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Top Costa Rican Surfer Video Compilation Jun 26

We were finally able to get our hands on a compilation video from Maluca Videos. Thanks to Romy for this video! We have all of the top surfers here and I apologize in advance if anyone was left out. This is the top people from the 2008-2009 surf competition season. There are many surf contests in Costa Rica but it is the CNS DayStar COPA contest that determines the national champion. So lets give it a go:

Gilbert Brown, Jason Torres, Andres Montes, Mauricio Umana, Diego Naranjo, Carlos Munoz, Jair Perez, Nataly Bernold, Lisbeth Vindas, Luis Vindas, Nino Myrie, Rodrigo Froilano, Jefferson Tascon, Jose Angel Mantarrita, Anderson Tascon, Yosimar Fuentes, Juan Carlos Naranjo are all in this video. This list is not in any particular order of point standings or when they are shown in the video. Congrats to all of these excellent Costa Rican surfers!!

Team Costa Rica steals the show at 2008 World Surfing Games May 24

When it all came down to the final point counts Team Costa Rica was knocked from 4th place to 5th place by Team France whom beat Costa Rica by 1 point. While many focused how the loss of the fourth position was salado which is tico slang for bad luck, others were shocked that the surfers from the small surfing town in Costa Rica made such a HUGE splash at this international event.

Many say it is Costa Rica’s time to share in the global spotlight of professional surfing competition but when it is all said and done, it was the local surfers who did it all. Jason Torres, Luis Vindas, Nataly Bernold, Gilbert Brown, Jairo Perez, and Lisbeth Vindas are the reasons why Costa Rica is now a power to be reckoned with in international surfing. All of these surfers are from Playa Jaco except for Gilbert who hails from Puerto Viejo. But if you live here you know Gilbert is no stranger to Jaco, his monthly visits here in Jaco shows that the surfers in Costa Rican are united and are a real team.

Unless you are a competition surfer, you do not know the mental aspects of this sport. It is important that individually and as a team that you don’t psyche yourself out even when you are competing against your friends. But when you are coming from a tiny town and going up against rich countries, big time surfers with BIG TIME sponsorship the mental aspect takes on a whole new burden to be dealt with. This mental game was one of the key focuses of coach Jose Urena.

Coach Jose Urena of the surfing Team Costa Rica talked about the mental aspects of competing against surfing stars during the 2008 Billabong World Surfing Games in Portugal. Coach Urena was quoted “It’s a matter of making them think that they can win against those guys… We’d make them believe in what skills they had and told them that sjust because they are from Costa Rica they shouldn’t underestimate themselves” More importantly, Team Costa Rica’s surfing coach said “As a matter of fact, they’ve got(surfing stars of the WCT & WQS) the same thing all the other have” Which is to say, they all have the same skills and just need to focus on that and not be intimidated.

You can be sure this blogger will continue to cover our local surfing champions with information and news about your favorite Costa Rican surfers. Don’t forget if you are visiting Costa Rica next year, Playa Jaco will be hosting the 2009 Billabong World Surfing Games in Playa Hermosa, not to be confused with Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste. Check back in this site for information about places to stay, other tidbits about this international event coming to sleept Jaco.

Places to surf in Jaco Costa Rica May 23

There are two oceanic coasts to surf in Costa Rica, the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean. Most surfers how visit the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica surf near Puerto Viejo. On the Pacific Ocean, most surfers visiting Costa Rica surf in Jaco. Another area close to surfing in Jaco is called Playa Hermosa. Jaco is great because different areas of the beach have different levels of waves so beginners can surf on the south end and more advanced surfers go to the north end where the river mouths tend to offer much larger waves during the changing of tides.

Playa Hermosa will host the 2009 Billabong World Surfing Games in Costa Rica next year. Question arise locally about whether or not, Jaco and the central pacific is ready to host an international event. Issues of crime, emergency services, medical services, and basic government infrastructure are noted as lacking and need desperate attention to avoid chaos or cancellation by the contest organizers.

Leading the push for organization are groups such as the Central Pacific Chamber of Commerce and the National Costa Rican Surfer Association which was represented by local surfers Jason Torres, Nataly Bernold, and Luis Vendis in Portugal last month.

Jairo Perez beats Jason Torres in Nosara, Costa Rica Feb 10

jairo-perez-costa-rican-surfer-by-fabian-sanchez1Big news this weekend out of Playa Guiones in Nosara, Costa Rica where the fourth leg of the CNS or Circuito Nacional de Surf for national championship was held. Jairo Perez beat Jason Torres who is the leader of the 2008-2009 DayStar’s CNS Tournament. Jason and Jairo both Jaco natives have known each other all of their lives, and have seen each other grow in their surfing skills. The powerful showing of Jairo whose determination proved he has what is takes to be national champion surprised fans and sponsors too.

While Jason Torres is still favored to win the entire circuit and become the next Costa Rican surf champion, he must have felt chilled seeing his Jaco buddy steal the show in the 5 foot plus waves in Nosara, Costa Rica. Many surf vacation hotels, Costa Rica surf camps located in Nosara were filled this past weekend as fans flocked from all over Costa Rica and other countries to see this contest which is proving to be a real climatic event. more…

Nosara, Costa Rica Surf National Contest Feb 02

Lisbeth Vindas 6 time CNS Champion

If you are a lover of surfing or visit Costa Rica to learn how to surf, you will not want to miss out on the next leg of the National Surf Circuit which will take place in Nosara which is located on the Nicoya penisula in Guanacaste. 

But do not worry if you are in Jaco, a high speed boat shuttle operates out of the Los Suenos Marina which will get you there in one hour and back for dinner in Jaco.  The cost is around $30 each way and is not a bad deal when you consider the amount of time you will save and the ocean journey you embark on. Who knows you might get lucky and see a school of Dolphins which hang out offshore the central pacific coast of Costa Rica.

This next leg in the competition is third to last for the national surfers competing for the top seed in Costa Rica. After Nosara, the following two remaining legs will be in Santa Teresa and then the finals here in Playa Hermosa just outside Jaco and also the future location of the 2009 Billabong World Surfing Games.

Check back to see the latest roster standings for this coming weekend.

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