Costa Rica Skate Park Honors Fallen Youth Advocate And Builds Community

“When Luzo was killed, it seemed like a big red flag that San Rafael could really use a safe place for these kids to go to.”

Luis Diego “Luzo” Zumbado was loved in San Rafael, Costa Rica.

As a member of the skateboarding group San Rafael Extremo, he encouraged local children to skate and tried to establish safe places for them to do so. Locals saw him as a protector of youth, and through skateboarding, he had hoped to provide a safe haven away from the gangs that had infiltrated San Rafael.


But tragedy struck the community when Luzo was murdered by drug dealers while he was reportedly trying to protect his youth skateboarders from an altercation. Moved by their grief, Extremo rallied together, wanting to find a way to honor Luzo and keep his legacy alive.

Members of the San Rafael Extremo skateboarding group. Photo courtesy of DivertCollective.

Word spread about Extremo’s mission, eventually reaching David Monhait and Zach Adamson. “When we heard Luzo’s story, it brought tears to our eyes, and we said, ‘We’ve got to go do something about this,’” says Monhait.

As the founders of Divert Collective, which aims to inspire youth through action sports, Monhait and Adamson partnered with a Costa Rica-based group called Journey in order to build a new skate park in Luzo’s honor.

Adamson sees himself in some of the kids Luzo helped get on the right track through skateboarding.

“I was somewhat of a rebellious kid,” says Adamson. “I got in trouble at school and got expelled. It got to the point that my parents decided to move me to a completely different environment.”

After moving from Denver to the mountains of Keystone, Colorado, Adamson began to snowboard and skateboard. It was there that he began channeling his energy into activities that wouldn’t get him into trouble. Instead, he became a sponsored skateboarder and all-American snowboarder.

“I witnessed friends getting sucked into drugs and gang life and I had a goal to become a professional athlete,” he says. “But as I reflect[ed] on it, most kids just want to have a positive outlet and be creative — and not have some coach yelling in their ear.”

Monhait and Adamson both went on to have successful careers in the corporate sector. They partnered to create DivertCity, which Monhait describes as “a mix of action sports, and the surrounding lifestyles of it, like photography, videography, music, and art.”

As part of DivertCity, another initiative was born out of it: DivertCollective.

“When Luzo was killed, it seemed like a big red flag that San Rafael could really use a safe place for these kids to go to,” says Adamson.

With the help of more than 90 members of the community and the American Ramp Company, DivertCollective built the Luzo Skatepark in San Rafael, which opened in April 2017.

Ruben Villalobos, a Costa Rican who helps oversee the skatepark, believes it’s more than just a park to the kids. “This is our home. We care about it, and know how hard it was to get it done,” he says. “And now the San Rafael Extremo kids are helping the community by generating activities, participating as local youth representatives, and helping indigenous communities with volunteer programs.”

According to Villalobos, an estimated 100 kids come to use the park daily.

Kendall Campos, 15, who has been skateboarding for three years, says of the park: “I like it a lot. It’s helped me feel better to have this community, and it keeps me away from making bad choices.”

Kendall Campos. Photo courtesy of DivertCollective.

Adamson and Monhait believe that sports that require creativity — like skateboarding — can help kids find their voice and identity. “I think one thing that that gets missed in a sport like skateboarding is that it is a community that respects the individuality of each person,” says Adamson.

Villalobos agrees. “Everyone is cheering for each other at the park, like when someone is learning a new trick,” he says. “They share knowledge with each other and there is teamwork involved in helping each other become better skateboarders.”

With the success of the Luzo Skatepark, Monhait and Adamson plan to build two more skateparks in other parts of Costa Rica.

“We plan on having a sustained impact,” says Monhait. “We’re not here to put on a show, but to really make a difference.”

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"The world is your waterbed," Smithfly says on its site. But the big difference is that no one has ever had to worry about falling asleep and then drowning on their waterbed.

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It could spring a leak and you could drown while wrapped up in eight feet of heavy nylon.

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Mashable shared a charming video of the tent on Twitter and it was greeted with a chorus of people sharing the many ways one could die while staying the night in the Shoal Tent.

Oh yeah, it's expensive, too.

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There are few more perniciously dangerous conspiracy theories being shared online than the idea that vaccines cause autism.

This has led to a decline in Americans vaccinating their children, resulting in a massive increase in measles. This year has already seen over 1,200 cases of measles, a disease that was eradicated in the U.S. nearly 20 years ago.

A 2015 Pew Research study found that 83% of Americans think the measles vaccine is safe, while 9% think it's not. Another 7% are not sure. But when you look at the polls that include parents of minors, the numbers get worse, 13% believe that the measles vaccine is unsafe.

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She concluded her argument with a point that proves she doesn't care about facts: "It doesn't matter what you say is not going to change my mind."

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While the anti-vaxxer was incorrect in her points, it must also be pointed out that some of the people who argued with her on Facebook were rude. That should never be tolerated in this type of discourse, but unfortunately, that's the world of social media.

Here's the entire exchange:

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The post received a ton of responses on imgur. Here are just a few:

"'In my opinion...' 'I believe...' That's not how facts work."

"You're entitled to your opinion. And everyone else is entitled to call you a dumbass."

"'What I do with my children is no concern to you at all.' Most of the time, true. When your kid might give mine polio, not true."

"If my child can't bring peanut butter, your child shouldn't bring preventable diseases."

It's important to call out people who spread dangerous views, especially how they pertain to health, on social media. But people should do so with respect and civility.

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