potential.
From surfing, hiking, fishing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, snowboarding, skiing, and cycling, to relaxing seaside on a family day at the beach – always remember to pack your Capuchino Surf Screen for a stress-free day of fun in the sun!