Crocodiles in the Surf: Costa Ricans Take Action

Population of crocodiles in the Tempisque area of Guanacaste has tripled from 1996 to 2011, coinciding with soaring urban development. Fifty nine year old Jon Betker of the U.S. was attacked last July near the estuary between Playa Grande and Tamarindo while surfing. He fought off the crocodile and received emergency medical…


Poseidon’s Playground

“Poseidon’s Playground” The beach, where life begins and ends, and the sea, where life is lived. When I first started surfing the ocean seemed ferocious. Now that I’ve been at it for a while I realize “ferocious” is an understatement. It can be as unforgiving as it is vicious. My background in…


How will rising sea levels change our breaks?

What changes are in store for us as sea levels rise and high tides become the norm? How far inland will your beach be pushed back, where will your positioning landmarks shift? How irreversibly re-routed will the line of incoming sets be, and how long will a ride last? The answers to…


Osa Vida

Wednesday The 5am alarm seemed to mimic the frequency of delta waves, keeping me in a dreamless state of suspended animation until 6am. My eyelids opened as if they were gasping for air. As a Virgo, a checklist is permanently engraved on the inside of my eyelids; press coffee button, load cooler,…


Indo, Feces and Coffee

It was recently announced that the World Surf League and Rip Curl will be partnering to host the Padang Padang Cup on the Bukit Peninsula in Bali. The exclusive competition will only feature 16 surfers- eight of the top Indonesians and eight of the world’s best surfers outside the country. The locals…


Unearthing the Inner Light of Dawn

4:55am and our mother's alarm clock rings a symphony of sounds-guttural good mornings from the Howler monkeys, a pleasantly obnoxious series of salutations from the sonates, and high frequency juvenile gossip from the green parrots. The earth is dew drenched and secretes nature's sweet pheromone. The smell is of roots and molasses. Every place has…


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