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