A shot of the contest set up on the beach
The third stop on the National Surf Circuit (Circuito Nacional de Surf de Costa Rica) brought the best surfing talent from all over the country right here to Playa Guiones this past weekend for the Copa Quiksilver Surf Contest. This is a highly anticipated event for all local Nosara surfers, business owners and fans of the sport. Over the last couple of days surfers, sponsors and people from all over Costa Rica gathered to watch the best of the best rip it up in the waist to head high surf.
Saturday morning of April 2nd brought fun surf with offshore winds for the first few heats, and then the wind turned and made things a bit choppy and mixed up for the rest of the day. However, even in the poor conditions, all the surfers; boys, girls, men and women, were making the best of it and throwing up some high scoring waves. The afternoon conditions improved a little bit, which allowed for a strong finish for the day.
The podium of the Open Mujeres with Yessenia Alfaro and Jessie Carnes taking 3rd and 4th place, respectively
By Sunday April 3, the swell had improved significantly for all of the semi final and finals heats. For the first couple hours of the contest, it was running in the chest to head high range and was clean with some barreling waves closer to the low tide. By mid morning, the conditions diminished and made for some messy surf, but by around 2:00pm the size bumped up a bit to the head high plus range on the sets. This made for some very entertaining finals rounds for both the men and women divisions. There were some very ripable waves, which brought some impressive surfing with huge turns, cutbacks and even some aerial maneuvers.
By the end of the day, champions from each division were crowned, and a handful of local Nosarenos made it to the podium at the Hotel Casa Tucan awards ceremony.
Overall, it was a great contest this year, with much more manageable surf conditions compared to last year. It was incredibly entertaining and impressive to see how much surfing talent Costa Rica has, especially the younger, up and coming boys and girls in the grommets, boys/girls and junior divisions. We have a lot to look forward to in the years to come, especially from kids right here in Nosara. The talent level is rising quickly all over the country and putting Costa Rican surfers on the map.
Local competitors bringing home medals:
Kevin Montiel - 4th Place in Grommets division
Selena Moberly - 2nd place in Grommets Mujeres and Junior Mujeres
Christian Santamaria - 1st Place in Longboard
Jay Culbreth - 3rd Place in Longboard
Yessenia Alfaro - 3rd Place in Open Mujeres
Jessie Carnes - 4th Place in Open Mujeres
The Nosara surf team wants to thanks all of the members of our community that sponsored some of the local surfers, allowing them to compete this weekend.
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