By Dagmar Reinhard
Costa Rica Surfing Federation – Bahia Uvita – May 24, 2014
Stand up paddle surfing (SUP), is a relatively new sport in Costa Rica; it had its origins in Hawaii where it is called Hoe he’e nalu. It is a spin-off from surfing, and it allows surfers to paddle farther into the ocean. Contestants paddle on lakes, rivers, and waterways; they ride breaking the waves, and gliding long distances along the coast.
“Depending on the competition site and regardless of the race, participants have to overcome the winds, exactly what happened during the 2nd date in Guanacaste and the 3rd date in Puntarenas where they also had to conquer strong currents. In Bahía, the challenge will be to defeat the waves and the tides, “said Diego Chévez from the team organizer -Uvita 360-.”
In March 2014, the Uvita 360 team won the 3rd National SUP Circuit in Puntarenas. The team is getting excited about its participation in the upcoming event in their own hometown.
The route to follow in the Bahía SUP Surf race will be diagonal to the beach. It will be a 9 km race for competitors and 4 ½ km for amateurs. SUP has no impact on the environment.
Those who wish to register will be able to do it the same day before 8 am (Fee: $30).
Entrance fee to Ballena Marine National Park is not included; ticos and residents with cédula pay $ 2, and tourists pay $ 6.