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Surf and Fishing Tournament Benefits Public Education in Camaronal
By Ashley Steyaert

On Sunday, March 21st, Popo’s Surf Camp and the community groups of Camaronal and Estrada hosted the 6th Annual Classic Surf and Fishing Tournament on the legendary beach breaks of Guanacaste’s Camaronal Wildlife Refuge to generate funds for Camaronal’s small public school.

The once ramshackle structure of Camaronal’s Public School was originally constructed with a lone corrugated tin roof without walls or doors. Today the same building is a source of public pride as it symbolizes communal cooperation and provides a modern educational center.

This year 36 local fisherman participated in the fishing tournament and 50 of the area’s most impressive surfers competed in the surf tournament. MINAE reports an estimated 300 spectators.

The donations made by local Carrillo sponsors Restaurante El Colibrí, El Sueño Tropical, Jula Jungla, and Hotel Leyenda supplied community members with food and beverages to sell to tournament participants and the attending public – the proceeds of which go directly to the Camaronal School.

Surf tournament organizer Tad “Popo” Cantrell would also like to extend thanks to special guest Roger Madrigal Delgado (Costa Rica Kayaking Federation President and 1996 Atlanta Olympian) for serving as MC at the event, owner of Sámara’s Bar Olas, Roy Arias, for donating audio equipment, and Tabanuco’s DJ Selecta Tin-I, Cristhian Canales, for providing the music. He’d also like to recognize the MINAE for all their contributions and show his appreciation to the entire crew from Nosara for coming out and showing their continued support.

He encourages collaborators and competitors to contact him about future tournaments at [email protected] and hopes to have an even bigger response at the 7th Annual Classic Surf and Fishing Tournament 2011.

The Official 2010 Tournament results are as follows:


1st Place - “Cambute” con un / with a 6 kilo Jack Cravelle
2nd Place -“Harin”
3rd Place - “Poncho”

1st Place - Nicky Ruhlow de / from Guiones
2nd Place - Chicho Cantrell de / from Carrillo
3rd Place - Ricardo Rodriguez de / from Sámara

1st Place - Jesse Alfaro
2nd Place - Selena Moberly
3rd Place - Sonja Stinger

1st Place - Andrey Lopez
2nd Place - Dorian Torres
3rd Place - Storm Van Timmeren



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