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Ostional Surf Tournament
Waves Ridden to Escape the Rain

By Pinar Istek

18-year-old surfer from Ostional, Brian Alexander Briones (in the middle), managed to get everyone around him excited about the surf contest idea for a social cause. 

On Saturday, April 23, 2011, surfers from local beaches such as Samara, Nosara and Guiones flooded in to Ostional to ride the waves at the first surf tournament of Ostional. It was organized by the community and Erik Antonson from the Surfing Nosara Foundation to support the Ostional Evangelical Church of God in fixing the roof before the rain season starts. They received a significant support from the local Nosaran surf businesses.

The idea came from an-18-year-old surfer from Ostional, Brian Alexander Briones, who has been surfing since he was 7 and who also, competed in the open category.

45 surfers competed in four categories, which are women, juniors, masters, and open. While Jessenia Alfaro was the winner of the Women’s category, Storm Van Timmeren took the first place in Juniors. Also Christopher Chaix held the first place of Masters’ category. The most crowded category of all was Open and Christian Santamaria became the winner of it.

Although around mid-day, a drizzling rain got the audience wet, the positive energy of the tournament never went down. Participants of all categories, judges and the audience enjoyed the delicious typical Costa Rican food prepared by the sisters of the church, while watching the surf and the ocean view.

The church needs 1 million colones to fix the roof. At the end of this tournament, almost 250,000 colones proceeded toward the goal. The church plans on an Evagelical campaign at the end of the months for the rest of the fund they need.  

Regarding to the contest, surfer Ryan Gorman said “Waves could have been a little better but the vibe and the energy of the event is good.” Comparing with the previous locally organized surf tournaments, Esteban Lopez, also a surfer and a surf business owner commented, “everything was more organized. Good vibe (at) first contest in Ostional… They (the community) did well. I am sure that they will do it again. That was a good contest for being planned in a week and a half.”

After a long day of surfing, judging, cheering under the sun and rain, everyone was content and satisfied, especially the priest, Efren Antonio Hernandez Acuña, who emphasized how happy he was to see all the support for the church. 




The tent was set up the Ostional community for judges and audience of the tournament. 

On Saturday, April 23, 2011, junior category contestants warm up by the judging tent before they start surfing for the first round.   

Due to vast number of holes on it, the roof of Ostional Evangelical Church of God needs to be repaired before the rainy season starts. 


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Typically, April's surf averages out in the chest to head high range. There will be just a few days of smaller surf, and at the other end of the spectrum, a handful of overhead to double overhead days. We could also see a few days with the winds switching onshore earlier than normal, and maybe even a little bit of choppy surf if it decides to rain. If that occurs it will most likely be towards the end of the month. Otherwise, we can continue to expect bigger swells coming from a little more southerly direction giving us some epic Guiones days, as well as good surf for the rest of the southern Nicoya Peninsula.


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