This past February we had the perfect combination of events that created a truly once in a lifetime week at Vista Guapa. We had a full camp of twelve guests including some returning celebrities and some new ones as well. Jeff Archer and his son Jack returned for their second trip to the Camp as well as Team YOLO Board rider and SUP Ripper Darian Boyle. We also had the good fortune to have Reid Inouye from Standup Paddle Magazine join us for the week to learn firsthand what the Camp and Costa Rica is all about. One of our Guests was also a standout performer on both the water and land, Christian Cook from NRG Salt and CrossSUP joined the group and provided inspiration on and off the water. Distances traveled for the guests ranged from the far North of Canada to New Jersey, Arkansas, Florida and Louisiana.
The week started off with blue skies and clear water for epic SUP Surfing in both big Hermosa and manageable South Jaco. All the guests got their share of waves and have the proof to show their friends with the usual overflow of killer photos from our one and only Wendy Solano who is our Photographer Extraordinaire. We had time to make it to Herradura for some fun flatwater paddling as well as the National Park day for many of the guests. New to this trip, as well as Costa Rica in general was a SUP River Trip to the Rio Savegre that was led by friend of the camp Mario Bonilla who is an avid big wave Surfer, SUP Surfer and Kayak Surfer. The river trip was tons of fun for the guest in the rafts, but abit more challenging for those who tried the YOLO Board Inflatables on the river. Alvaro explained it well when he said SUP on the Rio Savegre was like “Double overhead Hermosa”…we will leave it at that.
The guests were overwhelmed again at the presentation of Barbeque Night and there was some Uke playing and singing that usually transpires on this special night at the Camp. Another highlight of the trip was Tuesday, Mardi Gras Day, everyone got some special glass Mardi Gras beads that I brought from New Orleans and we wore them ALL day…in the surf and out. Look closely at some of the photos you may even see them. Most mornings we were heading out loaded up at 6:30 am and at the end of the day returning tired, surfed out and ready for rest.
The concept of the OceanFIT trip came about after thinking of how many trips I’ve been to Vista Guapa and at each one I felt so strong, confident in the water and fit and healthy after a week there that it just made sense to call this trip “OceanFIT”. I am already looking forward to putting together another trip in the Fall as well as another Mardi Gras trip in 2014. I’m also stoked to help Darian put together a trip this year as well as looking forward to also helping Christian Cook host one Summer 2014.
Check out the Videos and our photos on the website and facebook, tell your friends…this is the place to be. I also want to send out big thanks to all the sponsors of the camp, especially Jeff Archer and YOLO Board for their continued support of events like this and Vista Guapa
Sponsors for OceanFIT : YOLO Board, Bomber Eyewear CR, Stoke Radio, GoPro, CrossSUP, Chucks Wow Surf, Calavera