The waves were big, and so were the national surfers who came to Playa Guiones at Nosara Costa Rica for the third competition in the 2014 Olympus National Surfing Circuit.
Costa Rican pros like Gilberth Brown, Jair Perez, Lisbeth Vindas and Nataly Bernold descended on the top Costa Rica surfing beach for the tournament, held Feb. 15-16. It was Puerto Viejo de Limon resident and 2012 National Champion, Gilberth Brown, who took home the Men’s Open Division trophy. The 2013 National Champion Lisbeth Vindas keeps her lead in the Women’s Open Division by beating Leilani McGonagle, Nataly Bernold and Emily Gussoni for first place. See all the competition results here.
The next 2014 Olympus National Surfing Circuit competition will be held at the south Pacific beach of Dominical from March 15 to 16.
The breezy Blue-Flag-awarded beach of Guiones, on the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica, is reputed to have the most consistent surf on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast. With its beautiful long beach and long left and right breaks, Playa Guiones is one of Costa Rica’s most favored surfing beaches.
Nosara, Costa Rica – encompassing the beaches of Guiones, Pelada and Nosara – has recently caught the world’s attention for its natural beauty. The eco-friendly community was ranked one of the 11 Places to Go Worldwide in 2014 by CNN, and selected by National Geographic as a Best Winter Trips of 2014.
Where to Stay: L’acqua Viva Resort & Spa at Playa Guiones is one of the finest luxury hotels in Costa Rica. The Bali-style Costa Rica resort is located just off the beautiful beach of Guiones – all hotels and businesses in the area are set back from the beach to preserve the coastline. Accommodations range from Deluxe Rooms to Suites to Villas. L’acqua Viva Resort & Spa is an Enchanting Costa Rica Hotel.
Getting to Nosara: from the San Jose international airport, Nosara is a 5-hour drive; and it is a 2.5-hour drive from the Liberia International Airport. Short-hop domestic flights arrive in Nosara from both the San Jose and Liberia airports; from there it is a 10-minute drive to Playa Guiones and Playa Pelada.
Article by Shannon Farley