There is a place in Costa Rica that is magical. A little place called Tamarindo on the West Coast and an all inclusive lodging and surf camp called Witch’s Rock Surf Camp. Being in shape is a big part of being able to participate, especially surfing and once a year veteran longboarder Danny Mitchell flies from his home in Grapevine, TX after weeks of preparation on the lake.
DFW Surf’s Kristen McGregory has now fallen in love as well, officially, she says, “after taking my first surfing lesson.” She has already been three times and has another trip planned for February. She’s got to catch up with Danny who has been around fifteen times. “The beauty of Texas is that even through fall and winter I know we’ll get some nice days that you can still get out and get some paddling time in to maintain strength to gear up for those winter surf trips,” says Kristen. Kristen joined DFW Surf Club last year and has had the privilege and convenience to get on board and experience a similar pura vida/aloha-like feeling on the lake via wake surfing and paddle boarding with DFW Surf. There is nothing like the real thing, on a beach with breaking waves and Kristen is pumped to go back in February. In the meantime she tells us that paddling is an important part of her off season training to get ready: “SUP keeps me in shape and on the water when I can’t be on the ocean/at the beach.”
I remember being there with Danny and Mike O. a couple years back and we caught the early boat ride to a place called El Golfo. What’s great about WRSC is that they take you wherever the best waves are breaking up and down the coast, Ollie’s Point, Avellanas, Witch’s Rock itself, you name it. That day it was really big and breaking offshore and I remember our faces after we got back on the boat. The kind of feeling and adrenaline high that lasts a couple days.
-by Tyler Marshall