National Surfing Circuit Scotia Bank 2020 Achieves Outstanding Debut at Playa Dominical January 27 2020

Photo: Fabian Sanchez/Surfing Nation

This past weekend Playa Dominical was full of Costa Rica's finest surfers, their famiiles, friends and fans. The action was live in front of the well-known restaurant Tortilla Flats. The firing beach break received surfers representing a total of fourteen categories over two days at two podiums. The National Surfing Circuit (Circuito Nacional Scotiabank) is organized and run by the Federation of Surf Costa Rica, which celebrates ifs twentieth anniversary this year. 

Oscar Urbina, winner Open Mens  Photo: Fabian Sanchez 

Important Victory for Caribbean Oscar Urbina 

Oscar Urbina of Puerto Viejo of Limon, won his first Open Men's final yesterday in a stacked heat of National talent. At 18 years of age, the promising junior accomplished a combination of 12.53 in the last heat of the day, surpassing  combined totals of Tomas King, Carlos Munoz and Maikel Torres. All three of the more experienced and seasoned surfers paid respect on the podium to a grateful Urbina. 

For the women, Coral Wiggins of Guanacaste found the right waves to secure the win against fellow finalists, Indianna Ferri, Lisbeth Vindas and Paulina Summers. It was the second career win for Coral in Open Womens and a big one. Wiggins finished seventh overall last year in the same category.  

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Women Finalists, winner Coral Wiggins, Indianna Ferri, Lisbeth Vindas and Paulina Summers   Photo: Fabian Sanchez 

Adaptive Surfing Team Shines  

In their first appearance at a National Surfing Circuit event, the members of Costa Rica's Adaptive Surfing Team turned in excellent performances. In conditions of strong currents and head high plus surf, the team members rose to the occasion. Baldir Vallejos won the final after an outstanding 9 point wave scored in his semi-final heat. 

Behind the coaching of Maikel Venegas and with the support of many fans, each competitor showed tenacity and talent, which they will carry to the ISA World Adaptive Surf Championship. Training has been facilitated with the ramp installations in south Jaco and other accomodations. Natalia Vindas, winner of the Bronze Medal at the World Adaptive Surfing Championship in 2017, has been a key player in promoting the new surf inclusive additions. 

The ISA World Games is set to launch this coming March in La Jolla, California from the 11th through the 15th.  You can show your support by making a donation to the Association of Adaptive Surfing. All funds will go toward expenses and can be made at this link on their website,

Baldir Vallejos followed by teammate, Jimena. Both surfers advanced to the final. Photo: Fabian Sanchez

Baldir Vallejos rising to the occasion. Photo: Fabian Sanchez 

Kids And Minigrommets Through Kahunas Represent 

More than 200 competitors represented in the fourteen categories this past weekend. A majority of those surfers were under eight years old. Kids and minigromments of both genders drew a lot of applause for their impressive rides. On the other end of the spectrum, both the Master (over 35) and Kahuna (over 45 years old) categories also had a good showing.

Jose Urena, former President of the Federation of Surf Costa Rica, competed as a Kahuna. On the podium at the Award Ceremony, Urena commended the number of young children competing this year,enforcing the fact that "they are the future of Costa Rica surfing."  Similarly, Open Mens finalist Carlos Munoz encouraged the young surfers to "stay motivated." 

Minigrommets finalists, with emcee Freddy Camacho "The Voice of Costa Rica Surf"  Photo: Fabian Sanchez 

List of Finalists 

Below are the finalists for each category as provided by the Federation of Surf. 

Open Men:

1- Oscar Urbina

2- Tomas King

3- Carlos Muñoz

4- Maykol Torres

Open Women:

1- Coral Wiggins

2- Indiana Ferri

3- Lisbeth Vindas

4- Paulina Summers

Junior Men:

1- Aaron Ramírez

2- Darshan Antequera

3- Sam Reidy

4- Kai Gale

Junior Women

1- Rachel Agüero

2- Paulina Summers

3- Auxiela Ryan

4- Indiana Ferri


1- Axel Castro

2- Tosh Talbot

3- Abraham Hecler

4- Ethan Hollander


1- Indiana Ferri

2- Auxiela Ryan

3- Ericka Berra

4- Rachel Agüero


1- David Monje

2- Ethan Hollander

3- Teo Gale

4- Fabián Rosales

Minigrommets Masculino:

1- Kian Ashara

2- Fabián Rosales

3- Gavin Bren

4- Tomas Casafont

Minigrommets Femenino:

1- Isabela Goodwin

2- Grace Podratz

3- Mikela Castro

4- Summer Hidalgo

5- Kaya Brisa

Sup Surf:

1- Jefferson Tascon

2- José Ruíz

3- Andrés Casafont

4-  David Sánchez


1- Diego Naranjo

2- Tomas Lange

3- Edgar Jimenez


1- Craig Scheiber

2- Jose Ureña

3- Cris Clark

4- Erly Farrier


1-  Baldir Vallejos

2- Mattew Vanderhoogth

3- Daniel Melendez

4- Johnny Villenas


1- Koa Bryant

2- Kian Jiron

3- Jaziel Torres

4- Stokes Lott

A special congrats to Pura Vida Board Gear team riders Aaron Ramirez on his category Junior win and Lisbeth Vindas on her third place finish in the Open Women finals.

Author: Kate Hanley  Follow me on instagram @puravidaboardgear 

The second date of the National Surfing Circuit Scotiabank heads to Puerto Viejo, Limón on February 22 and 23. 

Thank you to the Federation of Surf Costa Rica and the Adaptive Surfing Team Costa Rica for providing information for this article. 

All photos by Fabian Sanchez of Surfing Nation Magazine




Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado Endorses The First National Surf Day October 20 2019

Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado Quesado pays respect and honor to the country's sport of surf. With the Federation of Surf Costa Rica President, Randall Chaves. Photo: Bowies Point 

Today Costa Rica celebrated its first National Surf Day, honoring the sport that countless locals, nationals and tourists enjoy year round. It was made official by the President of the Republic, Carlos Alvarado, yesterday morning in front of Bowies Point Restaurant in Playa Hermosa. The much anticipated signing drew over 500 stars, fans and players of the surf community to the popular surf break. 

With his signature, the President endorsed the declaration of the sport as a public, tourist and national interest. 

Members of the National Junior Girls Team, Rachel Aguero, Paulina Summers, Indiana Ferri and Coral Wiggins. Eva Woodland will be joining them in California. Photo: Bowies Point

Deputy of Garabito Melvin Nelson hosted the official signing and presentation of the framed decree. He praised the nation's top surfers, and recognized members of the surf community who have made a difference over the past decades. 

Carlos Alvarado greets students who have been eagerly awaiting his arrival. Photo: Kate Hanley

The President, who appeared very much at ease with the atmosphere and attendees, said it is time for the sport to be honored with its own national day. In addition to the giant strides that surfing has made for tourism, Alvarado confirmed that the accomplishments and successes of Costa Rica's top surfers have propelled them to be among the best in the world.    

National surfers still have a chance to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, which will include surfing as a sport for the first time in history. Currently Brisa Hennesy, ranked in 9th place on the World Championship Tour rankings, leads the charge. There is one more chance to qualify which will be at the ISA World Surfing Games next May. 

Jair Perez Quiros and son, Jedi. Photo: Bowies Point

Both Carlos Munoz and Jair Perez were present yesterday, along with their families. The stand out athletes were also exemplary teammates at the recent ISA World Surfing Games in Japan last month, where they finished 11th and 25th respectively  for Open Men. 

Members of the Junior National Surf Team were also present along with Coach Jim Hogan and some of the surfers' parents and coaches. The team leaves on Monday for the ISA Junior Worlds which will take place at Huntington Beach from October 26th through November 3rd 

Malakai Martinez enjoys a moment with National Surf Coach Jim Hogan. Malakai will represent for the Sub 18 Boys at Huntington Beach at the ISA Junior World Surfing Games   Photo: Bowies Point

 Members of the Junior National Surf Team get ready to showcase some talent. Photo: Kate Hanley 

National Surf Day will be celebrated the third Saturday of every October and enjoyed by all players in the sport: Adaptive Surfers, SUP Paddleboarders, Bodyboarders, Longboarders and Skimboarders. Professionals and Soul Surfers. Lovers of the sport of surf and the nation of Costa Rica.

See you in the water!  

Article by Kate Hanley, owner Pura Vida Board Gear. Follow me on instagram @puravidaboardgear 



National Surfing Team Secures 8th Place Finish at ISA World Surfing Games October 08 2019

The National Surfing Team of Costa Rica, made up of of Costa Rica's top performing men and women surfers, secured an 8th place finish at the ISA World Surfing Games in Miyazaki, Japan. The event took place from September 7 - 15th this past month. Some of the best athletes from 55 teams from all over world competed in the week long event.

It was the highest attendance from participating countries. Many WCT professional surfers competed in an attempt to secure a spot for the Tokyo Olympics next year. 

Carlos Muñoz and Brisa Hennessy were the top performers for the Ticos. Both advanced to the quarter finals to finish among the top 10 out of a field of more than 100 competitors for men and women. Jair Pérez and Leilani McGonagle both stood out with their top 25 performances. Noe Mar and Eva Woodland secured spots in the best 100.

Coach Jim Hogan is commended for helping to catapult the Dream Team to the Top Ten among other powerhouse teams, among them Brazil, the United States, Australia, Japan, France and Portugal. Team Japan took the honors of winning team of the ISA World Surfing Games this year. 

With the 8th place finish, the National Surf Team improves upon last year's performance in Japan, where they missed the top ten by two positions, leaving in 12th place. 

The next world event that will determine the last 10 seats for the Tokyo Olympic Games will be held next May. 

The next team representation in Costa Rica will be held in a few weeks in Huntington Beach, California in the United States. The ISA World Junior Surfing Games begin on October 21st. Representative surfers for the Sub 18 Junior Cup were recently announced by the Federation of Surf Costa Rica and can be found here. 

All photos by the World Surf League/Sean Evans.

Team photo of La Sele de Surf by the Federation of Surf Costa Rica 

Article by Kate Hanley, Pura Vida Board Gear. Follow me on instagram @puravidaboardgear 

Sixth National Surfing Circuit Date Set For Upcoming Weekend in Playa Jaco June 26 2019


Last contest Open Men's finalists at Lola's in Playa Avellanas.

The National Surfing Circuit is coming to Jaco this upcoming weekend of June 29th and 30th.

The much anticipated annual event will take place in front of Jaco Blu on the beach town's north end. The main sponsor of the event run by the Federation of Surf Costa Rica is Coldwell Banker, thus giving its name to the Circuit's date, Copa Coldwell Banker.  

Many of Costa Rica's competitive surfers hail from Playa Jaco thus the "jacobenos" and their fans always look forward to this date in the series of seven contests.

Jair Perez Quiros of Playa Jaco has already secured the championship win this season for Open Men's by gaining enough points in the previous five contests. He is looking forward to bringing his best game to his home break as well as the season's finale for a possible highest circuit point total in the FSC's history. The vie for runner up title is a close race between Olman Morale and Gilbert Brown, who leads the Masters.

The race is still tight for many of the other categories, including Open Women's and Junior Women's between Rubiana Brownell and Paulina Summers, Junior and Boys title with Sam Reidy leading 2nd and 3rd spots by Aaron Ramirez, Cedric McCracken and Darshan Antequerra r respectively.The closest race for the title may be the Girls Category with the first and fifth position only separated by a hundred points. 

The Grand Finale will be next month in the country's national Stadium of Surf in front of the Playa Hermosa's Back Yard Bar. 

Other sponsors of the Jaco event include kolbi, VISSLA, Junta de Proteccion Social, Reef, ICODER, Surfing Republica, Banzaii, House of Marley, Monster Energy, Envision Festival and Selina Beach Club. 

Follow event updates at or stop by if you are in town. The talent will be spectacular and the waves are expected to be pumping all weekend long. 

We look forward to seeing you there! 


Surfing Republica's Saturday Night Lights Kicks Off Semana Santa Surf Spectacles April 16 2019

Carlos Muñoz ready for his semi final Saturday night, after winning the Backyard's Sunset Series Open earlier. (Courtesy Phillip Hall)

Semana Santa is the most popular week in Costa Rica for tourists and locals alike. Children are out of school and families flock to the coast to relax and enjoy the nation's beautiful beaches. The Central Pacific Coast is home to many of them and arguably some of the best waves. This past weekend was massive for both competitive surfers and fans as the coast ignited with excellent contests and venues to pick and choose.

Playa Hermosa, aptly nicknamed The Stadium of Surf, along with Esterillos Oeste and Playa Herradura drew a large number of the nation's finest professional surfers for the celebrated events. 

Saturday Night Lights 

The Backyard Bar hosted the first night surfing event of the year with Surfing Republica this past Saturday night. A surfer star -studded event attracted members of the area's surf community, business owners and surfing fans. 

