Tamarindo

Our current location is the town of Tamarindo on the west coast of Costa Rica. It’s a nice little place with about 1.000 inhabitants and probably nearly as many tourists. We’re staying at a hostel called Pura Vida, meaning Pure Life. Pura Vida is a widely used expression in Costa Rica, and it’s meaning is rooted in the lifestyle of taking it easy and to be happy with what you’ve got. The hostel lives up to its name with a chill and friendly atmosphere.

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Some fellows from France having a go at the balance board.

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The surf on the Tamarindo Beach has been pretty average, waves about 2-4 feet but breaking a little too close to shore, so they’re closing out for the most part. Nevertheless, it’s been some good times in the water. Furthermore, it feels so good to be able to surf in boardshorts again, the water is very nice and warm here, and the air temperature is around 30 degrees Celsius.

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My GoPro is still not working despite efforts on downloading new software etc., so the GoPro support team has told me they will replace my camera. It is what it is. I did however get a hold of a sweet rental board here. Measuring 6-2 long, 21.5 inches wide, and 2.9 inches thick with a volume of 42.7 litres it’s a little shorter and stockier than my previous board. I really like it though, the width and volume make it easy to paddle and balance on, and the shortness make it easier to catch the relatively steep waves here without nosediving, I find.

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