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Jacó Happenings

The annual Soulstice Expression Session was held June 25 at Cabinas Las Olas in Playa Hermosa. The community-benefit surf event features an informal “expression session” format in which local surfers, sponsored by residents and businesses, compete for custom surfboards and surf gear donated by local shapers and surf shops. This year, the surf was in the double-overhead range. Sunny skies provided for an epic event as spectators watched from the beach and purchased T-shirts and raffle tickets hoping to take home some surf gear or win a dinner at one of the area’s finer dining establishments. The event’s winners included Gilberth Brown, Evie Johnston, Giancarlo Méndez and Garrett Andrews. For more information, contact John O’Toole at

During the Soulstice event, artist Félix Murillo painted a surfboard that was raffled off to benefit community projects. The happy winners of the Murillo longboard were Laura and Luke Bartee, visiting from the U.S. state of Virginia.

It’s not too late to enter the Playa Esterillos Oeste-La Dolce Vita Hotel photo competition, open to photographers anywhere in the world who love Esterillos Oeste and Costa Rica. The primary objective of this initiative is to promote Playa Esterillos Oeste and its beauty. All photos submitted must be taken in Esterillos Oeste. Entries will be accepted until Sept. 25. For more information, go to

The Central Pacific Women’s Group will host Stewart Winter from Costa Rica Coffee Experience, a new local business, at its July meeting. The store carries many unique food items, gifts and souvenirs from Costa Rica. The meeting is set for July 20 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Morgan’s Cove Resort.

McKee Project Jacó has announced the winner of its Golden Paw Award, which is presented twice a year by McKee and Pets y Más magazine to honor local people for their compassion and service toward animals. The award was presented on June 22 to Brenda Morales, who, along with husband Juan, son Marvin and Patricia Holmer, cares for injured and abandoned animals on a farm in Quebrada Ganado. For more information, visit

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