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Making reservations for SPRING BREAK? March 31 - April 8 is the busiest week of the year. Many options sell out two months in advance, so plan ahead...

Estimated advance sell out time for most popular vehicles:

7-pax vehicles - eight to ten weeks
12-pax vans - eight to ten weeks
5-pax vehicles - Montero or Prado or Trucks - five to six weeks
4-pax vehicles - Vitaras or Rav4 - four weeks
3-4 pax vehicles - Begos - three weeks
2-3 pax SUV - Jimmy - 2 weeks
All cars - 1-2 weeks

Use our reservation form to check availability now, then don't wait to book!

Domincal eXtreme Games on July 6th in front of Tortilla Flats. Surf contest, plus skate, fishing, tree climbing, SUP, and kayak races. Check the flyer here.

Dominical Lifeguards Annual Lifeguard Party is on for Sunday, June 30! All those local businesses and individuals who make donations now is the time to prepare you gift certificates or confirm and describe your contributions to our silent and verbal auctions and raffle events and all the rest that goes with the big day. Meanwhile the lifeguard funds are gone so cash donations are in need to get the guards back on the beach as soon as possible.

2/21 - From Jazzy's River House in Dominical: "Special thanks go to the folks at Ranchos Remo for their sponsoring a one day local surf contest at Playa Hermosa partly to help support the Dominical Lifeguard Program. The waves were small and the crowds and contestants were few but the conditions were good and hopefully everyone had a good time. The last of the lifeguard t-shirts are going fast - hurry and get one before they're gone: check Tortilla Flats and Dominical Tourist Info Center." Photos can be found here.

10/25 - Witchs Rock Surf Camp just gave away a brand new surfboard shaped by Robert August. The lucky guest who stayed at the camp and won the board was Gary Wnorowski. Read more on their blog page.

10/19 - Check out Richard Bangs story about "Costa Rica and the Quest for Pura Vida", first posted in the Huffington Post.

10/18 - For the latest updates on the state of the Interamerican Highway road conditions call 2202-5577 or 2202-5567 from 7am to 10pm or visit http://www.conavi.go.cr/

9/26 - 16 new traffic cameras have been installed around San Jose and are located at six different locations. Click to see where they are and what the speeding fines are - HERE. UPDATED 11-8-11: Cameras have been suspended from use, more cops with radars on the way.

9/13 - Costa Rica’s Manuel Antonio National Park, on the central Pacific coast, was named one of the world’s most beautiful parks in a new issue of Forbes magazine. Manuel Antonio is the only national park on the list from Central America, and was visited by 143,000 tourists last year.

8/16 - Have you tried Costa Rican beer? Costa Rica’s Craft Brewing Company (2573-3724, www.beer.cr) is collecting a growing band of beer fans with its flavorful Segua Red Ale and Libertas Tropical Golden Ale.

8/4 - During the first six months of the year, Costa Rica received 1,197,199 international tourists admitted for all ports. Of all tourists who entered the first half, 806.651 arrived by air (646,886 at the Juan Santamaria airport in San José and 157.820 at the Daniel Oduber International airport in Liberia, Guanacaste.) The others arrived through the country's two cruise ports (176,360 in June) and over land.

8/4 - Jet Blue said Wednesday that it would be scheduling four non-stop flights a week from New York (JFK) to Liberia (LIR) starting Nov. 17 The flights will operate Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday. Trips from the United States leave at 9:40 a.m. and arrive in Costa Rica at 2:05 p.m local time. The planes leave Liberia at 3 p.m. and land in New York at 9 p.m.

8/2 - Surfos Magazine features a story written by Josymar Fuentes about his surf trip around the country. Read “Tres latinos un destino” con Josymar, Ernesto y Bryan - LINK

5/2 - When you visit Costa Rica's beaches, be sure to pay attention to the signs warning of rip currents. Last week 3 students from Ohio drowned at Playa Bejuco. Remember, if you are caught in a rip current - don't panic and don't fight it. Let it carry you out and then try to swim parallel to the beach.

7/12 - Do you need a reason to come down to Costa Rica this summer? Well the Eastern Surf Magazine crew just got back and posted this wave filled video giving you the green light for your next trip. Check out the locals ripping Playa Hermosa, including Jordan, Diego, Juan Carlos, Luis, Josymar, Lisbeth, and more - LINK

Eastern Surf Magazine Surf Video of Costa Rica

7/5 - A new NBC reality show “Love in the Wild,” was staged at the Princesa de la Luna Ecolodge in La Fortuna, Costa Rica. It premiered Wednesday night at 8 p.m., and has 10 wellgroomed men and women to brave the rivers, jungles and volcanoes of Costa Rica while searching for love. Here is the NYDailynews.com review.

Costa Rica’s domestic airline, Nature Air, is offering free round-trip tickets for two children accompanying two adults on flights within the country from May 1 through Dec. 15 (restrictions may apply). See www.natureair.com.

La Dolce Vita Resort is having their 2nd Annual Photo Contest. The theme is Esterillos Oeste and the contest runs until September 25th. Grand prize is 3 nights at their bed and breakfast in Esterillos.

The Surfing Nosara Foundation (SNF) held their 2nd Annual 'Auction for the Arts' - April 16th at La Luna Restaurant in Playa Pelada. Over 200 guests attended to bid on items and they earned over $6,000 for the local elementary schools.

4/25 - French couple missing after car rental found empty south of Manuel Antonio. You can help find them! Read more..

4/11 - Saving Lives at Cocles Beach, from the Puerto Viejo Satellite.

3/29 - Buena Vista Villas in Nosara recently hosted the founders of the Encompass Foundation. Read their March newsletter here - LINK. Buena Vista is a new, small hotel located Nosara on a mountain top with 360 degree views! We are only a few minutes from EVERYTHING Nosara has to offer! Surfing, fishing, canopy tours, the beaches, restaurants, and so much more... AND we have 5 villas available for Semana Santa! Every villa has a mini cocina, ocean / mountain / jungle views, large private bath with instant hot water and can sleep 4-6 persons!

3/13 - Waves Costa Rica Surf Camp in Tamarindo held their first surf clinic with the partnership of CEPIA. The goal is to keep kids out of trouble and to help those with talent reach the best of their ability. Read more.

Los Altos de Eros Luxury Inn, Spa and Yoga retreat in Tamarindo, Costa Rica was chosen as a Best Service, relaxation & Spa and top 25 Hotel by TripAdvisor® in its 2011 Travelers’ Choice® awards. Read more..

The 2011 World Leadership and Innovation Conference will be held in Costa Rica from Jan.18-29. The conference is a series of creative business seminars, educational symposiums and training and certification programs that ends with a week-long learning vacation held in several different Costa Rican tourist destinations.

The Envision Festival - Marina Ballena National Park - March 4 - 6th, 2011 - An Annual Event in one of the most pristine environments in the world, where conscious people from all over unite to experience music, art and sacred movement, while embracing the natural beauty of our earth.

2/7 - WavesCR Surf Camp has moved to the Best Western Vista Villas in Tamarindo. Read more..

2/1 - Starting on February 1st, Nature Air will be offering flights from San Jose to Bocas del Toro, Panama. Promo rates start at $104 each way plus taxes. Email us if you want to add a Caribbean surf stop on to your trip.

Waves Costa Rica and CEPIA Join Together to Support the Youth of Guanacaste. They will be giving surf lessons to the kids at the Villareal School each Saturday on the beach in front of the Best Western Vista Villas. Read more.. ESPANOL : Waves Costa Rica y CEPIA unieron fuerzas para crear un proyecto de ayuda a niños de escuelas públicas en el sector de Santa Cruz, Guanacaste; clases de surf gratuitas los segundos sábados de cada mes, promoviendo así el deporte, la interacción social, el bienestar mental  y por supuesto, una sana diversión para estos jóvenes; futuros hombres y mujeres de Costa Rica. Lea Mas..

1/11 - Jessica Szohr to be featured in SoBe lifewater ads in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition. Photos taken while in Costa Rica. Link to photos..

12/26 - The Ministerio de Salud (Health Ministry) shut down the hotel Barceló Playa Tambor following a diarrhea outbreak that affected at least 40 guests. They are investigating why the outbreak occured, starting with their pool.

Upcoming event: Costa Rica International Film Festival in Montezuma, scheduled for Nov. 18 to 21. Four days of independent film screenings, performance art and various parties to the southern Nicoya Peninsula.

11/09 - Many roads in Costa Rica have been damaged by heavy rains and closed off due to flooding from Tropical Storm Tomas. See which have been re-opened. Read more..

11/9 - Big fire in Tamarindo damages local businesses, including Costa Rica Surf Club. Read about it on the Surfing Tamarindo Blog. Our prayers go out to Diego and Sebrina for a quick recovery.

9/28 - A new charter flight will fly from Chicago to Liberia in Costa Rica’s northwest province of Guanacaste. Flights on the 190-passenger planes start on Jan. 14th and were started by Apple Vacations.

9/28 - Costa Rica has debuted its new ¢20,000 bill. The orange-tinged bill features the image of famous Costa Rican teacher and writer Carmen Lyra on its front. On its back is a hummingbird flying in front of a rainforest.

8/29 - Frontier airlines announced it will be start flying into Liberia on February 13, 2011, with weekly nonstop flights to/from its hub at Denver International Airport (DEN). Flights beginning on February 13 will leave Denver at 8:35am and arrive at the Daniel Oduber International airport in Guanacaste at 2:35pm and turning around at 3:25pm and arriving back in Denver at 8:10pm. The airline has introductory fares of us$164 each way for this new service can be found at www.FrontierAirlines.com/introfares.

8/22 - Do you need a board to rent in Tamarindo? Costa Rica Surf Club let us know that they are now a Channel Islands authorized dealer in polyester resin and Tuflite. And they also carry the whole Donald Takayama line in Tuflite and a few BING Longboards and Strive surfboards with a great price.

7/19 - Dengue fever is on the rise on the Caribbean and South Pacific coastline. So bring that mosquito repellant and keep outdoor containers free of standing water.

7/19 - Autopistas del Sol has reopened the route to the Pacific port of Caldera. The highway had been closed due to landslides. For up-to-date highway information 24-hours a day, call 2588-4000.

7/5 - A festival created in honor of Costa Rican calypso legend Walter “Mr. Gavitt” Ferguson will be celebrated July 5th to 18th in his hometown of Cahuita, on the southern Caribbean coast. Read more on their site, Festival del Cultura de Cahuita

7/4 - The ferry between the Pacific port of Puntarenas and Paquera, on the Nicoya Peninsula, will run 14 trips a day – seven in each direction – in a new schedule until Aug. 2, to accommodate an expected increase in passengers. The ferry cuts an hour off the trip between Puntarenas and the Guanacaste beaches.

6/8 - La Dolce Vita in Playa Esterillos Oeste is holding a photo contest, with a 3-night stay at the resort as the top prize. Check their site for more information and to submit your photo.

Here is a great new report on backpacker hostels, from www.amcostarica.com.

Check out a cool aerial view of the Southwest and Northwest Pacific coastline at www.vrskytour.com

Featured Hotels for Surfers
Hotel Diuwak in Dominical

SPECIALS

--> Costa Rica Surf Institute is now offering 10% OFF if you just mention CRSURF when you contact them.

--> Cabinas La Ponderosa offers a free night when you stay 6 nights at their resort near Pavones.

--> Blue Surf Sanctuary is offering a $200 discount if you bring a friend to their summer surf camps.

--> Las Tortugas Hotel is offering low season doubles and triples for $15 to $35 for the first part of July.

--> Witchs Rock Surf Camp is offering rooms for NO CHARGE with the purchase of surf package in September or October. Contact them now as the oceanfront rooms will fill up fast. $595 for a full week, lessons or tours program w/breakfast and ride to and from Liberia included.

--> Get a 20% discount at Cafe Playa Negra just by mentioning CRSURF when making your reservation!

--> Get a 15% discount at Pavones Riviera just by mentioning CRSURF when making your reservation!

--> ISLS Specials: For all of our Youth Camps we offer Long Term and Multiple Student discounts. The Long Term Discount applies to all students that study for four or more weeks. For the teen camps we are offering Free Round Trip Airline tickets from the continental US. Contact us directly to find out more about the rules and restrictions for this offer.

Oct. 11 - From the Tico Times (print) - The Southern Caribbean Artisan Fishermen’s Association invites everyone to a fishing tournament Oct. 23. The association is made up of more than 40 fishermen from Puerto Viejo to Manzanillo who are working for the rights of local fishermen and to protect their traditional lifestyle. Now they are organizing to confront a big threat to the health of our reefs: the lionfish, or pez león in Spanish. Join in the fishing contest to help eradicate this threat to our reef ecosystems and the artisan fishermen’s way of life. For more information or to sponsor the event, contact José Ugalde.

Arte Viva 2011

9/1/11 - Safari Surf School in Playa Guiones will be hosting a Surf With a Pro week with Donavon Frankenreiter. Check out the details on this trip of a lifetime and sign up before the spots are filled. November 12th to the 19th, 2011.

18 November 7 p.m. to  ? - Donavon Frankenrieter Concert & Auction benefiting the Nosara Animal Care and Surfing Nosara Foundation at Estancia Nosara. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Silent Auction 7 - 8:30. Concert starts at 9 p.m.  For more information contact peter@safarisurfschool.com

Donavon Frenkenreiter and Matt Grundy in concert in Nosara - November 18th

6/4/11 - from WavesCR.com - Fish, Eyes, and Wine in Tamarindo a feast for the eyes with surf photos from Fabian Sanchez and video from Tony Roberts. Read more..

Upcoming Event: 2010 Limón Roots Black Culture Festival Closing: Cultural gathering, Oct. 12, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., park, Guadalupe, www.limonroots.net.

9/20 - The Condé Nast Traveler World Savers Awards are awarded annually to travel companies from around the world for their leadership in social responsibility in the areas of cultural and environmental preservation, education, wildlife conservation, poverty alleviation and health initiatives. This year Nature Air was named the Overall Winner for Airlines, and Lapa Rios and Tabacon Lodge also wons awards in the Latin America category. Read more here..

9/20- VIVA Travel Guides is offering a oneweek travel-guidebook-writing boot camp in Tamarindo Sept. 27 to Oct. 1. Participants will learn about different types of guidebook writing, writing for the Web and travel writing. The cost is $350, or $250 for residents. After the program, participants will have the opportunity to stay on assignment and write for VIVA Travel Guides. For more information or to sign up, go to www. vivatravelguides.com/bootcamp.

CONCERTS:

Green Day in Concert: Oct. 29, Ricardo Saprissa Stadium, Tibás, tickets at Servimás outlets, Bansbach and Gollo stores, 2206-7770, www.specialticket.net.

9/4 - Team EXPLORE  from Sweden wins the Costa Rica Adventure Race. Read more.., www.arcostarica.com to see pics.

Upcoming Event: Blue Surf Sanctuary Billabong Girls Surf Camp w/Connie Arias 7/25 - 7/31. Check out the poster.

Upcoming Event: July 3rd - IRIE Fest, Property in front of Geko Tower, Plaza Real Cariari, Heredia at 2 p.m. Featuring: Mykal Rose (Black Uhuru), Jah Cure, Richie Spice, Pressure, Cultura Profetica, Kingolovers, Ft. Jahricio & Noah. See the poster here, and buy your tickets here. Irie Fest 2010: With Jah Cure, Richie Spice, Mykal Rose of Black Uhuru, Cultura Profética, Cali P, Pressure, Kingo Lovers, Ojo de Buey, Rising Sound DJs, July 3, 1 p.m., in front of Torre Geko, Real Cariari Mall, Ciudad Cariari, Heredia, www.costaricaticket.com.

Zephyr Eco Market ORGANIC PRODUCE MARKET THIS SATURDAY, Mar. 13TH, 11-2 PM entrance to Witch's Rock Surf Camp/ "Eat@Joe's" Bring your jars for PB and your shopping bags!

Pothole Mag Party

Upcoming Event: Pothole Magazine Party at Laguna de Cocodrilo in Tamarindo. DJ's, prizes, magazine launch! Only 3000c admission.

Upcoming Event: 3/7 - Metallica in Concert: 8 p.m., Ricardo Saprissa Stadium, Tibás, www.specialticket.net.

Fe de Agua Movie Poster

5/7: Worldwide Movie release of Fe de Agua to take place at Aqua Discoteque in Tamarindo on May 7th. Read more.

Upcoming Event: The Fourth Annual Costa Rica International Film Festival - Montezuma will be held November 2010 at Sano Banano, Organico, Luz de Mono, Los Mangos, Chico's, and other great venues around the breath-taking beach side village of Montezuma, Costa Rica. For more info, visit - montezumafilmfestival.com

4/24 - Check out Johnny Mananas Art Gallery in Playa Negra. He just opened and has myriad works in his place along with some of the most beautiful surf photos mounted and ready to go from world Famous Tony Roberts.

4/24 - Check out Pavones featured in the Robb Report, one of the classiest mags on the planet - LINK. Or for a more local flavor, check out The Pothole, live from Tamarindo - LINK.

4/18 - Have you ever wanted to scuba dive off Isla de Coco? Now CR Surf Travel Co. offers to help you plan your trip with the Okeanos Aggressor. Visit their site here to take a peek of their rates and dates.

4/11- Puerto Viejo and the Caribbean Coast featured in Sunday's New York Times!! Check the gallery here.

3/7 - Shark Island will begin broadcasting in the United States on April 1 on National Geographic’s new Geo Wild channel. It will highlight Isla de Coco, 365 miles off the Cost Rica coastline. The new documentary is part of National Geographic’s Ocean Now series, an effort to visit and film the last remaining healthy marine ecosystems on the planet.

3/7 - Bryson Robertson and Hugh Patterson of Vancouver, Canada, visited Playa Herradura on the central Pacific coast as part of their three-year circumnavigation of the globe on their boat, Khulula. Dubbed OceanGybe, the expedition aims to document the state of the oceans and beaches it visits, search out the best surfing waves and meet new people. For more on the expedition and its findings, go to www.oceangybe.com.

2/13 - The Krewe of Sirena in Esterillos Oeste had its second annual Mardi Gras Festival Feb. 13. The parade had decorated floats, cars, trucks, bicycles, horses, motorcycles and music. Read more on the Playa Esterillos Blog.

2/13 - Cabinas La Ponderosa in Pavones makes it into Sports Illustrated. Read the article.

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Upcoming Event: 14th Presidential Challenge of Costa Rica Fishing Tournament: Proceeds benefit the Billfish Foundation, March 5-7, Playa Carrillo, Guanacaste, www.preschallenge.com.

Benefit Concert: For the Playa Cocles lifeguard program, Chile Rojo restaurant, Puerto Viejo, Limón, Jan. 31, 8:30 p.m.

ERA Adventures trains lifeguards in Playa Guiones. Read more from the Voice of Nosara online.

10/9: Click to see the latest news and photos from the Carnival in Limon.

10/9: Garage Sale in Puerto Viejo is seeking supplies for 'recycled art' projects. Find out more..

9/9: Teams from National Geographic will visit Isla del Coco in submarines between Sept. 9 and Oct. 1. While scientists gather data, film crews will shoot scenes for an hour-long documentary to be aired on the National Geographic Channel. Follow the trip at www.ocean.nationalgeographic.com. Scientists will upload daily photos, videos and reports to the website during their visit.

8/26: Puerto Limón was chosen this year as the finish line for the Transat Jacques Vabre, the third most important yacht race in the world. The starting point will be Le Havre port, in northeast France. The course over the Atlantic, covering some 5,000 nautical miles or 4,350 miles, is expecting more than 50 vessels to compete at the end of this year. The beginning of the long voyage is scheduled for the 7th and 8th of November and is expected to end 12 days later in Puerto Limón, in the Costa Rican Caribbean.

Upcoming Event: The inaugural Tamarindo Film Festival. The dates are set for 24th - 27th March, 2010. More details will be released onto the website www.tamarindofilmfestival.com in the first week of September. Guana productions believes that this festival will become a regular date in Tamarindo’s calendar. Tamarindo is the ideal place for such a festival with a great variety of hotels, restaurants and bars as well as stunning surrounding scenery giving visitors another reason not to miss out on the region. Any individuals or businesses wishing to be involved should contact tamarindofilmfestival (at) gmail.com.

8/30 - The last day of August will be celebrated in Costa Rica – as well as in many places around the world – as a day to promote and commemorate black culture, with the annual Gala Parade through the streets of the Caribbean port city of Limón. For more information, go to www.limonroots.net.

Upcoming event: Expo Manuel Antonio 2009: Travel fair, Sept. 24-26, Costa Verde Hotel, Manuel Antonio, Puntarenas, call 2777-3822 for more information, or visit www.expomanuelantonio.travel.

 

Nosara Community News:

(moved 8/16/11) Local resident, 5 year old Jacob Cameron, has been diagnosed with a tumor on his brain stem. His only option was to go to Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado where he is now under going treatment. His mother,  Angelina, is a teacher at Del Mar Academy. His father David is a local electrician who worked with Mark the Welder and is known by the locals as 'Cameron'. Jacob’s treatment is costly and the community of Nosara has organized a fundraiser to help the family with costs. Please visit www.nosaraweb.com/Fundraiser-for-Jacob.html for more information.

Jacob Cameron, de 5 años de edad ha sido diagnosticado con un tumor del tronco encefalico. El no ha podido ser tratado en Costa Rica así que ha sido trasladado a Denver, Colorado. Su madre Angelina es una local Nosareña, maestra en la Academia del Mar. Su padre David es electricista y solía trabajar con Mark el soldador y es conocido por los locales como Camarón.


January 11 -
Community Day at Del Mar Academy.

January 12 - Biblioteca David Kitson's annual Patrons' Thank You Party
January 16 - Del Mar Academy Scholarship Fund's 2nd Annual Dinner and Silent Auction
January 29th - Nosara Wildlife Rescue, the partner organization of Friends of Nosara that incorporates Sibu Sanctuary and Refugio Animales de Nosara, has made a change in the date of their Second Annual Save the Howler Monkeys Auction.  Details will soon be posted at www.friendsofnosara.org/EventCalendar.html

 

Upcoming Event: Holiday parties in Manuel Antonio and Quepos - El Gran Escape will have a Traditional Christmas dinner (Dec. 25th, 4:00pm til….Turkey & all the trimmings-Marsha’s awesome desserts!) & also their annual New Year’s Eve party mardi-gras style with the comparza (drums & dancers) & a buffet dinner (Call to make reservations: 2777-0395) New Year’s Eve with live music at Dos Locos, usually there are fireworks on the seawall, Wacky Wanda’s, Los Pescadores, Kamuk Casino also planning events.

Upcoming event: NOFX in concert in San Jose on December 12th. Find out more..

Upcoming event: Congas Club will host a Reggae Root Festival 2009 on Saturday December 19th with Kingo Lovers (Roots Live Band) and CIBERDJ2010 (old school reggae dj). The cost of the tickets for this event is 2,500.00 colons. Congas is located in the old Bar Fusion, 300 meters north of Pizza Hut in Jacó Beach, Costa Rica. For more information please contact 2643-1200.

12/6: The Lab Surf Company is sending Gary Saavedra, Otto Flores, Magnum Martínez and Diego Naranjo around the country to test some of their new model boards by Michael Barron and Bill Johnson. They will be in Playa Grande on Dec. 8th from 8-10 a.m. and in Playa Avellanas on Dec. 9th from 9-11 a.m. following by the evening at KOI Sushi Lounge in Tamarindo. Visit www.thelabsurfcompany.com for more details.

Upcoming Event: Basketball Bingo at the Surfers Sports Pub in Langosta. October 2nd at 7 p.m.. Funds go to the Country Day School Basketball Team. Here's the flyer.

8/9 - After several months of work, the National Tourism Chamber (CANATUR) has unveiled two new digital maps of Costa Rica. Click here to view the maps..

Upcoming Event: Safari Surf School's “Surf Fit” Camp with Pete Estabrooks November 1st - 8th, 2009. Get your early bird discount!

Upcoming Event: WavesCR is hosting two exclusive surf camps during the 2009 World Surfing Games, held in Playa Hermosa, from July 29th to August 8th. Read more..

7/31: The ninth annual Robert August Surf and Turf, the charity surfing and golf tournament with the legend himself, was set to kick off yesterday and run through Aug. 4. It will once again benefit the children of our community through its collaboration with the nonprofit CEPIA. Events include a welcome barbecue at the Best Western, a surf day, dinner, golf at Hacienda Pinilla, event party, catamaran tour, Witch's Rock and Ollie's tour and more. For more information, contact Robert Twine at rtwine@ turfsafari.com or 8877-7209.

