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Jacó Happenings

Volunteers and sponsors are needed for the upcoming Soulstice Expression Session, an annual charity event that includes two beach cleanups and a local surf contest in Playa Hermosa. Volunteers with four-wheeldrive vehicles are needed to assist with beach cleanup efforts in Playa Guacalillo.

Trash bags, rubber gloves and helping hands are needed as well. Volunteers are also being sought to help collect raffle prizes, donations and sponsors. Those who wish to help are invited to attend a volunteer and sponsor meeting June 7 at 6 p.m. at Cabinas Las Olas in Hermosa.

The Soulstice Expression Session was created to bring Hermosa area residents together to develop programs that positively impact the surf community. Surfer participants get to shred in an informal surf contest and compete for prizes donated by local businesses. A raffle, art show and board sale will be followed by live music at the Backyard Bar. The event raises money through contest entries, raffles and donations during a day of fun and celebration.

The surf contest will be held June 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in front of Cabinas Las Olas. Meet at Las Olas June 18 at 2 p.m. to join a beach cleanup expedition to Playa Guacalillo, then again June 19 at 3 p.m. for a Playa Hermosa cleanup, followed by an organizational meeting and dinner on the third floor of Surf Inn Hermosa.

Support for the event is welcome in the form of prize donations and sponsorship of local surfers by purchasing “squares” or spots in the contest for $25 each. For more information or to sign up for the event, contact Cabinas Las Olas at 2643-7021 or

The 2009 International Surfing Association World Surfing Games to be held in Hermosa are only two months away. Local businesses, government representatives and the Surf Federation of Costa Rica are working hard to ensure the Central Pacific is well prepared for the event. Weekly meetings have been held to establish committees responsible for organization of the event. These are: the Security Committee, headed by Carlos Hernández; the Protocol Committee, headed by Gabriela Arias and Christina Truitt; the Accommodations and Transportation Committee, headed by Aysen Quesada; the Public Relations Committee, headed by Ely Badilla; and the Marketing Committee, headed by Javier Cruz.

The festivities are expected to begin with the arrival of most of the participating teams around July 27. Inscription and recording of the teams will begin July 28 and 29. By July 30, a press conference will be held to explain the details of the event to the national and international media. An inaugural parade of all participating nations is planned for July 31 down Jacó’s main street, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at the new park for the inauguration ceremony.

A judges’ meeting will take place that afternoon. The actual surfing is scheduled to begin Aug. 1, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the finals set for Aug. 8, around noon.

Logistically speaking, two podiums will be erected 300 meters apart for the event. At Terraza del Pacífico, there will be rest areas for participants, a parking area, security officers and utilities such as electricity, water and telecommunications.

This event is considered one of the most important in the history of surfing in Costa Rica. At least 32 countries will be participating, and with international and national media present, the games will be broadcast around the world over the Internet.

For a daily surf report and photos from Hermosa, check out The local municipality and the Central Pacific Chamber of Commerce are endorsing a unique project in the Garabito canton. Osvaldo Valerín of the Civic Foundation is putting together a series of documentaries highlighting the culture and history of Garabito, to be called “Garabito:

Past, Present and Future.” The Civic Foundation is seeking sponsors to provide financial support to produce the first documentary.

For information, contact the chamber at 2643-2853 or Osvaldo at 8890-7156 or 2273-0782.

The public clinic in Jacó has new hours: Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. – general consultations from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.,  emergencies from 3 to 10 p.m. – and Saturday to Sunday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., emergencies only. For information, call 2643-1767.

The Garabito fire department needs volunteers to work 40 hours per month.

Volunteers may be Costa Ricans or foreign residents over 18 years old. The department will provide a volunteer training course, with sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. For more information, contact Federico Mata at 8848-3233.

–Christina Truitt


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