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December 09, 2016

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Images from the last two Costa Rica SUP Races.

October 22, 2016

The last two events on the Costa Rica National SUP Circuit were tough races to participate in, as most of the events on this circuit are. What made them more challenging is the fact we are now in the wet season, and being that the races are held in open ocean, the wet season features stronger swells, currents, and mixed up conditions. This picture above was taken at the Boca Barranca event, and you see Edith powering in the River mouth which looks pretty calm for the most part, but what you donít see is how she had to break through the waves at the river mouth to reach open ocean, and paddle in a mixed up/bumpy conditions outside. Racers had to go in and out of the river mouth/waves three times to complete the 9 Kms race.

Edith won her race at Boca Barranca in challenging conditions, and is looking forward to the last event of the year on August 9th where she could clinch her 3rd National SUP Race Title if she wins. She has had a tough rival this year, Valeria Soto from Tamarindo, who has actually beat Edith twice this year, and Edith and came ahead of Valeria twice as well. So the last event of the year which will be held in Quepos down south will be a very exciting race, as the winner takes the title!!

From this picture above, you can see all the hard work Edith had done in her training, sheís looking so strong, and when you see her paddle in person, itís very impressive the intensity in her cadence and pace. The race board sheís riding is a custom built race board that we designed in collaboration with Javier Orna from the Banzaii Surfboards factory. Itís a very extreme and low volume race board, and is super fast and cuts the water like a knife. Although being so narrow, 25 inches wide, itís tough in bumpy/mixed up conditions, but Edith has incredible balance so sheís not struggling on it much. She says it can be difficult in windy conditions since itís so light which makes it hard to paddle upwind, but down winders are amazing on this board, as it catches any wind chop or swell with ease and carries itís speed like a dream.

The Race before Boca Barranca was actually held right here in Mal Pais! It was the first time in three years that the Costa Rica SUP Circuit decided to post up an event here in our home town. I usually donít get to go to all the events with Edith, cause hey, some one has to stay and run the SUP Lessons and Tours here at Freedom Riding SUP Costa Rica!! But this event was different of course as it was in my own back yard. I was pleased with my performance, almost beating the National Champ ďGeovani EspinozaĒ, I actually had the lead for part of the race, but he over took me on the last lap. The swell was pretty big this day, and a lot of currents out there which made the race very

Edith didnít do so great in this race which was a bummer since it was on home court. She experienced a crash midway through the race, for reasons we now know are due to her not eating before the race, and not getting proper hydration. She learned a big lesson this event, and did our research online about what she needs to be eating before the race, and after. Weíve also gotten her the correct electrolyte power to mix in with the water she puts in her camel pack. What a notable difference itís made just getting the right hydration before and during the training and races. Iíll be for sure competing in the last event of the year, I canít miss this one, with Edith battling it out for the National Title. Iíve also got my sights set on beating Geovani this time around and have been training more than I normally do. Wish us luck peoples!!

Train With Two-Time Costa Rican National SUP Race Champion

October 22, 2016

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SUP Costa Ricas own Edith Garcia competing in the 2015 ISA World SUP Games.

October 22, 2016

Edith Garcia participated in her second ISA World SUP Championships this past week!!! Last year she participated in the same event which was hosted by Nicaragua, while this year ISA choose Sayulita, Mexico to host the event. 2015 marks the 4th annual ISA World SUP Games, which brings together every Nation that has a SUP Team, which is now up to 27 Nations. ISA has created an Olympic style event which has proven to bring the best SUP Racers, and SUP Surfers from all over the world to compete for not only themselves but more importantly for their Country. This year more than the first three years of the events history, proved to draw pretty much all the best in the world (except for Kai Lenny!!)

This is Costa Ricas second participation in the ISA World SUP Championships, and although we have a strong group of SUP Surfers, and SUP Racers, thereís still a lot of hard work and proper training in order for Costa Rica to break the top ten. Costa Rica has finished both years right at 19th out of 27 Nations, which really isnít too bad. Paddle Boarding has only been growing as a sport in Costa Rica in the last three to four years, so we are behind the eight ball a bit. I do feel our SUPers are getting closer to the level of the top SUP Athletes in the world, itís just going to take a few more years to catch up. Hopefully some proper and professional coach training for our SUP Athletes will be in the works through the next year in order to get the CR SUP Selection ready for 2016s ISA Worlds. If not, we will still work on it ourselves the way we have have so far.

Iíve very proud of Edith for not only qualifying for her spot on the Costa Rica SUP Team, but also for her efforts in this event, and for the preparations she took to get ready. Edith took on double duty and competed in the SUP Surfing division, and also the Long Distance Race division. This was actually the first International SUP Surfing event she has ever competed in, and the level of all the women SUP Surfers in the event was through the roof, for sure the best in the world! She surfed two heats in the event in very small surf. She didnít advance to further rounds, but none the less I thought she surfed smart heats, great tactics, caught a lot of waves in both heats, but couldnít find nice open sections to do the turns she needed to get the scores to advance. She found out real quick that she better SUP Surf train in small waves as well, we donít get too many small days here in the Mal Pais/Santa Teresa area, only a couple days a year it gets as small as the wave in Sayulita.

