Surfing In Haiti Sounds Like A Dream

Until last year Capponi had never set foot in Haiti. An avid surfer, he was more familiar with the popular resorts next door in the Dominican Republic, where he liked to go for the waves.

But on Jan. 17, 2010, five days after a devastating earthquake hit southern Haiti, killing an estimated 250,000 people, he found himself on a private jet with a relief team he assembled of doctors and a dozen Miami Beach firemen. It wasn’t a new role for Capponi, who had long been involved in humanitarian causes.

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I’m a pretty avid surfer myself, and it’s cool to see people like Capponi out there. He shares the love, has the dream, and wants to open up Haiti’s beaches to the world. I’ve never been to the Dominican Republic, but I’ve heard it’s beautiful for surfing, and since Haiti’s right next door, it’s probably just as good. Maybe it’s better. I haven’t gone to the east coast, or the Caribbean yet for surfing, but I’d like to. If this Michael Capponi guy can get things up and running, I’d really like to go to Haiti. I know they’ve had a really rough time lately, and that they need the money and exposure. Plus the people there are probably really friendly, which is always a bonus. It’s that legendary Caribbean cheer. I want to see these beaches, the more I think about it the better it sounds. I just hope it all comes together.