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Costa Rica’s Witch’s Rock Surf Tournament

Jan 17

jair-perez-costa-rican-surferLast weekend in Tamarindo, Costa Rica the third leg of the Costa Rica National Surf Circuit 2008 – 2009 took place. This national surf circuit consists of surfers from all over Costa Rica and holds mulitple contests in Costa Rican surf spots like Jaco, Playa Hermosa, Witch’s Rock, Ollies Point, Playa Nosara, Santa Teresa, and Pavones. Each year the Costa Rican surf locations change for this event but the remaining legs will take place at Nosara, Teresa, and then Hermosa. The eventuality of competing in this circuit is to win the national title plus hopefully win a spot on the National Team which will host the 2009 Billabong World Surfing Games Costa Rica later this year in August. This is a biggest professional surf event yet for Tico’s who will get a chance to meet international sponsors and grab the spotlight on their own turf.

There is a lot riding on the WSG 2009 in Costa Rica since it is the International Surfing Association(ISA) first event and the first sponsored event by Billabong in the ISA which has primarily sponsored ASP events. It is so important that ISA’s managing director for this event, Stephanie Keith is already here watching how Costa Rica handles itself in its organization of surf events. It is reported that so far she is impressed with the the CNS ability to be organized and promote its event.


From left, Diego Naranjo, Nataly Bernold, Jason Torres, Jair Perez, and Gilbert Brown

Results of the third leg called the Witch’s Rock Surf Tournament or Torneo Witch’s Rock by Tico’s were not unexpected. Jason Torres from Jaco, Costa Rica finished first and it was his second first place of a total of six events  in the men’s Open category. The remaining legs will take place in Playa Nosara, Santa Teresa, and then the finals in Playa Hermosa. All of these surf spots are favorites of surf vacationers and professionals from around the world who visit Costa Rica each year.

Also, finishing in first place was Nataly Bernold from Jaco who beat six time champ Lisbeth Vindas, wife of champion surfer Diego Naranjo, who finished in second place.

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2 Responses

  1. 1

    Hi great site!

    Do you have any information on Diego Naranjo or Jason Torres? We hear some stuff about them during the WSG2008 but never got to meet them. I checked their national surfing site but I don’t read spanish so no luck there.

    Great site and keep it up, appreciate any help on learning about these two surfers.


  2. 2

    Greetings Chris,

    Thanks for visiting my site and posting a comment. Before I answer your question, I really would like to know how you got the avatar to work for your post? I have been trying to activate this for other people who comment but the default avatar keeps showing up. I would really like to know. Thank in advance.

    Regarding, Jason and Diego, I have repeatedly tried to get them to meet with me to conduct an interview but no luck. What I can tell you is that Diego Naranjo, is an excellent long board surfer who is a champion many time over.

    Jason Torres, I have known since 2001 has grown up recently in the past few years to mature into a potential international superstar. But like many great surfers, attitude is the key factor that separates greatness from great.

    Hopefully in the next few weeks I will have something more for you and other visitors. I will be postings a profile of the young superstar Jair Perez whom I like very much and very much big fan. He has the right attitude to be a true champion and he is only 18 years old.

    Pura Vida

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