Carlos Muñoz defeats Gaby Medina in Round 1 of Hurley Pro ASP in Trestles! September 12 2014

Carlos Muñoz, Costa Rican surfer extraordinaire, wildcard for this year's Hurley Pro Asp event in Trestles, San Clemente, Ca., defeated Gaby Medina, of Brazil, ranked number 1 in the world in Round 1 today! This huge upset entitles Carlos to pass directly to Round 3. Carlos is being coached by Jim Hogan, former professional surfer and resident of Costa Rica, and clinched first place in the last twenty seconds of his heat, surfing a 7.6 wave to pass Medina.

Costa Rica is being represented by brother Beto Muñoz,Surfing Republica of Costa Rica, family and friends. Go Carlos! We love you.

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