--> There's still some steals from MIA to SJO for under $200, but American Airlines is charging $5 more for their checked bags starting on August 14th. Now the first bag is $20, the second is $30. Continental, Delta, and others are also raising their fees, but deduct $5 if you pay online. Here is a great chart to share with friends on fees for frequent fliers, changing tickets, and baggage, from AirFareWatchDog.com.

--> Isla de Coco drops from contention in the NEW Seven Wonders of the World. Still in the running are the Grand Canyon in the United States, the Amazon Rain Forest, Angel Falls in Venezuela, the Dead Sea, the Galapagos Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. The winners will be announced in 2011.

--> On May 15th, TACA changed its surfboard bag fees to $95 each way ($80 to/from Miami to SJO). To petition the high cost of surfboard charges on airlines, click here.. www-surfers-against-airline-fees.com

Bet Shalom Reggae in SanJose


7/15: Este miercoles 15 de Julio Bet-Shalom Roots Reggae Band se estara presentando en el Cuartel de la BOCA del Monte a las 9 pm..el cover sera de 2 mil colones .... esperamos su participacion!!!...asi mismo se les agradecera la ayuda para comunicar el evento en sus medios y a sus contactos.....muchas bendiciones!!!!! ROOTS!!!

6/7: There will be a volunteer / sponsor meeting on Sunday, June 7th at 6PM at Cabinas Las Olas in Playa Hermosa for the Soulstice Pro.  Volunteers and Sponsors are needed to help with this event which comprises two beach cleanups and a local surf contest, from 6/18 to 6/20. Read more..

6/6: The next Tamarindo Beach Fair is this Saturday, June 6th, on the beach behind Witchs Rock Surf Camp. Besides the organic market, there will be crafts, live music, kids activities, and booths from other local businesses.

6/4: Hotel Poseidon is offering: Local’s Appreciation Month - 2x1 Dinner Entrees Nightly 5:00 pm - 7 pm. Groups 5 people and over Call for Reservations, Please… Calle Bohio 2643-1642

CURRENT: Leila is hosting RainforestAid09 on her farm this year, and she invites you to join all of us at the festival June 19-21st, 2009, Summer Solstice. Watch the RainforestAid09 Educational Video. Join them in celebration of culture, and diversity and help support education, health and existing rainforest preservation efforts adjacent to Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica. For more information, visit www.rainforestaid09.com.

Fashion Show at Bar1 in Tamarindo 5-9-09

5/5: Papaya Con Leche together with CEPIA (A non-profit organization who provides Culture, Education, and Psycology for infants and adolescents of low-income families in Guanacaste) are creating a fashion show on Saturday, May 9th, 2009 at Sushi/Bar Lounge known as BAR 1 at 8pm. Papaya Con Leche known for its famous TRASHION FASHION is presenting a whole new collection of swim wear, casual beach wear & formal night gowns designed exclusively for our Winter 2009 collection. With an innovative style and illuminating artistic creation, this amazing show will transcendent fashion and artistic performances throughout the night. The collection of Papaya Con Leche is a very unique and stylish custom made swim wear collection together with casual beach wear and a touch of elegance with gowns of exclusive fabric creations. The final section of the fashion show is an exclusive collection of gowns custom made by using scraps of leftover fabrics as patchwork, in order to always commemorate and remind the public that recycling is possible, even in the world of fashion!

4/26: Alpha Blondy will be playing two shows in Costa Rica next weekend! On May 1st, the international reggae star from the Ivory Coast hits the stage in Cartago, with Plan B. (Puerto Viejo), Bet Shalom, Talawa, and Moonlight Dub Experience. Then on Saturday May 2nd he plays in Jaco at the Hotel Docelunas along with bands Unity and Fuerte Dread.

3/21: BikeHike Adventures is highlighting their signature Coast to Coast Adventure Challenge: 15 days biking, hiking and rafting from the Pacific to the Caribbean, solely by muscle power. The expedition runs on a monthly basis and the cost of the trip is US $2599 and includes: all equipment, most meals, all accommodations, support vehicle, veteran guides, one domestic flight and airport transfers. The adventure starts and concludes in San Jose, Costa Rica and space is limited to 12 travellers.

3/21: La Paz Community School proudly presents “A Night Under the Stars” on Saturday, March 21st at the Voodoo Lounge in Tamarindo. The adult evening will include a four course meal + wine, door prizes, a raffle with an ipod and camera, a Mayan astrologist, music, dancing, and more! The event is being held to raise funds for La Paz’s scholarship program and for the construction of their new classrooms. Students will be coming home this week with tickets to sell to friends, family, and community members. Thanks for your support in helping to make this an enjoyable evening for everyone! Tickets are $35 per person (dinner, wine and raffle included). For more information please call 2654-4532, or email paz@ lapazschool.org

3/10: The Association for Culture, Education and Psychology for Children and Adolescents (CEPIA), together with the surfer, Federico Pilurzu are organizing an event to raise funds for children at risk in the Canton of Santa Cruz (Guanacaste). To accomplish this task on March 14, beginning at 6 pm there will be a production of Magic Moon to be held at the Sushi Bar in Hotel Cala Luna, Playa Langosta. More details and the flyer..

3/1/09: Jaco Art Festival a Huge Success. Click to see the photo gallery from The Jaco Sun.

2/24: Fund raising event for Fe De Agua Film Project and Fe De Agua Scholarship at Cala Luna, Playa Langosta. Wednesday - March 4th beginning at 5pm - through the night. Sunset Cocktails accompanied by music from Avellinos on the beach (included in the price) To be followed by all you can eat sushi at La Caletta. Live auction with auctioneer Paul Belanger. Live Music by Emily Malloy, Josh Engels and DJ Ciro. Featuring Alrick Brown’s Video Presentation. Cost - $35 p/p RSVP in advance at info@fedeagua.com Or call Thornton Cohen 8339-5570. Read more..

2/19: Organic Market this Saturday (2/21) in Tamarindo - Pura Vida Health Marketplace has decided to collaborate with Surfrider Foundation, Tamarindo Recycles, Artist Fair al centro and the Christian Surfers of Tamarindo Surf Tournament this Saturday, February 21st, 9am -4pm or when the oranges run out!    Let's start our farmer's market.... Guanacaste style! Beach front at the public parking lot next to Witch's Rock Surf Camp in front of the tounament you can join us anytime for good people and good health. Pura Vida Health market - a place to be happy and healthy together! See you Saturday!

2/7: New map by MapCR.com shows recent earthquake events and where roads are closed. Click for Costa Rica Earthquake Map

2/6: The 9th Annual "Have a Heart" Charity Golf Tournament will be held at Hacienda Pinilla on Valentine's Day, February 14th. The money raised goes to "Amigos de la Educacion", a non-profit helping local schools. For more info, send an e-mail or call 2653-0270.

2/1: Jaco News from Chuck at WOW Surf Shop - We are inaugurating our new park with Artistic activities and concerts all week right thru next weekend . The park is so nice, all paver brick sidewalks thru it and lots of trees and such and we even have a few of the painted cows from the Intl. Cow Parade in there! We have needed a central meeting place for the townspeople for a long time and with our new family friendly Muni. We are accomplishing it! Come on in and check it out, Jaco has gotten some weird press coverage in the past but we do understand if you invested somewhere else like most of the rich “TICOS” did you want your investment to grow and Jaco is just growing too fast and of course its still over 50% “TICO” owned and priced for our local tourists as well. Casado right across the street from the shop at Carlos place for 3$ including a fruit drink and prepped by his wife ! Unreal ! Anyways come on in and join us when you get a chance ! Pura Vida and Happy Surfing ! Chuck and the CREW at W.O.W. SURF ! Oh I will be in Tamarindo this Teusday , Wednesday and Thursday visiting some  friends , if you own a shop or school and you would like to meet up with me to ask questions about our surf product give us a call at 8390-4804.

12/11: Jet Blue Airways, which opened a hub for Latin America in March at Orlando, Florida, said Wednesday it would begin flights to San José March 26. The Orlando route will give Costa Rican residents options to fly to New York, Boston and 11 other U.S. destinations, the airline said. The company plans a flight a day leaving Orlando at 10:40 a.m. with arrival in San Jose's Juan Santamaría airport at 11:53 a.m. local time. The return flight will leave San José at 12:48 p.m. and arrive in Orlando at 5:55 p.m. Fares will run from $99 each way, the company said. Boardbags are $75 each way.

The Association for Culture, Education and Psychology for Children and Adolescents (CEPIA), together with the surfer, Federico Pilurzu are organizing an event to raise funds for children at risk in the Canton of Santa Cruz (Guanacaste). To accomplish this task on March 14, beginning at 6 pm there will be a production of Magic Moon to be shown at the Sushi Bar in Hotel Cala Luna, Playa Langosta. More details and the flyer..

--> Puntarenas Carnival: Concerts, dances, cultural activities, mascaradas, comparsas, fireworks, Feb. 12-22; parade, Feb. 21, 5 p.m., Puntarenas, www.puntarenas.com/carnavales.

--> 9th Annual Have a Heart Charity Golf Tournament: Feb. 14, Hacienda Pinilla Golf Course, Guanacaste, proceeds go to education and scholarships in Guanacaste, 2653-0270, amigos educacioncr@gmail.com.

--> Valentine’s Dinner: With live instrumental and romantic Latin music, Feb. 14, 6 p.m., Gaia Hotel & Reserve, Manuel Antonio, 2777-9797, ext. 570.

--> 2009 Jacó Arts Festival: Concerts, photography, painting and sculpture exhibits, crafts fair, theater, circus, parades, mascaradas, cimarronas, educational workshops, through Feb. 8, Recreational and Ecological Park, Av. Pastor Díaz, Jacó, Puntarenas.

--> The next date for the Circuito Nacional surf contest series will be in Nosara on February 7th and 8th. Then follows event #5 in Playa Carmen on March 7th and 8th.

12/8: "Pura Vida Health" , Tamarindo's own unique marketplace of certified organic, organic, homegrown fresh produce and local handmade products and crafts is born!  The fair is set to kick off January 8, 9 and 10 and run every two weeks (Thursdays 1pm-4pm, Friday and Saturdays 8:30am-noon).   We have graciously been given use of the Vodoo Lounge Art Zentro's back garden bar to host this epic bi-monthly event. (directly behind Vodoo Lounge, next to Plaza Conchal, across from Cabinas Coral Reef)

***We are actively seeking people, families and small local businesses who are interested in selling or donating their certified organic, organic, homegrown and/or homemade produce/products and/or participate in the fair.***  Please send this email or pass our contact information to anyone you think may benefit from the market as a consumer and/or vendor (that, of course, means EVERYONE you know, right?!)  And help us bring a place to be happy and healthy together to our community.  More information will come soon about the kick off party on January 8th 2009.

11/25: In Puerto Viejo, ArteViva ’08 was going to take place November 28-30, but IT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. We'll keep you updated when it plans to happen. For information, see www.arteviva-puertoviejo.com.

11/7: Montezuma will be holding its 2nd Annual International Film Festival on November 13-16th. Find out more at www.montezumafilmfestival.com

11/1: Costa Rica is becoming a top 'whale tourism' destination as Humpback whales visit the coast from August to October and from December to April. Read more..

10/20: Surftech is having a promotion on their new line of soft boards "BLACKTIP" and "SOFTOPS" if your getting ready for next season fill your shops and schools up with these and save some $$. This offer its valid till mid November, 2008. 9'0 Black Tips starting at $299.00 + tax, 8'0 Softops $369.00 + tax price incluedes on time delivery. surftech@ bluetrailz.com.

10/1: Hotel Punta Islita was this month honored as one of the top 100 hotels around the world by Travel + Leisure Magazine. Punta Islita, on the Nicoya Peninsula on the Pacific coast, was the only hotel in Central America named to the magazine’s esteemed Top 100 Hotels list. Click here to see the whole list.

9/29: The Bocas de Nosara Academic High School has been awarded a grant for new computer equipment worth $185,000, but in order to receive it must refurbish the old lab. Read this letter and support Costa Rica's future - it's children.

CONTESTS

Boca Barranca Surf Contest

10/8- Boca Barranca Classic is back this weekend To benefit the Children's Home Monserrat. Read more.

Upcoming Event: Surf Contest in El Hoyo, Puntarenas (Playa Caldera) on Sept. 21-22 with major sponsors Billabong and Hurley. Categories from grommets to masters, plus bodyboard and women's divisions. Poster is here.

Costa Rica Surf Contest at Playa Caldera

7/30 - It's Official: Jair Perez is the new National Surf Champion of Costa Rica. Lisbeth Vindas is 10x Women's Champion. Noe Mar takes the Junior Men's Title and Leilani McGonagle the Jr. Women's. Read more.

Olman Morales wins the Reef Grand Final in front of 4,000 people. See all the results here.

Congrats to all Costa Rican National Champs- Jair Perez (open), Beti Vindas (women), Noe Mar McGonagle (juniors), Leilani McGonagle (junior girls), Leo Calvo (boys), Malakai Martinez (minigroms), and Anthony Flores (longboard).

8/5 - Jason Torres wins the 1st stop on the Puerto Viejo Open Pro in Playa Cocles. Check all the results and highlights here.

7/7 - Anthony Segura from Esterillos wins the Surf for Youth contest in Marbella in powerful waves. Read more.

Upcoming Event: Surf contest in Santa Teresa organized by the local Surf Association this weekend - July 13th and 14th. Check the details on their Facebook page. CRsurf is sponsoring this event for the 3rd year running!

6/22 - Jair Perez wins the Copa Olympus Tough, Emily Gussoni takes the Women's crown. See photos and the results here.

6/18 - Costa Rica finaliza de 12 entre 30 selecciones en el Mundial Junior de Surf. Lea mas.

5/27 - Gilbert Brown and Lisbeth Vindas win in Nosara at the Kingston Cup. Read more.

Circuito Nacional de Surf
Schedule of Contests:

July 26,27,28 .... Playa Hermosa

 

Surf Contest in Uvita to benefit Dominical lifeguards

6/25/12 - Local Ronald Brown Wins the Second Cup in the Puerto Viejo Open Pro

Puerto Viejo Open Pro

Check out the video of the January 2012 Puerto Viejo Open Pro, held in Playa Cocles
created by WipeOut Films

 

Ronald Brown wins the Puerto Viejo Open Pro Surf Contest, February 5th, in Puerto Viejo - video by Wipe Out Films.

Heats (courtesy of Whappin Caribe)
1. Gabriel Hidalgo, Ronald Brown, Carlos Grenald, Kalani
2. Dario Menendez, Vincenzo Rivas, Leo Downer, Angelo Bonomelli
3. Elliot Easton, Juanma Montero, Alexander Downer, Diego Naranjo
4. Jason Torres, Ramon Taliani, Victor Santaclaire, Meneka
...5. Mauricioo Umana, Simone Wettein, Gilbert Brown, Legalize
6. Juan Chambers, David Macraking, Topo Hernandez, Tequila
7. Olman Morales, David Herrera, Jordan Hernandez, Red Guzzardo
8. Linford Forcheney, Misael Brown, Freddy Camacho, Luis Castro
9. Ian Gagstatter, Antony Still, Beto Munoz, Hildemon Downer
10. Kemba Boo, Johnny Chambers, Antony Segura, Marco Rojas
11. Johnatan Hernandez, Paul Witman, Devon Brown, Dexter Lewis
12. Jerry Brown, Carl Brown, Luigi Aguero

 

12/6 - Costa Rica team is 6-time Champion of the Central American Surfing Games. Anthony Fillingim from Santa Teresa takes 1st in Open, CRSurf team rider Noe Mar McGonagle takes 1st in Juniors, Nataly Bernold takes 1st in Womens, Bruno Carvalho takes 1st in Boys, and Anthony Flores takes 1st in Longboard. Read more from all 3 days of competition (in Spanish).

Reef Central American Surfing Games - December 1-4

 

Gran Fiesta for the Centro America Surfing Games

11/19 - The 10th Annual Pura Vida No Pro is being held Nov 19th:  Each year, a special group of orphaned children from San Jose look forward to an unforgettable day of philanthropy, fun and surf.  Just $50 sponsors one child to attend this event.  Hearts of Stone is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization based in Arizona that benefits at-risk youth with projects in US and Central America.  To make a tax deductible donation in the US, visit www.puravidanopro.org.  or to volunteer or donate here in Costa Rica: contact John O'Toole, the event Director at puravidanopro@gmail.com.

11/8 - Reef Centroamérica Surfing Games repartirá 2.5 millones de colones ($5000 in prizes plus SANSA airline tickets). Read more.

10/30 - Carlos Munoz wins the SoCosta / Pura Vida Hookup Surf Contest in Playa Hermosa de Uvita. David Herrara wins 50.000 colones in expression session. Check all the results on the SoCosta Facebook page. Pics from Punto Surf

10/25 - ¡Tico Craig ‘Tequila’ Schieber es el nuevo Campeón Mundial de Surf! Andrea Díaz quinta del mundo e iguala el papel del otro tico Jason Torres en un Mundial. Costa Rica entró al top 10 por equipos y cerró sétimo. Lea mas aqui

10/22 - Andrea Diaz and 'Tequila' climb to the top 10 in the World Masters Surfing Championship. Day 4 scores

10/19 - Team Costa Rica prepares to rise through the ranks of the repercharge heats in the ISA World Masters contest in El Salvador. Day 2 results

10/18 - Day 1 of the ISA World Masters Surf Championship in El Salvador. Andrea Diaz passes her first heat. Read more.

10/11 - Noe Mar McGonagle and Diego Naranjo are in France for the world finals of Quiksilver's King of the Groms contest, held during the WCT pro event. Check out the Surfos Magazine created videos of them around the country on the CRsurf team rider's page.

10/11 - Craig Scheiber from Puerto Viejo will be headed to El Salvador for the ISA World Masters Contest, October 16th-23rd! Joining him will be Costa Rican masters Gustavo Cashillo, Randall Chavez, Mario Rodriguez, Alejandro Monge, Roberto Miranda, and Andrea Diaz. Read more on the selection here.

10/3 - Reymar Ramirez takes the Campeonato Nacional de Bodyboard 2011. Read more. (English and Spanish)

Upcoming Event: SoCosta Surf Contest on October 29th at Playa Hermosa de Uvita.

SoCosta Surf Contest

 

9/25 - Check out the pics on Facebook of the Puerto Viejo Open Pro, held Sept. 3rd. Thanks to Wipeout Films for sharing. Visit - www.puertoviejoopenpro.com - for details.

Upcoming Event: The International Surfing Association is pleased to announce that the 2012 edition of the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship, the largest junior surf competition in the world, will be held in Panama from Saturday, April 14 until Sunday, April 22. Read More - En español

9/25 - 1st Annual Costa Rica Skim Jam - Playa Hermosa. Winners~
Cat Flat: Daniela Acosta
Cat Intermedio: Roberto Lopez
Cat Open: Daniel Sasso
Visit the Skim CR Facebook page for updates.

9/6 - Felicidades to Gilbert Brown for winning the Puerto Viejo Open Pro last weekend held at Playa Cocles. Second place went to Jason Torres, followed by Ronald Brown and Jordan Hernandez. Look for photos on www.solosurfcr.com

8/26 - Jason Torres está de vuelta: ¡Campeón  del Nicaragua Latin Pro 6 Estrellas! Lea mas. (in English, too)

7/18 - Dereck Peters wins the Quiksilver Costa Rica Open presented by Olympus, hosted by the Luz de Vida Resort! The three TACA tickets winners for the best wave score each day were: Anthony Fillingim, Jason Torres, and Luis Vindas. Updates in the Contest News area on the CRsurf home page. Videos from MalPaiSurfCam.com: Day 1 - Day 2 - Day 3

6/8 - CR Surf Team rider Leilani McGonagle from Pavones had a triple victory at the finals in Playa Hermosa ast weekend winning (girls U12, U15 and U18 divisions). She won 2 national titles in the overall season ranking (U12 and U15 girls) and 2nd in U18 girls. " To all my sponsors- Roxy, Carton Surfboards, Xtrak,  CRSurf.com, and Sen-sei (Alex Outerbridge) at Shooting Star Studio, Thanks for your support and believing in me."

5/29 - Costa Rica team takes 12th place at ISA Jr. World Surfing Games. Day 6

5/27 - Con Carlos Muñoz en el Top 16, Costa Rica termina participación en Perú · Anthony Fillingim cerró de 21 entre los 100 mejores juniors. Mas aqui..

5/26 - Anthony Fillingim y Carlos Muñoz avanzan como líderes a ronda cinco. Lea mas..

5/24 - Día 3 en Mundial Junior ‘Boys Sub 16’ levantan cabeza en un día con notas altas Alberto Muñoz en sub 18 también avanzó a la ronda dos, donde esperan sus similares. Sub 16, Tomás King, iguala la ola más alta del evento hasta hoy de 9.00 puntos. Lea mas..

5/22 - ISA World Junior Surfing Games Day 1 from Punta Hermosa, Peru - Contest News: Boys Under 18 division score highest of National Team. Read more (en espanol)

5/16 - Felipe Pozuelo ganó la segunda fecha y es favorito al título con 17 años. Vea aqui los resultos del torneo. Felipe Pozuelo wins the second date and is the favorite for the title at 17 years old. Read more..

5/2 - Luis Vindas wins the Copa Off! at Santa Teresa and now is the two-time champion of the CNS Tour. Read more (in spanish)

5/2 - CRSurf team rider Leilani McGonagle took 2nd in Junior Womens, 2nd in Girls Grommet, and 1st in Girls MiniGrommets during the Santa Teresa surf event. She is sponsored by CRsurf.com, Carton Surfboards, and Roxy. Here is her latest video on You Tube. Check out her surf team page and interview here - LINK

4/30 - Día uno en la Copa OFF! en Santa Teresa - Luis Vindas a una serie de ser campeón nacional. Lea mas..

4/25 - At last weekend's local surf fest in Playa Ostional, Stone Van Timmeren took 1st Place in the Junior Division and Cristian SantaMaria won 1st place Open Division. Thanks to Oscar from Del Mar Surf Camp for the news!

4/22 - The 1st Annual Dominical Lifeguards 'Semana Santa Surf Classic' was a huge success featuring big waves, big crowds and generating over $1500 and lots of community good will. Special thanks to Justin Hague and Jose Moreno Lopez as creators and chief organizers. Jossue Venegas, a Dominical lifeguard, won the event and 100,000 colones (~$200). See the rest of the results in the Dominical report by Jazzys River House. Photos here on Facebook.

4/25 - Leon Williams won the "Pavones Bowl Contest" hosted by Nasional Skateboards and Punta Saleas Lodge on April 18th. 2nd place- Carlos Blanco, 3rd- Mark Gilberto, 4th - Jimmy Jimenez. The winner received a new board from local shaper, Randy Walker. Waves were 3-4 feet, with long sections, and over 150 spectators came out to watch. Yoseth Alvarado was the champ of the Skateboard part of the event. Photos on Facebook, thanks to Punto Surf (surf radio show on 104.7 FM) who organized the event.

4/23 - From VoiceOfNosara.com - Christian Santamaria wins first local contest at Playa Ostional. Read more..

4/18 - Jair Perez wins the Panama Reef Classic in Playa Venao. Anthony Fillingim takes 3rd. Carlos Munoz wins for the Juniors, with Noe Mar McGonagle earning 3rd place. And Lisbeth Vindas takes 2nd place in the Women's Division. Overall, a great Tico showing. Read more.. (in Spanish)

4/11 - The first community-sponsored school surf contest was a great success with over 100 kids competing in Tamarindo. Read more.

4/4 - CRSURF team riders take 1st in Nosara's Quiksilver Cup. Noe Mar wins the Boys Division and Leilani McGonagle wins the Grommet Girls division. Congratulations to you both! Link..

Check out the photos from the Copa Quiksilver, held in Playa Guiones, the third stop on the CNS tour, thanks to Fabian Sanchez at SurfingCR.net - LINK to album.

4/3 - Jair Pérez ganó la Copa Quiksilver y le mete presión Vindas. (Jair Perez wins the Quiksilver Cup and applies the pressure to Luis Vindas for the title) CRSURF team riders take 1st in Nosara's Quiksilver Cup. Noe Mar wins the Boys Division and Leilani McGonagle wins the Grommet Girls division. Congratulations to you both! Click for results and the article in Spanish. Photo in the 'Favorites' section above.

