Costa Rica Surfing with Top Local Surfers
Posted by Jack Albritton on September 30, 2014
When it comes to Costa Rica surfing you never know who might be sitting next to you in the lineup. School of the World photography and surf instructor Carlos Sanchez recently caught up with some of the top surfers in the country on a small but fun day of surfing at Playa Escondida, right here on the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Local surf heroes and visiting pro surfers alike love this wave, which is about 15 minutes north of our surf camp. It is an “Indo” style reef break for advanced surfers that can only be accessed through a gated community or by boat.
Among the crew was Carlos Muñoz who earlier in the summer won the Hurley Pro video trials to get a wildcard into the 2014 Hurley Pro at Lower Trestles. Carlos was the first Costa Rican to ever compete in a Dream Tour event and he definitely represented big for Costa Rica! He stole the show by winning his Round 1 heat over Gabriel Medina and Adam Melling. He did this by taking off on a wave with 15 seconds left to go in the heat and ended up with a huge 7.73 point ride.
Also in the lineup was Gilbert Brown who is the current and 4 time Costa Rican national champion. Gilbert’s home break is the powerful Salsa Brava on the Caribbean side but he spends most of his time on the Pacific side where we have more consistent swells. Rounding out the lineup were Beto Muñoz, Cristian Díaz, and Caliche Alfaro. Caliche Alfaro is the owner of Caliche’s Wishbone, which is a popular restaurant in Jaco and regular hangout for School of the World family after a great day of surfing. Caliche lives above this amazing surf break and is the “surf ambassador” to all the top surfers in the world (like Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, and Julian Wilson to name a few) when fly in to surf Costa Rica. We are proud of Costa Rica’s local talent. Enjoy the clip!