Gay Surf Week, 8-15 November, Tamarindo, Costa Rica

  • tam76

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    Oct 12, 2014 5:09 AM GMT
    Ever wanted to learn how to surf or surf with your gay buddies? Gay Surf Week 2014 offers you that chance. Join us in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, for a week of sun, fun, beach and waves, 8-15 November. More info on www.gaysurfweek.com
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    Oct 12, 2014 9:42 AM GMT
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    Oct 12, 2014 8:28 PM GMT
    Veerry tempting. How did you know this was the first cloudy weekend?

    What the heck. I'm in.
  • bro4bro

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    Oct 12, 2014 11:00 PM GMT
    Hmm, it appears you're using this forum to advertise your hotel.

    That is clearly against the rules, and rather bad form. What if everyone who had something to sell posted a thread to advertise it here?

    Having said that, I've surfed in Tamarindo. It's a beautiful place, with excellent breaks for beginners, intermediates and experts. The water is clean and warm and the surf is almost ridiculously consistent. And there are some nice restaurants in town.

    I have no experience with the properties hosting Gay Surf Week but I know in Tamarindo there are plenty of helpful and friendly surf instructors who cater to first-timers, and surf guides who look after experienced surfers.

    The prices quoted on your website look reasonable for what's being offered.

    But don't make a habit of this.
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    Oct 13, 2014 1:48 AM GMT
    Thanks bro4bro. "Lonely Planet" is rather condescending and dismissive about Tamarindo. But I haven't had a vacation in a good long while. Haven't been to Costa Rica since... 1979.
  • TR_Latitude10

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    Oct 13, 2014 2:26 AM GMT
    ahhh....the infamous lonely planet review from so long ago continues to live on...

    Surf week is being held early NOV, long before the high season really starts, so it won't be crowded at all.

    You should have lots of fun. PM me if you want. I have lived in a neighboring beach for 12 years.
  • vindog

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    Oct 13, 2014 6:15 AM GMT


    Sounds awesome and way more appealing than gay ski week.

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    Nov 16, 2014 6:06 PM GMT
    Yesterday 92°F:
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    Today 14° F:
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    OMFG. Shock to the system. More later, however, a good time was had by all.

    And I have the tan lines and the bruises to prove it.
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    Nov 17, 2014 12:01 PM GMT
    Wheres the pics!!
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    Nov 18, 2014 12:05 AM GMT
    K. Will try to pick out some representative pictures that don't necessarily show people's faces in detail. I didn't attempt to take pictures while I was attempting to surf, though it might have made a good gag reel. I've got some shots of the intermediate class and general sessions.
    Unfortunately, back in the "real" world, I've got a desk-full of work backlog and a farm-full of winter storm damage to deal with. icon_sad.gif

    In short, Koen and Alex did a great job of putting together a week full of activities at just the right time to get away from the North. icon_biggrin.gif Naturally, they ran things out of their hostel and surf-shop, but many other local businesses were included in the program. Several participants stayed elsewhere and some joined in for one or a few of the activities. (You could easily fill up a week even if you don't want to surf.) There were somewhere between ten and twenty people, depending on the activity at hand. As near as I recall, a bit more than half from North America and the rest from Europe. Sure, you could book all of these activities by yourself, but it was nice to have everything organized (with no effort on my part) and a lot of fun roaming in a group of "fellow travelers" so to speak.

    Gay Surf Week seems to have the potential to grow into a larger annual event. Certainly, I would do it again. There were a couple of other RJ'ers there, but I believe they're still out "in the field." Maybe we'll hear from them later.
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    Nov 18, 2014 12:57 AM GMT
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    BTW: Turns out I broke a rib on the second or third day. And had some incredible mix of built-up wax and beach sand in my left ear. Sux getting old. Still had a good time!
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    Nov 18, 2014 1:13 AM GMT
    Nap time:
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    Karaoke night:
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    Some other night:
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    Sex Perv Voyeurism! Sry. We weren't allowed to use lights, except that one that makes the contrast too much. Went out one night and watched giant sea turtles crawl out of the sea, dig nests, and crap out piles of eggs. Once they start laying eggs, they don't know anyone's there and the rangers let you go up close.
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    Hiking:
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    Nov 18, 2014 2:53 AM GMT
    Looks like a beautiful sunset but I always think of Costa Rica as being on the Caribbean. Had to relook at a map. Oh yeah, that little thing called the Pacific. I guess that's what that whole Panama Canal is about. Okay, got my bearings back.

    Odd boat, super high freeboard. Is that ferro? Did you snorkel on reefs? What was their condition?
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    Nov 18, 2014 4:23 AM GMT
    I thought ferro when I saw it too, but it's a 1947 steel boat out of Argentina. Family-owned business. (Cute (adult) boys. icon_wink.gif ) Pretty good guitarist plays most of the way out and the kids bring out trays of chef-prepared hors d'oeuvres and drinks every 20 minutes or so. No way in hell it would ever pass a Coast Guard inspection. There are a couple of newer cats that give similar tours, but I think Antares has more character.

    The snorkeling was just in a leeward cove. Water was pretty silty and considerable rip over the rocky point, so I didn't get very good pics. Compared to our northwest reefs, it was pretty barren, but I guess that's typical of the tropics. Saw a few angelfish and a bunch of (I think) wrasse. A few small candelabra-like corals. Small urchins. Got a few annoying jellyfish stings.

    There is a row of volcanic plugs a couple of miles off-shore to which the scuba boats go. Will check those out next time.
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    Nov 18, 2014 6:46 PM GMT
    The tropical reefs I dived in my youth were teaming with life, colors right out of a picture book. Much less in Florida's semi-tropic seas. I doubt that even the Caribbean is what it was but still shouldn't be barren if at all healthy. I've never been down in the Pacific, just played on the beach there.

    With all the silt, maybe you were simply there on an outgoing tide. I don't know if that makes a big difference in a cove but it might.

    Anyway, sounds like you had a great time. I bet that boat was fun.