3/29 - Carlos Munoz and Jair Perez recently flew to Huntington Beach to compete in the Vans Pier Classic. Both made it through a lot of heats in the main event, and Carlos made it to the quarter finals of the Jr. Pro contest. Read more about the event on the Vans website.

3/22 - Noe Mar McGonagle from Pavones (and CRSURF team rider) wins the Quiksilver King of the Groms in Playa Hermosa. Lea mas. (en español)

3/13 - Sebastián Madriz coronó la primera fecha del Circuito Metropolitano. (Sebastian Madriz is crowned champ on the first date of the Metro Surf Circuit). Lea mas.

2/28 - Luis Vindas gana el Division Open en Palo Seco. Lea mas con fotos aqui.. Luis Vindas wins the 2nd stop on the CNS tour. Jordan Hundley takes the women's division, and Anthony Fillingim wins Juniors. Noe Mar McGonagle takes the Boys <16 1st prize and Leilani wins the Girls <15 crown. Luis Vindas wins the Open Division in the Torneo Brit Iced last weekend in Jaco. Lisbeth Vindas takes the women's division. Read more..

2/7 - Ronald Brown wins the Puerto Viejo Open Pro! Check the winning wave, filmed by WipeOutFilms.com ~

1/11 - From CRsurfcam.com: Congratulations to Jim Hogan for winning the Backyard Master's Surf Series and to Gustavo Castillo and Tequila for 2nd & 3rd Place. Congratulations to Luis Vindas and Carlos Munoz for winning the Backyard Open Surf Series 2010!

1/4 - Carlos 'Cali' Munoz is the top surfer in Costa Rica, according to the sports site Tico Deporte. With over 2700 votes, he received 23% with CRSURF team rider Noe Mar McGonagle taking 2nd with 18%. You can see the tally here - LINK.

12/8 - Jair Perez wins the Reef Classic Pro Open Division in Santa Teresa. Carlos Munoz takes Juniors title. Read more (en español)..

11/22 - Costa Rica wins their 5th title in the Central American Championships in Nicaragua. Noe Mar McGonagle, CRSURF team rider takes 1st in Juniors. See more results..

11/14 - The first Tamarindo locals surf contest was hosted on November 13-14th, and had many winners. Read more, courtesy of the Tamarindo News.

Surf Contest at Playa del Carmen November 27-28th. Check out the Santa Teresa Surf Association's Facebook page. Video taken at Asociacion de Surf de Santa Teresa Local Surf Contest at Playa Carmen.

11/9 - Kelly Slater wins his 10th World Title and the Ripcurl Search Pro in Puerto Rico. Read more in English and español aqui.

11/18/11 -

Pura Vida No Pro

8/29 - Jason Torres está de vuelta: ¡Campeón  del Nicaragua Latin Pro 6 Estrellas! Lea mas. (in English, too)

7/17 - FINAL DAY! - Estadounidense Dereck Peters campeón del Quiksilver Costa Rica Open · Jefferson Tascón lleva por primera vez la bandera colombiana a un podio internacional. · Luis Vindas con tercer tiquete aéreo internacional, cortesía de SANSA, tras su ola de 8.00 puntos. Lea Mas.

Videos from MalPaiSurfCam.com:

Day 1 - Day 2 - Day 3

7/17 - Locals Maykol Torres and Noe Mar McGonagle defeat Clay Marzo · Jason Torres made a 9.5 and takes the air ticket courtesy of SANSA. Check who's in the quarterfinals here.

7/16 - Quiksilver Costa Rica Open, día uno Ticos sacaron su mejor surf en el arranque. Lea aqui.

7/15 - Entrevista con Gilbert Brown de Quiksilver, Costa Rica.

7/14 - Clay Marzo will be there, along with many other international surf professionals.

Quiksilver Costa Rica Open llegará a 20 millones de televisores. Lea mas.

Olympus Presents the Quiksilver Costa Rica Open - Playa Santa Teresa

7/5 - The Costa Rica team finished 11th this year at the Billabong World Surfing Games held in Playa Venao, with Team Australia taking the top prize. For the men, Anthony Fillingim made it through to 13th place and for the women, Lisbeth Vindas earned an equal 13th place, with the team's youngest competitor Leilani McGonagle earning a spot at #15. To read more about each days event, plus see photos and video links, click here - LINK.

6/27/11 - ISA World Surfing Games, Día uno Mediano arranque de Costa Rica en Panamá. Admirable clasificación de Leilani McGonagle en su primera serie del mundial. 70 por ciento del equipo pasó sin dificultad a ronda dos. Lea mas.

6/18/11 - Ronald Brown wins the Puerto Viejo Open Pro held in Playa Cocles. Read more..

6/12/11 - El título quedó en casa: ¡Lisbeth Vindas conquista su noveno campeonato nacional! Mas aqui. The title stays at home. Lisbeth Vindas takes her 9th national championship.

6/12/11 - Alberto Munoz wins plane ticket to 2012 VQS Champs in the Volcom Monkey Fish Series held June 4th in Jaco! Read more.

6/8/11 - Hundley Vs Vindas: El duelo estelar del fin de semana - Reef Gran Final en Playa Hermosa - Lea mas..

Quiksilver King of the Groms Surf Contest

6/5/11 - Noe Mar McGonagle wins the Quiksilver King of the Groms Regional event in Mazatlan!! The CRsurf (+Hurley, Etnies, and Oakley) team rider won a free ticket to France, where he will enter the world KOTG finals during the ASP event in October. Felicidades Noe! Read more..

KING OF THE GROMS VIDEO from WipeOutFilms - Good luck in Mexico, Noe Mar McGonagle!


4/11/11 - The first community-sponsored school surf contest was a great success in Tamarindo. Not only did the ocean cooperate with big waves, but also 102 kids ages 3 to 19 came out from all the local schools to compete. Gil’s Burritos and Mad Jack’s Bar and Grill Steakhouse fed all the volunteers and children on Saturday, and Witch’s Rock took care of the food Saturday night and Sunday.

Homeschool Beach Academy was the winning school. The individual winners of the different categories were:
Mini Menehunes: Sydney Gamier, Tristen Murray;
Menehunes: Luke Guinaldo, Surya Folger, Sadie Jones, Luke Martin;
Mini Grom Boys: Malakai Martínez, Tiago Carrique, David González, Selassea Quijada;
Grom Boys: Malakai Martínez, Dean Vandewalle, Liad Poni, David González;
Boys: Angelo Bonomelli, Malakai Martínez, Franchesco Depuit, Luiz Diego Ortiz;
Mini Grom Girls: Chloe Valverde, Charly Jordan, Morgan Guilarde, Maya Reeves;
Teen Girls: Tania González, Elissa Bronomelli, Maia Valverde, Marcela García.

Shannon Vacca, who organized the contest, is looking for sponsors for some of the local kids who want to participate in the 2011 National Surf Circuit. Anyone interested in helping these children may get in touch with her by email.

4/13/11 - From Steve at Jazzys River House - Today Dominical Beach and the Dominical Lifeguards are hosting the '1st Annual Semana Santa Surf Classic'. A Benefit Contest for the Lifeguards. With a 6am 9.1 medium high tide the morning events followed a dropping tide. The afternoon critical heats faced an increase in size on the rising tide. Overall the surf was big and closed out and scruffy around the edges with a stiff south breeze running through which worked toward clearing the sky as well as ruffling the water.

A full house crowd filled the beach; many local residents included. The surf conditions were more about survival than finesse but there were moments of greatness throughout the day. The lifeguards were clearly the leaders both in and out of the contest.

Lifeguard Ariel Gonsalez sprinted halfway down the beach to help make a spectacular rescue then sprinted back to put on his jersey and paddle out for his final heat then went back to work until it was time to take paddle out for the longboard division which he won with lifeguard Josue Venegas placing second.

Josue wound up top surfer of the day taking home the 1st place trophy for the open division along with his 2nd place win, longboard division.

Contest results:

Mens Open:
Josue Venegas 1st
David Herrera 2nd
Ariel Gonsalez 3rd

Womens Open: Erika Valverde U. 1st
Anna Herrera 2nd
Jussely Moreno Lopez 3rd

Longboard: Ariel Gonsalez 1st
Josue Venegas 2nd
Bob Clark 3rd

Amateur: Jorge Gonzales Rivera 1st
Victor Mendoza Hernandez 2nd
Caleb Mendez Venegas3rd

Grommets: Dylan Tubito 1st
Jordy de Dominicalito 2nd
Sam Bartow 3rd

The contest was hosted by SoCosta.com, PZFullParty.com, CostaRicaSurfAndDive.com, and the San Clemente Cabinas.

 

 

Santa Teresa Surf contest

Surf Contest at Playa del Carmen this weekend, November 27-28th, with a start on the beach at 7 p.m. Check out the Santa Teresa Surf Association's Facebook page.

 

11/1 - Here are the results of the SoCosta Surf Contest held 10/30 in Dominical. Open Girls, 1st: Ana Herrera, 2nd: Julia Mynett, 3rd: Erika Valverde Boys, 1st: Victor Mendoza, 2nd: Jordin Cabillo, 3rd: Miguel Sibaja Villanueva. Open Men, 1st: David H. Jimenez, 2nd: Rogelio Araya, 3rd: Ariel Gonzalez. Masters, 1st: Gene Harris, 2nd: Mike McMurray, 3rd: Russel Murray.

10/23 - From NosaraShack.com: Another local contest was held on Playa Carillo on Oct. 23rd, sponsored by Popo's Surf Camp and John John. The funds raised went to help the local elementary school. The top 5 finishers were: 1 Viberth Wingrove, 2 Nicky, 3 Luigi, 4 Ricardo, 5 Helver. Check out the photos here on SmugMug (and the photo of the week).

10/26 - Costa Rica places 9th at the World Surfing Games in Peru. Lisbeth Vindas and Carlos Munoz make the top 16. Read the story here.

Upcoming Event: Sol Surf 2010, presented by Lime Coral and the Federacion de Surf de Costa Rica, will be the final jewel of the Triple Crown, taking place in Manuel Antonio on October 9th and 10th. There will be $5,000 in prizes. Register Friday, Oct. 8th at the Barba Roja Restaurant from 5-7 p.m.

11/22 - Costa Rica wins their 5th title at the Central American Championships.. Read more..

Team RANKING

  1. Costa Rica 12.495 puntos.
  2. Nicaragua 10.080
  3. Guatemala 8.705
  4. El Salvador 8.300

RESULTS      

Open

  1. Rex Calderón (NIC)  14.97
  2. Jimmy Rotherham (SAL)  13.33
  3. Carlos Muñoz (CRI)  12.27
  4. Jair Pérez (CRI)  12.13

Junior

  1. Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI) 14.70
  2. Anthony Fillingim (CRI) 14.00
  3. Maikol Torres (CRI)  12.87
  4. Gefre Lima (GUA)  11.97

Women's Open

  1. Lisbeth Vindas (CRI) 10.33
  2. Esmeralda Lopez (SAL) 7.67
  3. Emily Gussoni (CRI) 6.47
  4. Cindy Lone (GUA) 5.03

Longboard

  1. José Espinoza (NIC) 10.07
  2. Anthony Flores (CRI) 8.83                      
  3. Henry Ortega (GUA)  6.93
  4. Adolfo Gómez (CRI)   6.73

Mens Bodyboard

  1. Richard Marin (CRI)  12.17
  2. Nestor Aleman (NIC) 8.27
  3. Rene Alvarez (SAL)  8.03
  4. Silder Melendez (SAL)6.90

Womens Bodyboard

  1. Jimena Calvo (CRI) 11.83
  2. Cindy Díaz (CRI) 6.40
  3. Alejandra Gil (GUA) 4.77
  4. Dirlan Rivas (NIC) 3.50

Costa Rica se impone en el primer día y luce sólido para el título. 15 de 16 atletas de tiquicia clasificaron a las últimas rondas en sus series. Emily Gussoni de 10 años, clasificó a la final y se convirtió en la atleta más joven en llegar a una ronda final del Centroamericano. Lea mas..

11/1 - Here are the results of the SoCosta Surf Contest held 10/30 in Dominical. Open Girls, 1st: Ana Herrera, 2nd: Julia Mynett, 3rd: Erika Valverde Boys, 1st: Victor Mendoza, 2nd: Jordin Cabillo, 3rd: Miguel Sibaja Villanueva. Open Men, 1st: David H. Jimenez, 2nd: Rogelio Araya, 3rd: Ariel Gonzalez. Masters, 1st: Gene Harris, 2nd: Mike McMurray, 3rd: Russel Murray.

11/1 - From NosaraShack.com: Another local contest was held on Playa Carillo on Oct. 23rd, sponsored by Popo's Surf Camp and John John. The funds raised went to help the local elementary school. The top 5 finishers were: 1 Viberth Wingrove, 2 Nicky, 3 Luigi, 4 Ricardo, 5 Helver. Check out the photos here on SmugMug (and the photo of the week).

10/5 - The Sol Surf Pro hosted by Lime Coral is the third and final stop on the Costa Rica Triple Crown, and takes place in Manuel Antonio this weekend, Oct. 9th and 10th. Read more..

9/4 - Meta cumplida: Costa Rica décimo en el Mundial Masters. Mission Accomplished. Costa Rica earns Top 10 in the World Masters Surfing Championships. Lea mas..

9/3 - Craig Schieber lo volvió a hacer y está a un paso de la final. Craig Schieber did it again and is in the Repercharge finals. Lea mas..

9/2 - De la mano de ‘Tequila’ Costa Rica podría llegar al décimo lugar. Lea mas..

9/2 - Win or Say Goodbye at the Panama ISA World Masters Surfing Championship.. Day 4 - Read more..

9/1 - Tico Craig Schieber se roba el show en Panamá y entra al Top 10 Mundial.. Lea mas.. (Tico Craig Schieber is top 10 in the World for ISA Masters Championships in Santa Catalina, Panama)

8/30 - Excellent conditions with 6-10 foot faces greet ISA World Masters on first day of Competition in Santa Catalina. Read more.. And you can watch it LIVE ~ En Vivo. End of the day results for the Costa Rican team and tomorrow's heat schedule can be found here.

8/30 - Jairo Perez wins the Junior Pro division of the ECSC in Virginia Beach. Also earns 5th in Open. Check the results here on the ECSC website.. And then check out his coverage in the Virginia Pilot Newspaper!

8/23 - Wipeout Films created a live viewing of the Puerto Viejo Open Pro, held August 21st in Playa Cocles. See the video link on the Caribe page. And here are the results ~ Gilbert Brown wins!

Open Division:
1st place: Ronald brown ~ $500 and six tours on rafting by Exploradores Outdoors, open water certification course from Punta Uva Dive Center, and a dinner at the Totem restaurant
2nd place: Dexter Lewis $250 and two tickets for the rafting
3rd place: Karl Brown $150 and two tickets rafting

Women's Division:
1st place: Rahel Wettstein ~ six tickets rafting from Exploradores Outdoors, custom bikini by CAMELO, a dress from LUNA MAY, and dinner at El Refugio restaurant
2nd place: Amy Kapitza ~ two tickets rafting and a bikini by Camelo
3rd place: Marivi Guerrero ~ two tickets rafting and a bikini by Camelo,
4th place: Emillie Laffontaine ~ bikini by Camelo

8/16 - Jason Torres from Jaco wins the ALAS Latin Pro in Guatemala. Read more in spanish..

Puerto Viejo Open Pro

8/29 - Jairo Perez wins the Junior Pro division of the ECSC in Virginia Beach. Also earns 5th in Open. Check the results here on the ECSC website.. And then check out his coverage in the Virginia Pilot Newspaper! "Mystery Surfer Steals the Show"

8/22 - Wipeout Films creates a live viewing of the Puerto Viejo Open Pro, held August 21st in Playa Cocles. See the video link on the Caribe page. And here are the results!

Open Division:
1st place: Ronald brown ~ $500 and six tours on rafting by Exploradores Outdoors, open water certification course from Punta Uva Dive Center, and a dinner at the Totem restaurant
2nd place: Dexter Lewis $250 and two tickets for the rafting
3rd place: Karl Brown $150 and two tickets rafting

Women's Division:
1st place: Rahel Wettstein ~ six tickets rafting from Exploradores Outdoors, custom bikini by CAMELO, a dress from LUNA MAY, and dinner at El Refugio restaurant
2nd place: Amy Kapitza ~ two tickets rafting and a bikini by Camelo
3rd place: Marivi Guerrero ~ two tickets rafting and a bikini by Camelo,
4th place: Emillie Laffontaine ~ bikini by Camelo

8/15 - Jason Torres from Jaco wins the ALAS Latin Pro in Guatemala. Read more in spanish..

8/8 - Frederico Pilurzo makes the quarterfinals at Puerto Escondido. Coverage by SurfingCR.net

10/29 - Costa Rica places 9th at the World Surfing Games in Peru. Lisbeth Vindas and Carlos Munoz make the top 16. Read the story here. World Surfing Games News & Photos - Day 1, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, FINALS

See Final Day Highlights of the Billabong World Surfing Games here..

10/11 - Jair Perez, Lisbeth Vindas, and Anthony Fillingim are the winners of the Sol Surf Pro 2010, presented by Lime Coral and the FSC. Jair wins $2000 and all three won a custom PIKO surfboard. Check all the results and photos here..

9/20 - Here are the final results of the Morgan's Cove Invitational Contest - Round 2 of the Triple Crown Surf Series that took place September 18-19th in Jaco. Read more... See the poster on our Jaco page.

9/6 - Another tico finalist and CRSurf team rider, Noe Mar McGonagle from Pavones, made the Under 14 finals at a NSSA contest in Huntington Beach, CA.

Panama Surf Contest

9/4 - Meta cumplida: Costa Rica décimo en el Mundial Masters. Mission Accomplished. Costa Rica earns Top 10 in the World Masters Surfing Championships. Lea mas..

8/30 - Jairo Perez wins the Junior Pro division of the ECSC in Virginia Beach. Also earns 5th in Open. Check the results here on the ECSC website.. And then check out his coverage in the Virginia Pilot Newspaper!

9/2 - The 10th annual Robert August Surf & Turf, which took place at the beginning of August, brought in more than $12,000 for the children of the nonprofit CEPIA. The surf contest and golf tournament with the surf legend took place at Hacienda Pinilla.

8/22/2010 - Costa Rican team chosen to compete in the Panama ISA World Masters Surfing Championship, Santa Catalina, Panama, August 27th to September 5th. More details..

Robert August Surf and Turf 2010

The 9th Annual Robert August Surf and Turf will take place in Tamarindo on July 28th – August 4th and will support the local Costa Rica charity Cepia (asociacioncepia.org) to assist in improving the quality of life of poor children and adolescents in Costa Rica, by promoting cultural development, educational and labor opportunities, physical and mental health, as well as social cohesion and participation. They are looking for support from friends to support Robert August to raise over $20,000. The fundraising events and activities involve: a Surf and Golf contest, Vista Villas Welcome Party, and Sunset Cruise. If you might have any further questions about the “Robert August 2010 Surf N’ Turf” please contact Sam August.

7/25 - Costa Rica's top surfers (Gilbert Brown, Frederico Pilurzo, and Isaac Vega) competed in the Quiksilver Puerto Escondido WQS 4-start Pro last week. Read more on how they did in the early rounds.. and later rounds..(see the video)

7/18 - Isaac Vega is having the best contest performance yet in Puerto Escondido at the 2010 Quik Pro. Frederico Pilurzo and Gilbert Brown win their heats and are still in the running. Read more..

Costa Rica Surf Contest - Luz de Vida

7/18 - Gilbert Brown wins $2500 on the first leg of the Winter Triple Crown. Nataly Bernold takes top honors for Women, and Anthony Fillingim bests the rest in Juniors. Read more and see pics ..

7/17 - Read the highlights of Day 1 of the Luz de Vida $10,000 Invitational, held this weekend in Santa Teresa. LINK to their new web page with details on the event.

6/26 - Jason Torres out of contention for Championship in Costa Rica. See all the results from Day 1 with photos by Fabian Sanchez- English y español - read more..

6/21 - Diego Naranjo and Gary Saaredra put on a event "Red Bull Under my Wings" in Jaco last week for the up and coming surf talent in our country. It was very professional, informative, and all the kids had a blast.

6/20 - The annual Soulstice Open Expression Session was held on June 20th at Cabinas Las Olas in Playa Hermosa, along with its annual beach cleanup. Among those taking the honors were: Maikol Torres, best men’s wave; Lupe Galluccio, best women’s wave; Gilbert Brown, best barrel; and Jason Torres, best “soul wave.”

7/26 - Isaac Vega is having the best contest performance yet in Puerto Escondido at the 2010 Quik Pro. Frederico Pilurzo and Gilbert Brown win their heats and are still in the running. Read more..

7/26 - Gilbert Brown wins $2500 on the first leg of the Winter Triple Crown. Nataly Bernold takes top honors for Women, and Anthony Fillingim bests the rest in Juniors. Read more and see pics ..

5/23 - JASON TORRES wins in Nosara in huge surf up to four meters. Nataly Bernold takes the women's top prize. See all the results.

5/8 - Giannio Ferrandino ganó Palo Seco y es favorito al título despues de 2ª fecha Circuito Metropolitano, Parrita. Lea mas..

Upcoming Event: Puerto Viejo Open Pro - May 15th - Over $1500 in cash and prizes for Open and Boys Divisions. Visit their website and check out the poster here.

4/25 - Jason Torres and Lisbeth Vindas are Champions of the 6-Star Reef Classic Panamá. Lea mas aqui.. Noe Mar McGonagle from Pavones (CRSURF team) earns 4th place in Juniors in the ALAS Tour. Carlos Munoz from Jaco earns 2nd in Open and 4rd in Juniors. Anthony Fillingham from Santa Teresa earns 3rd in Jrs.

4/18 - ALAS Latin Tour this weekend in Playa Venao in Panama. Jaco's Jefferson Tacson to compete as a CRSURF team rider. Check out photos and results on the ALAS website.

4/11 - Luis Vindas wins the Copa Quiksilver in big Santa Teresa surf. Lisbeth Vindas takes her fourth victory in the womens division. See all of the results here.

4/11 - Jen Smith wins the PLA Longboarding Championships at Boca Barranca. When you are ready to surf there, stay at Hotel Boca Barranca!

4/4 - Jefferson and Anderson Tacson from Jaco win 1st and 2nd in surf contest in Columbia. Read more on IguanaSurf.com

2/21 - Ramon Taliani from Santa Teresa wins the third stop on the Circuito Nacional de Surf de Costa Rica. Lisbeth Vindas, with three wins, is the frontrunner to win the Women's title. Read more and see all the results (en español)

Upcoming Event: The Adelante Pro takes place on Feb. 27th, 8 AM – 4 PM, Participation: 5000c, Categories: Open and Amateurs, Awards: first place 100000c per category, surf equipment and gifts for 2nd and 3rd places. Location: Playa Hermosa (5km north from Uvita, 10 km south from Dominical) Afterparty: at Adelante Hotel starts 8 PM, DJ Sinda (Estonia/UK), free for participants, entrance for public: 1000c. Read all the details here.

1/31 - Here are the results of the Puerto Viejo Pro held at Salsa Brava -

First place open: JORDAN HERNANDEZ $ 350 mas tabla Fischer Bros cortesia de Totem surf shop
Second place open: KEMBA BU $ 200 mas accesorios de Swell surf shop
Third place : Tequila $ 150

First place Grommets : PAUL WHITMANN $ 200
Second place Grommets : ALBERTO MUÑOZ $ 100
Third place Grommets : IAN GAGSTTATER  $ 50

Here are photos taken by Justin Liane of the Puerto Viejo Pro:

1/29 - Carlos Munoz and Ronald Brown were this year's invitees to the Volcom Pipeline Pro on the North Shore of Hawaii. Both could not pass from their first heat, but the 10' surf made for a great learning experience for both. And if you watch the videos, both had some great waves!!! Ronald is Round 112, Heat 8 on the first day, and Carlos is Round 96, Heat 12, first heat of Day 2. Pics and more here..

1/25- Jason Torres wins the Reef Latin Pro in Mar de Plata in Argentina. Also, Carlos Muñoz y Ronald Brown will be competing in Volcom Pipeline Pro starting this week. Read more..

Upcoming event: (new dates) The next date of the Circuito Nacional de Surf is planned for Playa Palo Seco in Parrita on January 16-17th. More details here.

