• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Wiping Out

February 10, 2015

“Get ready,” shouted Dante as water swooshed around us. “Okay, here it comes! Get on the board, Robert! Now!

I jumped upward and threw my body on the surfboard. My stomach smacked hard and my hands clasped the sides in a talon grip. I pried my eyes upward, toward the beach, because I knew that’s what I was supposed to do, but the urge to look down at the scratched fiberglass, or to look behind at the oncoming wave, was almost unbearable.

Reeeady?” Dante said tensely.

The lukewarm water slipped beneath me like a rug being drawn back. I could sense its movement as I had never sensed it before, though I didn’t yet understand the shift in the water’s skin. Then, just as a long hiss announced the unseen wave, Dante shouted, “Go, Robert! Paddle! Paddle! Paddle!

My arms smashed into the water, a cartoonish crawl-stroke, and I inched the board forward as the water’s surface warped and curved.

Now, Robert!” shrieked Dante, his voice muted by the gathering roar. “Stand up!

To read the rest of Robert Isenberg’s freshman attempt at surfing, visit his first “Pura Vía” column on The Tico Times’ main site.

You may be interested

One year after first case, Costa Rica to broadcast Covid memorial
Costa Rica
1218 views
Costa Rica
1218 views

One year after first case, Costa Rica to broadcast Covid memorial

The Tico Times - March 5, 2021

Costa Rica confirmed its first coronavirus case on March 6, 2020. By the end of the month, the country had…

Stress-related dental problems rising due to COVID: More patients choose Costa Rica dental tourism
Dental Tourism
2709 views
Dental Tourism
2709 views

Stress-related dental problems rising due to COVID: More patients choose Costa Rica dental tourism

James Madigan / Costa Rica Dental Guide - March 5, 2021

According to a recent report by the American Dental Association, the vast majority of dentists indicate that the prevalence of…

Costa Rica an ‘ideal destination’ for digital nomads, Tourism Board says
Costa Rica
6171 views
Costa Rica
6171 views

Costa Rica an ‘ideal destination’ for digital nomads, Tourism Board says

Alejandro Zúñiga - March 5, 2021

A growing number of people have turned to the dream of a "digital nomad" lifestyle -- answering emails from the…