Saturday, August 29, 2015

Costa Rica and Nicaragua Surf Trip

Jon is excited to start the trip!

Flying into Tambor, Costa Rica


"Uh, Forrest, your surfboards made it but they
threw your bag on a different plane"

Rush hour from the airport.

Made a little friend.

Love staying at Don Jons!

We treated ourselves to these ice cream treats called "Trits" often!

The legend, Jon Pacheco

Sunset, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Bomb waves, paddle outs were a bitch!

Solid size the entire time we were there.

Fun ones out the back.

Santa Teresa



Another sunset in Santa Teresa


Futbol game, Santa Teresa


Secret Beach, Santa Teresa

Got my bags, time to head out to Pavones.

Sansa Air please don't lose my bags this flight.

Islands leaving Tambor.



Mysto river mouth spot, accessible only by boat.


San Jose from the air



Golfito, Costa Rica

Golfito, Costa Rica

Golfito, Costa Rica

Jungle landing strip

Greg's plane came an hour later.

Greg

Pavones!

Pavones, first light

Just another perfect Pavones wave!

Town map, pretty simple

Pavones, main street

Pavones bus stop

Pavones

Greg and I surfed 5 straight hours after this picture was taken!

So many sketchy bridges, this was the best maintained one!

Greg, Pavones

Our Pavones accommodations 

We were pretty hungry after a 5 hr straight surf session!

Scarlet Macaw

Not Pavones, another left point break down the road.

Greg and Brooks

Not Pavones, one of many points down the road.

Pavones

Pavones

Pavones beach

Pavones wall, where everyone watches the surfers.

Rio Claro

 A Tico set up camp to surf Pavones for a bit.



Back in Golfito waiting for the rental car, we would drive from almost
the Panama border all across Costa Rica into Nicaragua.



Dominical, Costa Rica

Dominical, Costa Rica

Playa Dominical

Playa Dominical

Playa Dominical

Joe's inlaws in San Jose, Costa Rica

Switching cars at the Nicaragua border.
Crossing the border into Nicaragua

Traffic in Nicaragua.

Pigs everywhere in the streets in Nicaragua.




Arrived at Casa Rio, Playa Colorado, Nicaragua

Upgraded to a truck for Nicaragua

Boys headed out for a surf.

World famous tubes of Playa Colorado

Did I mention it barrels here?

Fun corners

Closeout or makeable?

High school kid staying next to us, he ripped.

Offshore winds all day!

Pulling in!

Corner is makeable

Bombing closeout!

Just another barrel

Getting tubed!

Greg

Joe

Offshore winds and thumping surf in Nicaragua.


Million dollar home while down the street there is
no running water or electricity.

Views for days!

Panga Drops

Panga Drops

Panga Drops

Our board quiver

Casa Rio

Typical Nica house with outdoor oven and pigs.

No running water, you get your water from a well and a bucket.

Outhouse, well, outdoor oven and laundry.

Ortega, victorious!

Nica woman


Campesino

Campesino drive thru

Campesino






Boat trip to Playgrounds.





Gap between rich and poor is pretty great in Nicaragua.

Outer reef waves.


Blowing offshore hard!

Greg dives off the panga boat.


Headed back after a great Playgrounds sessions.

Sunset at sea.

Magnific Rock, Popoyo, Nicaragua

Toll road to Popoyo 

Watching waves at Popoyo

Popoyo

Popoyo

Popoyo

Popoyo


Greg enjoys a cold one.


Popoyo
Popoyo

Catching the sunset at Popoyo

Tiltin Hilton, Popoyo.  Pray there isnt a earthquake,
this thing is coming down!

Popoyo

Sunset session at Rancho Santana

Rancho Santana

Back across the border into Costa Rica.

Final few feet in Nicaragua.

To me this is what Guanacaste, Costa Rica is all about!

Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Kyle, Playa Grande

Rice fields

Tico boy herding cows.

Final session at Playa Grande.