Upcoming Event: Puerto Viejo Open Pro at Salsa Brava. 7 a.m. Over $2000 in prizes! Click to see the full size poster with details..

12/27/09 - Luis Castro Wins First Contest on the Caribbean Surf Tour in Playa Bonita. See the pics and results here.

12/20 - Noé Mar McGonagle (age 13) had an incredible streak this weekend at the Costa Rican national contest in Jaco Beach making it to 3 finals (U14, U16, and U18). He surfed three consecutive finals in a row and took first place in both U14 and U16 and 4th in U18 and posted the highest heat score total of the entire event in the U14 finals. "I would like to say thanks to all my sponsors Hurley, Etnies, T.Patterson, and CRSurf.com for all their support. Pura Vida"

12/20 - See all the results of Copa Mango in Jaco presented by Lime Coral clothing here..

Costa Rica Surf Circuit announces 2010 calendar of contests. The first event will take place on 12/19-20 in Jaco. Read more..

 

WORLD SURFING GAMES 2009 - NEWS AND PHOTOS

The 2009 International Surfing Association (ISA) World Surfing Games at Playa Hermosa and Jacó on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast last month holds the official distinction of being the most attended and covered sports event in Costa Rican history. Over the week it drew more than 70,000 spectators. Check out our Facebook Photos from the ISA World Surfing Games - click here..

8/27 - Billabong ISA World Surfing Games Breaks Records. Read more..

8/12 - United States Team wins Billabong ISA World Surfing Games, Costa Rica places in Seventh. Read more..
More news from:
Day 8 - Finals
Day 7
Day 6
Day 5
Day 4
Day 3
Day 2

Top 10 countries in the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games: Read more..
1- Estados Unidos 17.190
2- Francia 14.440
3- Hawai 13.358
4- Sudáfrica 12.508
5- Perú 12.120
6- Australia 12.110
7- Costa Rica 9.650
8- Venezuela 9.040
9- Brasil 9.000
10- Puerto Rico 8.820

Top Ticos at the contest:
Jason Torres 7th
Carlos Muñoz 13th
Gilbert Brown 21st
Luis Vindas 33rd
Mujeres - Lisbeth Vindas 11th
Natalie Bernold 15th
Longboard - Anthony Flores 29th
Diego Naranjo 33rd

 

2017

7/22
- The stellar fight of the Kölbi National Grand Final REEF Begins. Read more

7/21 - This is the weekend of the REEF Grand Final of the Kölbi National Circuit in Playa Hermosa Jaco! Read more

6/28 - ISA Celebrates StandUp Paddle Inclusion at 2017 Central American Games, Held in Nicaragua. Read more

6/27 - Sean Foerster and Lisbeth Vindas win 5th date of “Kölbi” Surfing Tournament in Jaco. Read more

6/23 - Fifth Date of the Costa Rica Kolbi Surfing Tournament Will Take Place This Weekend in Jaco. Read more

6/17 - The Jaco Cup "INS JOVEN" Campaign to Distribute 1.3 Million Colones to Champions. Read more

6/1 - Costa Rica Ranked 9 at the ISA World Surfing Games. Read more

5/24 - Leilani McGonagle wins bronze medal at World Surfing Games. Read more

5/18
- Costa Rica’s national team departs for World Surfing Games in France. Read more

5/15 - Leilani McGonagle and Anthony Fillingim win Fourth Date of Kolbi Surf Tournament. Read more

4/21 - Kölbi National Circuit Moves to Santa Teresa This Weekend. Read more

4/3 - New Triple Crown Masters Winners Light Up The Championship Before The Final. Read more

4/1 - Santa Teresa Receives Triple Crown Masters This Weekend. Read more

3/30 - Jim Hogan Is the New Coach of the National Costa Rican Surfing Team during 2017. Read more

3/27 - Jair Pérez And Emily Gussoni Won The Unit Cup in Puerto Viejo last weekend. Read more

3/24
- Surfers Come To Puerto Viejo This Weekend to Compete in the Kölbi National Circuit. Read more

2/19 - La Isla Pro 2017 in Isla Uvita, Limon, Costa Rica. Dates of Contest: February 25th and 26th. Read more

2/18 - Triple Corona 2017 Surf Contest - Playa Guiones de Nosara - Dates of Contest: February 25th and 26th. Read more

1/23 - Jason Torres and Coral Wiggins Won the HookD Cup last weekend in Dominical, Costa Rica (KÖLBI NATIONAL CIRCUIT) Read more

1/22 -Leilani McGonagle placed second in Heat 2 in Round 2 at the Subway Surf Series Pro Junior at Cronulla. Read more

1/20 - Hookd Cup Inaugurates Kölbi National Circuit This Weekend In Dominical. Read more

1/19 - Latin Pro Puerto Viejo Costa Rica will be at Cocles Beach Jan 28th-29th. Read more

1/11 - Costa Rica’s “Kölbi” National Surf Tournament will hold its first date this January. Read more

5/22 - JASON TORRES wins in Nosara in huge surf up to four meters. Nataly Bernold takes the women's top prize. See all the results.

5/17 - Carlos Munoz wins the Newport Beach Jr. Pro and $7000 in California. Read more in spanish here..

5/5 - Giannio Ferrandino ganó Palo Seco y es favorito al título despues de 2ª fecha Circuito Metropolitano, Parrita. Lea mas..

Surf Contest on the Caribbean Coast

12/6: If you are into bodyboarding, there is a website just for you - www.bodyboardcostarica.com. It has videos, interviews, and top news on riding all over Costa Rica's beaches.

CHANGED DATES! The first event of the Caribbean Surf Association was going to take place in Playa Bonita on December 25th-27th, but right now it's flat. So right now it's on for next week waves permitting. Check details and see the poster here.

Upcoming event: The Reef Classic Surf contest organized by ALAS (Latin American Surf Tour) will be held December 4-6 in El Salvador (not in Jaco) with $20,000 in prizes!

Upcoming event: The Caribbean Surf Association (ACSC) will host their first event on December 12th in Playa Bonita, Limon. Contact Christian for more details.

The Costa Rican surf team will be competing in Olivenca, Bahia, Brasil for the Pan-American Surfing Games from November 7-15. Vamos Ticos!

11/15: Costa Rica and Jason Torres make history as both earn the country's first ever silver medals at IX Pan American Surfing Games in Brazil. Read More ...

11/14: Quinto día de competencia, Bahía - Brasil Jair Pérez se metió a las semifinales del Panamericano de Surf. Read more...

11/11: Jason Torres, Carlos Munoz, Jair Perez enter top 10 at IX Pan American surfing games in Brazil. Read more...

11/9: Costa Rica has Powerful Start at Ix Pan American Surfing Games in Brazil. Six Ticos Move on to Round 2 Open, Junior. Jairo Pėrez Earns Highest Combo of the Day With 13.00 in the Open. See who's in Round Two.

11/7: Costa Rica Selects National Team for Ix Pan American Surfing Games in Ilhėus, Bahia, Brazil. See the Costa Rica Selection.

11/2: Jason Torres wins Open Division and $500 at the Sol Surf 09 in Manuel Antonio. Read more.. (en español)

10/25: Costa Rican Team wins the Central American Surf Championship in El Salvador and take a First Place Sweep in All Five Categories! Read more and see pics..

Upcoming event: New Dates! The Jaco Surfing Association is putting together a contest to promote student/surfers and education. It will have all age groups from grade school thru University competing in their prospective age groups, students will have to bring letters from the school directors or their last grades to be allowed to compete. Prizes will be donated by Local businesses and will range from weekends in Local Hotels –new surfboards – dinners for 2 etc. The contest will be held at the Best Western Jaco Beach. Contest dates are November 28th-29th, the group will also be organizing at the Bar El Muelle in the Jaco Beach a costume party with great prizes as well for the best dressed Halloweeners! This is going to be a fun one and we already have the permissions and over 5K in sponsorship [donations] and will be attended by many of the representatives of the surfing commercial world and of course some them will be looking for new team riders. Bring your crew but start putting your crew together now, registration will be limited to some 150 students only and all will be pre-registered , no on site registration allowed. For more info contact us or Selena at drselejaco (at) hotmail.com.

** Latest news - We are going to have great fun time for sure with the high tide at mid-day it juts couldn’t be better ! Keep in touch and get your team ready, it’s a challenge ! Santa Teresa, Samara, Tamarindo and yes the Caribe shoud be getting their teams ready NOW. You must be registered in school to participate and its going to be checked so get on it and check out the riders you have from the “Escuelas, Colegios, y Universidades and make sure they present their inscriptions and school directors info to you for verification and then it will be the contest directors job to verify the data . This contest will be seen by many important eyes and if it all goes well we will get into a new realm and have created an even better image of our future champions and surfers in general !!

Upcoming event: The 2009 Pura Vida No Pro will be held Nov. 21 at the Pelican Hotel in Esterillos Este. This event began in 2002 when a group of surfers came together to introduce the sport of surfing to kids from the orphanage in San José. For more information, visit www.puravidanopro.com.

10/7: After years of neglect in the sport of Surf Limon found a veteran surfers the best solution.. forming the Asociacion Costarricense de Surf del Caribe. Read more..

Upcoming event: 11/28 and 29. The Jaco Surfing Association is putting together a contest to promote student/surfers and education. It will have all age groups from grade school thru University competing in their prospective age groups, students will have to bring letters from the school directors or their last grades to be allowed to compete. Prizes will be donated by Local businesses and will range from weekends in Local Hotels –new surfboards – dinners for 2 etc. The contest will be held at the Best Western Jaco Beach. Contest dates are November 28th-29th, the group will also be organizing at the Bar El Muelle in the Jaco Beach a costume party with great prizes as well for the best dressed Halloweeners! This is going to be a fun one and we already have the permissions and over 5K in sponsorship [donations] and will be attended by many of the representatives of the surfing commercial world and of course some them will be looking for new team riders. Bring your crew but start putting your crew together now, registration will be limited to some 150 students only and all will be pre-registered , no on site registration allowed. For more info contact us or Selena at drselejaco (at) hotmail.com.

8/23 - Results from the Puerto Viejo Open - August 15th.. CLICK FOR PHOTOS!
Open:
1st - Jordan Hernandez ($350 + All Ocean surfboard)
2nd - Kemba Bu ($200)
3rd - Misael Brown ($100)
Grommets:
1st - Ian Gagstater ($200 + All Ocean surfboard)
2nd - Carlos Brown ($100)
3rd - Dario Menendez y Kendral Rose
Airshow: Jordan Hernandez (TigerLand Surfboard)

7/26: 31 Countries confirmed for the World Surfing Games next week. Read more..

7/16: Surfing Australia Announces TravelSIM Team Australia for the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games. Read more..

7/12: Jason Torres wins the Corona Eterna contest behind Terraza del Pacifico, sponsored by the Christian Surfers with $1500 cash prizes awarded. See all the results with photos.. (en español)

6/30: Sofia Mulanovich to represent Peru in the World Surfing Games in Playa Hermosa. Also, check out the list of team committed to attend the contest. Read on..

Upcoming event: Soulstice Pro behind Cabinas Las Olas on June 20th. Contact Cabinas Las Olas to sign up for the contest or to sponsor the event. Read more..

Upcoming event: Surf Contest in Playa Tortuga (Isla Garza) - 30 km south of Dominical. June 27th - entry 5000 colones. Flyer..

6/12: Josimar Fuentes signs with Witchs Rock Surf Camp. Will be sponsored for the 2009-10 CNS tour.

6/5: Diego narrowly misses going to the round of 16. Jason Torres continues to represent, and is now in the Quarterfinals. Live coverage..

6/4: Diego Naranjo and Jason Torres are competing in the Rusty Arica Pro in Chile this week. Both made it to the round of 32. Naranjo is in heat 7, Torres in heat 14. Watch it live here..

5/31: Juan Carlos Naranjo has signed on with RUSTY and Boston Technical College. Jairo Perez and Jason Torres have received sponsorships from Etnies. This will help these competitors travel to a few upcoming WQS events to surf against the world's best.

5/4: Carlos Muñoz is Costa Rica’s New National Surf Champion! 16-Year-Old Makes History by Winning Open, Junior Boys at the Gran Final Terraza – Reef Date Of Circuito Nacional de Surf Daystar 2008-2009 Presented by Coca-Cola Zero at Playa Hermosa This Past Weekend. Lisbeth Vindas Earns Her 7th National Women’s Title. Read more..

4/26: The final contest of the year for Circuito Nacional de Surf Costa Rica will be held behind Terraza del Pacifico in Playa Hermosa on May 1st - 3rd. This 6 star event will determine the overall champions in many categories, and also help in choosing who will represent the National Team. See the results from the Playa Carmen contest here..

4/28: Jairo Perez wins the Junior Division of the Reef Classic Cambutal in Panama, held earlier this week. Also representing Costa Rica were Gilbert and Ronald Brown, Jason Torres, Carlos Munuz, Lisbeth Vindas, and Diego Naranjo. All of them did well in the early rounds, but missed the quarterfinals by small margins. For more results, check out www.alaslatintour.com.

Puerto Viejo Open Pro - May 9th

4/23: Contest in Playa Cocles on Saturday, May 9th. Contact Beto by e-mail or call him at 8885-9688 for more details..

4/5: An association for surfing on the Caribbean is being formed. This will provide an organized effort for the kids of the Southern Caribbean to work together to compete and be part of the National Surf Circuit. A party to kick off the association is planned for April 11 at the new parking lot behind Cabinas Grant, with live music. To find out more about the association, look for Federico of Salsa Brava Surf Shop – reopening soon next to Cabinas Almendras – or DJ Chris of Hotel Maritza (djchris1980@gmail.com).

4/4: Carlos Munoz Sets Latin American Record at World Junior Surfing Games Ecuador. Read more..

4/2: Costa Rica National Junior Surf Team Has Difficult Day at ISA World Junior Surfing Games Ecuador 2009. Anthony Fillingam Advances Two Difficult Rounds of Repercharge. Read more..

4/1: Carlos Muñoz steals the show for Costa Rica at ISA World Junior Surfing Games Ecuador 2009. Read more..

3/25: Costa Rica National Junior Surf Team Leaves For ISA World Junior Surfing Games Ecuador 2009 Thursday. Read more..

3/22: (Postponed until further notice) The Jaco surf association is holding an event the 15th-17th of May called TIENDA–a-TIENDA, tagteam layout with 12 surfshops teams competing for the title of best team. For info contact Chuck at WoW Surf Shop by email or call 2643-3844.

3/10: Carlos Muñoz Wins Open, Juniors, Boys in Torneo Day & Night Playa Date of Circuito Nacional de Surf DAYSTAR 2008-2009 Presented by Coca-Cola Zero In Playa Carmen This Past Weekend. National Title Comes Down to Jason Torres and Federico Pilurzu. See the results..

3/6: Costa Rica’s 5th Date Of Circuito Nacional De Surf Daystar 2008-2009 Presented By Coca-Cola Zero Moves to Playa Carmen This Weekend March 7-8 for Torneo Day & Night Playa ~ Jason Torres Likely to Win National Title this Weekend ~ Costa Ricans Set for World Junior Surfing Games 2009 in Ecuador. Read more..

2/9: Jairo Perez and Natalie Bernold win the Copa Balanca Natural in Playa Guiones. Surf Contest results..

2/5: Costa Rica’s 4th Date of Circuito Nacional de Surf Daystar 2008-2009 Presented by Coca-Cola Zero Moves to Nosara This Weekend - February 7-8 For Copa Balance Natural. Jason Torres Looks to Lock in the National Title. Read more..

2/4: This past December, Waves Costa Rica in conjunction with Roxy / Quiksilver, and with the support of Cesar Vargas Productions, Hicacos Restaurant, Hotel Terraza del Pacifico, Pachis Pan, Kamlung, conducted the event on a very special day, where they taught swimmers belonging to the selection of Costa Rica for the Special Olympics how to surf. Read more..

2/1: Saturday - February 7th is the next Puerto Viejo Open Surf Tournament.  The tournament is open to men, women and grommets (young surfers).  CR Surf Travel Co. is one of the sponsors for the contest.  Contact:  Beto @ 8885-9688 or email:   betolocks@hotmail.com if you want to compete, or just come on down and watch the action at Playa Cocles..  Click to watch the 2008 Puerto Viejo Open Pro on You Tube

2/1: The second annual Skate for Oneida skateboard competition took place at the skateboard bowl behind Voodoo Lounge in Tamarindo on January 25th, sponsored by Quiksilver. There were five categories for ages 4 to 18. In the oldest division, Richard Ortiz won with Mate Clifford coming in second. To see the rest of the results and photos from the contest, click here..

2/1: The Circuito Nacional de Surf Contest Date #4, the Copa Balance Natural, is to take place in Nosara (Playa Guiones) on February 6th-8th. Already some pros have been spotted punting off some lips at local beaches. Then event #5 starts on March 6th-8th in Playa Carmen.

1/11: Jason Torres and Nataly Bernold both win two in a row, this time in small surf at Playa Tamarindo. Read more..

12/15: Jason Torres and Nataly Bernold win their divisions in the 2nd Event on the CNS Tour in front of Hotel Bahía Encantada. Read More... (english and español)

12/13: Otto Vargas, from Cartagena de Santa Cruz, and Tania Gonzalez, from Villarreal de Santa Cruz, were the winners of the first Guanacaste High School Surf Contest in Tamarindo. This event encourages kids to stay in school and practice the sport, organized by the Youth Action Foundation. Read more and get the results here..

12/1: Diego Naranjo wins the Day Star Pro at La Curva in Playa Hermosa, the first stop on the CNS tour. Read more..

1/11: Jason Torres and Nataly Bernold both win two in a row, this time in small surf at Playa Tamarindo. Read more..

12/15: Jason Torres and Nataly Bernold win their divisions in the 2nd Event on the CNS Tour in front of Hotel Bahía Encantada. Read More... (english and español)

12/12: José Ureña, President of the Federacion de Surf de Costa Rica (FSC), announced today that the second date of the Circuito Nacional de Surf DAYSTAR 2008-2009 (CNS) will take place this weekend, December 12-14, in Playa Jaco. Called Torneo Coca Cola Zero, the 4-star tournament will begin Saturday and Sunday morning at 7:00 a.m. in front of Hotel Bahía Encantada. Winners in all the divisions will receive 1,500 points toward the CNS rankings. Read More...

11/16: On November 15th to 16th, there was the first SurFest in Playa Carmen. Waves were overhead and the level of competition among the 80-plus competitors was very high. For more information and photos, visit www.cabuyasurf.com. This grassroots event was organized to financially assist area school kids with their plans to compete in this year’s National Surf Circuit. Although many members of the community helped make the event successful, it would not have been possible without the hard work of contest organizer Paul (Pablo) Fillingim of Tiki Sport Fishing and the commitment and vision of April Akerson of The Dirt Road, the area’s new weekly newspaper. During SurFest, members of the surf community came up with a program to donate surfboards to kids who lack the means to purchase one of their own. Surfers Helping Surfers was born. The first to respond were Ian and Carolyn Corrigall of Kina Surf Shop in Santa Teresa. They donated a Surftech Ratboy surfboard to Ronald García from Delicias, who was competing on a broken board. If you have a surfboard you would like to donate to a needy surfer, e-mail info@cabuyasurf.com or call 8833-3076.

11/13: New Dates set the Circuito Nacional, Costa Rica's Professional Surf Circuit - www.surfingcr.net

November 28-30 - Playa Hermosa
December 12-14 - Jaco
January 9-11 - Tamarindo
February 6-8 - Nosara (Playa Guiones)
March 6-8 - To be Determined
April 2-4 - Playa Hermosa

10/20: History written in Portugal: Costa Rica earns 5th Place at the 2008 ISA World Surfing Games, Jason Torres becomes 1st Costa Rican ever to reach the Top 10 at #5, Luis Vindas comes in 6th, as well as Nataly Bernold. Read More..

10/3: The 2008 Pura Vida No Pro will be on November 22, 2008 at the Pelican Hotel in Esterillos, Costa Rica. This is a day where orphaned kids from San Jose are brought to the beach to learn to surf, and then get to watch and cheer on a surf contest in the afternoon. There will be an orientation meeting for all volunteers on November 21, 2008 at Las Olas Hotel in Playa Hermosa. They are excited for our 7th year working with the kids and we look forward to seeing everyone on the beach! For more information go to www.puravidanopro.com

10/25: Costa Rica's National Surf Team earns 5th place in the 2008 ISA World Surfing Games. Luis Vindas, Jason Torres, and Natalie Bernold all place in the Top 10 in their divisions! Read more..

10/20: History written in Portugal: Costa Rica earns 5th Place at the 2008 ISA World Surfing Games, Jason Torres becomes 1st Costa Rican ever to reach the Top 10 at #5, Luis Vindas comes in 6th, as well as Nataly Bernold. Read More..

10/17: Frederico Pilurzo is among the top 48 competitors at the Maresia Surf International 2008 taking place at the Prai Brava de Itají in Santa Catarina, Brazil. For results and the latest news, check out - www.maresia.com

10/16: Luis Vindas wins 4 for 4 rounds, now in the top 16. Jairo Perez and Jason Torres were knocked out of their round 4 heats, but still in the repercharge, along with Gilbert Brown. For the women, Nataly Bernold makes past 2 rounds with a 1st and 2nd place finish, Lisbeth Vindas passed her first heat, but now is in the repercharge heat after a 4th in round 2. For the complete stats, visit www.wsg2008.com

10/14: Three out of four surfers on the CR National Team advance to the third round of the ISA Surfing Games in Portugal. Read more..

10/13: Frederico Pilurzo from Playa Langosta will be competing in the second round of Maresia Surf International 2008 event that started yesterday in Prai Brava, Itají, Brasil.

10/3: The 2008 Pura Vida No Pro will be on November 22, 2008 at the Pelican Hotel in Esterillos, Costa Rica. This is a day where orphaned kids from San Jose are brought to the beach to learn to surf, and then get to watch and cheer on a surf contest in the afternoon. There will be an orientation meeting for all volunteers on November 21, 2008 at Las Olas Hotel in Playa Hermosa. They are excited for our 7th year working with the kids and we look forward to seeing everyone on the beach! For more information go to www.puravidanopro.com

9/15: Gilbert Brown wins the 6th Annual Torneo Benéfico de Surf held at Boca Barranca on Sept. 13-14th. The contest helps finance the programs and basic needs of the boy’s home Hogar Monserrat de Niños, located in San Miguel de Barranca. Lisbeth Vindas took the women's crown, while Anderson Tacson won Juniors and Dennis Burk won the Longboard division. Read more..

9/7: Costa Rica Surf Federation Selects Team to compete in the 2008 World Surfing Games in Portugal. Read more ..

9/29: From the ALAS Tour - The Mexican, Ángelo Lozano, was crowned Champion Open in the Latin Pro - El Salvador in a great final against Costa Rica, Jason Torres, while his compatriot, Patrick Gonzales won the first place in Longboard. The Venezuelans, Francisco Bellorín and María Eugenia Rojas, won in Junior and Woman, respectively.

9/7: Costa Rica Surf Federation Selects Team to compete in the 2008 World Surfing Games in Portugal. Read more ..

8/30: FIRST-EVER LEGENDS TOURNAMENT OF COSTA RICA TO YIELD NATIONAL SELECTION THAT WILL COMPETE IN ISA MASTERS - Read more..

8/17: de SurfingCR.net - Costa Rican surfers make the short list for the selection headed to Portugal for the 2008 World Surfing Games. Read more (espanol)..

8/1: Billabong USA will sponsor the ISA World Surfing Games scheduled to be held in July 31st through August 8th 2009 in Costa Rica where 49 member countries will be invited to compete as national teams. Read more..

8/9: The next Puerto Viejo Open Pro surf tournament is set for Aug. 9 at 8 a.m. at the beach break in Playa Cocles. Mark it on your calendars, as these tournaments are always lots of fun. For entry information, contact Beto at 8885-9688, or email.

7/26: Frederico Pilurzo is the only representative from Central America on the WQS. He recently competed in the Honda US Open of Surf in Huntington Beach and won his first heats before falling to 4th in the round of 96. (His score was still a 10.30, not bad, but he had Julian Wilson in his heat, who won it with a 14.50) Good luck Frederico in your future contests!

7-19: From the Tico Times: Andrea Díaz of Waves Costa Rica recently opened a new office in Jacó, above Pollo Express and across from Century 21. Waves Costa Rica offers customized surf tours for surfers of all levels and is a Costa Rican tour company operated by local Ticos eager to share their knowledge of the country’s bountiful surf spots and friendly culture.

