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MARIO MACHO ESTRADA

- BEGIN SURFING 1972 -

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Born August 15, 1955, lives in Barva of Heredia, known in surfing as “Macho.” Began surfing at age 17 in 1972, has been riding waves for 36 years. I began surfing when I was at Playa Doña Ana and I saw a surfer go by on a wave. I got my first board from a hippie in a sailboat. Back in the beginning I had great times, the best was to ride the waves.

 

My point of view on our country is that surfing and tourism are here because Costa Rica is Pura Vida. It is a pleasure to be a surfer. The people or surfers from back then were really nice people “Tuanis.” Surfers today are pura vida. I have surfed many places in my country, but there are some that I have not been able to surf.

 

In other countries I met lots of people, I also saw Mark Foo in Waimea take a wave that was a world record. There were no competitions at first, you just competed with the wave. I would tell a young surfer to follow your heart. I think the new generations are obligated to rescue to Costa Rican identity of surfing.

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