Costa Rica celebrates International Surfing Day as world champions

Costa Rica celebrates International Surfing Day as world champions

Costa Rica Surfing Team 2015 world champions, photo by CR Surf Federation
Costa Rica is celebrating International Surfing Day on June 20 big this year. Costa Rica’s surfing “dream team” made national history on June 7 when they were crowned 2015 World Surfing Champions.

Costa Rica’s team won the overall gold medal in the International Surfing Association (ISA) 2015 World Surfing Games held at Playa Popoyo, Nicaragua, competing against 26 teams from around the world. The medal, along with the Fernando Aguirre World Team Trophy and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President’s Trophy designated Costa Rica the world champions of surfing.

Costa Rica surfer Anthony Fillingim in world finals 2015, image by Costa Rica Surf FederationThey are called the “Costa Rican Dream Team”: international surfing star Carlos Muñoz from Esterillos, Latin American champion Anthony Fillingim from Santa Teresa, 2015 Costa Rica National Surfing Circuit leader Jason Torres from Jacó, 11-time national women’s champion Lisbeth Vindas from Jacó, and Noe Mar McGonagle from Pavones who is ranked 16th in the world by the ISA, and his sister Leilani McGonagle, now a six-time world medalist.

The team won another gold medal in the ISA Aloha Cup tag team event at the championships. The brother and sister team of Noe Mar and Leilani McGonagle also brought home winning medals: the gold medal for the Men’s Open Division for Noe Mar, and the silver medal in Costa Rica surfer Leilani McGonagle at championships in Brazil 2015the Women’s Open Division for Leilani – the 6th world medal for the 15-year-old surfer. Leilani just won the gold medal at the Rip Curl GromSearch International last month in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Although a small country in Central America, Costa Rica is becoming known in the world not only for having great surf on two ocean coastlines but also for producing great surfers. This year Noe Mar McGonagle is so far ranked #12 on the Qualifying Series (QS) of the World Surf League, and Carlos Muñoz is close behind at #16. Leilani McGonagle and surfer Emily Gussoni of Jaco also are competing at the World Surf League level.

One of Costa Rica’s favorite areas for surfing is Santa Teresa Beach on the southern Nicoya Peninsula – home to dream team surfer Anthony Fillingim. Santa Teresa is one of the competition beaches in the Costa Rica National Surfing Circuit. Santa Teresa also was named one of Central America’s top 10 beaches for 2015.

Surfing at Hotel Tropico Latino, Santa Teresa

Visit Santa Teresa on a Costa Rica surfing vacation. If you don’t know how to surf, you can easily take surf lessons. Where to stay in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica: Beachfront at beautiful Playa Carmen in Santa Teresa, Hotel Tropico Latino offers Costa Rica surf vacations, surf lessons, and also Costa Rica yoga retreats.

Article by Shannon Farley

 

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