Surfers head down to a semifinal heat right around high tide. (Photo Kate Hanley)

Gilbert Brown ready to launch. (Courtesy Phillip Hall)

The night time contest started promptly at 7 p.m. giving competitors from the weekly Backyard Sunset Series contest a little time to breathe and regroup. 

Roger Chun and Erika Valverde of Bowies Point Restaurant with Megwyn Saunders and friends (Photo Kate Hanley)

Bowies Point held the previous night time surfing event last June. The restaurant contracted the predominantly 90's cover band Crimson Fall to play during Saturday's contest, just a couple hundred yards away. 

Beto Muñoz greets a fan on his exit from Final heat. (Photo Kate Hanley)

The relaxed yet high energy event was a showcase for maneuvers and fast, long rides. An enthusiastic crowd cheered as surfers sped down the line on both rights and lefts, breaking meters from the shoreline. 

Freddy "La Voz de Costa Rica" Camacho emceed the event while Marco Monteroso and his staff of Surfing Republica did an outstanding job of covering everything from judges, lights, camera and action. 

La Voz de Costa RIca (Photo Kate Hanley )

Jaco's JJ "Jota Jota" Lopez took the first place honors, followed by NoeMar McGonagle, Alberto "Beto" Muñoz, Maykol Torres, Gilbert Brown and Anthony Segura. 

The Finalists (Courtesy Surfing Republica)

The next Surfing Nights event will be in May. (Photo of JJ Lopez Courtesy of Phillip Hall)

Above Sea Level Air Show Contest 

Carlos Muñoz, fins out! In his backyard at Oeste. Photo Courtesy of Bryan Gleason @bryan_surfcosta 

On Sunday morning, both Carlos Muñoz and JJ Lopez took first and second place respectively at the air show contest in Oeste. It was their third competition of the weekend. The event was held at Hotel Rancho Coral, complete with D.J., band and excellent food. 

Marco Monteroso of Surfing Republica with winner Cali Muñoz, runner up JJ Lopez, and Danny Bishko. (Photo Kate Hanley)

Hosted by Sea Level Surf Camp and Surfing Republica, the surfers managed to pull off snazzy airs in small but fun conditions at Muñoz's homebreak. Although mostly competing internationally on WQS events, currently ranked in 10th position, Carlos always enjoys surfing and competing at home. He grew up surfing the waves there with brother Beto and Ranch Coral's manager, surfer Danny Bishko. 

First Circuito National SUP Event 2019 

Meanwhile, in Playa Herradura the first 2019 national circuit event for SUP was taking place. The national circuits are run by the Federation of Surf Costa Rica for both surf and SUP. Categories included both 12' and 14' SUP boards for men and womens, women, and amateur. SUPHerr hosted the race. 

The following is the list of the finalists, as noted by the FSC: 

14 foot board Men

Marcel Oliveira, Gilo Soto and Maichael Gutierrez 

14 foot board Women 

Valeria Salustri, Eileen Pitti 

12 foot board Men

Rolando Herrera, Alvaro Solano, Jefferson Tascon 


Michelle Fuentes, Maja Magnusson, Lucia Castro 

Amateur, Men 

Mario Fernandez, Norman Fuentes, Gerardo Villalobos


Congratulations to all the participants and Finalists who competed in one or more of these community weekend surf spectacles. Hope to see you at the next one! 

Wishing everyone a very safe and blessed Semana Santa 

Author Kate Hanley, Pura Vida Board Gear. Follow us on Facebook and instagram @puravidaboardgear 





Inauguration of Proyecto Jaco Accesible Celebrates Central America's First Inclusive Beach March 01 2019

Today was a historic day for the City of Jaco Beach, the Canton of Garabito and all of Costa Rica.  The inauguration of Project Accessible Jaco (Proyecto Jaco Acesible) celebrated the first beach in Central America to implement access for people with disabilities, predominantly those confined by wheelchairs. The installation of a 63 meter long and one and a half meter wide ramp made with recycled plastic took place in south Jaco at the end of Calle Madrigal. The new ramp will facilitate getting to the ocean with more ease. Consequently, everyone can enjoy easier access in order to enjoy the beautiful ocean of the popular Central Pacific Coast's location up close and personal. 

National Adaptive Surf Team member, Natalia Vindas, is the  perfect host of today's inauguration. Pictured here with Mayor Murillo and Cristian Naranjo. 

National And Local Effort 

The idea for the ramp originated with Cristian Naranjo, a student of architecture at Costa Rica's University Latina. He proposed the idea to the Municipality of Garabito. The initiative received support from a number of organizations at the local and national level. A common theme of all people involved in the project has been the belief that all people are equal and have the right to enjoy God's creation. 

The Costa Rican Board of Tourism and Sustainable Business (ICT), the Mayor, members of the National Adaptive Surf Team,  and the Federation of Surf Costa Rica are some of the team players representing at the groundbreaking event. Mayor Murillo declared that this is only the beginning. Another speaker emphasized that there are 400 beaches in Costa Rica and why not make all of them accessible to people with physical disabilities. 

The spirit of the day was filled with applause, approval and the display of pride by many jacobeños, some of whom have family members with disabilities which have impeded their full enjoyment of the beach. It is time for that to change. Furthermore, a huge step for the country's tourism has been accomplished be opening this space for more inclusive vacations. 

The many players involved behind the scenes to make Proyecto Jaco Accesible a reality. 

Four of Jaco's five Guardavidas, Lifeguards, were acknowledged for their highly esteemed qualification and service. Missing from photo is "el jefe," Mar Chen who was busy at the ramp. 

Next Steps 

Plans are in place for the installment of bathrooms and showers that will have the necessary adjustments to make them fully accessible for everyone. "There is no difference between anyone, only attitudes that need to change," affirmed Natalia Vindas.

"It's cool to be a part of this project that unites different organizations with a common objective to make Jaco a beach for everyone."  - Natalia Vindas

Natalia Vindas shares a hug with youth counselor, Nicole Mesén, before heading down the new "pasarela" to catch some waves. 

After the speeches and fanfare, including a beautiful song by student Miguel Naranjo, it was time to test out the ramp. As Natalia commented, "the waves are getting better." The real fun started then, and the promise of many more days just like it for everyone, at Central America's first inclusive beach. 

Author Kate Hanley 

All photos courtesy of Pura Vida Board Gear. Follow us on instagram @puravidaboardgear




Fundameco's First Surf Inclusive Event of 2019 Saturday March 3rd In Playa Tamarindo February 25 2019

Fundameco is a non-profit organization founded on 2011 that aims to promote the integral social inclusion of people with disabilities within Costa Rican communities. For almost two years, Fundameco has held Surfing Inclusive Days at different beaches of Costa Rica like Jaco, Quepos, CIeneguita and Puerto Viejo, Limon. This year they will kick off their first Surf Inclusive on March 3rd at Playa Tamarindo.  

Fundameco and Plura are both groups that promote social inclusión for the disabled through education, coexistence and innovation. Plura works as a social enterprise. "We provide consulting services on labor inclusion for people with disabilities, accessibility and inclusive tourism, to companies from all industries, additionally to public and private institutions. With our help, they become more inclusive and accessible organizations," says Johana Cerdas, both President and Founder of Fundameco.  

Who makes up the staff of Fundameco besides yourself?

Maricela Retana (Comunication), Beatriz Cascos (Innovation and inclusive design), María Fournier (Executive Director), Caro Aguilar (Inclusive alliances/ Surf coach)  

Surf Inclusive Origins

Who initiated the idea for Surfing Inclusive?  

Jornadas de Surf Inclusivo was an idea that started with me and Natalia "Naty" Vindas. Naty is now part of the Costa Rica Adaptive Surf Team and she also works as a consultant in accesibility for PLURA and Fundameco.

Fundameco and the Jornadas de Surf Inclusivo facilitates the integration of people with disabilities within the rest of their environment so that they are better received and appreciated, with their skills and talents, wherever they are. 

 “Surf Inclusivo”uses the sport of surfing as a tool to improve each person's physical and mental condition. Consequently, it has a positive affect on relationships and autonomy. We believe that surfing can improve lives of individuals with physical disabilities and those who help them.

Who are the collaborators for the Surf Inclusive events? 

We work with many volunteers around the country, surf instructors, therapists, educators, hotels and restaurants owners that has helped us to make this dream came true for hundreads of kids, youth and adults. Selina Hostels, Caribe Surf Team, Hotel Club del Mar, Christians Surfers, and non profit organizations such as Sendero Oportunidades and Best Buddies for example have all been involved. 

I enjoy investing time in teaching and training people who are passionate about supporting the Surfing Inclusive events, like Ariel Gutierrez from Hermosa Riders. I'm also training up younger girls to be able to assist with this hobby and sport, that they may have an inclusive heart and mind. - Caro Aguilar, Surf Inclusive coach.

Caro Aguilar in Cartagena, Colombia where she received her Tandem certification for Surfing Inclusive activities.

Is there a "cupo limitado" (maximum number of participants) ?

There is a cupo limitado for each Jornada so we can guarantee everyone´s security and fun. 25 participants with any kind of disabilities and about 40 volunteers who will help as water marshalls and also in the beach activities. 

Tamarindo Surf Inclusive Jornada 

Who is invited?

For this event we invited people with disabilities from different areas of Guanacaste.  Most of the volunteers are also from the commmunity. Some people from San Jose (chepenos) will travel to be part of the Jornada as well. 

What are the hours of event? What is the cost? Do you need volunteers?  

The Jornada is from 9:00 am-1:00 pm. There will also be inclusive games at the beach and LESCO lessons at the beach.  It is a free event. We still need more volunteers with experience in surfing.

Will any of the members of the National Adaptive Surf team be helping at the event? 

Baldir Vallejos, who lives in Santa Cruz and is part of the Adaptive Surf Team will be joining us. 

Final Note 

Are there more Surfing Inclusive "fechas" planned?

There will definitley more dates in Guanacaste, Nosara and Limón this year. We encourage people to check out updates on our website

Fundameco is for everybody, with or without disabilities - Johana Cerdas 

To participate or volunteer for the Saturday, March 3rd event call or message 8819-3358 on WhatsApp. 


All photos courtesy of Johana Cerdas and Carolina Aguilar.

Surf Inclusive photos are from December 2018 event in front of Club del Mar. 

Follow Fundameco on Facebook and on instagram @fundamecocr 


Carton Shaper Legend Surfing Life with A Love of Music and Boards February 05 2019

(Note: click here for Spanish version)

Edwin “Carton” Villalobos always has a smile that emanates peace and a joy of life. You can almost always find him at his shaping workshop practicing a new song on his guitar or shaping a board in the shaping room. Perhaps you will see him sitting on a chair outside eating fruit or drinking a coconut water or Imperial at the end of the day.

People know the place well; it’s a favorite place for many to buy a surfboard or a bar of wax on the way to surf a local break.

Where are you from? When did you start shaping boards and why?

I'm from Barranca, Puntarenas, Costa Rica. I began to shape boards when I started highschool in 1989, like a fanatic because I knew the wave of Boca Barranca. I surfed the wave and I loved it. In 1996, I sold my first surfboard at a professional price.

What kinds of surfboard shapes do you make?

I fell in love with surfing without caring on what type of board. Surfboards are pretty, all of them. I always have made all styles of boards because there are all types of people. And all kinds of tastes for life and for riding waves

What board shape is the most popular?

The shortboard 5’8 and 5’9.

Where is your factory and showroom located where you shape and sell boards?

On Calle Madrigal in Playa Jaco.

Are there other places where people can find Carton Surfboards?

There are a couple of boards at manta Surf Shop in Playa Jaco and a couple available also at Monkey Mafia Surf Shop in Playa Nosara, Nicoya, Guanacaste.

How do you like to connect with other shapers? 

I forget that they are shapers and always see them as people and surfing friends. My shaping life is very very nomal and very natural so I don’t feel a lot of difference if someone is a shaper or not. But I feel that yes, it’s a good friend or bad friend, good energy, bad energy, strange, good vibrations, bad vibrations…

When I connect with other shapers, I like to talk about their stories and the good things in life, family… I focus more on the friendship than on work.


How are sales going for Carton surfboards?

Very well. We are selling a lot of white boards. It’s better right now for me to make an extra board then spend more time on the colored ones. When people just want to buy a board, color isn’t as important.

What is the price of a new surfboard?

$490 for a new board (shortboard) it’s the local price, and I have the same price for everybody

How do you learn more about music?

Beautiful question. You have to pay attention to what the artist does, the strategies, the tricks from the mouth, the attitude they put on the music, a LOT of details. Plus mathematics and sounds. Every single sound has a code. When your memory is bigger you can remember different noises. Imagine the noises. You have to make your brain strong through practice. And then every time you see the music, it’s easier.

When you learn something new in music, it’s like the beginning again. You have better details so you have to rebuild the song again, rebuild the song again and keep on building. Oh my God.

