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Born May 21, 1955 in San José, lives in Escazú, begin surfing at age 16 in 1971 and has been riding waves for 38 years. The idea to go surfing was when I went with a friend to Puntarenas at Boca de Barranca. Jason was surfing there. I later bought a board from Jason for 400 colones. It did not have a leash and we tied our foot to the board with a rope. It left a painful mark. The best were the tubes at the 2nd point at Doña Ana.

 

Costa Rica is a pretty place, with many places to surf. It is a privileged country, with its two coasts: The Pacific and the Atlantic. My thinking as a Surfer is that it is from the soul, the feeling of riding a wave, going through a tube and standing up on a wave.

 

Surfers back then were really radical, which is not my style. I have surfed many places in Costa Rica, but there is one place in the Central Pacific that I would love to be able to surf. I went to the United States, England, and Panama.

 

I was able to ride waves in California that I saw in magazines. I participated in a tournament at Playa Langosta and I did it for fun. I still surf and I will retire when I no longer have strength in my arms. I work in tourism and at a travel agency.

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I would tell a young surfer to give yourself over to the max of your capability. One time I was in a tube between the 2nd and 1st points of Doña Ana. Álvaro Vizcaíno was surfing by and I broke his board in half and kept surfing.

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