Pura Vida. When directly translated it means pure life, but to the people of Costa Rica it means a lot more. The true meaning is rooted in not taking life too seriously and appreciating the beauty that the world has to offer. I hope to do that over the next few weeks as I travel to Central America for some R&R. I'm especially excited to surf in a pair of boardshorts, on my 6'3 Lost V2 Roundie.
I'm headed back to la casa de Gordy, aka Gordyville. There's a swell from the south hitting on Wednesday evening and then a few more from the SW not long after the 4th of July. We're on it. I'm looking forward to a few weeks of surfing with Steve and not knowing what day or time it is. I've also got a few books to read and some Netflix to catch up on. My goal is to ride 200 waves by mid-July, check my Rip Curl stats here. I will be staying up north, on the Nicoya Peninsula, in the Guanacaste region where I will mainly surf the beaches of Junquillal, Avellanas, and maybe Marbella... if the swell backs off.
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In the gallery below are some various pictures from past trips dating back to the early 2000's. I also added some screen shots of the Northern Costa Rica forecast from magicseaweed.. along with the New England and Florida forecasts for comparison. Also, take a look at the Null School page and you can see how active these regions are at the moment. Even though the month of June has seen above average surf action along the Atlantic coasts, it's definitely the right time to change trajectory and seek some Pacific vibrations.
A couple of surf stars talk about Pura Vida and Aloha... also the new Rancid album kicks ass!