July 5th-6th was the Eternal Crown Surf Contest hosted by the Christian Surfers group in Jaco. This is now a full blown, 2-day event with categories for Juniors, Open, Women, Boogie Boards, and Expression Sessions. For more information, email them at cscrjaco@gmail.com. Ask us about our special travel packages (airfare, hotel, 4wd rental) for this event.

From the Tico Times - Jaco Happenings - “God always forgives, man sometimes forgives,
but nature never forgives,” expressed Costa Rican Luis Coronado while helping to collect trash on the extremely polluted beach of Playa Guacalillo, five kilometers north of the mouth of the Tárcoles River. It was the second day of the three-day Soulstice Expression Session, a beach recovery and charity surf contest organized by concerned local businesses and residents. The annual event is held every June in front of Cabinas Las Olas in Playa Hermosa. In this, the event’s fourth year, it raised $3,000 that will go toward Playa Hermosa’s recycling program, improvements to the local elementary school, efforts to promote the ecological Blue Flag designation, and the Punta Mala-Playa Hermosa Wildlife Refuge. Day one entailed a beach cleanup of Playa Hermosa, while on day two the volunteers went to Playa Guacalillo. The third day was an informal “expression session” surf contest in which surfers competed for prizes donated by local businesses. The surf was pumping with eight-foot sets out of the southwest, bringing out the best in the field of local and international surfers. The sun was shining and people lined the beach, enjoying music spun by DJ Jay and emceeing by Salsiboy and MC Aaron. A raffle was held, as well as an art fair featuring unique artwork created with recycled materials. Face paints left many with peace signs and flowers on their cheeks. Lidia Quirós of the Central Pacific Chamber of Commerce sold T-shirts to raise money for education programs in Garabito schools. To make a donation to the Playa Hermosa recycling program, contact John O’Toole at 8391-6013 or e-mail. The Soulstice Open Expression Session is an annual surf contest created to bring the locals together in Playa Hermosa to develop programs that have a positive impact on the surf community. It takes place from June 21st to the 24th. Read more..

6/16 - Witch’s Rock Surf Camp hosted a benefit for its sponsored surfer, Luis Castro, ranked ninth in Costa Rica, who is in need of knee surgery that will cost $3,500. The benefit raised some money, but not quite enough to cover the costs. For information on how to donate to help this young man, please e-mail Ellen Zoe or Marcela @ Witchsrocksurfcamp.com.

6/2 - COSTA RICANS finish 2nd best behind Peru for Latin American Surfers. Continued... All the action and heat sheets can be seen at - www.isaworldchamp.com

5/28 - COSTA RICANS REST AS THE 2008 QUIKSILVER ISA WORLD JUNIOR SURFING CHAMPIONSHIP DELAYED YESTERDAY IN FRANCE. COACH DIEGO NARANJO INTERVIEWED. Continued...

Gilbert Brown takes the crown in the last contest on the CNS in Playa Hermosa. Read more in spanish in La Nacion.. or English..

Here are the results from the first Bodyboarding Contest in Costa Rica. This Event was Held in Playa Hermosa at Terrazas del Pacifico on Sunday April 27th.

MEN'S OPEN
1- REINER MONTENEGRO
2-RICHARD MARIN
3-OSCAR ULATE
4-JOAN MOJICA
WOMEN'S OPEN
1-CINDY DIAZ
2-JIMENA CALVO
3-DINETH ARCE
4-ILIENNE LOPEZ
JUNIORS
1-RICHARD MARIN
2-BRYAN PEREZ
3-JEFRIE GOMEZ
4-ALBERTO VARGAS
DROPKNEE
1-DONALD BERGER
2-RICHARD MARIN
3-DANIEL BLANCO
4-FRANSISCO MENDOZA
MENS NOVICES
1-TONY CRUZ
2-ANTHONY FLORES
3-EDUARD SERRANO
4-CRISTIAN ROJAS
WOMENS NOVICES
1-VANESSA JENKIS
2-MELISSA SAMUDIO
3-CAROLINA ARAYA

8/30: The first national surf contest for just the Masters Division (35+) will be held at Terraza del Pacifico in Playa Hermosa on 8/30-9/1. Luau and registration party Friday night, special rates for competitors. Read more.. (leer mas en español)

8/1: Billabong USA will sponsor the ISA World Surfing Games scheduled to be held in July 31st through August 8th 2009 in Costa Rica where 49 member countries will be invited to compete as national teams. Read more..

8/9: The next Puerto Viejo Open Pro surf tournament is set for Aug. 9 at 8 a.m. at the beach break in Playa Cocles. Mark it on your calendars, as these tournaments are always lots of fun. For entry information, contact Beto at 8885-9688, or email.

7/26: Frederico Pilurzo is the only representative from Central America on the WQS. He recently competed in the Honda US Open of Surf in Huntington Beach and won his first heats before falling to 4th in the round of 96. (His score was still a 10.30, not bad, but he had Julian Wilson in his heat, who won it with a 14.50) Good luck Frederico in your future contests!

7-19: From the Tico Times: Andrea Díaz of Waves Costa Rica recently opened a new office in Jacó, above Pollo Express and across from Century 21. Waves Costa Rica offers customized surf tours for surfers of all levels and is a Costa Rican tour company operated by local Ticos eager to share their knowledge of the country’s bountiful surf spots and friendly culture.

6-25 - The Soulstice Pro was a big success. Great waves and turnout for the event. Read more..

Luis Castro, Costa Rica’s ninth-ranked surfer, is this much closer to getting his needed $3,500 knee surgery: According to Witch’s Rock Surf Camp owner Joe Walsh, a hotel guest donated $1,000 toward the surgery, bringing the funds raised close to $3,000. Funds are still being accepted; e-mail for details. Castro and Witch’s Rock joined with Secret Spot surf shop and our own World Qualifying Series competitor Federico Pilurzu recently in giving surf lessons to kids with the nonprofit group CEPIA. According to the instructors, it was a really gratifying day.

From - www.lasolashotel.com/soulstice.cfm - The Soulstice Open Expression Session is an annual surf contest created to bring the locals together in Playa Hermosa to develop programs that have a positive impact on the surf community. It takes place from June 21st to the 24th.

See the results from the first Bodyboarding Contest in Costa Rica, held in Playa Hermosa at Terrazas del Pacifico last Sunday April 27th. Read more..

Gilbert Brown takes the crown in the last contest on the CNS in Playa Hermosa. Read more in spanish in La Nacion.. or English..

The last stop on the Circuito Nacional de Surf is this weekend, April 25-26th, in Playa Hermosa behind the Terraza del Pacifico Hotel. Who will win the title for the year? It all will be decided YA! Read more ..

After winning her first Jr. Women's contest, Debbie Zec will be defending her home turf from last year's National Champ. Read her interview..

Luis Vindas wins the 5th contest of the FSC tour, held in Playa Carmen. Gilbert Brown takes the FCS crown in Open for the year. Read more ...

Costa Rica selects National Surf Team to compete in Panama on March 20-21st in Playa Venao. Read more...

The Puerto Viejo Open Surf Tournament for men, women, boys and girls will be held March 19, starting at 8 a.m., at the Cocles beach break. This will be a special Semana Santa tournament. For more information, call Beto at 885-9688.

Matias Braun and Lisbeth Vindas were the champions in Playa Nosara for the 4th stop on the CNS tour. Anderson Tascón wins Juniors. Read more..

Diego Naranjo wins the second contest on the ALAS (Latin American Surf Association) tour, held at Punta Rocas in Peru. Read more...

The sixth stop on the Costa Rica National Tour will be in Dominical on April 5th and 6th. The finals will be held behind the Terraza del Pacific in Playa Hermosa on the 26th and 27th of April.

TRAVEL

6/8/10 - La Dolce Vita in Playa Esterillos Oeste is holding a photo contest, with a 3-night stay at the resort as the top prize. Check their site for more information and to submit your photo.

5/25 - Take a live look at the ashes and gas spewing from the Volcano in Turrialba. Link to a live camera.

9/29/09: The Bocas de Nosara Academic High School has been awarded a grant for new computer equipment worth $185,000, but in order to receive it must refurbish the old lab. Read this letter and support Costa Rica's future - it's children.

8/17: "Piano and Painting Under the Stars" at the Club de Playa de Pacífico raises over $10,000 for piano prodigy. Read more..

8/3: From AMCostarica.com - The Miss Black Beauty competition is Aug. 23 at 8 p.m. Events continue through the month and culminate in the Gran Parade de Gala at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 31 in Limón. That day is the Día del Negro y de la Cultural Afrocostarricense.

8/23 - Joe Walsh from Witchs Rock Surf Camp is planning to guide another 9 day tour before the end of the south swell season. The trip will book between September 27th and October 11th. Email/call us quickly if you want to reserve a spot (only three spots available) as the last trip booked very quickly. Click here for some sweet trip photos!

7/28 - Costa Rica celebrated the annexation of the province of Guanacaste last Friday. However, on MONDAY (7/28) the country will also be on holiday so banks, schools, and government facilities will be closed.

7/11 - The Tico Times: Health officials have recorded several malaria and dengue fever outbreaks over the past several weeks. Read more..

7/3: The Potrero and Brasilito schools were the recipients of a group of supervised eighth-graders from Ionia Middle School in Ionia, Michigan, who visited June 24 to 27 to experience a different culture and be of service to the schools. Each year, eighth-graders are involved in a service-learning project through their school. Through some online research they found out about the rural Costa Rican schools needing supplies, so they embarked on a project that allowed them to make this trip. Throughout the year, the students organized and implemented fundraisers. There were contests between grade levels to see which grade could raise the most supplies. They had a community dinner and silent auction, along with many other fundraisers. Each student and adult who came to Costa Rica brought an additional suitcase full of school supplies with them. Some big ticket items were: for Brasilito, a DVD player and a wireless router for their computer system; and, for Potrero, a copier and DVD player. This project has helped to instill in the students a sense of understanding and tolerance for other cultures. It also allows them to see that they can make a difference even though they are not rich, powerful or adults. The schools sincerely appreciated all the assistance and gifts. To help for next year, write - IMS Costa Rican Service Project 438 Union St. Ionia, MI 48846

Tropical Storm Alma caused some major damage and flooding to communities on the Pacific Coast. Donations to help Red Cross Alma relief efforts can be deposited in Banco Nacional account 100100-7, Banco de Costa Rica account 176003-3 or Banco
Popular account 5000-8. The organization is also seeking donations of food and cleaning supplies; for information, call 2233-7279 or 2280-6464.

If you are looking to relocate permanently to Playa Hermosa, then how about a turn-key business to get you started. Loco Loukas Surf Shop is up for sale, including the inventory, business accounts, displays, and clientele. Based out of Cabinas Las Arenas, the shop is in front of a prime surf spot. For more info, go to - www.locoloukassurf.com

Lifeguards are back at their posts in Tamarindo, thanks to $2,500 a month in donations from local hotels and businesses, managed by the Tamarindo Improvement Asssociation (Asociacion ProMejoras De Playa Tamarindo). If you wish to support their efforts, send them an email.

Delta now offers direct flights from New York to Liberia. This adds to their other routes from Atlanta and Los Angeles.

Want a real good deal on a new stick, Chuck has a few 07s we are blowing out but they are selling fast, mention you saw this note on CRSURF and they will pass on some unreal deals ! Chuck and the CREW at Walking on Water Surf Shop in Jaco!

The Latest Scoop on Boardbag Fees

2nd Papagayo Hotel Under Investigation

By Dave Sherwood
Tico Times | dsherwood@ticotimes.net

PAPAGAYO PENINSULA, Guanacaste — Authorities closed the Spanish-owned Hotel Occidental Allegro Papagayo this week, forcing relocation of its 600 guests.... read more in the Tico Times

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CHANGE IN TACA SPORTING GOODS POLICY

Effective immediatly new policies on baggage charges will take place regarding the following issues:
Charges of excess baggage. Transportation of surf boards

Surfing Boards 1 Surf Bag (max. 2 boards) $95.00 each-way
Applies charge as an extra piece (substitution of one piece should be handled as standby Applies charge as an extra piece (handled as standby)
Modification on the charge for surfing boards: USD 95.00 for the first bag.

Exceptions: MIA/SJO/MIA: A charge of USD 50.00 each-way will be applied on the first surfboard bag. (ALL surfboard waivers eliminated)

Costa-Bazooka festival - 7 Days of Music in Costa Rica. 2 Days, 8 bands in San Jose Jan. 7-8. Five Days in Quepos Jan. 9-12 Big finale at Rancho Allegre Saturday Jan. 12, 2008. Cost is $15. Go to www.costa-bazooka.com for more info.

CONTESTS

2010

4/20 - ¡PODER TICO! Jason Torres y Lisbeth Vindas Campeones del Reef Classic Panamá 6 Estrellas. Lea mas aqui.. Noe Mar McGonagle earns 4th place in Juniors in the ALAS Tour.

NOE MAR MCGONAGLE CRI 10.13 4
JONATHAN CHILA ECU 11.46 1
CARLOS MUÑOZ CRI 10.66 3
ANTHONY FILLINGIM CRI 11.17 2

Click to see all the results from Panama

4/12 - Cole Robbins (Santa Barbara, CA), 19, and Jen Smith (San Diego, CA), 24, won the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) 3-Star Costa Rica PLA Pro in clean two-to-four-foot (1 metre) surf at Costa Rica's impressive lefthand pointbreak of Boca Barranca. Read more..

4/9 - Small, disoragnized one foot surf on offer for PLA day 2, lay day on tap. Read the details.

4/8 - Opening Round of ASP 3-Star Costa Rica PLA Pro Completed at Boca Barranca. Read Day 1 news.

4/7 - The Quiksilver Cup arrives in Santa Teresa this weekend. Read more on who is favored to win..

3/24 - Brasileño Felipe Lucas ganó la primera del Metropolitano. Lea mas..

3/14 - Matias Braun wins in Tamarindo, while Nataly Bernold makes a comeback in the Womens division. Read all the results and see photos here..

Upcoming event: COSTA RICA’S CIRCUITO NACIONAL DAYSTAR 2009-2010 MOVES TO SANTA TERESA on April 10th and 11th.

Check the current CNS rankings for the year!!

3/11 - Photos and results from the Adelante Pro held in Playa Hermosa de Uvita on Feb. 27th.

2/21 - Ramon Taliani from Santa Teresa wins the third stop on the Circuito Nacional de Surf de Costa Rica. Read more and see all the results (en español) See the best shots from the last CNS contest held in Westfalia, Limon - taken by Asis Esna, photographer for the ACSC. Click here

2/20 - Westfalia Contest starts off with good surf and great weather. Read more (en español)

1/29 - Carlos Munoz and Ronald Brown were this year's invitees to the Volcom Pipeline Pro on the North Shore of Hawaii. Both could not pass from their first heat, but the 10' surf made for a great learning experience for both. And if you watch the videos, both had some great waves!!! Ronald is Round 112, Heat 8 on the first day, and Carlos is Round 96, Heat 12, first heat of Day 2. Pics and more here..

1/25- Jason Torres wins the Reef Latin Pro in Mar de Plata in Argentina. Also, Carlos Muñoz y Ronald Brown will be competing in Volcom Pipeline Pro starting this week. Read more..

1/18 - Luis Vindas wins in Palo Seco. Lisbeth Vindas takes the women's crown on the second stop of the Circuito Nacional de Surf. Read more and see the results..

12/27 - Luis Castro Wins First Contest on the Caribbean Surf Tour in Playa Bonita. See the pics and results here.

Here are the results of the Puerto Viejo Pro held at Salsa Brava - Check out the results and photos from the Puerto Viejo Pro held on January 30th at Salsa Brava.

2009

Costa Rica selects National Surf Team to compete in Panama on March 20-21st in Playa Venao. Read more...

The Puerto Viejo Open Surf Tournament for men, women, boys and girls will be held March 19, starting at 8 a.m., at the Cocles beach break. This will be a special Semana Santa tournament. For more information, call Beto at 885-9688.

Matias Braun and Lisbeth Vindas are the champions in Playa Nosara for the 4th stop on the CNS tour. Anderson Tascón wins Juniors. Read more..

Diego Naranjo wins the second contest on the ALAS (Latin American Surf Association) tour, held at Punta Rocas in Peru. Read more...

The fifth stop on the Costa Rica National Tour will be in Santa Teresa on March 15th and 16th, and then in Dominical on April 5th and 6th. The finals will be held behind the Terraza del Pacific in Playa Hermosa on the 26th and 27th of April.

Gilbert Brown wins in Tamarindo, Jairo Perez wins Juniors, and Laura Pecoraro takes first for the women. Read more about the third stop on the CNS tour here..

Lisbeth Vindas set to compete on the WQS, from The Beach Times.

Gilbert Brown and Laura Pecoraro win the Circuito Nacional de Surf's second contest in Playa Hermosa, from The Beach Times. To see the results, click here.

THE COSTA RICAN NATIONAL SURF TEAM:

  • Nataly Bernold: WOMEN'S 13 year old with 7 years experience from Tamarindo; favorite wave is Playa Avellanas; #2 Central American Women's surfer, #2 2005-06 CNS Junior Women's Champion. and #4 Women's leader. Recent double winner of the CENTURY 21 Coastal Estates Charity Surf Classic-1 st place Women's and Junior Womens. Sponsers: Moh's, Secret Spot Surf Shop, Banzaii Surfboards.
  • Gilbert Brown: OPEN 23 year old with 14 years experience from Puerto Viejo; favorite wave is Salsa Brava; 2001-02 Costa Rican National Surf Champion. Sponsors: Quiksilver, Adrenalina TV.
  • Ivan Castrillo: BODYBOARDING 22 year old with 9 years experience from Manuel Antonio; favorite wave is Playitas; 2005-06 Costa Rican National Bodyboarding Champion.
  • Walter Gatgens: BODYBOARDING 21 year old with 8 years experience from Jaco; favorite wave is a secret. Sponsors: Katin.
  • Nino Myrie : OPEN 21 year old with 12 years experience from Puerto Viejo; favorite wave is Salsa Brava and Pavones; 2002-03 Costa Rican National Surf Champion, 2001-02 Costa Rican National Junior Surf Champion. Sponsors: Volcom, Adrenalina TV, Arenas Surf Shop, Etnies.
  • Diego Narango: OPEN, LONGBOARD 24 year old with 15 years experience from Playa Jaco; favorite wave is Playa Escondida, Playa Hermosa, Pavones, Laberinto, Macaronis ; currently Top 10 Asociacion Latinoamericano de Surf's (ALAS) Latin Pro Tour. Sponsors: Billabong, Red Bull, Reef, Freestyle, Quique, Surf Shop, Byrne Surfboards.
  • Luis Vindas: OPEN 19 year old with 10 years experience from Playa Jaco; favorite wave is Playa Jaco; currently Top 10 ALAS Latin Pro Tour and participating in the WQS. Sponsors: Billabong, Reef, Quique, Nixon .
  • Lisbeth Vindas: WOMEN'S, BODYBOARD 24 year old with 10 years experience from Playa Jaco; favorite wave is Playa Escondida and Playa Jaco; this 5-time Costa Rican National Women's Champion gave up the CNS this year and is current ranked #32 on the WQS, and is the Central American Women's Champion. Sponsors: Billabong, Reef, Arenas Surf Shop, Byrne Surfboards, OAM, Freestyle.

To view the Costa Rica National Surf Team in action at the 2006 Lost Energy Drink ISA World Surfing Games go to www.isasurf.org

Frederico Pilurzo set to compete in Hawaii's Triple Crown. Read about his success story, and check the link to live coverage of the event.

Here are last year's rankings for the CNS - Circuito Nacional de Surf in Costa Rica - rankings. This year's first contest will be in November.

Costa Rica earns 4th place at the Pan-American Surfing Games. Gilbert Brown takes Bronze in the Open Division, the top honor ever for a Costa Rican.

Costa Rica earned a total of 20,267 points with its 4th place; Brazil was 1st with 29,992; Chile 2nd with 24,372, and Perú 3rd with 24,072. Read the whole story here..

Frederico Pilurzo set to compete in Hawaii's Triple Crown. Read about his success story, and check the link to live coverage of the event.

Roxygirls and WavesCR Surf Camp to hold party for Special Olympics kids on October 26th and 27th. Learn more here.

Surf contest at Boca Barranca to benefit Hogar Monserrat, October 27th-28th. Contact the Federation of Surf, C.R. at 244-2400 for more info.

Frederic Pilurzo may be the first surfer from Costa Rica to compete in Hawaii's Triple Crown this November. He has to earn a spot by doing well enough in the October WQS contests to make it in the top 100. Read about his latest results.

9/8 - Surf contest in Santa Teresa behind La Lora Amarilla on Sept 21-23. Come out to support the ninos. Contact Johanna for more info at joha_stone@hotmail.com

9/1 - Luis Vindas wins the ALAS Movistar Latin Pro in El Salvador. Nino Myrie makes to the 4th round.Read more here and check www.alaslatintour.com for pictures.

8/19 -Luis Vindas wins the Triple Crown of Costa Rica Surfing August 17-19th in Jaco. Visit www.surfingcr.net for details.

Luis Vindas wins the ALAS Movistar Latin Pro in El Salvador. Nino Myrie makes to the 4th round. Read more here and check www.alaslatintour.com for pictures.

7/28 - Legalize It Surf Tournament - Saturday August 4th - Starts at 8am - Playa Cocles, 1km southeast of Puerto Viejo. Open & Girls categories, all ages welcome to enter. For more info, call Beto @ 885.9688

6/30 - Contest to save the Nature Refuge at Playa Hermosa. Read more ...

June 23rd - Local Surf Contest in Playa Hermosa. Live music, bikini contest, and lots of prizes all day and night. Trinity Roots band plays at the Backyard Bar. For more info..

June 30th - Surf contest in Tamarindo, starting at 7 a.m. $500 in prizes and free lunch. Sponsored by Smith Optics, Cobian, Christian Surfers, Z-Flex, and Soul Armor.

6/10 - Luis Vindas wins the first leg of the Costa Rica Triple Crown contest held June 9 and 10th in Playa Dominical. Read more...

Costa Rica youth come in 14th out of 28 international teams at the ISA World Junior Games in Portugal. Standouts were Carlos Munoz, Jairo Perez and Natalie Bernold. For results, click here, and for photos go to www.isasurfing.org.

Central American Surf Contest won by Costa Rica. Frederico Pilurzo takes the Open division, while Lisbeth Vindas wins for the women in Guatemala. Read more...

Trofeo Freestyle contest, Playa Guiones, Feb. 24-25th. Click here to read the article (en Español)

Go to www.surfingcr.net for more info and to see the latest rankings. Other dates for the Circuito Nacional Tour.

ENVIRONMENT

2017

5/25 - Can Costa Rica’s Pacific Coral Reefs Be “Reforested”? Scientists Are Trying. Read more

5/4 - Effectiveness of hammerhead conservation measure questioned. Read more

4/18 - Guanacaste tourism operators and artisanal fishers opposed to sustainable shrimp trawling bill. Read more

3/30 - CREMA joins Fins Attached in call to protect oceanic whitetip sharks. Read more

3/12 - At Long Last Costa Rica Has Plans to Clean Up Its Wastewater. Read more

3/5 - Costas Verdes: The Reforesting of the Coasts of Costa Rica! Read more

3/1 - Culling Sharks Won’t Protect Surfers; Here’s Exactly Why Not. Read more

1/26 - Costa Rican Environmental Groups Demand End to Trawling. Read more

1/13 - “Green” Pura Vida? Costa Rica’s Renewables Conceal Dependence on Oil. Read more

12/31 - Meteor Fireball Flys by Erupting Turrialba Volcano [video]. Read more

12/19 - Costa Rica’s N. Pacific Fishermen Demand Shrimpers Leave. Read more

12/18 - Leonardo Di’Caprio says climate action is U.S.’s “biggest economic opportunity”. Read more

12/16 - Video: Sea Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica and Archie Carr’s Legacy. Discover more

12/3 - Rescue Team Steps in to Help Animal Victims of Hurricane in Costa Rica. Read more

12/2 - Costa Rica Celebrates 68 Years Without an Army. Read more

11/29 - A small town unites to help Hurricane Otto victims – the Costa Rican way. Read more

SURFRIDER - Tamarindo Chapter News
Check out the new website for Surfrider's Tamarindo Chapter

Next meeting, the last Thursday of the month at the Surf Club in Playa Langosta. For more information, contact Mike Clifford or Brian Bratton, or call 8825-4563

It All Comes Back To You. Todo Se Devuelve. TAMARINDO RECYCLES..
www.tamarindorecycles.blogspot.com

Tamarindo Recycling Day is now Every Tuesday! Check the Tamarindo page for bin locations and updates.

