Posted by Rick Civelli | 01.30.2008 | Adult Surf Camps
Day 5, Costa Rica Surf Camp
I was counting the minutes till it was time to get up this morning. Knowing that I was going to possibly surf two places that I have dreamt about ever since watching Endless Summer 2 made for a long night of anticipation. I’m sure the rest of the guests slept great, but I was absolutely freaking out…this was a dream come true.
Rick, Steve, Moe and I woke up at 5:oo AM and took a bus to Playa Del Coco, where we boarded an awesome 26 foot center console for the scenic ride to Roca Bruja (Witch’s Rock). We wound our way through rock pinnacles, coves, and narrow channels till we came out to a huge bay with the notorious Witch’s Rock in the distance. I couldn’t believe I was actually heading to these two world-famous surf spots. I believe that Steve, Rick and Moe were just as excited as me, but at the time, it was all I could do to keep my act together.
We pulled up to Roca Bruja and it was firing. At first glance it looked a little on the small side, but our captain said, “just wait a few minutes, it should get better.” Sure enough, we were in the water, stroking into perfect head-high to two foot overhead, lined-up, point, perfect waves. I watched Steve get what I think might have been the best wave of his trip. After a few hours, we paddled back out to the boat, enjoyed some fresh fruit and the view of Santa Rosa National Park in the background. Our captain suggested we check Ollie’s Point, and I once again almost lost it. NO WAY were we going to get to surf both Ollie’s and Witch’s in the same day!
Ollie’s Point was about stomach-high, with bigger sets, peeling for about a hundred yards, and only about a dozen people out. I witnessed, from the shoulder of the wave, Moe dropping into a perfectly playful shoulder-high right that zipped along for what had to be 75 yards. Rick was also on the shoulder with his waterproof digital camera, and got a great shot of Moe trimming down the line. Ollie’s Point, in my mind, is definitely one of those magical places that words can’t describe.
When we returned to the hotel, Jenn was ecstatic to tell me about how well Louis was surfing and all about the Spanish lessons Rafeal gave the group. Ellen, Patti, Debbie, and Eileen did a horseback ride through several local towns, into the hills and the rainforest that afternoon which they were raving about all evening.
We decided to try some truely authentic Costa Rican Cuisine for dinner, Tropical Frutas, which happened to be right across the street from the hotel. This place was an instant hit with all the clients. I opted for the tropical chicken topped with fresh papaya and pineapple with a side of fried sweet bananas…awesome!!!
As I laid in bed, it really began to set in that I had surfed two epic spots today with great people and excellent conditions.