March Surf Report

Written by Tamarindo News

By Ellen Zoe Golden Photo by: FSC

The important news about Costa Rica’s competitive surfers happened right here at home the last month.

Let’s start with the first date of the Kölbi Circuito Nacional de Surf, presented by INS JOVEN and Adrenaline Rush, which took place last month in incredible waves of Playa Dominical. The Copa Pro Medical Team-Energy Law Firm resulted in the first nine winners who are now vying for the national championship of season #18 of this nationwide surf tournament.

The last two finals—Open and Women’s—were intense, but Leon Glatzer of Pavones, and Lisbeth Vindas of Jacó were the respective category winners. Vindas, by the way, at 36 years, is going for the 13th title of her career.

In the Open final, all the rest of the participants were previous event winners of the division. This included  André Chacón of Jacó,  Tomás King of Tamarindo, and three-time national champion Gilbert Brown López of Puerto Viejo. These guys combined an astute aerial and power surfing game. King drew an 8.50, the best wave of the heat, but Glatzer combo-ed  for a 13.87 (7.00 plus 6.87)

“This year I have seven years of running the Circuito Nacional,” Glatzer said. “I have dreamed of a day like today since childhood and the truth is that to achieve it with these waves and against the rivals that were in the category, makes me much more proud.”

With this first victory, Glatzer is poised at #1 on the rankings that will ultimately tally five of the best seven dates of the tournament for the national championship.

And then there’s the Women’s category. The return of Vindas to the podium is cause for celebration. She came out ahead in a final that included some of the best femals today including Rubiana Brownell, Serena Nava and Zulay Martínez. She was the best, however, with a combination score of 10.67

“I’m very glad because Dominical always gives us such good waves. For many years, I have come to Dominical and the truth is that it never fails us in waves. I hope to give a good fight this new Circuito,” said Vindas.

The Federación de Surf de Costa Rica called Sam Reidy, “the revelation of the event.” A local from Dominical, and current Boys national champion, Reidy got, for the first time, to the final of the Junior at his home beach, and not only did he win, but he overwhelmed the others from the start in that heat with a combination score of 14.50 (8.10 and 6.50). H

The waves at Dominical beach waves exceeded 6 feet in the entire weekend spitting out tubes for the potential of high scores during the best tides. With favorable wind as well, the ocean certainly delivered its part.

The next date of the Kölbi Circuito Nacional goes to Puerto Viejo, where the where the Copa AI will take place in front of the Isla Inn hotel on February 24 and 25.

Copa Pro Medical Team-Energy Law Firm

Playa Dominical

January 27-28, 2018


  1. León Glatzer (Pavones)
  2. Tomás King (Tamarindo)
  3. Gilbert Brown López (Puerto Viejo)
  4. André Chacón (Jacó)


  1. Lisbeth Vindas (Jacó)
  2. Rubiana Brownell (Avellanas)
  3. Serena Nava (Big Beach)
  4. Zulay Martínez (Tamarindo)


  1. Sam Reidy (Dominical)
  2. Sebastián Mora (Santa Teresa)
  3. Aldo Chirinos (Playa Negra)
  4. Isauro Elizondo (Panamá)

Junior Women’s

  1. Rachel Presti (Florida)
  2. Coral Wiggins (Avellanas)
  3. Rubiana Brownell (Avellanas)
  4. Olivia Warden (Barbados)


  1. Aaron Álvarez (Jacó)
  2. Sam Reidy (Dominical)
  3. Isauro Elizondo (Panamá)
  4. Kenneth Peralta (Jacó)


  1. Emily Anderson (Pavones)
  2. Rubiana Brownell (Avellanas)
  3. Candelario Resano (Nicaragua)
  4. Serena Nava (Playa Grande)


  1. Axel Castro (Cieneguita)
  2. Kai Galé (Panamá)
  3. Jorge Monge (Jacó)
  4. Leonardo Apreda (Jacó)


  1. Leonardo Apreda (Jacó)
  2. Teo Galé (Panamá)
  3. Candelaria Resano (Nicaragua)
  4. Tomás Casafont

MiniGrommets Girls

  1. Candelaria Resano (Nicaragua)
  2. Ericka Berra
  3. Máxima Resano (Nicaragua)
  4. Rachel Agüero (Jacó)

Noe Mar McGonagle swooped into Costa Rica from his itinerary on the World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) and traveled to Marbella in early February to win the KIA Circuito Guanacasteceo de Surf, presented by Surfing Nation Magazine.  He took a finals heat that included Glatzer, Tiago Carrique of Playa Negra, and Leonardo Calvo of Puntarenas, 4 guys out of 130 registered competitors in the second date, the Copa Tiki Hut,  of this province series.

“I’m happy to get this victory,” McGonagle said. “It’s my last date in Costa Rica before I leave for Australia to the QS there, so the practice was very good and it was a  more  difficult final.”

Meanwhile, the Nicaraguan and current Costa Rican national Women’s champion, Valentina Resano, got a double win with both the Women’s and Girl’s Under 16 trophies in a finals heat with Nava, Coral Wiggins and Valeria Ojeda.

The best conditions of Marbella arrived in the morning hours. A slight offshore wind and tubes opening in both directions, kicked off the two days of competition on date two of five that make up this 5th season of the Circuito Guanacasteco.


The next date of moves Santa Teresa  on March 24 and 25.

Copa Tiki Hut

Playa Marbella

February 10-11, 2018

Final results


  1. Noe Mar McGonagle
  2. Leon Glatzer
  3. Tiago Carrique
  4. Leo Calvo


  1. Valentina Resano
  2. Valeria Ojeda
  3. Coral Wiggins
  4. Serena Nava


  1. Tiago Carrique
  2. Dean Vandewalle
  3. San Peter
  4. Dean Vadewalle


  1. San Peter
  2. Dean Vadewalle
  3. Orion Eshel
  4. Darshan Antequera

Girls Under 16

  1. Valentina Resano
  2. Serena Nava
  3. Valeria Ojeda
  4. Candelaria Resano

Boys Under 14

  1. Kai Galé
  2. Axel Castro
  3. Leo Apreda

Mixed Groms

  1. Leo Apreda
  2. Kai Galé
  3. Ethan Hollander
  4. Candelaria Resano


  1. Nico Boos
  2. Asthon Aerly


  1. Diego Naranjo
  2. Christian Boos
  3. Manuel Resano

And finally, Carlos Muñoz made it all the way to the quarterfinals in the Volcom Pipe Pro at Hawaii’s Banzai Pipeline, helped along by a perfect 10.00 scoring wave in an earlier heat.  That’s his best-ever showing at any QS Hawaiian event. With his high position there, he moves up the QS rankings to 25.

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