12/28 - Chinchilla Swears In Oversight Commission to help protect marine resources. Read more.

12/28 - The Jacó Lifeguards are ready to take care of our tourists at the beach. Head lifeguard Marvin Pérez is looking for donations to help ensure the safety of swimmers and surfers. If you want to help, call Marvin at 8701-4457.

12/21 - Impunity reigns for illegal shrimp trawlers in National Wildlife Refuges. Read more from Pretoma.org.

12/21 - NYIT Students Bring Waste Removal Solutions to Costa Rica. Read more. 

12/14 - Scientists announced that a new species of yeti crab was discovered living in the Pacific Ocean about 93 kilometers off the coast of northwest Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula. The crab was named Kiwa puravida for Costa Rica’s signature catchphrase meaning “pure life.” The crab dwells at a depth of 1,000 meters and lives off bacteria that grows on its front claws. The crabs nourish bacteria by waving their claws over ocean vents called seeps that emit hydrogen sulfide and methane. After these dance-like movements, the crabs harvest the bacteria with an appendage that shovels the bacteria into their mouths.

11/28 - Pirate headliners who illegally enter Cocos Island. More from PRETOMA

11/21 - CR Surf Travel Company to Donate Prizes for Save the Waves Film Festival. Read more.

11/14 - Tuna Farm Aquaculture Project Stopped! SETENA states it will not consider the Granjas Atuneras project near Pavones. Read more.

11/11 - CRsurf has donated $250 to the Costa Rican non-profit PRETOMA as part of their commitment to 1% for the Planet. PRETOMA has been fighting to stop shark finning, protecting sea turtle nesting habitats, and stopping the experimental tuna farms from going in near Pavones. Full story.

11/1 - CR Surf Travel Company to Donate Prizes for Save the Waves Film Festival. Read more.

11/7 - The Playa Hermosa refuge has released over 16,879 turtles after collecting 67,461 eggs from more than 706 nests. If you want to volunteer or get involved, contact the refuge at 2643-1066 or the Central Pacific Chamber of Commerce at 2643-2853.

11/7 - Environment and Security Ministries sign accord to protect Costa Rica's marine resources, from the Tico Times

10/4 - Read about the Global Conservation Priorities for Marine Turtles Study, created by PLOS One. It includes the population health of all marine turtles by region including Costa Rica - LINK

10/4 - EDACS (Southern Caribbean Society of the School for the Arts) is seeking donations to help establish a permanent educational program in music and the arts. For more information on the association and how to help, go to www.arteviva-puertoviejo.com/edacs.asp.

8/23 - Costa Rica Ocean Environmental Groups protest Assembly Bill to open National Marine Sanctuaries to Commercial Fishing. Read their statement here - LINK.

8/16 - The group Terra Nostra (Our Planet) is also organizing volunteers to keep the Gulf of Nicoya clean. "The real goal of the campaign is to change the attitude and mentality of people that think they can throw trash anywhere and it won’t cause a problem.” For more information, email voluntarios@terranostra-cr.org or visit http://terranostracr.org/. Terra Nostra’s next beach cleanup is at Playa Guacalillo in Puntarenas on Aug. 22

8/2 - Read the Opinion of Randall Arauz in La Nación, August 1st, 2011.  "Shark finning at large in Costa Rica".

9/20 - On August 12-13, 2011, San Jose played host to Costa Rica's first EcoSummit featuring a Sustainability Forum and the State of the Oceans Summit. Read more about the event and read the State of the Oceans report here - LINK.

9/20 - Hundreds of Taiwanese citizens call on Costa Rica to protect sharks Meanwhile, Incopesca authorizes the importation of 15 tons of sharks fins from Nicaragua. Article from Pretoma.org

9/13 - Dr. Feelgood’s Green Pharmacy is a blog run by Roberta Ward Smiley gives a fascinating review of some of the medicinal uses of Costa Rican forest resources

9/13 - Local fishermen appear involved in shark finning, by the A.M. Costa Rica - LINK

9/13 -Costa Rica largest consumer of pesticides per hectare in the world. Read more..

Event: Dinner for the Oceans: Fundraiser for the 3rd National Cleanup Day for rivers and oceans, organized by Terra Nostra Association, with music, magic, comedy shows, Aug. 31, 7 p.m., Tin Jo restaurant, Ca. 11, Av. 6/8, San José, 2228-4317, 2228-6944, matildes@terranostra-cr.org

Upcoming Event: Charla: "Impacto de los Tours a Caballo sobre Playas de Anidación de Tortugas Marinas" - Discussion "Impact of Horseback Riding Tours on the Sea Turtle Nests at the Beach" - Harmony Hotel - Sept. 2nd, 10 a.m.. Visit Sustainable Nosara for more info.

8/24 - Costa Rica Ocean Environmental Groups protest Assembly Bill to open National Marine Sanctuaries to Commercial Fishing. Read their statement here - LINK.

8/4 - William King from Palm Beach, Florida, has been working on a Youth Speak Out International project at the Escuela Pochotal in Playa Hermosa to help the kids learn about recycling for positive global change. His program has given the students the opportunity to speak out about the need for Costa Rica to recycle and the opportunity to job-shadow employees at area businesses so they can learn about cutting down on waste and recycling. For more information or to help out the cause, visit www.youthspeakoutint.org.

7/25 - Shark fins are being landed in Nicaragua, then transported by land to Costa Rica to avoid the law. Read more.

7/18 - Thousands of petitions signed to stop the export of shark fins from Costa Rica. Read more.

Shark finning is the act of slicing off the fin and discarding the living shark back to sea, where it dies a horrible death. The amputated fins are then exported to Asia, where they are used to make an ominous delicacy: shark fin soup (as journalist John Platt calls it, "extinction in a bowl"). Shark finning is responsible for the death of some 200 million sharks each year—contributing to a 90% decline in global shark populations. Ethical Traveler is partnering with PRETOMA and Mission Blue to stop this horrible practice. Click to find out more and how to help.

7/11 - From Joel Harper, author of the children's eco-book - All the Way to the Ocean - "I am excited to announce that my first published song is now available via iTunes... I had the blessed opportunity to collaborate with legendary Reggae musician Burning Spear on a song, of which will be featured in the up and coming "All the Way to the Ocean" movie... The title is called "The Time Is Now". Find it by searching "Joel Harper" on I-Tunes.

7/11 - A Belgian woman drowned on Sunday (7/10) when she jumped into the water at Playa Bonita, Matapalo in an attempt to save two children swept away by a sudden wave. The victim, identified as Florence Louise Gustavia Leriche, age 51 was at beach with her husband when the two called out for help while swimming. The children and her husband managed to get out of the water safely, however attempts to resuscitate Gustavia were not successful.

6/27 - Young surfer victim of a possible shark attack at Playa Grande, dies from blood loss. Read more from various sources here..

6/21 - Pretoma offers a chance to help sponsor a turtle for their satellite tracking program. Link to article..

Pretoma - Muelles Privados.. Mejor Cerrados (Private docks are better closed 'for landing shark fins')

Recycling locations on the southern Pacific coast, set up by the Nature Conservancy.

Count how much water you use HERE

9/12 - PRETOMA nominates Caletas Wetland for Global Conservation Award. Read more..

9/12 - Nosara Wildlife Rescue is looking for outstanding photos of Nosara's wildlife.  Those chosen will be featured in their 2011 calendar that is going to print by the end of the month.  If you have a high resolution photo that you would like to submit please send it, along with photographer's name and a short description describing how & where it was taken, to vicki (at) nosarawildlife.org. 100% Of the proceeds of the sale of the calendar go to support Nosara's wildlife.

** Check out this new blog by Andy Bystrom from Pretoma.org. It gives you the latest news on what is happening to marine life and coastal ecosystems in Costa Rica.

Randaul Arauz from PRETOMA speaks about his receiving the Goldman Prize for helping the environment. Read it here..

Help Playa Esterillos with their new Recycling Program!! Click here to find out more..

Recycling locations on the southern Pacific coast, set up by the Nature Conservancy.

8/4 - Farming Company Poisons Turtle Wildlife Refuge - Harasses Pretoma Volunteers. Read more..

October 2011 - Nosara Wildlife Rescue's 2012 Wall calendar will go on sale; featuring 2012 tide charts, moon phases, and both U.S. and C.R. holidays. Please send your high resolution wildlife photos for possible inclusion to vicki@nosarawildlife.com

6/23/11 - From the Harbor Reef Resort in Nosara - ICE has invested nearly $2.5 million to replace over 42 kilometers of power lines with new insulated cable and installed insulating covers to nearly all of the power transformers. This has lowered the number of fatalities for the local Howler population from approximately 132 during 2009 to 23 between February 2010 and May 2011. Kudos to ICE for their dedication.

6/16 /11- Pretoma Launches "Adopt a Satellite Sea Turtle" Campaign. Read more.

6/8/11 - Because today is World Oceans Day, we'd like to once again ask for your help, this time on our newest campaign to prohibit the importation of shark fins to Costa Rica. Find out more..

6/2/11 - Pretoma.org - Costa Rican shrimp will continue embargoed by the United States. Read more..

6/6 - See details of the Jaco recycling drive, August 5th and 6th.

6/5 - Waves Costa Rica Surf School and Roxy hosted an event - LIMPIA TUS PLAYAS - this past Saturday in Jaco. They organized a internal contest amongst schools in San Jose where they asked the girls to submit a proposal,  “How would they help to keep the school clean and how it would contribute to the environment?" The 36  winners where brought to Jaco for a day of Surf sun and fun! Check out the photos.

5/18 - Pretoma.org - From Costa Rica to Nicaragua: Foreign fleet now lands shark fins in Nicaragua. Read more..

5/9 - etnie's final video showcasing the surf and crocs of Costa Rica..

5/9 - German President questions Costa Rica's reputation as a 'Green Oasis'. Read more - translated from ElPais.cr

5/9 - Pineapples - A Luxury Fruit, but at what cost to Costa Rica? Consumers International Investigates on YouTube

5/2 - Friend and founder of Community Carbon Trees, Costa Rica, Jennifer Leigh-Smith, was featured in the karmic blog - Where is my Guru Now. She helps plant native trees along the Osa Peninsula. You can sponsor you own tree here for only $25 - LINK.

4/25 - Nosara Wildlife Rescue, the non-profit organization whose mission is to rescue injured, orphaned, and displaced wild animals and provide them immediate medical care, rehabilitation, and eventual release into the wild is holding an online auction fundraiser. For more information or to make a donation contact Mary Brennan.

4/25 - Etnies puts out their first video in a 3 part series of their Costa Rica 'Plant a Tree' Campaign. LINK

4/25 - Friend and founder of Community Carbon Trees, Costa Rica, Jennifer Leigh-Smith, was featured in the karmic blog - Where is my Guru Now. She helps plant native trees along the Osa Peninsula. You can sponsor you own tree here for only $25 - LINK

4/23 - Nosara Wildlife Rescue, the non-profit organization whose mission is to rescue injured, orphaned, and displaced wild animals and provide them immediate medical care, rehabilitation, and eventual release into the wild is holding an online auction fundraiser. For more information or to make a donation contact Mary Brennan.

4/19 - Saving Lives at Cocles Beach, by Laura McLeod, from the Puerto Viejo Satellite.

4/11 - Todd Staley from Crocodile Bay Resort asks sportsfishermen to leave the sail fish in the water for the hero shot. Read more..

4/3 - As part of their campaign - "Costa Rica, te quiero limpia" - the environmental group Terra Nostra hosted a cleanup at Playa Guacalillo on April 2nd. They collected 2200 kilos and 20 llantas, and over 200 volunteers came out to help. Read more in the spanish 'periodico' Huella Verde (Green Footprint)

3/29 - Buena Vista Villas in Nosara recently hosted the founders of the Encompass Foundation. Read their March newsletter here - LINK

3/28 - Help Save the Monkeys! The group SalveMonos Tamarindo is working to protect the howler monkeys and other species that live around Tamarindo and rest of the Nicoya Peninsula. They use donations for building rope bridges over roads and teaching locals about them.

3/27 - Captain of Taiwanese fishing boat will not go to jail for shark finning. Read more..

3/6 - Isla de Coco to get additional funding for protection from foreign tuna fleets. Read more..

3/1: In a victory for our oceans, the Costa Rican government decided, again, to not allow shark finning boats to land their catch at private docks, where illegal practices could go unnoticed. Watch as Pretoma.org's protestors chanted and cheered during legislative session, voicing the concerns of thousands who want the practice stopped. Here on YouTube.

2/14 - From February 10th to 17th, 2011 a team of 9 researchers from both PRETOMA and CIMAR, have embarked on the yacht Sirenus to investigate the southern coast of the Nicoya Peninsula.  The a purpose of this expedition is to tag sharks and sea turtles, while monioring the coastline which includes the three marine protected areas of Camaronal and Caletas-Ario National Wildlife Refuges and the Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve. Follow their journey on their new Daily Blog.

1/18 - Panama bans long-line fishing, becoming the first country in Central America to do so. Read more..

1/11 - One third (33%) of the world’s shark species are facing extinction. And now the mafia is attacking those who are trying to save them. A Pretoma researcher attacked in Puntarenas while trying to film 1000's of fins drying on a private dock. Plus read about Hell's Kitchen celebrity chef attacked by mafia in Costa Rica while trying to expose shark finning. Read more..

1/4 - Tuna Boat Fishing in Garza Triggers Debate with ecologists warning of future collapse due to intensive fishing while Incopesca and Sardimar remain confident. Read more in the Voice of Nosara.

12/26 - Punta Banco (just a few miles south of Pavones) is the longest monitored solitary olive ridley nesting beach in the world. Read more about the Pretoma Turtle Project here - Link.

11/22 - Biologist Randall Arauz wins Gothenburg Award for helping to stop shark finning in Costa Rica. Read more..

11/22 - Read the position that PreservePlanet.org has regarding Nicaragua's attempt to dredge the Rio San Juan. (español)

11/15 - High Court affirms ruling against Sardinal aqueduct. Read more (English y español)

11/9 - Sean Larkin has been posting some great articles on Marine Protected Areas off the Osa Peninsula, and leads tours to see dolphins and whales in the natural element. Visit www.costacetacea.com to learn more about his efforts to protect this region from tuna fishing.

11/9 - Negligent management of Calets wetland wins Costa Rica Grey Globe Award. From www.pretoma.org

11/1 - Canciones del Mar Hotel has joined efforts to help the national wildlife refuge in Playa Hermosa. For every room rented in his hotel, $1 will be donated to the refuge.It is turtle nesting season on the Central Pacific coast at the Playa Hermosa Turtle Refuge needs volunteers to help collect eggs to be protected. Contact the Chamber of Commerce for info on how to get involved.

11/1 - The Surfing Nosara Foundation (SNF) is proud to announce the completion of its fourth major project for 2010. This October, the preschoolers of Serapio Lopez Elementary School began utilizing the new bathroom facilities within their classroom, built with $2000 in materials donated by SNF and parent labor.

10/25 - It is turtle nesting season on the Central Pacific coast at the Playa Hermosa Turtle Refuge needs volunteers to help collect eggs to be protected. Contact the Chamber of Commerce for info on how to get involved.

--> Artist Carlos Hiller has been inducted into the Ocean Artists Society, a group founded to promote appreciation for and continued interest in the ocean arts. Hiller’s work is on continuing display at the Hidden Garden in Liberia, on Highway 21 between Payless Auto and the airport.

--> Recycle your cell phones! Be Concerned about batteries that end up in the uncontrolled dumps typical of municipalities outside the Central Valley. Batteries oxidize in the wet conditions typical of Costa Rica’s garbage dumps, the cadmium will seep into the aquifer below, contaminating drinking water supplies. Rechargeable NiCad batteries contain cadmium which is a highly toxic and carcinogenic metal. Rechargeable batteries generally also are a hazard if burned because they explode.

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4/25 - See photos from Costa Ricans protesting the open pit mining now allowed 4 miles from the Rio San Juan. From Pretoma's Blog.

4/18 - The Beaches of Esterillos Association of Community Helpers (BEACH) has been established. The grassroots nonprofit organization seeks to provide funding for the lifeguard program in the community and surrounding beaches. Since the program’s inception in December 2008, the community of Esterillos Oeste has constructed three lifeguard towers, two mobile and one stationary. The latter was reconstructed from an old tower spared by the ocean currents. Area restaurants and hotels are cooperating with donated lunches for the lifeguards and accommodations for visiting water-rescue instructors. For more information, e-mail BEACH.

4/18 - The Jaco chamber of commerce, in conjunction with the Garabito Municipality, made it possible to add four lifeguards at Jacó Beach during Easter week. Marvin Pérez, Rigoberto Villalobos, César Herrera and Lizandro Porras watched over the many swimmers visiting the beach during those days.

4/18 - Dominical lifeguards racked up over twenty major rescues over the past two weeks and can use all the help they can get heading into the 'slow' season when collections normally drop off and funding gets difficult. Donate here. 

4/11 - Millions of marine turtles have been killed over the past two decades through entrapment in fishing gear, according to a global survey. Read more..

4/4 - For a light, enjoyable read, check out The Pothole, Tamarindo’s new magazine published by FT Restaurant owner Mike Gerhard and entrepreneur, DJ and Surfrider Foundation head Lock Cooper. The second edition features a late-night interview with Chef Steve, “Party of the Month” and “Dispatches from the Sea.”

Upcoming Event: Jaco recycling drive, August 5th and 6th. See details..

Upcoming Event: 2nd Annual Sea Turtle and Dolphin Festival at Marina Ballena National Park. September 1st-3rd, 10th-12th. Read more.

7/26 - New recycling program to start along the entire Talamancan coastline on the Caribbean. Check the pickup schedule here..

7/26 - According to Taiwanese fishermen, shark finning taking place EVERYDAY in Costa Rica. From the Tico Times.

Help put up bridges for monkeys in Manuel Antonio. Call 2777-2592 or e-mail info@kidssavingtherainforest.org.

7/12 - Roca Verde Hotel hosted its annual 4th of July benefit and auction for the Dominical Lifeguards and raised over $10,000 to keep the program going. Thanks to everyone who helped put on the event. Check www.dominicallifeguards.org for photos and a link to contribute resources.

7/12 - Marchers will leave Monday, July 12 from Casa Presidencial in Zapote, a southeastern San José district, and plan to walk to the town of Crucitas on Sunday, July 18, to protest the gold mine planned there, which could leak cyanide into the nearby water supplies.

7/1 - The Surfing Nosara Foundation (SNF), and local art curator Nina Arias, worked together to raise nearly $4,000 at Nosara’s first annual Auction for the Arts event, which hosted nearly 100 attendees at the Vista del Paraiso Restaurant on June 26th. Read more on the Voice of Nosara website.

Randaul Arauz from PRETOMA speaks about his receiving the Goldman Prize for helping the environment. Read it here..

** Help Playa Esterillos with their new Recycling Program!! Click here to find out more..

** Every Saturday, the Escuelita de Nosara has a booth at the Nosara Organic Farmers Market located at Giardino Tropical. Help a child participate in summer day camp by purchasing one of the calendars made by the children at last year's camp. Volunteers also do face painting and give hair cuts for donations. 

BUY A "NO TUNA FARMING" T-SHIRT!

Recycling locations on the southern Pacific coast, set up by the Nature Conservancy.

Latin American Surf Tour's - Seven Ways to Help the Planet (in Spanish)

Check out the new website for Surfrider's Tamarindo Chapter

6/20 - International Surf Day was a huge success in Tamarindo on June 20th, with surf contests, live music, and lots of raffles with the funds going to the local Surfrider chapter. Read more on the Witchs Rock Surf Camp Blog, and catch photos here by Rafa

5/17 - The Dominical Lifeguards would like to thank lifeguards Matt Fox and Adam from Huntington Beach for helping volunteer during Semana Santa. The group made over 20 saves. Read more in the June Report, including details on their 4th of July fundraiser.

5/17 - Tamarindo has run out of money for their lifeguard program as well. Read more in the Tamarindo News.

Help Ben Vaughn, who was attacked trying to stop a robbery outside of Dominical. Go to this Facebook Page to learn more..

5/17 - Recycling has really taken off in Tamarindo. New recycling cans are available next to La Botella de Leche, across from the gym and across from Licorera Cristal, in addition to the old spots at Surf Club Langosta, Langosta beach access, behind Cala Luna, the bus stop near Mono Loco across from Aqua, and the soccer field in front of Witch’s Rock Surf Camp. Plastic, aluminum and glass cans are accepted. Remember to put your items in plastic bags. For more information, e-mail them.

5/2 - Holiday Homes and big Hotels Endangering Ecotourism according the CREST study. Read it here.

4/26 - Randaul Arauz from PRETOMA awarded international prize for environmental work saving turtles from nets and sharks from being 'finned'. Read more about this extraordinary achievement from Preserve Planet.--> Randaul Arauz from PRETOMA speaks about his receiving the Goldman Prize for helping the environment. Read it here..

4/26 - See photos from Costa Ricans protesting the open pit mining now allowed 4 miles from the Rio San Juan. From Pretoma's Blog.

3/7 - President Arias tries to push through bill to limit Baulas National Park. Read more..

3/29 - 8 Intelligent Community Centers Inaugurated in Guanacaste. From JournalCR.com.

3/29 - The Jaco Chamber of Commerce wants to continue to help support the Playa Hermosa-Punta Mala National Wildlife Refuge, which is home to nesting grounds for olive ridley, green and rare hawksbill sea turtles. The refuge needs help with basic infrastructure and equipment, more park rangers and public services (electricity and telephone) and educational materials for visitors. To help with this project, contact the chamber at 2643-2853 or email.

3/13 - The Tamarindo Diria Beach & Golf Resort staff joined the Tamarindo Surfrider Foundation members on Saturday, March 13, making this the largest Beach Cleanup Tamarindo has ever had. The successful endeavor was even serenaded by troubadour Tico Hendrix ~ from Tamarindo News.

3/22 - Read the letter that the president of Pretoma, Randall Arauz, wrote in to La Nacion in response to the INCOPESCA's ad.. LINK.

3/15 - Thanks to Jazzy's River House for their pizza party fundraiser, which earned $1200 for the Dominical lifeguard program. To make a donation, go to www.dominicallifeguards.org . They save dozens of lives every year. If you want to support the program in Playa Cocles, visit www.cocles.org

3/7 - National Geographic recently awarded Nature Air top honors among 611 nominees from 81 different countries for excellence in eco-tourism. The airline is one hundred percent “carbon neutral” in that it reforests the Osa Peninsula to a point that it more than compensates for its carbon emissions with new forest growth.

2/13 - Tuna Farm Breakthrough ~ Arias signs two year moratorium on tuna farms. Read more on GoodMorningPavones.blogspot.com.

2/9 - Costa Rica Mermaid Promotes Marine Sanctuaries in Nosara. From VoiceOfNosara.com. Presentation at The Yoga House in Nosara on February 9th at 7:30pm

1/29 - SAVE THE HOWLER MONKEYS FUNDRAISER & LIVE AUCTION - Friday, January 29, 2010 5 - 8 pm. The Bombard residence, lot K-47, across from the old Plumarias Hotel behind the Yoga Institute $50 Per person, sold at the door - includes cocktails and bocas The bidding will commence at 6:45 p.m. Check out their items for auction!

1/17 - Ecotourism agencies join the fight to save Las Baulas National Park Brad Nahill and a growing group of Ecotourism agencies have joined the volatile campaign against the governmental proposal (bill 17.383) to downgrade Las Baulas (Leatherback) Marine National Park to a wildlife refuge. He sent a letter to Costa Rica's Legislative Assembly warning its members that downgrading the park and opening its beaches to coastal construction projects, "Is incompatible with the sustainable development and protection of endangered species..." Read more in Eco Americas, a monthly report on development and the environment in Latin America

1/4 - The Environmental Ministry office in Manzanillo on the Caribean Coast was firebombed over the holidays. Read more on the Puerto Viejo Satellite.

1/4 - A letter, the parents of children in Alto Katsi, Talamanca, Costa Rica are appealing for your valuable support in a building a school. Read more from the Tropical Adventures Blog.