This Long Distance Race was Edithsí third international race, since she competed in last years Worlds, and also the Central American Championships last December (which she took first place in). Her actual results were not what she was hoping for in this years Championships, although she improved upon her performance last year. Last years long distance race was 18 Kms in Lake Nicaragua with no waves and she finished in 2 hours 22 minutes. This years race was 20 Kms and the course went in and out of the surf three times, and she finished 2 hours 20 minutes again, so you can see she has improved. It will now be up to Edith to come back home and commit 100% to improving her skills, so that in next years World Championships she will have an even better showing and get the results she deserves, which I am sure she will do. I also need to commit more to helping Ediths career than I do now and plan on paddle training with her an more of a regular basis, work on video analysis to improve over all technique, and also over all just push her harder (which is a delicate matter since Iím her husband). Weíve learned a lot about proper diet over the last years, but thereís always room for improvements and positive changes there.

Edith got so much out of this second World Championships, it was worth everything we had to do to get her there. Sheís gained so much more valuable experience from racing and surfing against the best in the world, as well as her drawing inspiration from those same ladies. Sheís experienced Mexico, and made bonding relationships with the Mexican SUP Team who helped the Costa Rican team out quite a lot while there. When Edith arrived at Sayulita her race board was quite damaged from the airlines, and the Mexicans helped her get it fixed quick and just in time for the event. She enjoyed her time at the 2015 ISA World SUP Championships so much that I know sheís coming home fired up to keep qualifying for next years event, and if everything keeps going well Iím sure sheíll be competing in this event for years to come.

Edith Garcia keeps her winning streak going into the new 2015 CR Race season.

October 22, 2016

The 2015 Costa Rica SUP Race and SUP Surfing Circuit kicked off this last weekend for the first event of the new season. This year the CR Surf and SUP Federation also added Masters Surfing and Long Board Surfing to the same venue, intermixing Surfing heats, SUP Surf heats, and SUP Races all in the same event.. The event took place in Uvita, which is a little beach side tourist town, also known as ďBahia BallenaĒ which means ďWhale BayĒ. The event turned out to be very challenging for the SUP Racers, as they set up the start of the race in the center of the Bay where the waves are the biggest, so racers had to enter and exit through the impact zone of Uvita. There was a swell of 2 to 3 meters the days before the event, and fortunately the waves dropped just enough on Saturday to hold the races, barely. Wind conditions were light fortunately, but Whale Bay always has a lot of side bump, back wash waves, and currents which make this venue even more challenging.

Edith Garcia, who is part owner of SUP Costa Rica and also two time National Race Champ (2013 and 2014) kicked off the season with a convincing win in Uvita. The 9 K race didnít start out the best for Edith, she struggled to get through the surf with her newly designed advanced race board which is 25 wide, by 4 1/2 thick. The narrowness and low volume of the new race board proved to be quite challenging to stay standing while trying to break through 1 to 2 meter waves (something she will have to practice more at!). Edith was the last racer to make it out of the surf, but that didnít stop her from passing all the ladies in the race, and also a a few of the men. The only paddlers she didnít pass were the two top Men Racers in Costa Rica, Rolando Herrera, and Geovanny Espinoza who were both National Race Champs last year, ďRoloĒ in the shorter distance category and ďGeovaĒ in the longer distance category. So this meant that Edith came third over all against the men in the race.

he SUP Surfing Division is a new addition in 2015, and as it turns out there were just enough Costa Rican SUP Surfers to hold a Semi final, then a final, eight SUP Surfers in total. Edith was fired up to enter, but it turned out there was no womens division for SUP Surf, so she entered in the mens division and had a good time in here heat, but didnít find her way to the final. Edith was just happy to get some experience, as she plans to compete more in the future in both Race and SUP Surf. Edith has been surfing now for 16 years, so her SUP Surfing skills are improving at a very fast rate.

The next event will be held in the North Pacific of Costa Rica in the famous tourist town of Tamarindo, on the 11th and 12th of April. The waves in Tamarindo are a lot smaller and weaker than Uvita so Racers will have an easier time getting out, but the North Pacific is famous for strong offshore winds every day in the dry season, which creates for very challenging conditions. Edith will be looking for the windiest conditions to train in the next month in Mal Pais to be ready for this next challenging race. If she wins the next event in Tamarindo, she will have secured her spot on the Costa Rica SUP Selection Team which will compete in May at the ISA World SUP Games. Edith wants to compete in the long distance 18 K race at the ISA, and is hoping to compete in the Womens SUP Surf category as well.