Musicians that inspire you?

The Cure, Red Hot Chili Peppers, ACDC, Johnny Cash and my Dad, Edwin Solan Villalobos


Words to live by? 

Health, Enjoyment, Peace, Love and Occupation.  (busy, busy baby). A lot of music and a lot of food to eat. And cooking also.  

Sounds like music to my ears... 

Find Carton Surfboards on Facebook and follow on instagram @carton_shaper_legendjaco 

Author Kate Hanley 

Photos by Kate Hanley/Pura Vida Board Gear. Guitar photos courtesy of Edwin Carton Villalobos 

Find  some Pura Vida Board Gear boardsocks at Taller Carton on Calle Madrigales, Playa Jaco. Follow us on Facebook and on instagram @puravidaboardgear





Carton Shaper Legend Corriendo La Vida Con Amor A Musica Y Tablas February 05 2019

(Author's note: For English version, click here)

"Carton" Edwin Villalobos,es una persona que se caracteriza por tener siempre una sonrisa amigable, que trasmite paz y alegría. Casi siempre se le puede encontrar en su taller, ya sea practicando una nueva canción con guitarra en mano o shapeando una tabla en su "shaping room." Quizas se le ve sentando en una silla comiendo frutas o tomando agua de pipa o una Imperial al final del día.

La gente lo conoce muy bien; es el lugar favorito para muchos para comprar una tabla de surf o una cera cuando vienen de camino para surfear.

¿De donde eres? ¿Cuando empezabas a shapear surfboards y porque?

Soy de Puntarenas, Barranca. Empecè a shapear cuando entregè al colegio en 1989 como un fanático porque conocí la ola de Boca Barranca. La corrí la ola y me encantò.

En 1996 vendi la primera tabla al precio profesional.

¿Cuales tipos/shapes de tablas haces?

Me enamore de correr olas sin importar que tipo de tabla.  Las tablas son muy lindas, todas. Siempre he hecho tablas de todos los estilos porque hay todo tipo de gente y todo tipos de gustos para la vida y para correr olas.

¿Cual tabla la mas se vende?

La pequenita, de 5’8, 5’9 es la mas popular.

¿Donde esta ubicado tu factory y showroom donde hace las tablas y también las ventas?

Cartón Surf Shop/Taller esta en Calle Madrigal en Playa Jaco.

¿Hay otros lugares donde la gente puede encontrar Carton surfboards?

Hay un par de tablas en Manta Surf Shop en Playa Jaco y un par de tablas disponibles también en Monkey Mafia Surf Shop en Playa Nosara, Nicoya, Guanacaste. 

¿Como te gusta conectar con otros shapers?

Se me olvida que son shapers y siempre los veo como personas o amigos de surf. La vida de shaping mia es muy muy normal, muy natural entonces no siento mucha diferencia de si es shaper o no. Pero si siento que si es un buen amigo o mal amigo, buen energia, mal energia, rara, good vibrations, malas vibrations...

Cuando conectar con otros shapers, me gusta hablar de historias y cosas buenas de la vida y la familia. Me enfoco mas en la amistad que en el trabajo.

¿Cual es el precio de una tabla nueva CARTON?

$490 es el precio local, y tengo el mismo precio para todo el mundo. 

¿Y que quieres decir sobre tu musica?

Siempre estoy tratando encontrar nuevas ideas y aprender más. Cuando aprendes mas, es como el principio otra vez. Tienes mejor detalles así que tienes que reconstruir la canción de nuevo, reconstruir, y siga construyendo. Ay Dios.

¿Como aprendes sobre la musica?

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Salud, Diversión, Paz, Amor y Ocupación (busy, busy baby) Mucha Música Y Comida a Comer, Cocinar también

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ENVISION Surf Cup Full Of Costa Rica's Finest Surfing Talent In Weekend Kickoff January 26 2019

It’s Saturday and the first stop of ENVISION Surf Cup Kölbi National Tour at Playa Dominical.  Three of the four national surf team members who competed at the 2018 Pan American Surfing Games, are expected to deliver their best performances to earn their first points of the season.

Anthony Fillingim at last year's World Surfing Games in Japan. (Courtesy, Federation de Surf Costa Rica)

The first of seven National Surfing Ciruit (Circuito Nacional de Surf) dates, this weekend’s kickoff event is expected to draw a full house of spectators, fans and the best of national talent. Anthony Fillingim, Noe Mar McGonagle and Thomas King are the three headliners from whom much is expected on the  2019 World Qualifying Series Tour which will begin in the coming weeks. Leilani McGonagle is on the list of women that have signed up to compete which would be a crowd pleaser. The goofy footed surfer from Pavones has been busy climbing the ranks of the Women's Qualifying Series this past year, currently in 17th position. 

Julissa Matamoros competed as a national at the recent PanAmerican Games in Peru. (Courtesy, Federation of Surf CR)

The three Open Men Title contenders are joined by 2018 national champions who will fight to defend their titles, Rubiana Brownell (sub 16, sub 18 and Open), Aaron Ramirez (U16) and Candelaria Resano in U12. Furthermore, Jair Perez, Coral Wiggins Araya, Gilbert Brown, Sam Reidy, Valeria Ojeda, Lisbeth Vindas, Indiana Ferri, Darshan Antequera and Paulina Summers are just a few more names of the exceptional talent expected to rise to the occasion. Finally, there will be some surfers competing in their very first competition this weekend. 

Each division will play out its heats simultaneously with two podiums in place both Saturday and Sunday. One is in front of the popular Tortilla Flats Restaurant.and Federation of Surf main stage. The other is directly in front of the Kolbi tent. 

Last year at this same beach and month, Dominical offered epic conditions for competition. This weekend should be no different with a surf forecast that predicts waves of 3 to 4 feet.

 The competition will start promptly at 7:00 am both days.  

Results and scores can be viewed live by:


Source: Carlos Brenes, Federation of Surf Costa Rica

National Surfers Share Stoke As Circuito Nacional kölbi Draws Closer January 11 2019

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Sam Reidy going to town at his home break in Playa Dominical. 

The 19th annual National Surfing Circuit in Costa Rica run by the Federation of Surf will kickoff at the end of this month. The much anticipated beginning of the tour will take place at the popular beach town of Playa Dominical on January 26th and 27th.

Sponsored by kölbi, the largest telecommunications company in Costa Rica, the tour will include seven contest dates, one each month leading up to the Grand Reef Final in Playa Hermosa in July.  

National surfers have come to rely on the national circuit as a vehicle for both training and competing against other surfers. it is also the most recognized platform for surfers secure a spot on the national surfing teams. Both the Open and Junior National Teams compete each year at the prestigious International Surfing Association World Surfing Games. 

Rubiana Brownell, 2018 champion, Open, Junior Women and Girls. Courtesy, Rubiana. 

We checked in with six of the top surfers in last year's national rankings for both the Boys and Girls categories: Aaron Ramirez, Sam Reidy, Darshan Antequera, Rubiana Brownell, Valeria Ojeda and Paulina Summers. All have competed in both national and international competitions and share the same stoke about this year's Circuito Nacional kölbi.   The following are excerpts of their answers:

What do you like best about the beach town of Dominical and the wave?

Sam: I like Dominical because of the raw power and the culture. There are also some sick little rippers that just shred and drive me to become better

Rubiana:   It has a great vibe, everyone is super friendly, but my favorite part is probably the food!
My favorite part of the wave is its consistency in size while still being able to hold good shape.

Aaron:  What I really love about Dominical is how the wave is super long and fun. It works in all tides and sometimes it has really good barrels.


Aaron Ramirez, 2018 Boys champion. Naturally passionate at his home break in Playa Jaco. Photo Jorge Russell

Paulina: I love the town, it is super cute and I like how everything is really close and easy to find. The wave can be really fun. It has power so you can power surf through it. 

Valeria:  About the town, the Nauyaca Waterfall!! I love the wave because it barrels, is really fast and perfect for hitting it in the pocket.

"We are very excited to start this new year. There's going to a lot of competitions for our athletes. Many want to participate on National Surfing Teams for the Open, Junior, in the Pan American Games, in the Central American Games... 

This year the Federation will make many changes and we have a lot of surprises in this Circuito Nacional. We want to reach more of the public and also have more benefits and because of this we are making alliances with a lot of media venues." -  Randall Chaves, President, Federation of Surf Costa Rica


Paulina Summers, always improving her game. Playa Hermosa. Photo Fredo Barquero 

How have you been preparing for this year's Kolbi's Championship Tour? 

Sam:  I have been preparing for the circuito by training in my Gym and surfing 4-5 hours a day minimum.

Aaron: Trying to do new maneuvers and making my surfing more solid. 

Great friends go the distance. Aaron Ramirez and Sam Reidy competed and trained in Ventura, California last year at Ripcurl Grom Search. Courtesy, Sam 

Darshan:  I’ve been preparing mentally and physically, surfing as much as I can.  

Darshan Antequera, fins way out. Trestles, San Clemente, CA. Photo Ridge Ben Ben

Paulina:  I’ve been focusing on building up my physical training most of all. I'm excited to see what this year will bring. 

Valeria:  By working on my technique, style and trying to do new new maneuvers. 

Valeria Ojeda knows the importance of cross training. Courtesy, Valeria.  

Rubiana:  I've been really focusing on eating healthier, running mock heats to become more comfortable mentally about being timed, and working out a lot.

Favorite break of all the surf spots on the Circuit and why?

Darshan:   I love Santa Teresa because there are always great waves and the place is beautiful.

Paulina:   Guiones. It has consistent good surf and one of the funnest spots I have surfed around Costa Rica. It was a bummer to see them take it out last year, so I'm stoked to see it back on the list.

Rubiana:  That's a tough one but probably Santa Teresa because it's almost always fun and surfable at all tides and conditions, which make it a perfect wave to have an event.

Valeria:  I love Cocles! Every time I compete there I get good results. It's super peaceful and can surf Salsa Brava. 

Aaron:  My favorite wave of Costa Rica is Marbella and my favorite wave of the national circuit is Dominical.

Playa Dominical. Tortilla Flats. Courtesy, Federation of Surf Costa Rica, Photo Fredo Barquero


Come out to cheer our national surfers at the kickoff of the Cirucito Nacional kolbi in Playa Dominical the weekend of January 26th and 27th. 

To enter the event, register through the Federation of Surf Costa Rica website.  Registration is already open online. You can register at the beach in Dominical at Tortilla Flats on the Friday, January 25th between 12 and 4 p.m. Follow the FSC on facebook and instagram @fedesurfcr.

We looking forward to seeing you there to support Costa Rica national surf and wish the best of luck and waves to ALL competitors.  

Special thanks to Aaron, Rubiana, Sam, Darshan, Valeria and Paulina for sharing some of your stoke and photos.

Thank you Randall and the Federation of Surf Costa Rica for your time, energy and providing important information as the 19th season of the Circuito Nacional gets ready to unleash. 


Paige Hareb Connects The Highs and Lows of Womans Championship Tour Comeback October 12 2018

(Courtesy Jean Marc Armoyal)

This year has had its highs and lows for Paige Hareb, who gained a berth back on the World Surf League Women's Championship Tour after a three year hiatus. Paige's performance at the esteemed Founder's Cup at Surf Ranch helped Team World win the gold. She earned a second place finish at the ISA World Surfing Games last month in Japan and rallied back from a free-surfing accident in Mexico that forced the hard charger from Oakura, New Zealand to pull out of the sixth stop on Tour at Jeffrey's Bay. 

(Courtesy, Jean Marc Armoyal) 

She recently took some time while at the Roxy Pro in France to relay some details from this year's events and what the future may hold. 

When was the last time you were at Hossegor competing? What do you enjoy doing in France during the lay days?

Paige:  I think it was the last time I was on tour, so that would be 2014. I love France and really like the Hossegor area. The shopping in San Sebastian, biking, the food and all the French beaches. I also love the food and shopping in Biarritz.

Pura Vida Board Gear:  You recently made the podium with your third place finish at the Pull and Bear Pantin Classic Galicia Pro. How is that an important event for you?

Paige: I have been going to the Pantin Classic for many years now and it always seems to treat me well including getting good results. We usually get all sorts of conditions within the one contest which can be like New Zealand, so I feel at home. After breaking my ribs this year and missing an important 6000 in Mexico, Pantin really did become an even more important event for me to try and get some points for my overall ranking.

I’m very happy with the 3rd place I got there and hopefully it will help me to  re-qualify for the 2019 WSL Womens World Tour.

(Courtesy, ISA, Ben Reed)

(Courtesy, ISA)

How did your free surf accident in Mexico make you stronger, mentally? Did being back home play a big part in helping you heal and get back in competitive mode so quickly?

Paige: That was such a freak accident and definitely a scary one when it happened. I was very lucky that I didn’t quite puncture my lung and managed to get flown home to a high performance rehab center in NZ, which I visited a couple times a week. 