Check out this new blog by Andy Bystrom from Pretoma.org. It gives you the latest news on what is happening to marine life and coastal ecosystems in Costa Rica.

12/6: An inspection by the National System of Conservation Area (SINAC) regional office in Tempisque confirmed that thousands of square meters of vegetation were illegally removed from the shoreline in front of the recently opened Hotel Riu in Matapalo de Sardinal in the northwest province of Guanacaste. The case will now go before the constitutional court.

12/6: Letter to Tico Times regarding Las Baulas National Park. Read it here.

11/24: National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) Identifies 35 Ocean Sites Worth Protecting. Read more..

11/11: The Corcovado Foundation hosted their 5th Annual Gourmet Night with Fine Wines. October 24th, 7 p.m. at the Art Gallery at the Children's Museum. It was a huge success, raising over $7,000. Read the Foundation's thank you letter and see photos here..

11/8: Don’t throw out your old and/ or worn-out clothes. They’re needed by the Colectivo Artistico Reciclando en Talamanca por la Sostenibilidad (CARTS), which has been commissioned to make shopping bags for the local farmers’ market in Puerto Viejo. To help, the Talamancan Association of Ecotourism and Conservation (ATEC), next to the Casa de la Cultura, will except the following: clean, old clothing; clean, used sheets and hammocks; material part of broken umbrellas; fabric scraps; other clean items that might be used to make recycled art. Volunteers Needed - Some 164 volunteer hours have been donated to date in a fun and ongoing recycling project sponsored by ATEC. Volunteers go to the recycling center in the small town of Patino once a week to help the new ReciCaribe get on top of the mountain of materials that need to be processed.. For more information on both projects, call 2750-0398 or 8320-4821.

10/31: The new spanish owned RIU Hotel has been accused of destroying neighboring mangroves and being built without water permits. Read more..

10/25: Andy Bystrm creates video showing area impacted by proposed Tuna Farms near Punta Banco. Watch the video and then donate to help Pretoma stop the destruction of the water quality in the area.

10/25: Surfing Nosara Foundation and Innocent Surf School Create Beach Clean up Project for Schools. Read more..

10/18: Environmental Ministry wants to keep 600 homes in Ostianal Turtle Refuge. Read more..

10/4: Witch’s Rock Surf Camp has installed a new biodiesel reactor and has trained its staff how to use it. This means they are now converting used cooking oil from Eat @ Joe’s Restaurant – as well as used cooking oil from FT’s and the Barceló resort – to power their shuttle vans and surf yacht.

10/4: National Beach Cleanup organized in October through TerraNostra.org.

9/13: Here's a cool new blog about the Camino Claro School in Pavones, highlighting their environmental and community efforts. Check out - www.caminoclaro.org

9/13: With the help of donations from Surfrider Foundation Tamarindo, development group Las Mareas and area resident Drew Smith, Tamarindo only lifeguard Jorge Zamora's salary was paid through August. However, the lifeguard program needs help to continue. The beach needs more equipment as well as more lifeguards, and of course the salary of the one remaining lifeguard needs to be protected. To help, contact Cheryl at cherylmckillican @hotmail.com.

Upcoming Event: 2/14 - Amigos de la Educación (ADE) will celebrate their 10th Silver Anniversary “Have A Heart” Charity Golf Tournament on Sunday, February 14, 2010.  This special celebration will be hosted by Hacienda Pinilla Golf Course to support Education and Scholarship. ADE is a non-profit organization working hard for the last nine years to provide academic and infrastructure needs for the students and public schools of Guanacaste. If you wish to help sponsor the event, contact Suzye Lawson at suzye.lawson@gmail.com.

Upcoming event:Costa Rica to host history’s biggest/most important leatherback sea turtle benefit concert. Where: CENAC San Jose, Costa Rica When: December 14, 2009 Time: 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Musicians’ press conference at 3:00 pm. Click for more info.

Get up close and personal with bugs in “Art and Biodiversity,” an exhibit of 50 of the best photographs from the National Biodiversity Institute (INBio) insect collection, on display through Jan. 24 at INBioparque in Santo Domingo de Heredia, north of San José.

Upcoming event: The Refuge from Hermosa Beach will be holding a seminar called “State Of Conservation And Current Status Of Sea Turtles In The Pacific”. This seminar will be taught by Mr. RICARDO PEREZ DURAN, a Wildlife Specialist. The event will be held on Thursday December 10th at 8:30 am in Best Western Jaco Beach Hotel. The nominal fee is $20 (Pro-Aid Wildlife Refuge Playa Hermosa - Punta Mala). For more information, call 2643-1000.

12/6: An inspection by the National System of Conservation Area (SINAC) regional office in Tempisque confirmed that thousands of square meters of vegetation were illegally removed from the shoreline in front of the recently opened Hotel Riu in Matapalo de Sardinal in the northwest province of Guanacaste. The case will now go before the constitutional court.

12/6: Letter to Tico Times regarding Las Baulas National Park. Read it here.

11/15: International tourism operators disfavor elimination of Las Baulas National Park in Costa Rica. Read More ...

** Here is Leilani McGonagle's letter (young surfer from Pavones) to our president in Costa Rica against the tuna farm proposal in the southern zone. If you are against this project as well, please take time to forward her letter along to all your email contacts and write a quick email to let our officials here know you are against it. Below are a few emails where your opinions can be sent emails: lsolis@casapres.go.cr (president of CR) ministrominae@minae.go.cr (government body in charge of natural resources and conservation) mobando@ict.go.cr (tourism board)

“The other day I went surfing here in Pavones. It was such a beautiful day. The water was clear and pretty. I saw a manta ray jumping, a pelican diving in for his breakfast, and a sea turtle floating by. When I went under the water, I could hear the whales singing. Have you ever heard whales? They sing the most beautiful songs! As I came up from under the water, I had a terrible thought… Will there come a day when this Gulf that I love so much be so contaminated from the tuna farms that the manta rays will no longer jump? Will there be a day that the pelicans no longer come here to fish for their breakfast? Will there be a day that the turtles no longer want to lay their eggs on our beaches? Will there be a day when the whales no longer want to come and sing their sweet songs?
I hope with all my heart that this day will never come! This is why I am writing you today. I am asking you to please, please help us to stop the tuna farms from coming here!!! Please use all your power as president to stop this project from contaminating our beautiful Golfo Dulce.

Thank you for you time,
Leilani McGonagle
PS. I heard you recently were sick with Swine Flu. I hope you are feeling better!”

Surfrider Beach Cleanup on November 14th: Meet at the recycling tent at 9 a.m. this Saturday.

11/11: The Corcovado Foundation hosted their 5th Annual Gormet Night with Fine Wines. October 24th, 7 p.m. at the Art Gallery at the Children's Museum. It was a huge success, raising over $7,000. Read the Foundation's thank you letter and see photos here..

Tamarindo Recycling Day is November 13th and 14th! The muni will collect reyclables from the bins from 7-9 a.m. on the 13th. And help paint bins Sat. from 9-noon in front of Aqua Discoteque.

Upcoming event: Project AWARE Beach Cleanup 2009: Sept. 19, 9 a.m.-noon, Diving Safaris, Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste, 2672-1259, info@costaricadiving.net. Here is the official recruitment letter..

8/28 - Tamarindo Recycling Pickup - Read more..

8/17 - Between August 20th and 30th, Pretoma and Turtle Island Restoration Network (www.tirn.net) will jointly lead a Cocos Island Shark and Sea Turtle Tagging Expedition, a historic expedition that will investigate declines in Eastern Pacific shark populations, migratory movements of hammerhead sharks and green turtles, and the effect of man's activities on these endangered species. Read more..

8/8 - 250 Used Computers Needed for School Kids in Costa Rica. Read More..

8/8 - In Puerto Viejo, the recycling program has restarted, thanks to the help of the Corredor Biologico de Talamanca. You can still drop recycling at ATEC on Sunday or Monday mornings, subject to change. Monthly donations to the recycling program can be made to Banco Nacional account number 20001112039124-7. A Banco de Costa Rica account will soon be available. For more information in Spanish or English, contact Maurizio at cafeviejo@gmail.com.

Save The Waves meets with ISA, Local NGOs and National Surfing Federations in Costa Rica. Read more..

Do you want to volunteer to protect endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica? Check out the ASVO (Asociación de Voluntarios para el Servicio en las Areas Protegidas) Web site at www.asvocr.org.

7/25: UCR denies ever granting approval for the tuna farm project. Read more..

Check out the gallery of photos from the International Surfing Day event at Hacienda Pinilla on June 20th.

Upcoming Event: Recycling Day in Tamarindo on August 8th! Please join us between 9AM and noon at the parking lot in front of Aqua Discotech and remember to bring any household items that you want to donate to the Red Cross! -- It All Comes Back To You. Todo Se Devuelve. TAMARINDO RECYCLES.. See the flyer..
www.tamarindorecycles.blogspot.com

5/31: At the National Forum on the Sustainability of Water Resources, Neotropica presented a report on "Environmental Conflicts and Sustainable Management of Water Resources in the region of Osa". Click to see the powerpoint report. And here is the link for ECOTICOS - a sustainable project created at the University of Vermont.

5/31: The Tuna Farms are getting a green light from MINAE. Read more..

5/25: Link to 2000 Report on Cetaceans in Drake Bay and the Osa Peninsula.

5/9: United States Bans Costa Rica Shrimp to protect Sea Turtles. Read More..

4/23: A beach cleanup at Playas Guacalillo and Playa Azul collected over 9700 pounds of trash, much of it recyclable. The cleanup was organized by Asociación Terra Nostra and many employees of Wal-Mart Centroamérica participated, along with dozens of volunteers from Tarcoles, Jaco, and San Jose. Alexander Mora, a national legislator, is trying to get a ban on ALL plastic bags in Costa Rica, not just grocery bags, but lawn and trash bags, too. Imported bags would have to be made from bio-degradable materials.

4/20: ReciclArte is now a thriving non profit business whose profits go towards schools and educating young people about recycling. You can check out http://reciclarte-cr.blogspot.com/ to find out what they are doing.

4/20: Project Green Jungle has set a goal to raise $1,500 by May 19. Goal: Traditional Bribri facilities. They have been given an amazing opportunity to build a facility within the reservation of the Bribri indigenous. This will only cost $1500 for a complete traditional Bribri build out. Please help us out if you can, our ongoing water tests, biosurveys, and cultural programs will be able to be facilitated much easier with a facility here. Happy Earth Day! To learn more about the goal or donate, go to www.greenjungle.org.

4/18: CRSURF.com is supporting GreenJungle.org with their first TWEARTH Day, an event taking place on the River Saxiola (Southern Caribbean) and shared with the world using Twitter. Parents, teachers, and students are welcome to visit! (The widget is now on the News page)

3/22: Surfrider Tamarindo meeting on March 26th at the Surf Club in Playa Langosta. Also, there will be a fundraiser at Hotel Laguna de Cocodrilo on April 4th.

3/1: Plans for Tuna Farms off the coast of Punta Banco raise alarms. Read more ..

2/26: Surfrider Tamarindo will be having their next meeting on Feb. 26th, 7 p.m., at the Surf Club, Playa Langosta. They will be discussing: Membership Drive, Cool new t-shirts are HERE, April fundraiser, and Surfrider's Non-Profit status. All are welcome to attend and share ideas or just listen in.

2/16: SETENA approves 85% of projects on the Osa Peninsula, from Informa-Tico. English version.

4/30: SETENA re-approves Tuna Farm near Pavones. Pretoma pledges to oppose it and asks for international help. Read more..

3/28: More than $1000 was raised for the Dominical lifeguards and local school at the 5k/10k Dominicalito marathon held on March 8th. The 10k winner was Eliecer Oviedo from San Jose, and for the women Maria Matamoros. The 5k winner was 15-year-old Vicotr Mendoza from Dominicalito and the women's winner was Kristin Andrews. Thanks to Dave and Debbie West, owners of Costa del Sol Properties, for organizing the event. Next year they said will be even bigger..

3/22: Australian bicycler Claire Vanderplank is cycling solo through Central and South America to raise awareness about social sustainability. On her trip through Costa Rica she made a stop in Manuel Antonio. Claire is collecting stories from people involved in raising social and environmental consciousness, using the tales as case studies to increase awareness on these themes among school students. Anyone interested can check out her Web site at www.cyclingforcohesion.com. Teachers and school principals are invited to contact Claire via e-mail, claire@ cyclingforcohesion.com, if they would like to participate. Social studies teachers are especially encouraged to join in. Her strategy is to use the adventurous nature of this trip and stories collected to capture the imaginations of those who may otherwise not change their thinking and behavior in these areas.

3/1: Plans for Tuna Farms off the coast of Punta Banco raise alarms. Read more ..

3/1: Find out more about Rainforest Aid 2009. Join them in celebration of culture, and diversity and help support education, health and existing rainforest preservation efforts adjacent to Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica. For more information, visit www.rainforestaid09.com.

3/1: U.S.-based nonprofit group Amigos of Costa Rica and its counterpart here, the Costa Rica-U.S.A. Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA), have set up a relief fund to help this country’s recovery efforts after the Jan. 8 earthquake, which killed as many as 30 people, left hundreds more homeless and caused an estimated $100 million in damage. Amigos set up a Web site, www.amigosofcostarica.org/earthquake, for its Costa Rica Earthquake Relief Fund as a way to raise awareness and money after the 6.2 magnitude quake’s impact. The site provides an online space in which to make tax-deductable donations from the United States to help Costa Rica’s recovery.

2/21: PriceSmart will stop using plastic bags for shoppers' purchases March 2nd. Currently they distribute 90 million plastic bags annually, or 750 tons of plastic. Four of their 25 stores are located in Costa Rica, and their headquarters is in San Diego, California.

2/6: I just found a great link to recycling locations on the southern Pacific coast. It's on this blog set up by the Nature Conservancy.

1/23: Check out the NEW Pretoma.org newletter, giving vital information of the conditions for turtles and sharks around Costa Rica.

12/6: All across the country, surfers are facing access and environmental fights that fail to consider their needs and enormous impact. While fishermen and other recreational ocean users flex big muscle in courthouses and town halls, surfers get pushed aside a 'segment group.' A minor hobby for punk kids - instead of healthy lifestyle for whole families. That's because we let them. Despite being a 1000-year-old sport with a $7 billion industry, surfing has failed to produce the demographic and economic studies to show who we are, where we live, and what we spend. So while other interest groups bolster their arguments with impressive numbers to prove their positions, all-too often, surfers get blindsided and bowled over, unable to offer a single hard number to support their cases or save their breaks. Not anymore. With your help, we can start to paint a true picture of who surfers are and how we behave. And every surfer who answers provides another stroke of necessary detail. All you need to do is take 15 minutes to fill out the survey. (Copy and paste this address if the link doesn't work - http://www.surfrider.org/ surf_survey_2008/survey2008a.cfm)

1/25: From Randall Arauz, Director of Pretoma.org. "Thank you for supporting Pretoma and marine conservation programs. Our newsletter's intent is to keep the Tide of citizens who support us informed regarding particular events of interest, in addition to the best way for you to channel your public voice for the sustainable use of natural resources and responsible fishing. As part of this process we will soon strengthen our relation with our supporters through a membership. We also hope that because of the points of view expressed in this newsletter, more people will decide to become part of this ''Tide of Change''." To read the first edition as a PDF, click here.

1/25: The campaign “Save the Monkeys” or now “SavleMonos”, keeps giving results. This past Wednesday, January 21st, four new monkey bridges were hung in Tamarindo for this species that are constantly in danger of electrocution from power lines. Read more from Tamarindonews.com.

1/24: Costa Rica's Cocos Island has made it to the next phase of an Internet contest seeking to select the word's “Seven Natural Wonders” among 300 candidates from around the planet. The contest is organized by www.new7wonders.com , a project by a Swiss Foundation in which Web users can express their preferences and help pick seven finalists. The same foundation had organized a similar contest that selected the “New Seven Wonders of the World” in 2007.

 

11/30: The developer of Hermosa Vista, a few miles south of Dominical, is being fined over $2 million dollars for damages. Developers swept away an entire mountain to clear places for some of the proposed 100 condos and allegedly that workmen filled in ditches that feed the sea near the Playa Hermosa National Refuge.

11/4: The Surfrider Foundation Tamarindo Chapter will host a Double Beach Cleanup on Saturday November 8th. For Tamarindo neighbors, meet in front of the Iguana Surf parking lot. And for the Langosta residents - meet on the beach in front of the Barcelo - both at 9 a.m. Thanks for participating!!

11/12: Threat of Tuna Farms in Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica, IS BACK. Read more..

10/27: Environmental Tribunal finds 14 out of 16 projects on the Osa Peninsula either don't have permits or are violating them. Read more..

10/26: A Tale of Entanglement - Why we must never forget why littering is a big deal, and why we must teach others not to do it.

10/18: Fact: The Osa Peninsula is home to thousands of rare and endangered species like the jaguar, which a recent count carried out by biologist and researcher Eduardo Carrillo of the National University confirmed that only 30 Jaguars exist on the Osa today. Ten years ago, the Jaguar population was 150. That is why Nature Air, CR Traveler, and Osa Peninsula Travel are hosting RainForestAid 2009, from June 19th to 21st. For more info, go to www.rainforestaid09.com.

10/22: IUCN Calls for Stronger Measures to Protect Leatherback Turtles, Sharks, and Whales - During the recent IUCN World Conservation Congress, held in Barcelona from October 5 to 14, three resolutions were adopted calling for improved protection of leatherback turtles, sharks and whales. Read more..

9/29: From JournalCR.com - Many Guanacaste beaches improve water quality. Playa del Coco one of those not included on list.

9/29: From the Osa Coalition - New video showing the destruction at Playa Plantares, near Puerto Jimenez on the Golfo Dulce. On the site you can voice your opposition to this illegal mauling of natural resources, since only with international pressure can it be stopped. Bulldozers on the beach stop to watch turtles hatch while Puerto Jiminez residents worry. Read more..

9/27: Spain donates $35 million for water, sanitation projects.. Following the visit by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias earlier this month, Spain last week announced a $35 million investment in water and sanitation projects here. The donation was made public by Ricardo Sancho, president of the Costa Rican Water and Sewer Institute (AyA) and Foreign Relations Minister Bruno Stagno. One of the first projects to benefit from the donation is the area of Conte, in Pavon, Golfito, and its 3,000 residents. Another project waiting funding is the Boca Arenal in San Carlos, which will now be completed thanks to the donation. Other areas that will also benefit from this gift are Lower Talamanca in Limon and communities in Sixaola, which have had constant problems with the quality of drinking water. The province of Puntarenas will also see improvements in its sewer system, including the building a water treatment plant that has been badly needed for the last 150 years, according to Sancho. The work in Puntarenas will cost some $20 million and benefit 110,000 residents of the area.

9/22: From AMCostaRica.com - Nosara study supports feasibility of recycling trash

9/22: From JournalCR.com - International Coastal Cleanup in Playa Ocotal a great success, hosted by the Ocotal Beach Resort and the Ocean Conservancy.

9/22: From TamarindoNews.com - See the VIDEO from the Trashion Fashion show in Tamarindo.

From A.M. Costa Rica - Construction sites within the Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas are facing closure by the government's Tribunal Ambiental, but local real estate brokers say that the situation is not as clear-cut as the tribunal suggests. Read more.. (Fact: The park is of particular importance to the critically endangered leatherback sea turtle, whose numbers have plummeted more than 90% during the past 20 years (TT, April 13, 2007). Playa Grande ranks as the most important nesting beach in Costa Rica and one of the five most important in the world.

From Greencoast.com: Op-ed piece explains recent community meeting in Puerto Viejo regarding the New World Eco-Marina. For more info, go to Salvemos Puerto Viejo, or Let’s Save Puerto Viejo

Puerto Viejo Residents protest marina built next to Salsa Brava, from www.amcostarica.com

Coalición Costarricense por las Ballenas - AYUDA A LAS BALLENAS, VISITA ESTE LINK Y LLENA CON TUS DATOS PERSONALES.. Costaricans for the Whales - Help the Whales by visiting this link and signing the petition.

12/9: Lend a hand this Saturday morning (12/13) as the Surfrider Foundation and Tamarindo Recycles work together for our ocean and our community. Tamarindo Neighbors Meet at the Recycling Day tent in front of Iguana Surf 9 AM. Langosta Neighbors Meet at the lifeguard tower in front of Hotel Barceló 9 AM Give a Christmas present to the beach!

LETTER written to AMCostarica.com and Ticotimes.net:

May I vent? I help people plan surf trips to Costa Rica. But now the country is going to shit, literally, as these developers are going in, tapping out the locals’ water supply and filling the rivers and beaches with runoff from faulty septic systems.

You see all these fancy ads, brochures, and presentations about how eco-friendly these places will be, but yet they clear-cut the trees, put in roads and have no plans for waste treatment. Why do people think they have the right to trash the country because they own a piece of land? Many owners who would never break the law in the U.S. flagrantly disregard it in Costa Rica.

The worst part is how gullible the investors are. They have no clue that the plans they were shown did not get environmental permits, and it’s never mentioned that their property is in a flood plain or prone to earthquakes, or they don’t have access to water. It makes me sick, and I am trying to do something about it. I don’t promote or sell ads to developers. I post environmental articles and community events to raise awareness of the issues. And I donate to the Tamarindo chapter of Surfrider, which does educational projects, beach cleanups and water quality testing at the beach. But it is not enough.

As surf travelers, if we don’t try to curb the destruction of the coastal ecosystem, then I fear the surf breaks will get so polluted that no one will want to surf them anymore. If you care enough to do something about it, contact me anytime. ~Greg

 

8/30: From InsideCostarica.com - Nature Air, the first carbon neutral airline in the world, was chosen among 142 companies that reached the final stage of the World Savers Awards 2009 of Conde Nast Traveler. The awards honor travel companies around the world for their leadership in social responsibility spanning five areas: fighting poverty, conservation of the environment and the culture, education, preservation of wildlife, and health.

--> From InsideCostaRica.com - Trashion Fashion Show to Highlight Use of Recycled Materials in Tamarindo. Event to be held at Bar1 on September 11th, with proceeds going to the Tamarindo Recycling program.

--> From InsideCostaRica.com - Contaminated Beaches To Have Warning Signs Posted To Protect Visitors - The Acueductos y Alcantarillados (AyA) - water and sewer utility - is warning of serious contamination at 13 beaches.

--> From the Tico Times - Water authority reveals popular Costa Rica beaches in bad shape

--> From TamarindoNews.com - Costa Rica's Moment of Turth. Is it really about the Leatherback Turtles?

8/17: From JournalCR.com - Congress to Investigate Las Baulas National Park - Read more..

8/11: The event "Painting under the Stars" at Pacifico last Sunday Night was a great success. They sold all the tickets, so the restaurant was full. Daniela´s performance at the piano was immaculate, and there was nothing better in the world for inspiring the artist Carlos Hiller to paint. Daniela Navarro is a 12 years old prodigy, from Liberia, Costa Rica. During her performance, he created two paintings. Those were auctioned at the end of the concert, being one sold in $5,600.00, and the second one in $4,800.00!!!!!. The total of this amount is for Daniela's international travels and competitions. So she is going next month to Republic of San Marino, to participate in a new one! Thanks to Pacifico Beach Club, Artflower, and especially thanks to Papagayo Golf Course for buying these two paintings, and all the people who attended this concert and live painting. For more artwork by Carlos Hiller, go to www.carloshiller.com.

8/2: Puerto Viejo will NOT have a marina built. Translated from La Nacion..

The company Caribbean International Group, S.A. asked to shelve the case of prior consultation for the construction of the Marina Green in Puerto Viejo, Limon. The communication was made through a letter sent by the president of the signing, Jan Kalina, the Commission Interagency Marine berths and Tourism (CIMAT), on July 31 last. The Eco-Marina in Puerto Viejo is a project whose initial investment was estimated at $ 40 million and that would be about 100 berths. Initially it was thought in 400 mooring posts, but then forced the firm to reduce them. This project was harshly questioned by various organizations and residents of the area. The complaints allege that the marina will be built on a reef which suffer serious consequences. The firm said that this coral is dead, but neighbors and some experts were supported in studies, according to which at least 9% of the coral is alive, with a good chance to regenerate. In his letter to the CIMAT, the employer Kalina regretted the opposition of "a minority, which is not of the people of Puerto Viejo." The company asked to shelve the case, but left open the possibility to return in the future "if there are better opportunities." The letter also states that Kalina decision is not the best for the community, thus closes opportunities for development.

