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National Surf Circuit competition heats up
Nosara and Samara boys battle for Grommet and Mini Grommet trophies

By Arianna McKinney


The waves weren’t favorable for surfing at Palo Seco beach in Parrita, on Saturday, February 26,during the second event in the 2011 National Surf Circuit. Nonetheless, several Nosara and Samara surfers turned in commendable performances. 

Two Nosara boys came out on top in grommet.  Kevin Montiel won first in the category and CallenRield took fourth place. Selena Moberly placed in two categories, scoring second in grommet for women and third in junior women.  Also from Nosara, Cristian Santamaria made it to semifinals in long board. 

According to Luigi Montiel, who competed in the open category, about 10 from Nosara competed in the Palo Seco event. Adrian Suarez, a surf instructor, said more Nosara surfers attended this second circuit event than the first event in Jaco, and they are trying to unite into one Nosara surf team. 

Tow Samara boys are battling it out neck and neck in mini grommet. At the opening circuit event in Jaco in January, Sean Foerster came in first and Alex Calero Mendoza took second. This time in Palo Seco, Alex won first and Sean placed third, ranking Alex first and Sean second in the overall national standings at this point. 

Mini Grommet  

Alex, who is competing on the national level for the first time this year and is one of the five members of the Samara surf team, said that what made the difference for him in this event was that he was surfing further out than the other boys, allowing him to catch bigger waves. 

Sean, who has competed nationally four times now and is competing independently, said that Saturday was a bad day for the competition because of the tide, the wind and the choppy waves.  Sunday was better, though.  “You’ve just got to practice and it’s all up to the waves,” he said.
Now locals are gearing up to welcome the National Surf Circuit to Guiones Beach, Nosara, on April 2 and 3 for the Quiksilver Cup (CopaQuiksilver), the third of five events that make up the National Surf Circuit competition. 


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