Nicoya was a discussion we’d had many times. Freddie Meadows, Sweden’s top professional surfer, and I had travelled widely together, but I’d never been to the place where he’d honed his surfing skills. The decision to go was finally taken on a dank late winter’s day on a surf trip in northern Scotland. The days were so short, the skies overcast, the wind biting — all reasons why the balmy shores of Central America beckoned.
For many American surfers, Costa Rica is as formulaic as it gets: accessible fun, warm waves, tropical splendour, and relative safety. But this wasn’t your average Costa Rica trip, and neither was this your average crew. We flew into San Jose via LAX from various corners: Freddie from Sweden, Hurley German/Portuguese hotshot Nic Von Rupp from Portugal, underground talent Ryah Arthur and videographer Kevin Voegtlin from California, and finally myself from the UK.
Unwisely, we chose TACA Airlines…my advice to any surfers travelling with a quiver: DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES FLY TACA. I won’t go into the full debacle but will say it was an expensive nightmare and the boards did not arrive in one piece!
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