When traveling or visiting a new beach, like Playa Guiones in Costa Rica, practice surf etiquette.
Quality surf spots are a valuable commodity in our ever-growing world. As surfers, we all have a stake in the way we preserve and care for these amazing salty resources. In all my years of surfing, I have never encountered a surf break as consistent, mellow, and welcoming as Playa Guiones in Nosara, Costa Rica. There are a lot of reasons for this. The sweeping expanse of white sand beaches which extends for more than four miles is framed by definitive headlands on each end.
This geographical architecture attracts deep ocean swells from multiple directions. They meet up with hard-packed sandbars to create a variety of ever-shifting peaks up and down the beach. It is possible to keep surfing “down the line” as your right-hand peeler morphs into a left slide and then back into a curling right.
Playa Guiones has been described as ‘soft and fun,’ but do not be fooled. This place can hold some serious size and power, so please be careful! Overall, we have a fantastic wave machine here, and it certainly contributes to the positive vibe and abundant smiles. Not everywhere is lucky enough to have such consistent conditions.
Throughout the surfing world, various factors sometimes lead to more aggressive and competitive attitudes in the lineup. In fact, “localism” prevails in many well-known surf zones, setting a tone of tenseness, territorialism, and even violence. “If you don’t live here, don’t surf here” was the definitive mantra in a particular surf mecca of San Diego, where I went to college. In Hawaii, underlying all the love and aloha of paradise, a rigid ethnic code of resistance still exists towards visiting blond-haired ‘haoles.’
How can we contribute to keeping our local beaches positive, safe, and stoked?
The Golden Rule: “Do unto others as would have them do unto you”. Let this mantra be your guiding light in the water and on the land.