They helped me recover so quickly that even they were surprised! I'm very thankful that I was able to get back to NZ for such good support. At one stage I thought I was going to be out for the rest of the year, so I’m super happy and grateful. Of course, there were a lot of hard days physically and mentally and that made me stronger, going through it all.

Paige contributed toTeam World's exciting win at the Founders Cup (Courtesy, WSL) 


What do you love about Kelly Slater’s wave at Surf Ranch? Would you ever consider training on artificial waves?

Paige: I absolutely love it. I’ve been lucky enough to get there a few times now and one day I pretty much had the whole ranch to myself, I kept having to pinch myself.

I would love to train more on artificial waves. They should never replace the ocean but I think a balance of both is really cool.

How did winning the Founders Cup in May with Team World (with Jordy Smith, Bianca Buitendag, Kanoa Igarashi,  Michel Bourez) give you new stoke?

Paige: It’s not very often we get to do surf competitions as a team so just that in itself was nice and refreshing. I felt a little more pressure because I didn’t want to let the World Team down but it was also a lot of fun in that environment. It definitely gave me a new kind of stoke on my surfing and ability.

Why is it beneficial for surfers to compete in team events?

Paige: I think the biggest thing is camaraderie among the team members, full team support and a lot of laughs!


How did it feel to make the women’s final, individually and also representing your home country New Zealand at the ISA World Surfing Games?

Paige: Similar to the Founders Cup, I was competing for my team and of course my country too and just wanted to try and win for them and make them proud. I didn’t want to let the NZ team down haha. Again I really enjoyed the team environment and had a lot of fun.

What do you like about the left at Long Beach in Tahara? Is there something special you enjoy about the culture there?

Paige: I think I ended up surfing more right handers there but as a goofy footer I won’t say no to a left haha. I have been to Japan three or four times now in two years. I really love it! The place is super clean and the people are the nicest people in the World. I also love sushi.

Shout out to Support and Sponsors?

Paige: All my fans are great and I want to thank them so much! My parents are probably my biggest fans. They are great but at the same time I’m now 28 so it is also nice to not do all the events with them…in the nicest way possible, haha.

Shout out Mt Woodgee Surfboards, Curve, Gull NZ, Sunbreaker, Hyperride, Noel Jessop Architecture, Matuse, New Balance, FCS

The WSL has described your surfing as having more speed, power and flow than when you were last on Tour.

Paige: That’s nice to hear but unfortunately my results on tour haven’t been reflecting that so I still feel like I have to go back to the drawing board, try and find what will work and work even harder for next years tour.

(Courtesy, Jean Marc Armoyal)

Thoughts on Olympics 2020?

Paige: That’s one of my biggest goals right now. It has been a dream of mine to go to the Olympics ever since I was a little girl, so it would be amazing to represent New Zealand in Surfing at them. I also hope it’s in a wave pool, haha but I think it will be at a beach.


Next stop on the WCT will be in Hawaii at the Beachwaver Maui Pro from November 25th through December 6th. This will be the last event for the ladies for 2018. 

Paige first joined the World Surf League Women's Championship Tour in 2009, the first woman from New Zealand to qualify.  

Follow Paige on instagram @paigehareb

All Photos Courtesy of Paige Hareb through ISA, WSL and Jean Marc Armoyal

Author: Kate Hanley

Pura Vida Board Gear is based in Jaco, Costa Rica since 2013. We specialize in custom boardsocks and limited edition lifestyle gear. Follow us on instagram @puravidaboardgear. 


Sun And Surfers Shine On Day 3 Essential Costa Rica Surf Pro October 07 2018

Waves of Tico Talent Ready To Fire At WSL Essential Costa Rica Surf Pro October 02 2018

In a couple days, the largely popular Costa Rica surf town of Playa Jaco will be buzzing as it hosts the much anticipated Essential Costa Rica Pro. Surfers will compete from October 4th - 7th at the beach break in front of the Best Western on the north end of town. The spectacle is completely free for the public. 

The break in front of the Best Western, Playa Jaco (Courtesy Cassio Carvalho) 

The event will be the 11th stop for men and 6th for women on the World Surf League(WSL) Qualifying Series North American Tour. It is a 1500 point event that has drawn the participation of several of the best national and international competitors, including a field of 22 male and 8 female Costa Rican surfers. Carlos Muñoz is currently the highest ranked national surfer, in 55th position on the 2018 International Qualifying Series Tour. Following not too far behind is Noe Mar McGonagle, in 65th position overall. He also will be representing Costa Rica.

Carlos Muñoz, Vans US Open, Huntington Beach (Courtesy WSL/Sean Rowland)

International Recognition 

RPMTV is the producer of the Essental Costa Rica Surf Pro together with the World Surf League (WSL). The Federation of Surf Costa Rica brings both endorsement and support to the long awaited return of an event of this level to the country.  The Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) is the main sponsor. 

Manrique Mata, President of RPM TV, explains that the event will allow "local surfers the opportunity to be seen internationally." 

Professional surfer Carlos Muñoz expounds on this point:

"It's important for surfers at the international level to know Costa Rica not only as a world destination for its beaches and very variable and perfect wave conditions, but also to know our culture. Now for us as Costa Ricans it is incredible to be integrated into the tour."  - Carlos Muñoz, Professional Surfer, Costa Rica 

Carlos Muñoz, Pull & Bear Pantin Classic Galicia Pro (Courtesy WSL/Damien Poullenot)

The last WSL QS Event to be held in Costa Rica was back in 2016 for a similar event in Esterillos Este. North American Tour Manager (WSL) Brian Robbins says he is "happy to see the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) step up again to give competitors a platform in their own backyard." 


The top three male surfers on the North American Qualifying Series (QS) Tour will contend for high scoring waves at the Essential Costa Rica Pro. Kevin Schulz of the United States, Lucca Mesinas of Peru, and Josh Burke of Barbados all are expected to challenge the field of male participants. Lucca Mesinas also holds the 44th position in the International World Qualifying Series Rankings. 

Kirra Pinkerton (Courtesy WSL/John Ferguson)

International women surfers signed up include Gabriela Bryan of Hawai, currently 35th on the World Qualify Series Tour and Kirra Pinkerton, in 36th position. Kirra also holds the number one spot on the North American Junior Tour for Women. Baily Nagy of Hawaii and Tessa Thyssen of France are also expected to add some heat to the ladies competition. 

Costa Rica female phenomenon Leilani McGonagle, ranked 18th on the Women's International World Qualifying Series Tour, unfortunately can not be present due to her competition schedule abroad. 


National and Local Shredders Time to Shine 

All six members of Costa Rica's National Open Surf Team are expected to perform: Men's national champion Anthony Fillingim, Jair Perez Quiroz, Tomàs King, Eva Woodland, Coral Wiggins and Zulay Martinez. Zulay drew one of the three wildcards chosen by RPMTV. The Aloha Cup team of Anthony, Jair, Eva and Coral earned a third place finish at the recent ISA World Surfing Games in Tahara, Japan. 

Zulay Martinez and members of Team Costa Rica at ISA World Surfing Games 2018 (Courtesy Federation of Surf Costa RIca) 

For some local surfers the Essential Costa Rica Surf Pro will be their first ever QS event, like 15 year old Darshan Antequerra of Playa Jacò and Cedric McCrackin of Playa Cocles, Limòn. 

"To be able to surf a World Qualifying Series event is a great priviledge and a dream for me, and even more I am happy that it is in my backyard" - Darshan Antequerra 

Darshan Antequerra, Playa Escondida (Courtesy Salt Life Pics) 

 Cedric McCrackin, Salsa Brava (Courtesy, Yilber Cortez)

Cedric is 16 years old and has been competing on the national circuit for the past five years. "This is my very first QS that I'm going to compete in. I'm excited because its in my home country and all of my friends will be there to support me," he says. Paulina Summers, Auxiela Ryan and Oscar Urbina are all from the Caribbean coast and ready to represent in top form. 

Paulina Summers, Playa Hermosa (Courtesy Alfredo Barquero) Paulina was runner up in Girls Sub 16 at the 2016 Central American Games in Playa Jacò 

"I like the waves at this break. They have really open faces and are fun to do turns on, especially at mid and high tides." - Paulina Summers 

Wild Card Entries Solid Choices 

National sub 16 boys champion, Aaron Ramirez, Top 3 Boys Kenneth Peralta and National Surf Team member Zulay Martinez were chosen as the three wild card entries on behalf of RPM TV. The Federation of Surf Costa Rica picked Anthony Fillingim and Rubiana Brownell for the other two wild card spots. Already seeded in the event, the two national champions decided to give away their wild cards to Junior Men's surfer Sebastian Mora and 12 year old dynamo Rachel Aguero.

Rubiana Brownell, Playa Avellanas (Courtesy, Avellanas Surf Photos) Rubi donated her wild card to Rachel Aguero. 

"This is my 3rd QS. I'm really looking forward to this event for the opportunity to be able to compete with all of the international talent in an atmosphere I'm comfortable in and on a wave I really enjoy surfing." Rubiana Brownell

Rachel Aguero, Playa Jaco  (Courtesy, Megwyn Saunders)

Aaron Ramirez, Playa Hermosa (Courtesy Alfredo Barquero)

Get Excited For A Great Show Of Surfing  

We look forward to seeing you this week at an event you don't want to miss. Come support our local, national and the international surfers visiting this Thursday, October 4th through Sunday October 7th at the Essential Costa Rica Surf Pro. Come early and find parking where you can as there is no designated parking area. There are excellent restaurants and shops in the area for you to enjoy all week, plus a happening night life. Step out and shine with us. 

The Aloha Cup Team, Team Costa Rica, ISA World Surfing Games (Courtesy, Federation of Surf Costa Rica)

Costa Rica Male Competitors 

Carlos Muñoz, Noe Mar McGonagle, Tomàs King, Jair Perez, Anthony Fillingim, Malakai Martinez, Andy Chacòn, Esteban Chaves, Carlos Urbina, Aldo Chirinos, Bruno Carvalho, Carlos Brown, Darshan Antequera, Axel Castro, Oscar Urbina, Sam Reidy, Bruno Moggi, Cedric McCrackin, Anthony FLores, Sebastian Mora, Aaron Ramirez, Kenneth Peralta 

Costa Rica Female Competitors 

Eva Woodland, Coral Wiggins, Zulay Martinez, Auxiela Ryan, Rubiana Brownell, Paulina Summers, Nataly Bernold, Rachel Aguero 


 Special Thanks to RPM TV, Adriana Hernàndez, the Federation of Surf Costa Rica and the World Surfing League for all your help contributing to the facts of this article.

Author Kate Hanley, Pura Vida Board Gear  






Costa Rica Perseveres Through Solid Surf Conditions at ISA Worlds in Japan September 17 2018

Anthony Fillingim showing technical mastery at Long Beach 

Day three of the International Surfing Association (ISA) World Surfing Games is underway with solid surf conditions at Long Beach in Tahara, Japan. The pumping, persistent swell has produced non-stop action and eye-catching performances from the world's best National Surfing Teams. Costa Rica's National Team is no exception.

 Tomas King, getting the job done

Costa Rica saw five of the six members of the national surf team pass Round One of the main event on Day One. As the Elimination Rounds begin today the team has three members who will compete in Round 3, Anthony Fillingim, Tomas King and Coral Wiggins. Fillingim and King have both been members of the National Open Surf Team in the past; this is Coral's first appearance. She competed last year as a member of the National Junior Surf Team in Hyuga.  

Eva Luna Woodland and Zulay Martinez will both give their best efforts in the Repercharge 2 round. Costa Rica's runner-up National Champion, Jair Perez, had to bid farewell to the event after not passing his second repercharge heat. He remains a strong force of spirit for the closely knit Ticos. 

Dimunitive and powerful Zulay Martinez

Anthony Fillingim scored the highest wave for the Ticos on Day 1 with a combo of 13 points (7.50 and 5.50). He credits coach Jim Hogan for helping prepare him. The team faced competitors from Russia, Spain, El Salvador, the Philippines, Fiji, Korea, China and Senegal. 

The highest wave of Day 1 by any competitor came from Angelo  Bonomelli from Team Italy. He was able to score a right-hand barrel for an almost perfect 9.93 score from the judges. Anthony has surfed many of the well-known Costa Rica breaks and has also competed here regularly. 

WCT competitor Paige Hareb of New Zealand was the top performer for the women, easily securing a round 3 spot with the highest women’s heat total of 15.37. Her single wave score of 9 points has also been the highest for the women's competition. Paige competed in the Essential Costa Rica Pro in Esterillos Este in 2016.

Paige Hareb, Team New Zealand (Courtesy, Ben Reed, ISA)

Nine of the 42 nations present in Tahara said farewell after Day 2. Of the 198 competitors who started on Saturday, the competition has 135 left in total.

