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Jacó Happenings

Big news on the surf contest scene: Freddy “Salsiboy” Camacho will be commentating the Hermosa Pro 2012 Surf Contest, to be held Saturday, June 30, starting at 6 a.m.

This contest offers more than $3,000 in prize money and features categories in open pro, metropolitan, girls, juniors and grommets. Bomber Eyewear based out of Costa Mesa, California, is one of the main sponsors. Bombers were invented to help protect your eyes in the water and were patented by Tommy Bonacci, four-time world champion jet-ski racer.

Bombers are the fastest growing brand of sunglasses in Costa Rica and have gained in popularity with the much-anticipated New Gilbert Brown Signature IRIE Bomber. Jacó’s Chris Clark is the exclusive distributor for all of Latin America and features them in many of Jacó’s local surf shops.

Bomber Costa Rica Team Riders are Gilbert Brown, Craig “Tequila” Scheiber, Anthony Flores, Anthony Segura, Juan Carlos “Flaco” Naranjo, Emily Gussoni, and body boarders Lorena Vera and Megwyn Saunders. For more info, contact Chris Clark at 8976-1679.

Ron Tomasso from Big Ron’s Pizza in the center of Jacó says the restaurant is still offering its Tico Tuesday Special – an eight-slice, 16-inch pizza with one free topping for ₡5,000. Ron is also opening a new store in the Mall San Pedro food court on the second floor, so you can get Jacó’s New York-style pizza in the city, too. 

José Rondón has opened Mono Verde Bar & Grill next to the DVD Center in Jacó, just down from Banco Nacional. This cute place features gourmet fusion in a lounge setting, with some of the best margaritas and mojitos in town. For more info or reservations, call 2643-6000. 

Jim Gray and Allan Umana have finished the new pool bar at the Hotel Cocal & Casino, a great spot for live music and poker. Further South, in Esterillos Oeste, owners Mike and Julie Textor have opened the new Sandbar. They serve melt-in-your-mouth Tex-Mex cuisine Tues.-Sun., 4 p.m.-close. 

Tomorrow night, we will find out who will be queened Miss Jacó 2012. The event will be held at Colegio Inmaculada de Jacó on Calle La Nación at 6 p.m. Entrance costs ₡3,500 ($7) at the door. Candidates are Lorgie Quesada, Engie Borgers, Michel Acevedo, Stephanie Donzon, Jennifer Barrantes, Traci Obando Graham, Fabiola Roberlo and Juana Chávez. The Central Pacific Chamber of Commerce will host its six-year anniversary Tuesday, June 26 at Balcón del Mar at 7 p.m. 

For those operating 501(c)3’s in the Central Pacific Zone, the WalMart Foundation offers between $1,000-$50,000 to organizations that serve communities in our zone. Grants are due before Aug. 10. For more info, see

–Christina Truitt

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