The Central Pacific Chamber of Commerce is happy to announce that turtle season is fast approaching in Playa Hermosa, and lots of hotels in Jacó are offering specials for accommodations. Every year, olive ridley sea turtles visit the Playa Hermosa National Wildlife Refuge as one of their nesting sites in Costa Rica. The nesting season starts in June and runs through November. Refuge staff and volunteers are working hard to prepare the nests and supply protection for the turtle eggs. The refuge boasts a 92 percent survival rate. Thanks to help from area businesses and residents, including the Los Sueños Marriott, Best Western, Hermosa Bungalows, Canciones del Mar, Henry Kantrowitz, the Central Pacific Women’s Group, Federico Mata’s Turtle Nesting Run and local schools, the refuge is on its way to preparing for the season. If you would like to make a donation or help volunteer, contact Gabriela Arias at the chamber’s office at 2643-2853 or 2643-1066.
The chamber recently held a charity poker tournament that raised funds for the Garabito Sports and Recreation Committee. David Karr of Coldwell Banker Vesta Group was the winner of the game. Proceeds from the event will go toward buying uniforms for the teams competing in the National Games in San José.
The first VQS Costa Rica surf event, held in Jacó June 4, had kids under 17 out surfing in full force. Newly added to the VQS Tour, the Volcom Howler Monkey Fish Surf Series event was definitely a hit here in the Central Pacific zone. Many members of the community came out to watch fresh, young, local surf talent rip it up. The winners included Jordan Hundley, who earned first place and a brand-new beach cruiser bike, and Alberto Muñoz, who won a plane ticket to the 2012 VQS World Championships. The National Surf Circuit finals June 10 to 12 were also well attended, and two local favorites were crowned winners: Jacó siblings Luis and Lisbeth Vindas.
This weekend, Playa Hermosa will host the annual Soulstice Expression Session Surf Contest, set to start tomorrow at 7 a.m. in front of Cabinas Las Olas, followed by an award ceremony at the Backyard Bar.
Falcon International School is seeking sponsorship for a scholarship for a student from Quebrada Ganado. This student is known for excellent grades but has no economic resources, and the institution has no scholarships available. If you want to help this student attend the school, call 2637-7400.
Dick Tanner of CR Primo Fishing Tackle in Herradura is organizing the “Where’s the Meat” Fishing Tournament July 8 and 9, specifically for dorado, tuna and wahoo. Inscriptions will be held July 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Plankton in Herradura. The tournament has a $10 entrance fee. Prizes are $100 for the largest dorado, tuna and wahoo over the two days of the tournament. A $100 prize will also be awarded for the combined weight of the three species. For more information, contact Dick at 2637-6111.