7/30: Save Puerto Viejo has a new website - www.salvemospuertoviejo.com. The site was created to prevent a massive marina project from possibly destroying the break Salsa Brava and polluting the waters of Cahuita National Park. They have an online petition and a forum for discussing alternatives. Also, watch this YouTube video to learn more. Here is a Spanish broadcast that covers the issue.

7/23: From AM Costa Rica: President Arias readies his zoning decree for Puntarenas, from Mal Pais south to the Osa on the coast (excluding cities). It will limit height, density, and mass of construction.

7-11 - AM Costa Rica - Environmental investigators in a sweep through the south Pacific coast have turned their eyes to five large projects in the Cantón de Osa that will bring 1,000 new homes to the area. Read more..

Check out this Spanish TV video showing Carlos Ulate, from Costa Rica, using composting biomatter to fuel his stove. He explain how to build he built one, what it uses for fuel, and the importance of it as an alternative to filling landfills and septic tanks. Link... To see more about using biogas and how to set a system, go to www.biogasulate.es.tl. English version using Google link..

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., deemed the world’s largest public corporation by revenue by this year’s Fortune Global 500, will stop marketing billfish in its Central American stores.

Stores like Palí, Mas x Menos and Hipermás will turn more toward farmed fish, said Wal-Mart executives earlier this week, as Pacific billfish stocks like marlin and sailfish are becoming heavily depleted. Go to The Beach Times for the full story.

** The beach communities surrounding Playas del Coco, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, collaborated to celebrate World Ocean Day on Sunday 8 th June 2008.

A Gigantic, Breathtaking Community Mural (11mts X 4mts) was brought into being by marine artist Carlos Hiller, with the help of more than seventy local children, (organized by groups of ten, conducted by non profit children's association Proyecto de Luz). This piece of art has principal subject coralline reefs, to support the celebrations of “The International Year of the Reefs” (IYOR).

 In addition, Carlos Hiller painted a huge Bull Shark, portraying how beautiful and imposing these wonderful marine inhabitants really are, unjustly feared, and for that reason at the mercy of massive fishing by foreign fishing fleets.

 In order to protest the infamous practice of shark fining (by means of which the fins are cut off and the body of the shark is thrown overboard), Stop shark finning! Legend was added, and also the same phrase in Spanish. During the activity, children filled the outlines of marine life around the coral reef and in addition wrote letters and created drawings to send to different governmental institutions, indicating their perceptions, desires and hopes about the importance of protecting the marine environment.

 This first Marine awareness mural which embellishes Playas del Coco is part of a Carlos Hiller`s national level campaign to encourage different cities and towns simultaneously to educate and make aware the importance of protecting our marine resources.

Hundreds of children and parents united to clean the beaches, build sand sculptures, and experience boat rides. Everyone was eager to learn more about the protection of the marine resources, and at the same time, all enjoying a beautiful day along our shoreline.

More information can be requested by sending an e-mail.

** New Bill Introduces Wipes Out Expropriations in Playa Grande - The bill will give President Arias the power to cancel the ruling where beachfront owners had to give up 75 meters of their property, since it was inside a National Park. Read more in The Beach Times

 

8/24: From InsideCostaRica.com: Tamarindo hosts a Trashion Fashion Show at Bar on September 11th. Read more ..

8/17: From JournalCR.com - Congress to Investigate Las Baulas National Park - Read more..

8/2: Puerto Viejo will NOT have a marina built. Read More.. Translated from La Nacion..

7/23: From AM Costa Rica: President Arias readies his zoning decree for Puntarenas, from Mal Pais south to the Osa on the coast (excluding cities). It will limit height, density, and mass of construction.

7/20: From the Miami Herald: Costa Rica Environmental Tribunal cracks down on Illegal Development. Read more..

 

Surfrider Foundation Tamarindo chapter meeting, June 26th at 7 p.m. at the Surf Club Sports Bar in Playa Langosta. Win one for the Lifeguards!! Come play BINGO at the Surf Club on Saturday June 28 at 7 PM .  All proceeds go to the Lifegaurd Program.    You play, everyone wins! Saturday beach clean-up moves to SUNDAY, JUNE 29 in order to re-paint lifeguard towers in conjunction with Scotiabank. 9AM Main beach parking lot.

AyA To Build Sewage Treatment Plant in Jacó - from The Beach Times.

An executive decree issued by President Oscar Arias and Environment Minister Roberto Dobles last week shut off public access to public documents - from The Tico Times

Papagayo Hotel Dumps Sewage Into Estuary... read more

Illegal Tuna Boat Busted in Cocos Island National Park. From Pretoma.org.

Tamarindo Residents Protest Increased Development of Tall Buildings - from AM Costa Rica

AyA To Build Sewage Treatment Plant in Jacó - from The Beach Times.

Ban on Shark finning bill introduced in Costa Rica Congress after showing of the movie Sharkwater. From AM Costa Rica.

The Blue Flag was stripped from Tamarindo on Nov. 20, 2007 due to extremely high levels of sewage related bacteria found on the swimming and surfing beaches. From www.nacion.com

Tamarindo's chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, the international non-profit organization dedicated to water quality and ocean preservation, say their latest fundraiser was a success, despite receiving flak from a local group of surfers. Read more..

Read the latest on the fecal coliform problems in Tamarindo. From The Tico Times, and The Beach Times.

From La Nacion's Weekly Review - Costa Rica is the sole place in the world where the two populations of humpback whales, those from the northern and the southern hemispheres, coincide to mate and give birth to their calves. This data surfaced in research done by Universidad Nacional (the Costa Rican state National University). The mating areas are located in the neighborhood of Caño Island and Marenco Point, in the south Pacific, and in Cuajiniquil Bay, in the northern Pacific. Even though the whales arrive at different times of the year, in the months of November and December the two groups share Cuajiniquil Bay. Marine biologist Damian Martinez explained that, until now, scientists had observed the humpbacks feed and move off California and Chile, but then lost track of them for a period of time. It was when they came to Costa Rica that they watched males fighting for a female, listened to mating songs, and watched newborn calves.

Puerto Viejo Residents protest marina built next to Salsa Brava, from www.amcostarica.com

From La Nacion - The first marina in the Costa Rica Caribbean will cost $40 million and will have 398 berths, according to Grupo Caribe Internacional. The facility will be located at Playa Negra, in Puerto Viejo. If the official permits are granted, construction will start in eight months, according to the firm's attorney Walter Coto.

USAR DESECHOS PARA PRODUCIR GAS LIMPIO
por La Diaria Extra - Mauricio Ordóñez Corresponsal

Fabricar gas limpio para cocinar o calentar, utilizando materia orgánica y contribuyendo a eliminar los desechos que fomentan el calentamiento global, fue la propuesta que el estudiante Leonel Alfredo Ulate presentó en la Feria Científica de la Escuela Los Diamantes, en Guápiles.

Aunque pocos entendieron la inquietud del pequeño científico, para otros fue un llamado de atención de que con "basura orgánica" se puede fabricar gas para calentar agua en chancheras y lecherías o para cocinar.

Lo más importante, por ejemplo en el caso de las chancheras, es que se evita que el excremento vaya a las quebradas y contamine los ríos.

También Ulate insistió en el adecuado manejo de los desechos orgánicos bajo el lema "Fabrique su propio gas natural" mediante los siguientes pasos: se recoge el material orgánico, que se convierte en biomasa y se coloca en un estañón, donde se lleva a cabo la fermentación, con una manguera el gas llega a un pulmón que lo almacena y de ahí al quemador de la cocina o el calentador de la lechería.

La exposición del pequeño, quien cursa el primer grado de escuela, fue aplaudida pero no premiada. Para mas infomacion - visita - www.biogasulate.es.tl

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Tamarindo says poor water quality affects tourism, from The Beach Times.

High level of fecal coliform mean you can get sick if you surf here

PIC OF THE WEEK

Are you surfing in feces? from La Nacion

No beaches closed yet in Tamarindo - from www.AMCostarica.com

To assist in research and protection of the Isla de Coco National park, which was declared a World Natural Heritage Site by the United Nations in 1997, a website - www.tuislacoco.com has been created.

Projecto Ninos in Nosara raises money for school supplies by selling rooms and tours donated by local businesses. To learn more, go to www.projectoninos.com

Costaricans for the Whales - Help the Whales by visiting this link and signing the petition asking the president to protect them.

From www.amcostarica.com -
Isla del Coco patrol highlights rampant violations of law. Costa Rican coast guardsmen have just completed a 15-day patrol in the Pacifc and returned admitting that they do not have the resources to adequately protect the Isla del Coco. Read more..

50 percent less leatherback nests, by The Beach Times

The last nesting season of leatherback turtles at the Las Baulas National Marine Park in Guanacaste, on the Costa Rican northwestern Pacific, is a source of worry for environmental authorities and organizations, since the number of arrivals decreased by 50 percent, as compared to the preceding season. Wardens counted only 58 individuals of the endangered species, while in the preceding season there had been 124 sightings. The worries can be fully understood when one takes into account that this is the most important leatherback spawning site in the Eastern Pacific and the fourth worldwide.

To protest the 14 story condo project on Playa Hermosa Beach - Dave Sherwood from the Tico Times investigates both sides of the issue.

Help save the Golfo Dulce from a giant Tuna Farm approved to be built near Punta Banco. A Letter from Tiskita Foundation asks for assistance.

Volunteer opportunities to work with sea turtles. Go to www.anaicr.org for details on how to get involved on the Talamancan Coast.

Debt for Education and the Environment - Three influential U.S. senators made a pledge to promote pardoning the Costa Rican debt with the United States on the condition that those funds would be invested on improving education and the protection of the environment. From www.insidecostarica.com

Travel with award-winning travel guide author Harry S. Pariser around Costa Rica and experience its wonders! Buy the 2006 Explore Costa Rica Guide at www.savethemanatee.com

Harmony Hotel in Nosara organized four schools and the local community in a giant beach cleanup held on Sept. 1st. The hotel has many featues that make it a true eco-resort. They'll surf against tuna

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Those who opposed an undersea tuna farm in the Golfo Dulce plan a surf championship Saturday near the community of Pavones in southwest Costa Rica.

The environmental groups sponsoring the event oppose the project proposed by Granja Atunera de Golfito S.A. and have appealed permits to the Sala IV constitutional court.

The opponents object to the mess that would be created by raising yellowfin tuna in two-kilometer-long cages beneath the pristine gulf.

September News - Scuba Divers clean up the beach in Playa Hermosa (Guanacaste) - from the Bill Beard's Diving website

TRAVEL

10/25 - The Easy Street Music Fiesta will take place this weekend in Puerto Viejo. A benefit for the Conservation International Caribbean Biodiversity Initiative, the event will include music, art and activities for kids. Come listen to reggae, hip-hop, pop, rock, jazz, blues and more. There will be art exhibitions and street performances. For more information, e-mail easystreetmusicfiesta@ live.com or check their MySpace..

6/15 - Spirit Air is offering trips from Ft. Lauderdale to San Jose for $89 each way plus taxes, and $129 each way from Orlando. These prices are good for Tuesday/Wednesday travel until November 20th. Go to www.spiritair.com to book your flight directly.

6/13 - Even though the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation re-opened traffic on the southern Pan American Highway, the number of vehicles was much smaller than on any regular day, authorities report. The road is open only 5 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the highway police regulates tightly regarding speed, since many spots are muddy and skidding off the road is a permanent danger. In the meantime, repairs continue at the fastest rhythm possible, but the works won't be completed in less than six weeks, according to the engineers in charge. Traffic is also backing up at the bridges north and south of Parrita, along the coastal highway, so give yourself extra time for driving.

Prepared by Robert Klenz on behalf of the South Pacific Coast Community of Portalon

Please click here to read more; http://www.amcostarica.com/tuesday.htm
  
To our concerned friends.                Monday Sept. 26, 2005
 
To those of you who recieved my first e mail describing what happened in Portalon and to those of you who have not heard, this is my latest update. Its strange that very few locals outside of the Portalon-Silencio areas even know of this disaster.
 
Last Friday afternoon and Saturday, due to Hurricane Rita and its residual rains,  the areas of Portalon and Silencio received in excess of 40 inches of rain in a 36 hour period.  The Portalon River overflowed its banks and completely wiped out the town of Portalon with its approximately 100 homes.  The entire town is littered with gigantic tree trunks that look like big toothpicks everywhere.  Houses were actually gutted by tree trunks and flooded with several feet of mud and raging river.  The miracle is that there were no deaths. The people walked out of their houses fearing for their lives, in the dark of night with only what they had on their backs at the time.  Gone, clothing, furniture, personal items and houses. 
 
Today we revisited the site of total devastation and viewed first hand the misery that these people must be feeling.  Although we still saw many smiles, we didn't hear any "Pura Vidas" today. it was impossible not to shed a tear and feel overwhelmed by it all.  For those of you who are able, drive to Portalon and park your car and take a look for yourselves, you just won't believe it.
 
Now, several days later, the Government response has been almost non existent.  The Red Cross and the Mayor of Aguirre were there on Saturday but that was it. Bridges are still out, rivers are still running through the town, no water, no electricity and most of the people have nothing left. If you could please help the people of Portalon with donations of all types of clothing, food staples, bedding supplies and any furniture you don't want, I know they would appreciate your thoughfulness. 
 
Please contact the School Maestra of Portalon, Jenny at 787-5198 or 787-5223. 
You can also contact Scott and Joyce Dinsmore at 844-1600. 
 
Donations will be accepted at the Portalon School or call to find out what is needed and where to take it.  Please open up your hearts and your wallets.  Thank you.
Sincerely, 
Bob Klenz
As always please feel free to contact the offices of Coldwell Banker Costa Rica for any donations as well.....Sean R. McGraw- Coldwell Banker Affiliates of Costa Rica- Owner/Broker

TRAVEL

10/20: Surftech is having a promotion on their new line of soft boards "BLACKTIP" and "SOFTOPS" if your getting ready for next season fill your shops and schools up with these and save some $$. This offer its valid till mid November, 2008. 9'0 Black Tips starting at $299.00 + tax, 8'0 Softops $369.00 + tax price incluedes on time delivery. surftech@ bluetrailz.com.

Are you jonesing for some Lisano or other Costa Rican foods? Check out www.ticoshopping.com for a very complete selection of C.R. goodies. And tell them CRSURF sent you.

Also, if you go to JACO and NEED A SURFBOARD, these guys from Argentina can hook you up with some nice shapes. Check it out at www.fbsurfboards.com

ENVIRONMENT

Upcoming event: Project AWARE Beach Cleanup 2009: Sept. 19, 9 a.m.-noon, Diving Safaris, Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste, 2672-1259, info@costaricadiving.net. Here is the official recruitment letter.. or visit www.terranostra-cr.org

8/12 - The President of the Republic and the Minister of Environment have submitted an executive bill to alter the area currently occupied by Las Baulas Marine National Park (PNMB) to the Committee on Environment of the Legislative Assembly. Read more..

8/12 - During the World Surfing Games, CRSURF collected over 285 signatures to stop the tuna farms. Please sign the petition to oppose the tuna farms planned for Punta Banco. Click Here..

7/25: UCR denies ever granting approval for the tuna farm project. Read more..

7/19: "The leatherback turtle population has declined by 95 percent during the past two decades. Playa Grande, which was of the nesting site for more than 1,000 leatherbacks per year in the late 1980’s, now hosts only some 40 to70 of the nesting sea turtles annually." Las Baulas National Park may be reduced by new Government legislation. Courtesy of Tamarindo News..

6/20: Surfrider Tamarindo is hosting International Surfing Day at Hacienda Pinilla on June 20th. Read more..

6/18: Soulstice Pro beach cleanup at Guacalillo on June 18th at 2 p.m. Meet at Cabinas Las Olas in Playa Hermosa. Another cleanup will be on the 19th at the same time. Read more..

5/23: GoodMorningPavones.com (or BuenosDiasPavones.com en espanol) is a new website dedicated to the community of Pavones and Punta Banco. They have been covering the Tuna Farm issue, as well as offer news on upcoming events. The next is: the Fiesta to Save the Golfo Dulce, May 23 & 24 in the plaza in Pavones. Stop the tuna cages and drag net shrimp fishing, and help preserve our community based on sustainable development. Opens with church choral group singing in plaza, 9am Saturday. Live music throughout the weekend with visiting bands and local mariachis. Inauguration of the new children's playground. Boat tours along the coastline. Fishing tournament, everything provided, entry c15,000, cash prize, rods, bait and boats with captians will be supplied. Surfboard paddling contest, teams of 5 needed, c10,000 entry per team. Rubber boot race up the Rio Claro. Guaymi Indian arts and crafts sale. Garage Sale. Silent auction. And lots of good food! Information and videos about tuna farming and drag net shrimping. Read more at GoodMorningPavones.com. And BUY A "NO TUNA FARMING" T-SHIRT!

Blog set up by the Nature Conservancy to locate recycling locations on the southern Pacific coast.

7/30: Save Puerto Viejo has a new website - www.salvemospuertoviejo.com. The site was created to prevent a massive marina project from possibly destroying the break Salsa Brava and polluting the waters of Cahuita National Park. They have an online petition and a forum for discussing alternatives.

7/1: Last month, Waves Costa Rica Surf School, with Roxy and Quiksilver, launched June as international month of the environment, a campaign about the need to protect the Playa Hermosa-Punta Mala National Wildlife Refuge. The campaign includes the “Blue Book” with 10 tips on how to stop ocean pollution. Those who want to be part of the campaign are invited to stop by Andrea’s new office for stickers and a copy of the book.

7-11: Surfrider Foundation, Scotiabank and the Tamarindo Lifeguard Committee last week joined together at Tamarindo’s main beach parking lot to clean the beach, finish the wooden fence and paint the lifeguard towers.

7/8: Check out this Spanish TV video showing Carlos Ulate, from Costa Rica, using composting biomatter to fuel his stove. He explain how to build he built one, what it uses for fuel, and the importance of it as an alternative to filling landfills and septic tanks. Link... To see more about using biogas and how to set a system, go to www.biogasulate.es.tl. English version using Google link..

Corporate giant Wal-Mart, owners of Costa Rican supermarket chains Más x
Menos and Hipermas, has stopped selling billfish, whose populations are declining.
“It's the first step.” Read more ..

New Book for Teens talks about saving turtles in Tamarindo - Turtle Feet, Surfer Beat is the story of Penelope who moves to Tamarindo with her parents for a month and learns about the peril of the leatherback turtle. The 86-page book written by Marina Kuperman is printed on recycled paper and has a journal in the back for a girl's own eco-adventure. Read more at - www.turtlefeetsurfersbeat.com.

From Greencoast.com: Op-ed piece explains recent community meeting in Puerto Viejo regarding the New World Eco-Marina.

Dominical hosts lifeguard benfit on July 3rd. The annual 4th of July Benefit for the Dominical Lifeguards is Sunday at Hotel Roca Verde, 12:00 - 6:00. Live music, raffle prizes, bake sale, hamburger / hot dogs, and a chance to win a Quad! All proceeds benefit The Dominical Lifeguards. For more info, go to Dominical.biz.

Ocean Festival to be held in San Jose and Puntarenas. For more information contact Michelle Soto Méndez of the Asociación Marviva.

PRETOMA studies sea turtles on Playa Caletas - More than 1,300 leatherbacks arrived in 1989; only 68 arrived in 2002. T o help out - check at www.tortugamarina.org

PRETOMA is a Costa Rican Non-Profit NGO, founded in 1997, with headquarters in the capital of Costa Rica, San Jose. Our mission is to protect, conserve and restore the populations of sea turtles and sharks and the marine environment along the Central American isthmus.

What do they do?

  • Projects to protect endangered sea turtles on their nesting beaches
  • Collect scientific data on sea turtles and sharks onboard commercial fishing vessels
  • Promote national, regional and global fisheries policies that allow endangered species to recover and ensure commercial species are sustainably used
  • Public campaigns with national and international organizations to raise awareness regarding ocean conservation

The U.S.-based Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation will donate $8 million to help Costa Rica 's financially strained national park system combat poaching and illegal logging on the Osa Peninsula , in Costa Rica 's Southern Zone, government officials announced this week. Those interested in donating funds to conserve the Osa Peninsula can visit www.osacampaign.com.

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If you surf Nosara, you may want to find out more about a gas station that is going in right next to the river, which leads right out to the surf break. Check out www.voiceofnosara.com for more info.

Carlos Barrera is the director of the Eco-Pangueros Association of Playa del Coco. They have received permits from MINAE to take surfers to Witches Rock and Ollie's Point. The cost is $200 per boat, with a maximum of five people each. Each surfer is also required to pay the $6 entrance fee to the Santa Rosa National Park. Mr. Barrera explained that "The association can now work with the community to protect the natural resources and give the visiting surfers a chance to enjoy their experience surfing without crowds." The boat captains organize their trips so that one group can surf one spot while another is on a different break, keeping crowds to a minimum.

Volunteer coordinators live in Tamarindo, Jaco, Dominical, Manzanillo, and San Jose to try to bring visitors who want to help out a way to do it. Volunteers are needed to bring educational supplies for the Respect the Beach program, help out at a cleanup or a contest handing out informational flyers. Not just about Surfrider, but for any local group that is trying to protect their coastline.

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Winter Break Children's Spanish camp in Tamarindo

Billabong Surf Camp at Blue Surf Sanctuary

Irie Fest 2010

 

 

Teen Surf and Spanish Camps in Dominical and Tamarindo

 

 

Club del Sol - Jaco specials for the ISA World Surfing Games

 

ORGANIC MARKET

From Pura Vida Health Market in front of Witchs Rock Surf Camp:
EVERY SATURDAY - FROM 9 A.M. TO 2 P.M.
DID YOU KNOW- Costa Rica has some of the highest pesticide and chemically treated produce in the world? 

BUT DID YOU ALSO KNOW- Pura Vida Health organic market brings local, certified ORGANIC produce and products from the Guanacaste area to Tamarindo weekly?

Pura Vida Health Organic Market is in Tamarindo every Saturday from 9-2pm.  Located in the entrance to Eat@Joe's/Witch's Rock Surf Camp.  PVH also has a delivery program and restaurant incentives.  Give us your location and we will deliver health to your door.

Using PVH market, YOU ARE SUPPORTING Local Guanacastecan Organic Farmers,  local soils, lowering carbon footprint (over 80% comes from Guanacaste) and most immediately, you are supporting your body.  You've choosen to live here and you are healthier for it.... now make sure you are supporting your body and our earth. 

See you Saturday (TOMORROW) 9-2pm in the entrance to Eat@Joe's/Witch's Rock Surf Camp.  Bring your recycled bags, fill them up, and go home happy and healthy.

 

puravidahealth@gmail.com
2653-1238 Holly/ 8398-8705 Andrea

Beach Fair - 5/2


Surf Fest Playa Tortuga
27th of June
Garza Island
Ojochal, Southern Pacific
Costanera Sur


Date: 27th of June
Time: 8 AM – 4 PM
Participation: 5000 c
Categories: Open and amateurs
Awards: first place 50 000 c per category, plus a percentage if there are
more than 20 participants,
surf equipment and gifts for 2nd and 3rd places.
Special price for the sexiest surfer, chosen by the Hotel Adelante girls
Location: Garza island (33km south from Dominical, 30km north from Palmar)
How to get there: Boats will run from the port (after Iguana Café) from 7AM
to 6PM, Free for the
participants
For public 500 c one way
Directions to the island will be on the highway and map available at the
Adelante Hotel homepage w
Afterparty: at Adelante Hotel starts 8 PM (amazing set with MC Noah (Puerto
Viejo, CR) and DJ Sinda
(Estonia/UK), free for participants, entrance for public: 1000 c
Award ceremony: at the afterparty at adelante hotel

NB! The participants need to be on the island at 7.30 AM

Previous registration
Dominical: at the „South Wave“ surfshop
Uvita: at the Uvita Tourist information Center
Ojochal: at Hotel Adelante
Or via email  i
Please note your name, age, sex, town

NB! Possible to register on the same day 27/06 until 8 am at the harbor,
participation: 6000 c

Adelante Hotel‘s Rooms are 10 USD per person that night, minimum 2 people
in the room.

Pura vida!

General information about the festival:
www.adelantehotel.net/surf
info@adelantehotel.net
Tel. 27865304

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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