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SURF REPORT

Nota Surf Report
Written by Marisol
WAYRA Instituto de Español

By Ellen Zoe Golden .Photo by: FSC

With more and more Costa Ricans out on the road, or should I say waves, in other countries for the World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) one would think that bringing all their local experience would garner some great results. However, lately the international careers of Carlos Muñoz, Noe Mar McGonagle, Tomas King, Malakai Martínez, Aldo Chirinos, Leilani McGonagle, and others, don’t seem to have momentum.

They are only passing one or two rounds lately. That’s not to say, spectacular performances don’t happen, just look at Muñoz’s quarterfinals showing at the Volcom Pipe Pro at Hawaii’s Banzai Pipeline, helped along by a perfect 10.00 scoring wave in an early heat, but right now there’s no consistency.

A perfect example was the performance of the Ticos at the Ron Jon Quiksilver Pro last month at Shepard Beach Park, Cocoa Beach, Florida. These was Leo Calvo (Puntarenas), Aarón Ramírez (Jacó), Camila Summers (Puerto Viejo), Paulina Summers (Puerto Viejo), and Coral Wiggins (Avellanas), not to mention the group our country’s residents, Sam Reidy (Dominical), José López (Jacó), Rubiana Brownell (Avellanas) and Serena Nava (Playa Grande). One or two rounds all.

Even with Chirinos’ good start at the Copa Triathlon Reef Pro in San Bartolo, Lima, Perú, his resulting two-round appearance did nothing to help his QS rankings. Noe Mar’s in Australia, but nothing really to report there.

Even so, there’s some positive news: It’s been a pretty great 2018 for Martínez so far. During his annual trek to Hawaii’s North Shore he secured a wave with skill so amazing that the WSL posted it on their social media page and it went viral. As a result, he was invited to head back to the Banzaii Pipeline for the Pipe Pro Junior that will begin at the end of March. At home, Martínez continues to grow and shine.

He and Wiggins were the winners of the second date of the Kolbi Circuito Nacional de Surf presented by INS Joven and Adrenaline Rush in Playa Cocles. The results here of these two youngsters sent a message that a new generation of stars exist for Costa Rica. For Martínez, not only did he win the Open—the first time the 16-year-old secured the top trophy in this division although he’s been on the winner’s podium many times—he also won 1st place in the Juniors. Additionally, he amassed the two highest scoring waves and combinations of the weekend.

The task in the Open was not easy. He had to best the current national surf champion Jason Torres (Jacó), as well as Joseph Méndez (Jacó) and the local Jordan Hernandez in the final heat. Martinez only selected two waves, but his strategy worked, earning 11.44 (4.77 and 6.67) in the end. “It was a very good weekend for me. I have come to this beach twice and because of that I was able to win a hard-fought event,” said Martinez Wiggins, locked down her second Women’s win in her short career. She beat the local girl Summers as well as Zulay Martínez (Tamarindo) and Brownall.

“Many thanks to Puerto Viejo and the people who come to support the event,” Wiggins exclaimed. “I really wanted to do a good job on this date and I did it. I’m very, very happy.” The next date of the Circuito Nacional was Avellanas last month for the Copa Banzaii in the best waves seen in Guanacaste for months in front of Lola’s restaurant. Olman Morales and Serena Nava won the Open and the Women’s, respectively. At the finals of this third date of the Circuito, Morales knocked out a 9.67, beating Chirinos, Muñoz and Hernández. He was behind with a 5.23, and needed a 9 or higher to bump up top of the heat, and ended up with the best wave of not only the final, but of the tournament. Of the five judges assigned to the final, two handed him a 10.

“I want to congratulate the organization of this championship, with surfers like Carlos Muñoz who represent us at an international level,” explained Morales.

