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Small Waves Big Crowds at Triple Crown Finale

By Adam Dietrich

The Triple Crown Surf contest wrapped up a successful third and final round at Playa Guiones on Saturday April 7. Despite poor conditions a few hundred people gathered throughout the day to watch the conclusion.

Battling small, 4-5ft with waves breaking from different directions, close to 50 contestants did their best to impress national circuit judges Dorian Vikez and Cali Artavia.

When the last wave was surfed that day, the four winners were Alfonso Mujica in Open men’s, Selena Moberly in Open women’s, Kevin Montiel in Juniors and Christian Santamaria in long board.

However, prize money went to the top three riders overall.  This means the surfers who accumulated the most points through all three rounds, Ostional March 10, Garza March 17 and Guiones. Christian Santamaria won first place ($300), Viver Wingroove won second place ($150) and Alfonso Mujica won third place ($50).

Esteban Lopez , Owner of the Nosara Tico Surf School and one of the main organizers of Triple Crown said it was very successful. “We raised a lot of money, although I’m not sure how much yet because I haven’t finished counting.” 

The money raised will help fund the local surf team and their progress on the national circuit. The funds will help cover transportation, registration fees, equipment etc, for team members.

Lopez says the judges from the national circuit seemed impressed with the event over-all. They’ll be meeting later this week to discuss a possible future together. Lopez says they are already planning to bring Triple Crown back again next year, considering the success of it this year.

Selena Moberly outruns a wave during the first round of the Triple Crown Surf
Contest in Ostional.  She won 1st place in the open women category in the third
round hosted at Playa Guiones on April 7.
Kevin Montiel hits a wave during the final round of the Triple Crown Surf
Contest at Playa Guiones on April 7. Montiel won the junior category to for
that day.
Christian Santamaria Rides a wave during the first round of the Triple Crown
Surf Contest held in Ostional on March 10. He won long board section on day
three at Playa Guiones and also took home $300 for having the most
accumulated points overall from all three rounds.


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It’s been a big month and a half for local surfer Kevin Montiel and the best is yet to come. Montiel, 16, won two of the three Triple Crown Surf events in the junior category. The tournament, hosted by the Nosara Tico Surf School, had three dates, March 10 in Ostional, March 18 in Garza and April 7 in Guiones. Montiel won in Ostional and Guiones.

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