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JORGE DAVID FUENTES ALVARADO

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Born November 3, 1954 in Puntarenas. Lives in Invu el Roble de Puntarenas, known as “Chino,” begin surfing at age 15 in 1969. I was in the surf for 18 years when there were big waves. I began surfing when I came to live at Roble and I went to Boca de Barranca and met Cundino Arias, el Indio, Heiner Morales, Oscar Eduardo and “Choveca.” I asked Cundino to loan me a board and I began to surf in the middle of the beach because there was a left and right wave at low tide. I bought my first board from a man in Puntarenas who worked at the gas station. It cost me ¢ 175 colones, it was a 6”9 fish style Hawaiian Drip Dry. The sensation of wanting to surf all day was incredible. One time while paddling in I broke through big foam and the board hit me in my ‘noble parts’ and I got out and touched to see if I felt them and still had them.

 

Today I do not feel the sensation to surf because there are no big waves out there like back then. I liked to be in the tubes, to make radical cuts and do 180° turns. There were many good Costa Rican surfers then like Roy Quirós, Francisco (Pancho) Oreamuno, Mario (Macho) Estrada, they were crazy. I watch surfers today and they think they are the best. The boards and the waves were much better then than they are now. I would have liked to have surfed Playa Tamarindo. I know places like Hawaii, the US, and Panama where I was able to surf. I have a t-shirt that says ‘Honolulu 1986.’ I traveled much of the world when I fished tuna. I also rode waves in San Diego in the Joya. I did not participate in tournaments because there were none. I retired from surfing in 1981, because there were no longer big waves. Today I am a local fisherman. I would tell a young surfer to learn to surf and that it is a good and dynamic sport, do not do drugs, study. Because I was a surf bum, I did not study, I did not work, I surfed for 12 hours a day.

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