Surf City

Trip Start Jan 06, 2011
Trip End Mar 05, 2011

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Sunday, February 20, 2011

Yesterday we went down to Nalu for the 1030 surfing lesson and he was pretty full up so we just rented boards for Tricia and Remee and booked lessons for today. I played man servant for Remee and dragged her out through the waves and she rode them in back. She pops up like a pro, could have something to do with the 70lb girl on a big board.It was a good work out for the both of us.
Remee finished surfing and immediately headed back out with the boogie board to play with her little Tico friend that she found the other day. She was having such a great time that Christopher and I just ran down to the bakery and picked up pizza and a big bottle of agua for lunch. The pizza at our favorite bakery, Ma-Fra that is run by an Italian couple, is voted by us as the best pizza in town. Confirmed by our surf instructor Ramon. There was a breeze coming off the ocean so sitting on the beach didn't seem too hot but when we left the beach we were all pretty rosy. That will happen when you spend 4 hours out in the mid day Costa Rican sun. Christopher,either was bad on application or his sun screen wore off, and with wearing his goggles all day somewhat resembled a raccoon
We were pretty tired after the time in the sun and just felt like chilling at home rather than heading out for dinner. After 6 weeks of great fresh fish everybody was ready for a little break so we picked up a chicken and enjoyed a lovely beer can chicken on the BBQ along with roasted potatoes and broccoli. Tough to find a nicer setting for dinner than on our pool deck listening to the waves crash on the beach.
Sunday school with a little different twist. Remee and Tricia headed out for their surf lesson at 1030 with about 4 other students. While the preliminaries were being taken care of by Ben with the new students, Remee and Tricia headed out in the waves with Ramon.One of the things we really like about Ben is that he is all about safety first, and other than beach work on how to stand up on the board the first thing he teaches you is how to deal safely with that 7 foot weapon in the waves. 
Ramon who was helping since our first lesson we have found out is Ben's 19 year old step son, and a really nice kid. He does look kind of comical out there because he has the dark skin but is still quite UV smart and has his face covered with a skin tone, ours not his, zinc, so he looks kind of like a ghost or a mime. Ramon did a lot of 1 on 1 time with Remee and he commented that she has really come along and she just needs to practice in the waves. I guess I am in for a good work out as I am her designated man servant.
Tricia is also doing very well and is having a gas. Ben advised her at the start of the lesson not to tire herself out in the first half as he was intending to spend some time out in the breakers with her in the second half. I think both of the girls are really coming along and are even starting to turn the boards. Ben made a comment at the end of the lesson that Tricia had a lot of energy. She is having so much fun all I could do was agree. Energy or not we were dealing with some major sore muscles at the end of the lesson and we will see what this morning brings for those paddling arms. A little more pool time might be in order before our next trip.
 As for me, maybe a yoga program will get my flexibility to the point where I can spring up on the board and I will give it another try. It does look like a lot of fun and watching from the beach will get old.
While the lessons were going on Christopher and I spent a good amount of time on the boogie boards. Christopher was very proud of himself because he paddled out past the breakers and hung out with the , big boy, surfers for a while. I was busy multitasking at that point trying to get some pictures of the girls while at the same time trying to keep an eye on Christopher. He was way out there and having a great time chatting the surfers up and bobbing in the swells. Christopher is really reluctant to gt back on the surfboard which is too bad because he is a big strong boy and would probably do quite well. Oh well, all in due time.
After the lesson we turned in the boards, Tricia was fairly certain she was done for the day, and headed home for some shade and pool time for the afternoon. The pool is so nice and we were still feeling a little well done from Saturday's day at the beach. A pretty low key afternoon with some reading, napping and downtime in the hammock which was very relaxing.
Remee, Tricia and I walked down the beach past the site of an old beach soda called Piedras del Mar, stones on the sea, to a point break to check it out for our surfers. Unfortunately the swells were way down so there was no surfer action on the break last night.
Too bad about Piedras del Mar, it was  a great location, right on the beach, and a favorite hang out of my sister in law, Ruth's the first time we visited Mal Pais. It was shut down because it was too close to the high tide line. Apparently no structure can be within 75 meters of the line. This soda had waves on the patio at big tides.
We had dinner last night at a restaurant called Azucar which is tucked away in the courtyard of a Tico hotel called Franks Place. Franks is right at the crossroads which is really quite dusty and unappealing location at first thought. Not so, you walk into the courtyard which has three small pools and it is like a little green oasis away from the dust and it is set down so you can't hear any road noise at all, really quite pleasant. This restaurant is run by a French lady and her Cuban, chef, husband and was superb. They catered to the kids with grilled chicken and mashed potatoes for Christopher and steak and french fries for Remee. Tricia and I split two main dishes. The first was sea bass in a curry sauce with rice and plantains and the other was jumbo shrimp with couscous, peppers and goat cheese. Both were delightful. This restaurant rivals Brisas for our favorite restaurant in the area. What a nice quandary to have. I guess we will have to take mom to both of them and have her help us to decide.
Mom is at the airport in Calgary as we speak. It is a little before 630 Calgary time and she likes to be through customs early. Her flight to Chicago leaves at 730 then she connects through Miami for San Jose and arrives Costa Rica at 1030 tonight. We have William scheduled to pick her up at the airport and she flies into Tambor at about 830 tomorrow morning and will be here to see us through the balance of our adventure. We are all excited for her arrival.
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I'm with Chris, it wouldn't take me to many knocks on the coconut to change sports.

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