“Today the ISA team spirit was radiating on the beach. The National Teams were shouting and cheering all day, not just for their own team, but also in support of other nations’ competitors. It was a show of true team camaraderie. Competition is heating up as we take one step closer to the finals. I am looking forward to seeing who will rise above the rest and earn the Gold Medals.” - ISA President Fernando Aguerre 

Costa Rica is currently ranked 12th in the competitive field that remains, including WCT performers with seasoned experience. The spirit of the Ticos remains stronger and united than ever. Heard from the beach, the unified cry of "Quienes somos? Ticooos!De donde somos? Costa Rica! " rings out, continuing to make this national team a definite crowd favorite. 

Last year, Team Costa Rica finished in ninth position overall at the ISA World Surfing Games in Biarritz, boosted immensely by Leilani McGonagle's outstanding second place finish for the Women. The Costa Rica National Team earned their way to the finals of the Aloha Cup tag team event. They gained a spot on the podium for their noteworthy 4th place finish in an exciting final to receive Copper medals. 

Monday Heats for Costa Rica's National Team (Costa Rica Standard Time)

Heat #3 – Ronda 3 – 6pm
Anthony Fillingim
Jhonny Corzo (MEX)
Shun Murakami (JPN)
Cody Young (CAN)

Heat #6 – Ronda 3 – 7pm
Tomas King
Peter Devries (CAN)
Alonso Correa (PER)
Israel Barona (ECU)

Heat #4 – Ronda 3 – 10:00 pm
Coral Wiggins
Nicole Pallet (SUD)
Bianca Buitendag (SUD)
Justine Dupont (FRA)

Heat #4 – REP 2 – 6:45 pm
Zulay Martinez
Asaya Brusa (MEX)
Samanta Alonso (PAN)
Zoe Steyn (SUD)lj

Heat #6 – REP 2 – 7:15 pm
Eva Woodland
Natalia Escobar (CHI)
Alena Ehrenbolt (SUI)
Km Benneth (FIJ)

All Photos Courtesy of  Freddie Wiggins, Jim Hogan and The Federation of Surf Costa Rica, except where noted. 

Author Kate Hanley, Pura Vida Board Gear 

Special Thanks To Carlos Brenes, The Federation of Surf Costa Rica and ISA for providing the information for this article and schedule . 

Follow Costa Rica's national performances and updates on instagram @fedesurfcr and website 

Watch live action for Day 3, and remaining days of competition, at 




Costa Rica National Surf Team Ready To Charge ISA World Surfing Games August 31 2018


In spite of the rain on the second day of training, Costa Rica's National Surf Team shined. Their two day preparation for the ISA World Surfing Games took place just two weeks before the international event which will be held in Tahara, Japan. With camp set up in front of the Beach Break Resort in Playa Jaco, Coaches Jim Hogan and Assistant Freddie Wiggins worked together to create a quality agenda for the surfers including drills, scored heats and a spirit of fun permeating through it.

The World Surfing Games will begin with an opening ceremony and parade on September 15th with competition enduring until the 22nd. 


The three men who make up the National Surfing Team are Tomas King, who competes regularly on the WQS (World Qualifying Series) Tour, Anthony Fillingim, 2018 Open Mens National Champion, and Jair Perez, winner of La Gran Reef Final Open Mens category. Noe Mar McGonagle of Pavones joined them for the training along with Jose Joaquin "JJ" Lopez. Noe Mar currently holds 50th position on the WQS Ranking for this year. His sister, Leilani, is busy competing in both Women's and Junior Women's WQS events. 

"Surfing at low tide was good practice. I enjoyed the unity of the team during training" - Tomàs King

Coral Wiggins knows the rewards and advantages of discipline. The goofy-footed surfer is ready to hit Tahara's left break. 

The trio of women going to Japan inludes Coral Wiggins of Avellanas and Eva Luna Woodland of Florida, both of whom compete in WQS events abroad. Add Zulay Martinez to the mix and you get a force of three powerful, experienced surfer girls. Eva enjoys dual citizenship as her Mom Ileana is Tica. 

Eva Luna Woodland

"Only a surfer knows the feeling" 

Invited nationals Indiana Ferri, Julisa Matamoros Umaña, and Rachel Aguero lended friendly competition for the other girls. They also took advantage of an invaluable opportunity to learn from Costa Rica's finest, under the tutelage of Hogan. 

Julisa Matamoros Umaña, invited guest


President of the Federation of Surf Costa Rica (FSC) Randall Chaves and Publicist Carlos Brenes were on hand to make sure everything ran smoothly. Their national and international experience is reflected in the naturally professional way in which they conduct FSC sanctioned events.

Mario Rios, the nutritionist for the FSC, was also present for the training. Mario gives both tips and recommendations to the national surfers collectively and also individually, based on unique metabolisms and body types. Read more about nutrition for our national surfers here. 

Mario Rios and Jim Hogan, scoring waves

While Carlos still assists the FSC with events and publicity when he can, he recently earned a coveted position as an announcer for the "big leagues," the World Surf League.  


Jim Hogan is a former Professional Surfer on the WCT (World Championship Tour) who has coached many of Costa Rica's finest surfers, including Carlos Muñoz who is actively competing in WQS events internationally along with Noe Mar. He offers his world class experience and an ability to adapt training and competition strategy to surfers of all levels. By filling the training days with scored heats, drills and contests "where everyone wins", the momentum continued to build over the two days. Having the surfers compete in heats at low tide was one way that Hogan helped to prepare the "Seleccionados" for any kind of wave conditions they may face. 

Mario Rios leads the team in calesthenics 

"Jim made the surfing fun. He would run ten minutes heats where only your highest wave counted. In another heat, only your fourth wave. The kids had a great time."  Freddie Wiggins, Assistant Coach

Based on the energy and excellence displayed over the last two days, the results are in. The Costa Rica National Surfing Team is ready for the ISA World Surfing Games.

ISA Mundial/World Surfing Games 2018 Schedule

Fri, Sept 14:

Team Arrival and On-Site Check-In

Sat, Sept 15:

Parade of Nations and Open Ceremony

Potential start to Competition

Sun. Sept 16 – Sat. Sept 22

  • Competition
  • ** The Open Men’s Division will end no later than Friday, Sept 21 
  • The Open Women’s Division scheduled to end on September 22, dependent on timing and conditions

Check out ISA Surfing website for more information and updates. Stay informed about results and upcoming heats for Costa Rica's surfers through the Federation of Surf Costa Rica website, Facebook page and instagram @fedesurfcr 

                                  ¡VAMOS TICOS!

All photos by Freddie Wiggins courtesy of Federation of Surf Costa Rica 

Special thanks to the Federation for helping to coordinate this article 






Caribe Surf Team Fomenta la Disciplina, el Trabajo en Equipo y la Unidad July 23 2018 3 Comments

 "Quiero dar apoyo moral y espiritual y que eso sea una reacción en cadena con los amiguitos y con todos los otros niños que vienen atrás.  Crear una nueva generación de campeones para el Caribe Sur y mejores seres humanos." - Randall Ortiz, co-founder Caribe Surf Team

A veces en la vida las personas se unen con una visión similar para crear algo grandioso. Esto es lo que le sucedió a Lara Busby y Randall Ortiz, fundadores del Caribe Surf Team en Puerto Viejo, Limón, Costa Rica. Nos complace compartir su historia.

Cuando fue fomado el Caribe Surf Team y por que? Quien(es) es(son) el fundador (los


El Team lo empecé este año con mi amiga Michelle. Yo soy artista internacional de Reggae y tenía la motivación de hacer algo positivo en mi vida y para mi pueblo. Como figura pública tenía el acesso para conseguir patrocinios y hablar con la gente para conseguir apoyo. Es algo que yo siempre quería hacer para ayudar a la nueva generación para que salieron libres de las drogas y la calle


Actualmente Randall y yo somos los organizadores, y también dependemos de la participación de Eric Camarós (mi marido), John Summers y Germán Ugalde. Al principio, Randall estaba trabajando con Michelle Monty, quien hizo un gran trabajo poniendo en marcha la estructura del equipo. Sin ella este proyecto no existiría.

Randall y yo nos conocemos desde 18 años y tenemos la misma visión. Randall es artista y ha viajado mucho. Creo que él ha visto los diferentes caminos que se presentan a la juventud y realmente quiere ayudar a los chicos a escoger un buen camino.

Por mi parte yo ya llevo la mitad de mi vida en Puerto Viejo. Soy madre de tres Limonenses. Hay muchos extranjeros que vienen aquí para vivir pero cuando sus hijos crecen se creen que tienen que volver a sus países porque la educación es mejor o porque no hay las mismas tentaciones. Yo no me siento así.

"Para mi no hay mejor lugar en el mundo que Puerto Viejo. Claro que podemos mejorar. Siempre es fácil quejarse pero quiero ser proactiva. Quiero cambiar las cosas." - Lara Busby, co-founder Caribe Surf Team

Nombres de miembros del equipo, edades y de donde son? 

Jordan Hernández, 25

Carlos Brown, 22

Camila Summers, 17

Gabriele Córdoba, 17

Cedric McCrackin, 16

Paulina Summers, 15

Indiana Ferri, 14

Darien López , 13

Jastin Froiláno, 13

Keshawn Allen , 12

Erika Berra, 11

Todos son de Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Hay requisitos para ser un miembro?

LARA: Requerimos que sean buenos modelos a seguir en la comunidad y que participen  en los entrenamientos y actividades del equipo. Queremos ayudarles a avanzar en el Circuito Nacional, por lo que en cierto sentido es un requisito que estén activos en el circuito o que deseen participar.

Jason Froilàno 

Cedric McCrackin

Cuantas veces reunen ustedes para entrenar juntos y donde?

LARA: Nos reunimos en Studio Volair los miércoles por la noche para el entrenamiento físico, los sábados por la mañana en Cocles para el entrenamiento de surf, y nuestras actividades educativas semanales son el martes o el jueves en el espacio de co-working  de Selina.

Describe la experiencia recien con Surfing Adaptado.

LARA: Increíble. Primero nos reunimos con Natalia Vindas, campeona de Surfing Adaptado. Ella nos habló sobre el deporte y cómo relacionarnos con las personas con discapacidades.

Al día siguiente, fuimos voluntarios con Plura en la jornada "Surfing Inclusivo". Ninguno de nosotros tenía experiencia con el surfing adaptado, y fue muy especial.

CARLOS BROWN: Surfing Inclusivo fue una experiencia inimaginable: me sentí súper contento, súper feliz. Claro que fue una experiencia increíble, solo viendo esas risas, y no solo sus risas, mi sonrisa también era de muela a muela. La verdad siento que deberían continuar apoyando a estos chicos, deberían hacerlo de nuevo. Fue perfecto para mí, realmente me cambió la vida. Siento que no solo la mía, sino también los chicos. Estas sonrisas eran demasiadas, y no solo las sonrisas, también vi muchas lágrimas de felicidad. Fue hermoso. Fue un éxito la verdad.

CAMILA SUMMERS: La actividad de Surfing inclusivo fue unas de las experiencias más especiales que he vivido. Fue hermoso poder ayudar a que otros pudieron disfrutar de nuestro hermoso deporte, mientras era inspirada por la positividad de estas increíbles personas. Realmente fue algo maravilloso. Cada vez que lograba sacarle una sonrisa a uno de ellos me llenaba el corazon de alegria y orgullo.

Como refleja un buen espiritu deportivo?

LARA: Como organizadores, somos estrictos. Queremos un equipo que quiere ser un equipo. Es mucho trabajo a veces, así que también hemos perdido miembros. Exigimos que todos estén el uno para el otro y de estar presentes durante cada heat si el horario lo permite. Nos hemos visto llorar, reír, wipear, ganar y perder. Somos una familia, y de ahí viene el espíritu de equipo. Hacer el esfuerzo de preocuparse por su equipo es la forma de crear lealtad. No es común ver a los chicos de Open apoyando a las chicas o mini groms en Podium 2, pero nuestros muchachos lo hacen, y creo que están orgullosos de ese esfuerzo extra.

Ademos de surfing, integran otras disciplinas del entrenemiento?

LARA: En este momento estamos tan ocupados con las competiciones, pero cuando termine la temporada de torneos este mes las cosas serán más fáciles. Nos gustaría  incorporar yoga y skateboarding.

Describe el curso de salvavidas que han hecho. Quienes participaron? Cuantas horas? Incuyo CPR? Recibieron certificacion?

LARA: El curso de salvavidas fue organizado por Plura y dictado por Marvin Pérez "Marchen".

Los surfistas se  enfrentan a menudo con la tarea de salvar vidas. Todos los miembros del equipo tienen historias de rescate y es importante que estén preparados para estas situaciones peligrosas. Seis miembros de Caribe Surf Team participaron junto con 14 locales de Puerto Viejo. El curso en sí fue muy intenso física y emocionalmente. El curso duró cinco días desde la mañana hasta el anochecer. Recibieron instrucciones de RCP y fueron asistidos por un bombero nacional. Todos ellos recibieron certificación.

