Tamarindo in the province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica, is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It is a popular surfing destination for both locals and tourists alike. Despite its popularity, the Circuito Nacional de Surf de Costa Rica (CNS) has often neglected Tamarindo’s beaches when selecting venues for their surf competitions.
In an effort to promote Tamarindo’s beaches, surfing enthusiasts recently staged a surf competition of their very own. The Tico Times reports:
This year, former national surf champion Andrea Díaz of Tamarindo decided that the waves and surfers of Guanacaste should have more than a one-shot contest. Díaz partnered with Chelsea Liaius to put together a seven-contest Circuito Guanacaste on Costa Rica’s northwestern beaches.
The opener went down in Tamarindo this past weekend, and upcoming tournaments will take place in Playa Avellanas (Jan. 18-19), Playa Marbella (Feb. 8-9), and locations to be determined March 8-9, April 12-13 and May 10-11.
The first tournament in Tamarindo this past weekend drew about 150 competitors, including a handful of veterans like former national surf champion Isaac Vega, who won.
The new tournament has also attracted many amateur surfers, including young children and teenagers. With the growing popularity of surfing among the young and the young at heart in Tamarindo, many residents and tourists are expressing a desire to learn how to surf. Here are a few tips from experienced surfing instructors on how to select surfing gear:
Instructors advise beginners to start learning how to surf on a longboard surfboard. These surfboards are wider, providing beginners with more stability. In addition, instructors advise beginners to delay purchasing their own surfboard until they have learned the basics. Fortunately, beginners can easily rent a surfboard from a reputable Tamarindo surf shop, such as Neptuno Surf Shop.
Wetsuits must be a snug fit in order to provide the wearer proper insulation. The water can get very cold very quickly even when the sun is shining. In addition, beginners should avoid letting a wetsuit dry under direct sunlight, as this can easily cause the material to crack.
After getting all geared up, you will want to sign up for surfing lessons. Although many surfers make surfing look easy, surfing requires a great amount of skill. While there are many instructional surfing videos and books, nothing prepares a person for the waves better than learning how to surf at a professional Tamarindo surf camp. With the help of a professional instructor, you’ll learn how to catch your own waves in no time.
(Article Excerpt and Image from New surf circuit in Guanacaste making waves; the Tico Times; November 21, 2013)