Photo by Adam Dietrich
The characteristic waves of Guiones Beach in Nosara will be in charge of accompanying the country’s best surfers the weekend of May 25 and 26 for the sixth date of the 2013 Olympus National Surf Circuit’s Kingston Cup, organized by the Costa Rican Surf Federation.
Just two dates from the conclusion of the tournament, the 4-star Kingston Cup will tally up 1500 points to the winners by division, which could mean a great opportunity for competitors that want to increase their options to qualify for the grand finale.
“This is a rather important date since, in Nosara, the surfers of the circuit that are lowest down on the positions chart have the chance to recover points and be able to continue in the final,” commented Carlos Brenes, press manager for the Surf Federation.
A Special Location
Guiones Beach is one of the most anticipated points among the surfers participating in the circuit because of having one of the best beach breaks in the country.
In addition, the Kingston Cup in Nosara will be the only event in Guanacaste within the current tournament, which makes it an occasion to compete in one of the most important events at the national level not to be missed for local surfers from Guiones, Garza, Ostional and farther away areas of the North Pacific coast.
“With this year’s circuit, we are reaching a record with registrations. For the previous dates we’ve been completely full, since we only have a maximum of 156 spots in each event and we know that Nosara won’t be the exception,” added the Federation’s spokesperson.
The schedule of the Kingston Cup will last 12 hours both days, starting on Saturday, May 25 at 6:30 a.m. and covering the seven categories of the national circuit: Male and Female Open (main category), Male and Female Juniors (under 17), Boys (under 15), Longboard and Male Mini Grommet.
“We hope that there will be good weather conditions for this weekend. However, in case of rain, we will continue with the tournament as long as there is no danger for the surfers. We would suspend the activities temporarily only in cases of lightning,” commented Brenes.
The official cup party, being overseen by the surf brand Lime Coral, will take place this same Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Tropicana Discoteque with the live performance of the group Lemon Haze from Limon.
The public who are present at this celebration of the waves can also enjoy diverse activities scheduled by the event sponsors. Among them, Maui and Sons, a sports clothing and equipment company, will organize a Balance Board mini tournament, in which participants try to keep their balance on a wood board. A cash prize of 25,000 colones ($50) will be given to the winner. Kingston, the main sponsor of the cup, will raffle off digital storage and memory products, in addition to holding a contest in which people will have the opportunity to design the Kingston logo in the sand and obtain Kingston-brand prizes.
The 2013 Circuit Ends Soon
The 2013 Olympus National Surf Circuit started on December 15, 2012 in Playa Seco in Parrita and will close after completing a total of 8 dates around the Costa Rican coast. The current leaders on the board are Luis Vindas and Leilani McGonagle.
The second to last date will be held at West Esterillos with a four-star event during the weekend of June 22 and 23 and the five-star Reef Grand Finale will take place in Playa Hermosa in Jaco on July 26-28 in the central Pacific.
Registration for the Kingston Cup in Nosara will take place on Friday, May 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. in Harbor Reef Hotel, with a cost of 15,000 colones ($30).
For more information and to consult the ranking of current positions, you can visit the page of the Costa Rican Surf Federation, www.surfingcr.net.