INDIANA FERRI: Mi mayor motivación para asistir el curso de guardavidas fue por una situación que viví hace unos meses. Yo estaba surfeando con una amiga y de repente ella no estaba conmigo. Se había desmontado el hombro en una ola y había perdido su tabla. La vi flotando, la busque, me fui hacia ella, pero no me contestaba, solo se sumergía y salía del agua...estaba casi inconsciente. La agarré y la subí a mi tabla y la llevé al mar adentro lejos de donde las olas rompían. La gente en la playa no entendía que estábamos en problemas. Yo traté de mantenerla despierta pero no sabía qué más hacer. Finalmente vinieron las salvavidas y la sacamos juntos. En el curso de Marvin, aprendi muchisimo sobre las diferentes técnicas y señales para llamar para ayuda. Estoy segura de que si me encuentro nuevamente en esta situación estaré preparada.

Erika Berra 

Darien Lòpez

Cual es el objetivo del Caribe Surf Team?

LARA: Ahora los nuestros objetivos son:  ayudar a los miembros del CST alcanzar sus metas y que sean modelos a seguir para los chicos de la comunidad,  promocionar a Puerto Viejo como un destino deportivo y desmentir de las viejas connotaciones negativas que conlleva nuestra región, promover el surf femenino y a la vez ayudar a los muchachos a aprender la importancia de la igualdad,  y nos gustaría inspirar a más equipos en todo el país.


El objetivo principal para es de sacar los niños de la calle por medio del surfing, y evitar que pueden llegar a caer en las drogas por falta de un deporte, por falta de amor, por falta de atención y disciplina.

Quienes son los patrocinadores?

LARA: Caribe Shuttle y Selina’s Puerto Viejo son nuestros patrocinadores principales. V-one-B Moda Deportiva nos proporciona nuestros uniformes y Dreamland Sunglasses proporcionó gafas de sol de bambú.

También somos patrocinados por muchas empresas locales que creen en nuestro proyecto. Todos estos han proporcionado dinero para ayudarnos y no podríamos haber viajado sin ellos:

Super Diamante, Bufete Leon & Associates, Samoa Boutique, Hotel Umami, Congo Bongo Ecolodge, Johnny’s Place, Roots Hostel, Hotel Le Cameleon, OchoNanni Gelateria, DeGustibus Bakery, Terraventuras, Namuwoki Lodge, Super Cocles, Hotel Maritza, Green Management, Casas del Caribe, Sur Caribe Construction, Amimodo Restaurante, Super Negro, Casa Club Dub, El Duende Gourmet, Bambu Tienda, Lotus Garden, Annanci Village, Cleo Robertson, Shevonne Newton, The Wild Side Rentals, y Natral CLothing Co.

Ustedes usan el hashtag #unidossomosmas  Explica.

LARA: Empecé a usar este hashtag porque Unity es una gran parte de la cultura afro-caribeña. Nuestra comunidad está creciendo casi más rápido de lo que quisiéramos, y es fácil para las personas pensar en solo cuidar de sí mismas. Pero ese no es el espíritu de Puerto Viejo. Quiero que nuestros hijos sientan que pueden acudir a nosotros en busca de apoyo, y que pueden suceder cosas buenas si trabajamos juntos.


El Caribe Surf Team tiene algunas miembros participando en la Preselecciòn para el ISA Mundial Junior. Tambien el equipo recibe tres becas por ACOS que podria usar para competir en el torneo Ola Grande esta semana.

Busca este grande equipo a La Gran Final Reef que se llevara a cabo en Playa Hermosa el 27, 28 y 29 de julio esta semana. 

Siga el Caribe Surf Team por Facebook y @caribesurfteam por instagram 

Todas las fotos cortesìa de Lara Busby, co-founder Caribe Surf Team 

Autor Kate Hanley 

Pura Vida Board Gear ha estado promoviendo el surf nacional de Costa Rica desde 2013. Hacemos fundas para las tablas de surf y ediciones limitadas de "lifestyle gear"  

Siganos por instagram @puravidaboardgear

Persiguiendo Las Mareas: Rachel Aguero Sueña Con Las Olas July 15 2018


Rachel Aguero Cabezas tiene 12 años y vive en Jaco desde 10 meses. Vivía en Río Segundo de Alajuela antes de mudarse aquí con sus padres Jonathan Agüero y Rebeca Cabezas y su hermanita Valery. Tiene dos años y medio de surfear. La surfista “goofy” dice que los primeros dos años fue difícil e inconstante porque ella y su familia tenían que viajar desde Alajuela hasta Jaco; en el principio uno o dos veces por semana y hasta cuatro veces en los últimos 4 meses. Con solo La Gran Final Reef quedando en el Circuito Nacional 2018, Rachel está en sexto lugar para categoría Girls y segundo lugar para Mini Grommets Femenino. En el último torneo del circuito, Rachel llegò al final para la primera vez en categoría Girls, terminando en tercer lugar. Ganò la categoría de Mini Grommets para la primera vez este año. Los éxitos fueron muy especiales ya que los consiguió en su patio, Jaco Beach.

¿Donde aprendiste a surfear?

Aprendí a surfear en Madrigales, Jaco en Hermosa Riders Surf School con Ariel Gutierrez.

¿Cùal escuela asistes o haces “homeschooling?”  Cual es tu materia favorita?

Estoy en la Escuela Pública Central de Jaco y mi materia favorita es Español.

Describe la ola de tu “home break”

Morales es una buena ola para entrenar porque cuando está la marea llena sale un poco lenta y cuando empieza a secar se hace rápida. Funciona bien con hasta 5 pies. Más que eso se cierra.

¿Otros puntos que ha surfeado en Costa Rica y fuera del país?

He surfeado el Pacífico Central, norte y sur además del caribe de Costa Rica. Fuera solo he visitado Panamá. Mi ola favorita es Marbella en Guanacaste.

¿Quien te inspira adentro y afuera del mar?

Mi papá es el que siempre me motiva dentro y fuera del agua.

 Describe un dia tipico de entrenamiento

Normalmente cuando la marea está temprano me despierto a las 5 o 6 a.m. para aprovechar las condiciones. Nos vamos mi papá y yo en bicicleta. Hago un estiramiento y luego surfeo de 2 a 3 horas. Regreso a la casa para desayunar y descansar un rato. Voy a la escuela de 12:30 a 4 p.m. Entreno de nuevo en la tarde si hay marea. Ahora tambien estoy en jiujitsu y entreno 2 o 3 veces por semana a las 6 p.m. A las 9 p.m. ya estoy dormida de nuevo.

¿Que le gusta hacer cuando no estás surfeando o estudiando?  

Los jueves voy a Christian Surfers en la noche y en Selina hacen actividades a las me gusta ir. Normalmente no tengo mucho tiempo libre pero siempre lo paso con mi familia.

¿Como quedas relajada y enfocada en los días de competencias?

Estar viendo los heats y escuchando la música. Me ayuda mucho free surfear antes del heat  para calentar.

¿Si no puedes surfear que piensas que te gustaría hacer?

Me gusta mucho el futbol y estuve antes de surfear en un equipo de niñas. También me gusta patinar.

¿Cual es una película favorita y porque te gusta?

La pelicula mas me gusta es Los Increíbles. Uno se da cuenta como un niño tan pequeño puede hacer tantas cosas.

¿Que les gusta hacer ustedes como familia?

Nos gusta ir todos a la playa, ir visitar a mis abuelos en Alajuela y salir a comer juntos.

¿Una meta para este año y unas para el próximo año?

Tenía varias metas este año y algunas ya se han cumplido. La principal has sido mejorar mi surf que poco a poco he ido trabajando en eso. También quiero aprender hacer aéreos porque son mis maniobras favoritas.

Para el próximo año, quiero ser la camperona en Girls y tambien me gustaria viajar a USA y hacer torneos fuera para mejorar y representar mi país, Costa Rica.

¿Quiénes son tus patrocinadores que te gustaria agradecer?

Reef Costa Rica

Channel Islands, Costa RIca

Grande Sueños Viajes

Camelo Bikinis

Pura Vida Sunblock

Busca la surfista dimunitiva poderosa, Rachel Agüero, a La Gran Final Reef que se llevará a cabo en Playa Hermosa el 27, 28 y 29 de julio.

 Autor Kate Hanley

 Fotos cortesía de Jonathan Agüera. Las fotos de surf por @saltylifepics. Fotos de lifestyle por Megwyn Saunders. 

Siga a Rachel por Facebook y instagram @rachel.aguero 

 Pura Vida Board Gear ha estado promoviendo el surf nacional de Costa Rica desde 2013. Hacemos fundas para las tablas de surf y ediciones limitadas de "lifestyle gear"  

Siganos por instagram @puravidaboardgear


Lisbeth Vindas Continúa Destacándose Por El Surf Y Los Triatlones Nacionales July 09 2018

Lisbeth Vindas ya tiene una historia como campeona. La jacobeña está muy conocida por sus 12 títulos nacionales por la Federación de Surf y los cinco con ACOS. Además de eso, tiene cuatro campeonatos Centroamericanos a su crédito y fue la primera mujer costarricense a participar en los mundiales ISA. Estos dias, Lisbeth está disfrutando mucho éxito con su escuela de surf, Vindas Surf School, compartiendo su pasion por el deporte de surf. 

Encontramos a Frutas y Tablas, la tienda de su hermana Sally, en Calle Bohio en el puro centro de Jaco. La jacobeño habla sobre su escuela de surf y sus planes para competir otro vez en el circuito nacional de triatlón. Cuenta que no estaba surfeando tanto porque estaba enfocando mucho en su escuela de surf.  “Casi todas las mareas tenía grupos. Ahora, todos los días tengo clases,” dice ella.

Donde les das las clases de Vindas Surf School?

Depende en las olas. Aqui, alli, Hermosa. Donde sea. Tambien depende en el nivel de las personas.  

Las edades de los clientes? De todas edades. En este momento más que todo hay muchos niños y las mujeres.

Y enseña varios niveles?  Tengo beginners, intermedio, y avanzados en el proceso de coaching. 

Habla sobre tu participación en los triatlones.

Este año como no hice ironman, voy a hacer el circuito nacional de triatlón. Porque esa es la temporada que sigue, la que no hay surf. Ya que terminó la temporada de surfing en julio, en agosto empieza la temporada de triatlon. Entonces tengo un año completo de surf y luego triathlon.

El circuito de triatlón va de agosto a diciembre. Uso las dos temporadas, de surf y de triatlon.

Gané el año pasado en mi categoría de 35 a 39 años en el campeonato nacional en Golfito.

Describe como preparas para competición, su entrenamiento.

En surfing me ayuda Donald Vega de Escazú y Oscar Guillén de Cartago para triatlon

Este año un poco complicado porque tengo que estar mucho en la escuela de surf

Para el triatlón, hago natación, bici y atletismo. fortalece con gimnasio, para correr. Y yoga para estirar. Entonces es como complemento. Tengo que combinar ahora entrenamiento para triatlón con surfing.

Cuales son las marcas que representan?

Para surf tengo Billabong, Adrenaline, Los Paleteras, Reef (zapatos) Acai Nativo, Frutas y Tablas, VZ (anteojos) y Nixon (reloj) y ahora Pura Vida Board Gear para las fundas (smiles).

Quienes son las personas que te apoyan aquí en Jaco?

Hay personas con diferente talentos que apoyan en una manera o otro. Lo motivan uno en ocasiones diferentes. 


Lisbeth tenía que salir del triatlón y del surf para tres meses despues un accidente de bici. Fue tres días antes del final del circuito de triatlón el año pasado. "Iba a ganar el circuito nacional de triatlon, solo falta la última competencia." 

Ahora está totalmente recuperado y mirando adelante. Nunca piensa en dejar de surf, de veras es un parte integrado en su vida, hasta que ahora puede compartir esta pasión por su escuela y siempre disfruta el deporte con su hijo. Y asi siga como campeona verdadera. 

 Podria contactar a Lisbeth  en su pagina de Facebook

Busca Lisbeth en La Gran Final Reef en Playa Hermosa, la última fecha del Circuito Nacional de Surf para 2017 que se llevara a cabo en Playa Hermosa el 27, 28 y 29 de julio. 

Autor: Kate Hanley 

Estamos muy feliz a tener la representación de Lisbeth. Habla con nosotros para ordenar una funda Pura Vida Board Gear con tu diseño preferido.    

Todas las fotos cortesia de Lisbeth Vindas. 

