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The Costa Rica Surfing Experience is One That you Will Remember for the Rest of your Life Jul 01

Lovers of sports have many activities that they can choose to do. Among these activities is that of surfing. You will find many ideals spots in the world to have fun surfing but Costa Rica offers a better climate for you. The Costa Rica surfing experience is one that you will remember for the rest of your life.

As you look at the travel information which is available for Costa Rica you will find there are many beaches where you can stay to have your fun. One such place that you will find is that of the white beaches of Limon. This great place has many facilities which will allow you to enjoy your surfing.

The joys of Costa Rica surfing should not however take your sense of caution away. Before you start planning any time for surfing in Costa Rica make sure that you have a good place to stay. You should make sure that your friends and family can get hold of you easily if trouble arises.

You should also have a pretty good idea of the weather conditions are going to be like in the area where you are planning to surf. While Costa Rica surfing is enjoyable due to the climate you should understand that some weather conditions will prevent you from being able to indulge in this past time of yours.

For instance the hurricane and rainy season are two seasons when you may wish to avoid coming to Costa Rica. As there is a high amount of rain and very dangerous winds you should think about scheduling your Costa Rica surfing holiday someplace else.

Other than this concern there is no reason for you not to enjoy having some fun. One of the best ways that you can improve your surfing abilities while you are in Costa Rica is to look for classes. This way you can get some tips about dealing with Costa Rica surfing conditions.

This information should include the way to judge the wave formations in the oceans. What sort of dangers you should be on the lookout for and also the best time to catch some Costa Rica surfing waves.

Once you have all of this information you can then see about making sure that your Costa Rica surfing is one holiday event that you will be remembering for a long time. You will also feel the need to come back to Costa Rica for some more quality time having the perfect holiday Costa Rica surfing style.

Muna wa Wanjiru is a Web Administrator and Has Been Researching and Reporting on Costa Rica for Years. For More Information on Costa Rica Surfing, Visit His Site at COSTA RICA SURFING

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stare at computer or go outside? Dec 01

The last couple of Thursdays there has been a big beach football game going on out in front of the surf camp.  Nick Holt, Bill Brandenberger, Patrick Brennan, Lock Cooper, quite a few others… it has been super fun.  Everyone I’ve talked to since was super sore after the game.  We are turning into old men.  Not only did I get sore but I pulled my groin the first week and barely made it through the second week.  Pretty much its been ten days without surfing, finally today I felt normal today, even made it through a 3 mile run on the beach.  I’m not sure but I think we’ll be playing football again tomorrow??  Check my facebook page or ping Mike Gerhardt from FT’s or Kelly Zak since they’re the ones who own a football.  And what about that Sunday night game against the Colts??  GO CHARGERS!!!

Waves are flat but they should get a little bigger over the next few days.  Bocas del Toro has been on fire the last two weeks but with the holidays and all of our friends in town we wanted to stay close to home.  Tomorrow I have a 20 minute speech to give at JW Marriott in front of about 200 people.  I spent all day yesterday trying to write it, which I’ve subsequently torn up.  I’m supposed to have visuals to go with it… then on Sunday night the whole event (called Awesomeness Fest) will have a beach party in the new park at WRSC.  I think I’m going to spend the day painting the two surfboards we just glassed, or start glassing the two 8’0s waiting in the shaping room.  The speech will work itself out, just like everything else does, I’m a little burnt out trying to write something I’ll just end up winging anyways, and its not until 6pm so I have all day tomorrow to worry about it…  Shawna asked me to shape a surfboard for her son Lucas, who I’ve known since he was born.  I was honored, its the first surfboard I’ll be making for someone else.  People have asked me to shape them a board at least a dozen times since I started shaping a few months ago, but I’ve declined to take any orders because we still have a lot of refining to do (that feeling will probably never end).  To shape a board for a local grom that I’ll get to watch grow up surfing along with my boys, thats an offer one  just can’t refuse.  Thats what surfing is all about.

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stay out of my shit Nov 28

Run-D.M.C., Silversun Pickups, James Brown, AFI blasting on Witch’s Rock Pirate Radio in my house right now: http://loudcaster.com/channels/381-witch-s-rock-pirate-radio-surf

Ahhhhh……. finally back in Tamarindo and getting back into the groove of things. The town has gotten a lot busier these last couple of weeks. High season officially kicks off with the Christmas / New Years holidays, but even now the place is packed.  This gives me a little pressure because I want to be done with the major work projects for WRSC. With more tourists in town the surf camp needs even more focus on providing our quality services and products.  Never being complacent can be a tough job, but its in our DNA and we take pride in working hard.