“This tournament was incredible in every way.” With this win Olman adds his Circuito second Open win with the last being the 2014 Gran Final Reef. Nava, who has been upping her level outside of the country the past couple of years, earned her Women’s trophy with a backside of 7.67 score that catapulted her to 1st place and also her first category win in this national contest.

The next date of the Circuito Nacional moves to Santa Teresa on April 24 and 25.

Results:

Final results Copa IA

Playa Cocles

February 24, 25, 2018

Open

 

Malakai Martínez (Tamarindo)

Jason Torres (Jacó)

Joseph Méndez (Jacó)

Jordan Hernández (Puerto Viejo)

 

Women’s

Coral Wiggins Araya (Avellanas)

Rubiana Brownell (Avellanas)

Zulay Martínez (Tamarindo)

Camila Summers (Puerto Vejo)

 

Junior

Malakai Martínez (Tamarindo)

Sam Reidy (Dominical)

Steven Arauz (Cieneguita)

Cedric Mc Craking (Avellanas)

 

Junior Women’s

Eva Woodland Solano (Florida)

Valeria Ojeda (Jacó)

Paulina Summers (Puerto Viejo)

Coral Wiggins Araya (Avellanas)

 

Boys

Axel Castro (Cieneguita)

Kai Galé (Panamá)

Kenneth Peralta (Jacó)

Aaron Ramirez (Jacó)

 

Girls

Valeria Ojeda (Jacó)

Candelaria Resano (Nicaragua)

Paulina Summers (Puerto Viejo)

Erika Berra

 

Grommets

Axel Castro (Cieneguita)

Kai Galé (Panamá)

Tosh Talbot

Leonardo Apreda (Jacó)

 

Minigrommets

Teo Galé (Panamá)

Leonardo Apreda (Jacó)

Ethan Hollander (Dominical)

Dwain Allen (Puerto Viejo)

 

Minigrommets Girls

Candelaria Resano (Nicaragua)

Máxima Resano (Nicaragua)

Rachel Agüero (Jacó)

Erika Berra

Copa Banzaii

Playa Avellanas

March 17, 18, 2018

Open

  1. Olman Morales (Santa Teresa)
  2. Aldo Chirinos (Playa Negra)
  3. Carlos Muñoz (Esterillos Oeste)
  4. Jordan Hernández (Puerto Viejo)

 

Women’s

  1. Serena Nava (Playa Grande)
  2. Valentina Resano (Nicaragua)
  3. Rubiana Brownell (Avellanas)
  4. Coral Wiggins (Avellanas)

Junior

  1. Gabriel Córdoba (Puerto Viejo)
  2. Malakai Martínez (Tamarindo)
  3. Sam Reidy (Dominical)
  4. Cedrick McCraking (Puerto Viejo)

Junior Women’s

  1. Zulay Martínez (Tamarindo)
  2. Coral Wiggins (Avellanas)
  3. Rubiana Brownell (Avellanas)
  4. Valeria Ojeda (Jacó)

Boys

  1. Aarón Ramirez (Jacó)
  2. Kenneth Peralta (Jacó)
  3. Tiago Leao (Tamarindo)
  4. Joshua Dawson (Avellanas)

Girls

  1. Candelaria Resano (Nicaragua)
  2. Rubiana Brownell (Avellanas)
  3. Valentina Resano (Nicaragua)
  4. Serena Nava (Playa Grande)

Grommet

  1. Kai Galé (Panamá)
  2. Axel Castro (Limón)
  3. Leonardo Apreda (Jacó)
  4. Teo Galé (Panamá)

Minigrommet

  1. Ethan Hollander (Dominical)
  2. Teo Galé (Panamá)
  3. Leonardo Apreda (Jacó)
  4. Candelaria Resano (Nicaragua)

Minigrommet Girls

  1. Candelaria Resano (Nicaragua)
  2. Bree Smith (Bejuco)
  3. Rachel Agüero (Jacó)
  4. Máxima Resano (Nicaragua)
  5. Erika Berra (Jacó)

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