Pura Vida Board Gear ha estado promoviendo el surf nacional de Costa Rica desde 2013. Hacemos fundas para las tablas de surf y ediciones limitadas de "lifestyle gear"  

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Siga Lisbeth en instagram @lisbethjaco


El Caribeño Gabriele Còrdoba en la lucha por el Título de Campeón Junior June 10 2018

Gabriele Cordoba Illusig tiene 16 años, y el 7 de julio cumplirà 17. El surfista caribeño de Puerto Viejo, Limón lleva 7 años surfeando y está en la participacion por ser campeón Junior del Circuito Nacional de Surf. El año pasado terminó en el cuarto lugar para categoría juniors, tercero en Boys y 18 en Open. Este año subió al 8th en Open y actualmente està en tercer lugar para Juniors. La categoría está lleno de talento nacional y, con dos fechas quedando, nadie sabe quién ganará. Solo podría trabajar duro y haz lo mejor que puede.

Gabriel tomò tiempo para contestar unas preguntas sobre su vida y la experiencia que ha obtenido de su carrera de surf.

PVBG: ¿Donde asistes colegio y en cuál grado estas?

Gabriele:  Estoy en el último año, undécimo, y voy a un colegio privado en Limón.

PVBG: ¿Cuando empezaste a competir?

Gabriele: Tengo mas o menos 5 años de competir

PVBG:  ¿Cuál fue tu primer torneo de surf y donde fue?

Gabriele:  Fue un torneo de Volcom en Playa Jaco.

PVBG:  Ganaste Junior Mens la tercera fecha en Avellanas. ¿Fue algo particular que te ayudò aquel dia? 

Gabriele:  Me gusta mucho la ola en Avellanas.  Al principio empecè a surfear al torneo con una tabla que no funcionaba con esa ola y perdí el Open.  Cambie a unas de mis tablas favoritas y me salieron buenas olas, y logre a ganar. Sentí muy orgulloso porque fue muy difícil a llegar al final. Me sentí muy bien cuando ganè.

Pura Vida Board Gear

En Playa Bejuco, la quinta fecha del Circuito Nacional, con Caribe Surf Team

PVBG:  ¿Cuales son tus puntos favoritos en Costa Rica?

Gabriele:  Unas de mis puntas favoritas seria Salsa Brava aquí en el Caribe, también Playa Negra en Guanacaste y Playa Hermosa.

PVBG:  El año pasado competiste al Mundial como parte de La Sele de Surf Junior.  ¿Qué aprendiste de esa experiencia?

Gabriele: Siempre quise ir al Mundial con La Selección. También Japón es uno de mis lugares favoritos, siempre quise ir.  Jim (Hogan) me enseñó varios cosas tácticas. Formar parte de la Seleccion para mi simplemente fue un honor. 


La Sele de Surf Junior al ISA WORLDS JR 2017, Hyuga, Japan 

PVBG:  ¿Cual es tu maniobra favorita?

Gabriele:  No tengo una maniobra muy preferida. Tengo como dos. Prefiero el tubo y los aires.

PVBG:   Ahora formas parte del Caribe Surf Team para los surfistas del Caribe.   

Gabriele:  Sì. Formar parte del Caribe Surf Team me gusta mucho. Surfear y competir con mis compañeros, amigos…  es muy divertido para mi estar con ellos.

PVBG:  ¿Quien o quienes te inspiran afuera y adentro del mar?

Gabriele:  Mi madre

PVBG:  Las personas que te apoyan ademàs del Caribe Surf Team ?

Gabriele:  Jt Surfboards.

PVBG: ¿Comida favorita la noche antes de un competencia, que te gusta comer el dia del torneo?

Gabriele: La noche antes me gusta comer muchas proteínas con un poco carbohidratos y grasos naturales. Eso es lo que me enseno La Sele y funciona muy bien para mi.

El dia del torneo en la mañana yo como un desayuno con huevo, un poco de arroz o pinto y agua.

Segun pasa el dia, depende en la hora que me toca, como almendras o si me toca muy tarde como algo no muy pesado como un pescado con arroz y ensalada. 

PVBG:  ¿Cual es una meta que tienes para este año?

Gabriele:  Mis metas son campeón nacional, pasar mi bachillerato en el colegio y formar parte de la Selección.

PVBG:  ¿Tienes algún filosofía, o una frase que te ayuda?

Gabriele:  Lo más cerca a frase o algo asi seria un hashtag que me gusta poner cuando me va bien o mas o menos en un torneo: #lohicimosposible 

Busca Gabriel a la sexta fecha del Circuito Nacional, Playa Jaco el 23 y 24 de junio. 

Todas las fotos cortesia de Gabriele. Las fotos de surf por Fredo Barquero en Playa Bejuco y Joel Sharp en Playa Cocles 

Autor Kate Hanley, Pura Vida Board Gear 


Pura Vida Board Gear ha estado promoviendo el surf nacional de Costa Rica desde 2013. Hacemos fundas para las tablas de surf y ediciones limitadas de "lifestyle gear"  

Siganos por instagram @puravidaboardgear

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Aaron Ramirez: La Combinación de Fe y Entrenamiento No Falla June 06 2018


Aaron Ramirez nació en Venezuela pero es "Tico como gallo pinto." El surfista Jacobeño había vivido en Playa Jaco con su familia para la mayoridad de sus 15 años. Empezó a surfear a la edad de nueve años, agarrando su primera ola aqui en Jaco. Ahora ya tiene 5 años de competir y recientemente su surfing esta llamando mas atencion.  Aaron compite en el Circuito Nacional de Surf, y subió en los rankings del año pasado. Ganò el final de Junior Men en la quinta fecha a Playa Bejuco en condiciones competitivas, de hecho mejorando su posición a quarto lugar en esta categoría. 

Aaron acredita sus éxitos a su fe y su entrenamiento. Compartió unos detalles de su rutina y vida, aqui se los presenta en format de "Q & A" (Preguntas y Respuestas):

Bejuco, la quinta fecha CNS. Foto: Alfredo Barquero 

PVBG: ¿Donde asistes colegio o haces homeschool?

Aaron:   Estoy en noveno grado y mi escuela se llama academia AES en Jaco

PVBG:  ¿Materia favorita en el colegio?

Aaron:  Matematicas

PVBG:  ¿Cuando y donde agarraste tu primera ola?

Aaron:  Mi primera ola fue a los 9 años en Jaco

PVBG:   ¿Cuantos años tienes de competir?

Aaron:   Yo llevo 5 años compitiendo.

"Hombreak" Morales. Foto: Salt Life Pics

PVBG:  ¿Cual es tu “home break” y cuales son tus puntas de surf favoritas en Costa Rica?

Aaron:  Morales. Mis playas favoritas en Costa Rica son Domincal, Pavones, Marbella, La Curva (Playa Hermosa) y Playa Negra. 

PVBG: El año pasado terminaste en 13th lugar Boys y 19th Juniors en el Circuito Nacional de Surf. Este año, despues la quinta fecha, estas en cuarto lugar Juniors y primero para Boys. ¿Como cambiaste tu entrenamiento y rutina para mejorar tanto?

Aaron:    Empece hacer mas entrenamiento fisico y a entrenar mas fuerte en el agua, siempre tratando de mejorar mis maniobras, free surfear menos y entrenar más.

PVBG:  ¿Cómo sentiste a ganar Juniors en Bejuco?

Aaron:   Ganar por primera vez la categoría junior en Bejuco se sintió increíble, no lo podia creer!

PVBG:  ¿Cómo te ayuda tu familia con tu horario de entrenamiento y los torneos?

Aaron:   Mi familia me ayuda mucho con los torneos porque ellos me llevan, me dan hospedaje y se preocupan por mi alimentación.

Aaron con su mamá Maryls Mota, su papá Manuel Ramirez y hermanita, Sara Ramirez

PVBG:   ¿Cuales son tus comidas favoritas en los dias de torneos? 

Aaron:   Gallo pinto con huevo y natilla o arepas venezolanas.  

PVBG:  ¿Un surf break internacional que te gustaría surfear un dia?

Aaron: Me encantaría surfear en la piscina de olas de Kelly Slater

PVBG:   ¿Quien te inspira adentro y afuera del mar?

Aaron:   Mi mayor inspiración afuera y adentro del mar es Dios.

Con compas de surf, amigos Sam Reidy y Darshan Antequerra

PVBG:  ¿Cuando no estas surfeando, que te gusta hacer?

Aaron:    Cuando no estoy surfeando me gusta dormir, jugar con mis amigos o entrenar físico

PVBG:  ¿Cual es una meta que tienes para este año?

Aaron:   Mi meta este año es quedar campeón nacional boys y quedar en el top 10 en el junior tour.

El próximo año me gustaría empezar a competir en los QS.

Busca Aaron en la sexta fecha del Circuito Nacional en Playa Jaco el 23 y 24 de junio. 

Fotos cortesia de Aaron Ramirez. 

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The Discipline and Drive Behind Surfer Valeria Ojeda Grom May 16 2018

Photo Johan Pacheco

It's an epic afternoon in Playa Hermosa. Valeria Ojeda is watching the waves at Bowies Point Restaurant, arriving after finishing a math test. The waves are pumping. Soon Carlos Muñoz and brother "Beto" roll up with friends, unload their boards and get ready to hit some glassy overhead high sets. This is Playa Hermosa, after all. The stadium of surf. It’s one of those classic days when the air is charged with a certain element, call it stoke. You just feel it.

Valeria will be turning 13 years old on May 29th and already shows a lot of maturity for her age. Splitting time between the U.S and Costa Rica, she uses experiences to master her knowledge of the competition aspects of surfing. It’s not always easy, as any competitive surfer knows. 

Valeria with dad, Bob Ojeda at Bowies Point 

Here's some more insight into Valeria Ojeda's "grom life" :

Where was the last contest you did and how did you do?

I got fourth in the Girls Under 16 category in Playa Negra. The contest was part of the Surf CGS circuit. 

What do you like about competing?  The adrenaline and challenge.

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Favorite surfing moment?   When I got barrelled.

How old were you and where was that?  I was nine. It was in Venezuela at a break called Los Cocos.

Homebreak in the U.S. and homebreak in Costa Rica? Cocoa Beach, Florida and Playa Hermosa. I like to surf at Bowies Point, and at La Curva when the swell is big, it gets good there at mid-tide. South is good over there, I like a south swell.  

Valeria at 7 years old in Cocoa Beach, Fla.

Favorite win? This year in the National circuit in Playa Cocles when I won the Girls category.

Circuits that you are surfing now? National Surfing Circuit, The Metropolitano (with Punto Surf) and Surf CGS (Guanacaste Surfing Circuit)

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Photo Johan Pacheco

What is the hardest thing about competing? Not getting distracted. You always have to be focused on the heat. If a judge makes a call you don’t like, you just have to stay focused and not let it bother you.  

Favorite meal before contest? Pasta the night before. In between heats I usually eat nuts and drink a lot of water and coconut water.

How long have you been homeschooled?  Since 2015

What do you like best about homeschool and what is the biggest challenge?

It gives me a lot of time to surf and I enjoy that. It’s hard to be disciplined, I work every day on that. My parents both help me.  My Mom is the scheduler and my Dad is in charge of taking me to train. 

With Roger Chun, owner of Bowies Point 

Hitting the lip in Venezuela at nine years old. 

What do you  like to do when you’re not surfing? Sports. I like doing yoga, pilates, crossfit. Watching movies on Netflix and going to the mall.

International and national surfers that inspire you?  Kelly Slater, John John, Andy Irons…. Tyler Wright, Carissa Moore, Courtney Conologue.

National surfers, Carlos Muñoz, Thomas King and Anthony Fillingim

Favorite Maneuver and one you are working on? Vertical snap is my favorite and I’m working on my air.

Next contest?  Behuco for the National Surfing Circuit. I like the wave there. It barrells, its fast and has sections that I can hit the lip.

How has the Circuito Nacional de Surf (National Surfing Circuit) helped shape your surfing? By giving me more experience by travelling with surfers that have a higher level of surfing. I learn more about the priority system, wave choices and also how waves are scored.

What do you want to do for your 13th birthday? I want to take a trip to Pavones. I’ve never surfed there before and I’m really excited to go.

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Training ground in Playa Hermosa at Bowies Point

Our conversation takes into account the timing of the tide and the condition of the waves. Surfing takes priority on days like these and with her schoolwork done, Valeria is ready to paddle out and score some ways near the Big Boys. 

Look for Valeria at the fifth date of the CNS, Circuito Nacional, in Behuco, weekend of May 24 and 25th.  

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After interview surf sesh, Bowies Point  Photo Johan Pacheco. 

Special thanks to Bob Ojeda for helping coordinate the interview, 

Surfing photos by Johan "Blacki" Pacheco. Other photos by Kate Hanley, Pura Vida Board Gear. Florida and Venezuela pics courtesy of Valeria. 


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National Surfers Make Intelligent Nutrition Decisions April 23 2018

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The power behind talent come from the nutrients that we put in our bodies. Surfers already know this. If you have all the talent in the world but enter a heat dehydrated, you talent isn't worth much. Maybe one day you were feeling super well in the ocean, catching your best waves with strength and another day, no. It can be because of the condition of the ocean or lack of sleep, but also can be for the body's condition. And the body needs the energy of food. In fact, it's important to plan your diet to accomodate your training and competitions. Mario Rios, coach for the National Selections of Surfing, explains that every person is unique and what functions for one doesn't function for another.  

