Torneo Copa Claro at Roca Loca: Big Waves and Tremendous Talent September 04 2015

Last weekend, from August 28-30, the famous Roca Loca break between Playa Jaco and Playa Hermosa was pumping out some decent sized waves! Friday saw Roca breaking at close to ten feet on some of the sets. ACOS Surfing, in association with ALAS Latin Pro Tour, held the big wave contest that drew dozens of Costa Rica's finest surfers, in addition to some top notch Latin American surfistas. 

Carlos Muñoz, Jason Torres, Gilbert Brown, Jefferson Tacson Prado, Anderson Tacson Prado, and Danny Bishko were just some of the local guys competing, who all compete on the international level. Gilbert Brown was the overal winner of the Open Men's.

The Juniors Category was also filled with stand out competitors, including Malakai Martinez of Playa Tamarindo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica and Joseph Mendez of Playa Jaco who both displayed precision surfing all weekend. Mendez of Playa Jaco won the Juniors category, excelling in the final heat. Sunday saw a significant drop in the swell, but the overall good vibes of competitors and spectators alike, remained high. 

The girls competed in below par conditions for Roca Loca on Sunday but still brought their game. The Open Women's category was won by internationally known Leilani McGonagle of Pavones, CR with Emily Gussoni of Playa Jacó taking second place honors. 

Congratulations to all the surfers who came out to participate, the fans for their support, to ACOS Surfing and ALAS, and all of the sponsors who made the event possible.

For more results and information about the event and the ALAS LATIN TOUR please visit their website at

Photo of Gilbert Brown, courtesy of Kook World Productions//Taylar Marie

Other photos courtesy of Alas Latin Tour.



Kate is the owner of Pura Vida Board Gear, a surf brand that promotes surf and a quality, positive lifestyle. Currently living near Playa Jacó, Costa Rica. she enjoys connecting with the culture and diversity of the community. Connect with her on instagram @puravidaboardgear Find Pura Vida Board Gear on Facebook. Subscribe to email list here.  Photo: Jorge A. Russell, Playa Jaco