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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.
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Surf Camp$$ - As long as CR businesses contribute advertising revenue, the accurate posts will be deleted. Ticos, thanks again for acting as a drug conduit. I am in your debt.
Surf info - As this is supposed to be a forum for discussing surfing and exchanging surf info (as opposed to a platform to spew bigoted philosophies) I am posting this in hopes that someone will help a compadre out. I am going to be in CR for a few weeks at the end of Sep./beginning of Oct. What kind of waves can I typically expect? Can I get to Mal Pais in the rainy season via 4 x 4? Any spot suggestions for an intermediate level surfer? What about boards? Easier to bring some with me or rent/buy once I get there? Feel free to send along any other info/recommendations you may have. And with any luck, what will be passed along will be info as opposed to anti-CR propaganda. One love!
Bann Continental. - Continental steals your money do not fly Continental....
By bye bye Pura Vida, hello Darth Vader-style aggression
Actually, mate - I live in Queenslnad, AU. You may be one of the few locals surfing in CR prior to the surfing boom. Yer lucky- you knew how it once was. Enjoy CR, it's only going to get more crowded with aggro outsiders and egotistical locals.
Incorrect Facts - Surfing started before the 90s in Costa Rica, because by that time I was already an intermediate surfer and had 3 surfboards. We might not have as much history as the U.S. surfers, but so do they compared to Hawaiians who invented the sport. How funny that you think we all pick beans and coffee here, it just shows how ignorant you YANKEES are to the outside world.
By Band of Tico-Come-Latelys
Alvaro Time Machine - Sorry, Alvaro, should have been surfing in CR around 1990. It was only just about 12 years ago that the breaks, especially Witches Rock, were empty. Then again, it wouldn't do the Ticos much good if they could reverse the clock, because none of them were surfing prior to '90 anyway. WHERE WERE YOU GUYS BEFORE THE CROWDS AND MEDIA BROUGHT SURFING TO YOU ON A PLATTER? Answer: Farming coffee beans and bananas, or just hanging out, watching the 'toursists' surf.
F your band - I don't paddle battle or drop in on surfers, be it a tourist, a local, a girl, a kook, or a friend. I respect surfers and have good etiquete. I know how you feel about having to compete for waves in Costa Rica, I have lived here all my life. I am used to surfing uncrowded waves. My favorite surf breaks are Roca Bruja and Potrero Grande (Ollie's) and I usually surfed it with a handful of friends, big or small. Now you go there and at least 3 boats full of tourists with the worst attitudes show up, giving us ugly looks and battling for waves like it's a war. Damn you Endless Summer!!! Hey, at least there are still some uncrowded secret spots left in.........................
Start a band? - I have been surfing for 19 years now. I don't live in Costa Rica.I go there all the time and I am just sick of competeing for waves on my vacation. Anywhere I surf there is always someone "probaly you" who will drop in or paddle battle for a wave when there are plenty of waves to go around for everybody. Hey if I start a band maybe you can blow my horn."Know what I mean" LMAO!
No More - I am sorry Alvaro Solano. I meant to say that these guys take any wave they want from anybody and if you say something to them they want to start stuff and fight while we are all on vacation.It is so stupid and I am over it. They are disrespecting the whole Purda Vida feeling.These guys are Pure Assholes if you ask me,and pros are very nice towards other people and locals. Joel,Kyle and Robbie always bring pros down and they freakin rip Costa! Purda Vida Alvaro!
By ' start a band: 'rage against intelligence'
To Mr. No More - Tell me, how long have you been surfing for? When I went to CR some 12 years ago, there were hardly ANY ticos who surfed. Then, thanks fo tourism, surfing got big in CR and ticos liek you took to the sport. Good- I hope you have as much fun as everybody else. Funny though, this my country my wave smack. You didn't seem to care too much about your waves until just a few years ago, and if you are so proud of your country, just realize its drugs, tourist and western dollars that keep it afloat. Still can love it, but economically speaking ($$) it really isn't your country. Hello Starbucks coffee planations!
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