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Born in Alajuela, lives in Costa Rica and the World over on the beaches, known as Frank Mora. Began surfing at age 18. Has been surfing forever. I did not have the idea to go surfing. Everything began because I was living in San José and coming back from skiing trip in Europe to Costa Rica, I wanted to do a similar sport. Back then there was a discotec in San José and I got tired of working there. One day Francisco “Pancho” Oreamuno invited me to go to la Boca de Barranca, specifically to “chanita.” There were some North Americans from California that came in a sailboat. They surfed in Boca de Barranca.

 

One day at a party, one of them came over to where I was sitting and put a board on my knees and told me that he had seen me at 5:30 am in the morning at the 2nd point of Doña Ana (it was the best point break of Costa Rica). I went at that time in the morning to the water and there were 8 foot and 10 foot waves. That is where I began surfing and I settled in to Boca de Barranca for 4 years. We used to buy and bring items to the local businesses with “Pancho” Oreamuno’s car. The “gringo” I mentioned earlier gave me my first board. The best from back then was riding the wave from the 3rd point in Doña Ana to Boca de Barranca in a 12 foot wave and the adrenaline from riding the wave and seeing the tunnel from the sand and the super sharp rocks. I told myself, I’ll go by it or I won’t if it doesn’t kill me. Only Gary Jones, Steve Love and I, the “tico,” did it. When I was coming back I went by the 2nd point and I told some guys that were there they would soon see me doing the same in another wave and that is how it happened because I was able to do it twice. The most beautiful was everything, nature, the people, the season, the waves, the quality of the Surfer at the time. I have always thought that Costa Rica is a surfing and tourism paradise.

 

God blessed us with this country. What I did was promote the level of Surf and tourism. My thinking as a Surfer is that I am natural like the Surf. You felt the human quality of Surfers back then. Today the feeling of that Surfer who ‘goes for the wave and let’s share it’ has been lost. To top it off, foreigners do not share, before it was like a religion in Surfing and among Surfers, today this has been lost. I have surfed all the places in Costa Rica and I have ridden incredible waves that others cannot even imagine…like riding one 25 footer in…I went to countries like El Salvador, United States, Ecuador, Panamá, Venezuela, Brasil, Peru, Chile, Barbados, Isla Galapagos, Puerto Viejo, Hawaii, France, Portugal, Japan, and Africa, meeting all the champions and the best surfers in the World. Something happened to me in El Salvador when we went with Mario Sotela and Jorge (Koki) Arrieta (RIP) and the Costa Rican Surf delegation to the tournament. It was a time of war in El Salvador.

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They watched us from helicopters in the air while we competed in the water. To see the guns up above was something strange. I organized the tournaments of Costa Rica with (ACOS) Association in: Playa Langosta, Boca de Barranca, Playa de Doña Ana, Playa Grande, Mal País, Playa Nosara, Playa Tamarindo, Playa Jaco, Playa Hermosa (it was the first), Playa Esterillos, Playa Dominical, Puerto Viejo in Salsa Brava, Playa Cocles and Playa Bonita. I promoted our country in Surfing by taking surf delegations to countries like: El Salvador, United States, Ecuador, Panamá, Venezuela, Brasil, Peru, Chile, Barbados, Isla Galapagos, Puerto Viejo, Hawaii, France, Portugal, Japan, and Africa. I did it wisely, sportsmanly. I was a key promoter for Costa Rican surfing at the world level. I have not surfed in 4 years, but I am going to start again.

 

I would not tell a young surfer anything, because Surfing is a natural sport and we are all part of nature. Also, everything that was achieved with tall the effort to help the youth and our country, with my own grain of sand, we were able to reach our goal and more. To be able to introduce a good sport to youth, increasing tourism, being able to give this sport world recognition and being the third ranking source of income of the country. I always focus on helping our Costa Rican surfers like Javier Hernández from the mountains of Talamanca and take them to compete in France. I did it all for my country and the youth of Costa Rica. I gave myself heart and soul in one hand and in the other a surfboard. I thank parents, businesses, government institutions, visionary people like Mr. Danilo Alfaro, the former owner of Hotel Tamarindo Diría. I can say that Jaco grew a lot because of tournaments, just like Tamarindo. We also won an EMMY with the business Front Lines, for a video we did of Costa Rica.

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