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life is short Nov 03

You know, it was just last night that I was hanging out with some friends at Patrick Smyth’s house on top of the hill.  We were talking about how lucky we really are to be happy and healthy.  In the past 3 days there has been tragedy, literally one right after another.  Nov.1 a good friend’s child died, Nov.2 we were shocked to hear that one of the world’s most amazing surfers Andy Irons died from dengue fever at 32, Nov.3 this AM I get a text from Patrick, telling me there was a huge fire in the middle of town.  Sharky’s, CR Surf Club’s shop, the falafel guy, plus half of Candace’s Wok ‘N Roll.  I am so sorry for everyone.  Life is very short.  This just reminds me to treat every day as a gift.  I am very thankful to have such a wonderful family, great friends, a great home and a job that I love.  I pray for everyone to stay strong.

Read Patrick’s blog here - http://surfingtamarindo.blogspot.com/

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yeah this must be the place Oct 31

nice….. the Chargers won… the Halloween party downstairs with literally hundreds of children dressed up in costumes seems to be going as well as can be.  Hopefully the haunted house isn’t too scary, there are lots of screams but definitely lots of smiles.  Thank you Shannon, Yana, Happy, WRSC maintenance crew, and literally the dozens of others that helped put this whole event together.  I think everyone is really stoked.

Pretty lame that my own kids aren’t here, but being bummed about it isn’t going to change the fact that they’re still in Colorado.  Happy finally got his cast off a couple of days ago, he now has a leg brace, but after this week he can start walking on it.  His leg is healing perfectly.  Happy is such a trooper and has been nothing but great through this whole endeavor, and his big brother Otis has been really great too.  Last week when I was up there with them I watched as Otis opened the front door of the doctor’s office for an elderly man pushing his elderly wife in a wheelchair.  I didn’t ask Otis to do it, I was across the street watching from far away.  He just did it, and I couldn’t stop smiling.  I’m still smiling as I think about the incident.  Wow these kids are growing up fast.  I’m a lucky man.  Wait…  if they’re getting older, that means I’m getting older too.  Oh shit.

Otis dressed up as our dog Sammy

Here we have my son Otis, dressing up as our dog Sammy.  Adorable.

So I went to New York last week…. what a trip that place is… a completely different world than Tamarindo.  Unfortunately there was no surf, but of course I still found myself at a surf shop, this time visiting a friend Bill Homer at his surf shop East Coast Surf Skate Snow.

Joe Walsh and Bill Homer at East Coast Surf Skate Snow

I went to New York to meet with Adam Korn, who is now my literary agent and helping me as I begin to write my book.  The book will be in the inspirational / motivational / self help section of the book store, it’s message will be one of following your passion. Ironically I was asked to speak at Awesomeness Fest next month here in Costa Rica on the same topic.  I guess people like to hear stories about stoner surfers that drive school buses to Costa Rica in search of nothing but waves and good vibes.  Fortunately there is more to that story, and after my NYC meeting I’m feeling really solid about the project.  It helps that Adam has helped to publish books for other clients such as Forest Griffin, Zakk Wylde, and my friend Blake Mycoskie.

I stayed with my friend Gary while I was in the city.  Gary is the drummer for the metal band Angry Dragon and one hell of a good guy.  We went out and saw some bands at Arlene’s Grocery, a venue in the lower east side where he plays often.  Gary and I also jammed out a bit at his rehearsal space in Brooklyn and it sounded really sweet.  We’re trying to collaborate on music between him living up there and me down here.  I think the name of the band should be Vaporizer.

late night at Arlene's Grocery, LESNYC

I’ve been back in Tamarindo for the last week.  The weather has been INSANEly good.  My friend John Alexander came and went, we surfed a ton while he was here.  Now my friend from college Sophie is staying at the surf camp, along with other friends Mark Tucker, Danny Mitchell, and Mike Oldani.  I’ve been hanging out with them a bit, but mostly I’m just surfing and working in the workshop.  I’m waiting on some sun cure to arrive tomorrow so I can finally glass the four surfboards I’ve shaped over the last few weeks.  Below is a finless board that is now fully shaped, fine sanded and ready to be glassed.  It was shaped from dimensions given to me by ex-WRSC employee Mike Shaw, who got them from his friend Derek Hynd. I’m sitting here with some orange spray paint, just itching to paint something orange.  I’ll spend a few days on these surfboards, also start grinding on that old VW camper van.  I’ve got Sammy to keep me company while I wait for my family to come home.

finless surfboard I'm working on

Saturday will be here before you know it and I’ll be on an airplane headed to Lima, meeting a group of WRSC guests and guiding them to remote point breaks in northern Peru.  I get to hang out with my friend Antonio, plus Andres, Flash and Elizabeth are coming to help guide the trip.  If there is a south swell we’ll be making the trek north to Chicama, otherwise we’ll head to the go-to point break we’ve surfed on my previous 4 trips to Peru.  This “secret spot” breaks on both low and high tide, the wind is offshore all day long every day, and there is normally NEVER anyone else surfing there.  Peru is another trippy place to visit, I can’t wait to get back there….

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