A rainy morning made for a late start for the surf tournament in Carrillo beach on Saturday, October 22, 2011, but in spite of the cloudy skies and a shortage of good waves, about 150 people turned out to show community support.
The surf event was organized by John “John-son” Barrantes and his wife Kelly Jones, owners of Chillasana Yoga and Surf School, in order to raise funds for Carrillo’s school. Originally scheduled to start at 9 a.m., the tournament was delayed until 10:30.
“The important thing is that they came to help the school,” announced Barrantes. “It was from the town, for the town.”
The competition was divided into two categories—open and long board. While only four competed in long board, 16 open category surfers were divided into four waves, semi-finals and finals. In long board, there was a tie between two surfers from Samara, Alex “Choco” Gomez and Adolfo “Samurio” Gomez, who each received $40. In open, first place and $60 was awarded to Nikola Ruhlow from Carrillo, second place and $40 went to Samurio, and Oscar “Mata” Perez of Carrillo took third place with a prize of $20. All winners also received T-shirts.
After the tournament, Reggae singer Jahricio from San Jose entertained the crowd, and food and drinks were sold, all to benefit the school. Funds raised will be used to finish building a dining hall and classrooms.