Tico Time in the Land of Pura Vida

Our Customer Success and Office Manager slash Shaker Percussionist took an impromptu surf trip with some friends to Costa Rica. She came back with full stoke and a detailed surf report:

When 20 of your friends can decide on one week out of the year to get together in one place, especially if it involves a flight – you can’t pass that kind of thing up. That’s exactly what happened with this trip to Costa Rica. Sooner than we knew it, six people had confirmed with their flights, then 12, then 17. By the time we were one week away from departure, three more people had confirmed they would be partaking in the shenanigans to come. The best part of all this: I only knew two out of the 20 people.

For me, this was purely a surf trip. I have the exceptional fortune to be working at Sunski where many of us surf, so naturally, proposing that I work in between morning and evening surf sessions was not just approved, but encouraged.

The first thing we did after the drive from San Jose and staying up all night on the airplane (free drinks on international flights anyone?), and after a quick pit stop to check out some river crocodiles (and apparently sometimes sea crocs?!) we surfed. I don’t think we even checked the waves – there was no need to. We were in Costa Rica, the waves were always good. This is novel to northern Californian surfers. Consistent clean waves? What are those, we ask.

Pulling away from the ocean for a moment – Costa Rica is a veritable jungle. 52% of the country is covered by forest, and they have been able to significantly reduce the rate of deforestation within their borders. In fact, they are the first tropical country to have stopped and reversed it. In 1983, just 26% of the country was forested. A comeback for sure, and all for the planet? If only we could all take on that kind of responsibility. They also don’t have an army, so Costa Rica is basically the reverse anthropomorphism of a tree-hugger.

Thanks to their improvements, their wildlife has been thriving, and we were able to get a little taste of that. Manuel Antonia National park is a great spot to see what one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world has to offer. The winner for me though was the sloth. Did you know they only come down from their trees to relieve themselves every 5 days? And they always go to a different tree after that so their predators can’t track them as easily? Scratch that “lazy” stereotype, they are just experts in slo-mo efficiency.

So we’ve established that Costa Rica has waves, forest and wildlife. The produce is also obviously next level. I devoured at least 2 mangos a day – but don’t think I stopped there; a papaya a day keeps those paddle arms going all day, and the moves to dance to “Despacito” at least four times in one night.

There is of course, so much to Costa Rica. I had friends that explored Arenal Volcano, almost missed ferry’s to and from Montezuma, and zip-lined through the dense forests of Monteverde. But for me, it was refreshing to go on a trip where I stayed in one place and had one activity to really focus on. Especially with surfing and living in a place with waves that can sometimes be a doozy for beginner surfers (which I still consider myself to be) and there is work and life in general, it’s great to be able to hone in on a skill like it’s your living.

Just in that one week, I feel more confident in my ability to get out to that back set and maybe drop into waves that make you yell “oh no no this was a mistake!” but then realize that all you are doing is wiping out into the Ocean, and worst-case scenario you look like a kook – but so be it!

Follow Alicia @aliciainthesunset for more of her surf adventures!