Mario Rios con La Sele Jr. De Surf 2017

The National Junior Surf Team  2017. Photo: Mario Rios 

"For hereditary reasons, your metabolism is unique. Cutting-edge research shows that no single diet works well for everyone-the very same foods that keep your best friend slim may keep you overweight and feeling unhealthy and fatigued.” Mario Rios, coach, Federation of Surf Costa Rica

We are blessed to live en a county where there is an abundance of fruits and vegetables that grow all year. They provide many of the vitamins and minerals that are recommended in general in agreement with the food pyramid, but also are not for everyone because of the sugar. Athletes need to eat in a way that accomodates their training, lifestyle, and in accordance with their individual metabolism. 

Nationals surfers share with us how they make intelligent nutrition decisions in the foods they eat. 

What are your preferred foods on a comp day and in general during training?

Rubiana in her backyard at Avellanas. Photo: Fredo Barquero

Rubiana Brownell: Generally, I don't eat a lot on a competition day. I like to eat fruits and maybe drink a coconut water before a hear. If I eat heavier food, like gallo pinto or a sandwich, it's only if I have a couple hours to digest completely before competing. 

Before a competition, I am not very strict with what I eat, I just try to avoid dairy and sugar.

When I am training day to day I try to incorporate as many organic fruits and vegetables as possible. 


Aron in the tube, Marbella. Photo: Fredo Barquero 

Aron Alvarez:  The day before a contest I like to eat pasta because it's not too heavy. During a competition in the heats, I don't eat a lot until I know that I am not competing again. Even more so, I stay hydrated with a lot of water, Adrenaline, Powerade or other energy drink. 

Beto Muñoz, Semana Santa Classic, Dominical / Photo: Paul Gerace

Beto Muñoz. In general, I really like casados, rice, beans, gallo pinto, eggs, bacon, cheese and avocado. Always something light in contests, fruits.  

Paulina y Camila Summers from the Caribbean eat a lot of local fruits in their diet.

Paulina Summers:

Before the events we eat foods high in potassium like bananas and potatoes. In general we eat a lot of garlic, lemon,watermelon,apples,oranges, pineapple,broccoli, and tomatoes. I don't drink coffee and I avoid sugar before a heat. If I am competing in a lot of heats, I try to eat fruit in between them. 

Aldo Chirinos, Avellanas. Photo: Fabian Sanchez, Surfing Nation 

Aldo Chirinos Flecha:

The night before a contest, I generally eat pasta. Before a heat, I prefer to eat small portions of food, rice, beans, with fish or chicken. It depends on how much time I have. And if not, I'll eat fruits and nuts. In my daily training, i eat a lot for lunch and dinner, but while I am competing I don't eat much, but healthier. 

Coral Wiggin, Little Hawaii this morning. Photo: Freddie Wiggins 

Coral Wiggins: 

My daily diet consists of portions of rice, beans, plantains, salad and protein from chicken or fish. During competition I don't really feel like anything so I drink a lot of protein shakes with fruit (strawberries, blackberries, banana and papaya) and light food. During a competition day the most important is to hydrate myself. I drink Electolit and water. 

Eva Woodland, Santa Teresa. Photo: Fabian Sanchez 

Eva Woodland: On competition days I drink as much water as I can. I eat alot of fruits and vegetables. My favorite fruits in Costa Rica are granadilla, avocado and pineapple. I try to eat a lot of carbs to maintain my energy so I eat bread, rice and beans. I am pescatarian and try to avoid lactose products as much as possible. Wherever I travel to, I try to continue eating healthy. Normally, I eat a lot of homemade meals. 

Do you have a favorite local restaurant? 

Rubiana:  My favorite local restaurant in Cabinas Las Olas in Avellanas and Pimiento Verde in Tamarindo. It's not a restaurant but where I get all of my organic food. 

Rubiana buys all her organic vegetables at Pimienta Verde in Tamarindo. 

Beto:  Rustico, Wishbone and Pizza Shop. My favorite is the chicken special at Rustico. 

Aldo:  My favorite restaurant in Playa Negra is Cafe Playa Negra (Peruvian restaurant) and Jalapeños (Mexican food). 

Aron: Yes, my favorite local restaurant is Rustico, it's the best. 


More than anything, Mario Rios focuses on the importance of hydration. An athlete needs to drink water before, during and after an activity. Without that, he or she is going to experience headaches and is not going to have a lot of strength. 

"I recommend water with marine salt, that you can find in the supermarkets. Also, coconut water. It's totally natural, without artificial coloring or sweeteners and you can find it everywhere in the country. But it is also not for everyone." 

Coral  prepares her own protein shakes at home with strawberries, blackberries, banana and papaya. 

“It's very important that the surfer enters the ocean well hydrated. Water alone is not sufficient because it doesn't stay in the body. You need the electrolytes. Because of this, add three cubes of sea salt to the water."- Mario Rios

What are you favorite foods for training and for contest days? We'd love to know! Leave a comment below. 


 Mario Rios, coach, Federation of Surf Costa Rica

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Author: Kate Hanley

Many thanks to the Federation of Surf Costa Rica for their collaboration on this article and to all the surfers that participated: Coral, Rubiana, Eva, Beto, Aldo, Camila and Paulina, and Aron.

The fifth date of the National Surfing Circuit will be the 26th and 27th of May in Playa Behuco. 

Let's continue a healthy lifestyle, helping each other to make intelligent decisions. Pura Vida!

All photos courtesy of Mario Rios, Freddie and Coral Wiggins, Rubiana Brownell, Eva Woodland, Paulina Summers, Aldo Chirinos and Aron Alvarez.  


Surfistas Nacionales Tomar Decisiones Inteligentes en la Alimentacion April 23 2018

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El poder atrás el talento viene de los nutrientes que ponemos en nuestros cuerpos. Los surfistas ya lo saben. Si tiene todo el talento en el mundo pero entra un “heat” deshidratado, su talento no vale mucho. Tal vez un dia sentia super bien en el mar, agarrando sus mejores olas con fuerza, y otro dia no. Puede ser por las condiciones del mar o una falta de sueño, pero también puede ser por la condición del cuerpo. Y el cuerpo necesita la energía de los alimentos. De hecho, es importante a planear su dieta para acomodar su entrenamiento y las competencias. Mario Rios, entrenador para La Sele De Surf, explica que cada persona es única y lo que funciona para una no funciona para la otra.

Mario Rios con La Sele Jr. De Surf 2017

La Sele De Surf Junior, 2017. Foto: Mario Rios 

“Por razones hereditarias, su metabolismo es único. La investigación de vanguardia muestra que ninguna dieta única funciona bien para todos: los mismos alimentos que mantienen delgado a su mejor amigo pueden mantenerlo con sobrepeso o sentirse insaludable y fatigado.” Mario Rios, entrenador, Federacion de Surf Costa Rica

Somos bendecidos a vivir en un país donde hay un abundancia de frutas y vegetales que crecen todo el año. Provienen muchas de las vitaminas y minerales qué estàn recomendados generalmente de acuerdo con la piramide alimenticia, pero tampoco son para todo el mundo por el azucar. Los deportistas necesitan comer en una manera que cumple con las exigencias de su entrenamiento, estilo de vida, y de acuerdo con su metabolismo individual.

Surfistas nacionales comparten con nosotros como tomar decisiones inteligentes en la alimentaciòn.

¿Cuales son las comidas preferidas en un dia de competencia y generalmente durante el entrenamiento?

Rubiana Brownell en su patio, Avellanas. Foto: Alfredo Barquero

Rubiana Brownell: Por lo general, no como mucho en un día de competencia. Me gusta comer frutas y tal vez tomo un agua de pipa antes de un heat. Si como comida más pesada (como gallo pinto o un sándwich) es solo si tengo unas horas para digerir por completo antes de competir.

Antes de una competencia, no soy muy estricto con lo que como, solo trato de evitar los lácteos y el azúcar.

Cuando estoy entrenando en el día a día trato de incorporar la mayor cantidad posible de frutas y verduras orgánicas.

Aron en el tubazo, Marbella. Foto: Alfredo Barquero 

Aron Alvarez  Un día antes me gusta comer pasta porque no es tan pesada. Durante la competencia en los heat no como mucho hasta cuando se que ya no voy a competir. Más bien me paso hidratando mucho con mucho agua, Adrenaline, Powerade o cualquier bebida energética.

Beto Muñoz. En general, me gusta mucho los casados, arroz, frijoles, gallo pinto, huevos, tocino, queso, y aguacate. Siempre algo liviano en torneos, como las frutas. 

Beto Muñoz, Semana Santa Classic, Playa Dominical, Foto; Paul Gerace 

Paulina Summers: Antes de los eventos, Camila y yo comemos alimentos con un alto contenido de potasio, como los plátanos y las papas para evitar la deshidratación. En general, comemos mucho ajo, limón, sandía, manzanas, naranjas, piña, brócoli, y tomate. No tomo café y evito el azúcar antes de un heat. Si estoy compitiendo en muchos heats, trato de comer fruta entre ellos.  

Paulina y Camila Summers del Caribe siempre comen muchas frutas locales en su dieta 

Aldo Chirinos, Avellanas.Foto: Fabian Sanchez, Surfing Nation 

Aldo Chirinos Flecha:

La noche antes de un torneo, generalmente como pasta. Antes de un heat, prefiero comer porciones pequeñas de comida, arroz, frijoles, con pescado o pollo. Depende de cuánto tiempo tengo. Y si no, comeré frutas y nueces. En mi entrenamiento diario, como mucho para el almuerzo y la cena, pero mientras estoy compitiendo no como mucho, pero más sano.

Coral Wiggin, Little Hawaii esta mañana. Foto: Freddie Wiggins 

Coral Wiggins: Mi dieta diaria son porciones de arroz, frijoles, plátanos maduros, ensalada y proteína de pollo o pescado. Durante competencia no se me apetece nada entonces tomo muchos batidos de proteina con frutas (fresa, mora, banano, papaya) y comidas livianas. Durante día de competencia los mas importante es hidratarme. Tomo Electolit y agua.

Eva Woodland, Santa Teresa. Foto: Fabian Sanchez 

Eva Woodland: En los días de competencia bebo tanta agua como puedo. Yo como muchas frutas y verduras. Mis frutas favoritos aquí en Costa Rica son granadilla, aguacate y piña. Intento comer muchos carbohidratos para mantenerme con energía así que como pan, arroz y frijoles. Soy pescatarian y trato de evitar los productos lácteos tanto como sea posible. A donde sea que viaje, trato de seguir comiendo sano. Normalmente, como muchas comidas caseras.

¿Tienes un restaurante favorito local? 

Rubiana: Mi restaurante local favorito es Cabinas Las Olas, y Pimiento Verde en Tamarindo. No es un restaurante sino un mercado donde obtengo toda mi comida orgánica.

Rubiana compra sus vegetales organicos a Pimienta Verde en Tamarindo

Beto:  Rustico, Wishbone and Pizza Shop. Mi favorita es el pollo especial de Wishbone. 

Aldo: Mi restaurante favorito en Playa Negra sería Cafe Playa Negra (restaurante peruano) y Jalapeños (comida mexicana)

Aron: Si, mi restaurante local favorito sería Rústico, el mejor.


Más que todo, Mario Rios enfoca en la importancia de la hidrataciòn. Un deportista necesita tomar agua antes, durante, y después la actividad. Sin eso, va a experienciar dolor de cabeza y no va a tener mucha fuerza. 

"Yo les recomiendo agua con sal marina, eso se puede encontrar en los supermercados. También puede tomar el agua de pipa. Es totalmente natural, no hay colorantes artificiales, ni edulcorantes artificiales y puede encontrar en todo el país. Pero tampoco es para todo el mundo."

Coral prepara sus propios batidos de proteina en casa con fresa, mora, banano, papaya 

“Es muy importante que el surfista entra el mar bien hidratado. Solo agua no es suficiente porque no queda en el cuerpo. Necesita los electrolitos. Por eso debe añadir tres cubitos de sal marina al agua.” - Mario Rios

¿Cuales son sus comidas favoritos durante entrenmiento y para los torneos? Nos gustaria saber! Deje un comentario abajo

 Mario Rios, entrenador, Federacion de Surf Costa Rica

Autor: Kate Hanley

Muchísimas gracias a La Federación de Surf por su colaboración en este artículo y a todos los surfistas que participaron: Coral, Rubiana, Eva, Beto, Aldo, Camila and Paulina, and Aron. 

La quinta fecha del Circuito arrancarà el 26 y 27 de Mayo en Playa Behuco. 

Que todos sigamos en un estilo de vida saludable, ayudando el uno a la otra a tomar decisiones inteligentes. Pura Vida!

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