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Tamarindo Talk

Former WBC light heavyweight champion and Tamarindo resident Donny Lalonde has put together an initiative called TKOOO that will help fighters with health concerns after their careers. According to Lalonde, he organized TKOOO after seeing a lot of great retired boxers struggling with life. “When you have been hit in the head all your life, it’s hard to live,” he said.

A proponent of natural medicine, which helped him first recover from boxing injuries and then became a way of life, Lalonde’s initiative offers reflexology and cranial sacral therapy as a way to bring more oxygen to the body and promote healing. He also recommends a product called Cellfood for boxers because it oxygenates the blood, providing amino acids, vitamins and minerals.

Lalonde is seeking funding for TKOOO from within the boxing industry. For more information, go to

Waves Costa Rica, in conjunction with Tiki-Hut Bar and Restaurant and with the support of Quiksilver, Skullcandy and Marbella Costa Rica Real Estate, is putting on the Surf for Youth Guanacaste Surf Series on May 5. With respect for a Costa Rica secret surfing spot, the location will only be given through the Waves Costa Rica Facebook page. The contest is for Costa Rican pros, by invitation only. But aside from cheering the surfers on, there are other events and activities that will cater to the public.

At-risk youth from CEPIA have been invited to take surf lessons, and organizers are requesting donations of surfboards, leashes, decks, shorts and bathing suits, new or used.

The Surf for Youth Guanacaste Surf Series will have an art center in which attendees can paint, draw and create sculptures using recycled materials. Works of art will be exhibited after the contest, and judges will pick the best piece for a prize. In addition, recognized photographers will display their latest works.

To learn the event’s location, score an invitation to compete in the surf contest or obtain more information, email 

–Ellen Zoe Golden

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