HISTORY PIONNEERS OF SURFING
Hugo Robles Díaz, Jaco born on December 7, 1957, he started surfing only at the age of 20, in 1975, surfing at the beginning with a balsa wood board lying down, because at that time he did not there were surfboards in Jaco. Then I bought a Surfboard at ₡ 1,000 colones, he tells us that in a magazine that surfed standing on the board, and he practicad for 5 months until he suceded in surfing, he was the first local Surfer of Jaco. In those times the waves were very big, and Playa Hermosa was very dangerous in those times with many blue sharks. He started alone and then accompanied him to the “Macho Ñajo” (q.e.d.p) and took turns surfing. When he made a trip to the United States, he bought a surfboard at ₡ 1,000 colones from the Sea People brand, then he brought another one and sold it to Macho Ñajo, who never paid it. He tells us that “Macho Ñajo” was crazy. to surf. In the years of 1978 began to arrive people like Frank Mora (q.e.d.p) and Guillermo Montero to organize tournaments of Surf, which I do not manage to compete for a family affair. At that time I teach Carlos “Kike” Villalobos, the place to surf was in front of the old Hotel Jaco Beach. He liked surfing a lot because it was something new, and he had no other choice in sports or football games on the beach, and when surfing they for up to 5 hours a day, with the tides and good waves. Many times the Lynch was broken, the wax for the table was candle or paraffin, and their stomach was damaged. Once I was with “Macho Ñajo” were about 6 pm and were about to retire, were separated in the water from each other at a distance of 3 meters, and in the middle between the two a macarena fish and from behind a shark appeared that bit to the fish and split it in two. The boards he used helped him a lot to rescue people who were drowning and save them. I recommend today’s surfers or the new generation to have discipline, delivery, and combine the sport of surfing with the studios. He continued surfing for 10 more years until the year of 1985 and retired due to work responsibilities. He is currently the owner of Hotel Roble Mar in Jaco Beach.
FIRST SURF SHOP
Oscar Arquedas Pérez, was born on September 5, 1958, known as “Pucho”. I arrived to Jaco Beach to the age of 16 as a free boy, lived in a tent by the old Jaco Beach Hotel, learning to make necklaces, coconut oil to survive. Start surfing at 21 years, at the beginning, was very fear, and by that time, was working in El Hicaco Restaurant.
The Surf Shop started by exchanging meals and drinks with surfers from florida, in a small corner in the restaurant El Hicaco. By the year 1983, he founded the PACIFICO SURF SHOP store in the center of Jaco in the house of Mr. José de la Cruz Zamudio (d.e.p.z) in the runner of the house, and we exhibited the elements to be shown to the public. The name was born for the peace of being peaceful, first called PACIFICIO SURF CLUB, which was the first SURF SHOP in Jaco for 14 years was open from 1983 to 1997 when it was unfortunately closed for personal reasons. I made fashion shows in those days with Mauricio “la Morris” from Puntarenas.
He was the sponsor of the famous Álvaro Solano, Víctor Fallas “chancha” for 5 years and many more from the Jaco area. The Surf Shop grew and expanded to Puntarenas, Orotina and the Riviera of Belen, there were no difficult times at that time were always glorious times, the surf shop generated to open a soda of meals which were received by many locals and foreigners. He competed in 91 and 92 was the best and the main thing was the excitement of participating.
Today Oscar has a personalized service of transport to tourists with the company Transa Celestial S.A, during the last 8 years, with tours of monkeys, waterfalls, horses, crocodiles, caldera beach on a farm. At Surf level he met Greg Nohll “Toro Da Bull”, Fernando Aguirre and many others. The surf of those times was a way of life, and today’s surf is to rebuild those times and never forget where we came from. I suggest a young surfer who surfs with love, be humble and not stop surfing until the end. After many years and at the age of 60 years, 20 years later return, and he says that surfing I hope, the first board when he starts again I ask Edwin Villalobos “Carton” for his return. I am an uneeboard-y surfer with fingers on the same board. It would be interesting to include Surf in education in Costa Rica.
Interview on May 31, 2018, 10 a.m., by Carlos Torres Cordero Surf Guide Costa Rica C.E.O