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SWOOP GIRL SURFING WITH
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THE HOTTEST MIKE SIORDIA
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CONTENTS
18 ICON AIRCRAFT
By KELLY BOTHAMLEY
BUY
20 DRESS TO WIN
AT THE KENTUCKY DERBY
By KELLY BOTHAMLEY GO
22 KARMA FOUNDATION
By ANNAMARIE PICCIONI
GIVE
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MORGAN BECK
By ANNAMARIE PICCIONI KNOW
34 THINK
SURFING WITH HIPPY TREE
By KEVIN SOUSA

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FOR STEVE FISHER
By KAT BROWN PLAY
46 BETINIS BIKINIS
Photography By JENNEL COOPER
STYLE
50 DENIM OF VIRTUE
Photography By RACHEL FARABAUGH
TRAVEL
55 SUMMER SLEEK

PARTY
Photography By JENNEL COOPER

60 MISADVENTURES:
COSTA RICA
By NEMO TAYLOR

64 PARTY SPIT STUDIO


Photography By BO BRIDGES & AARON BUSH

80 PARTY A NIGHT OUT


Photography By AMY THEILIG

82 PARTY EVE THURSDAYS


Photography By SWOOP MAGAZINE

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Richard Swift | Teddy Williams | Brad Harrison
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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS
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JEWELRY
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FASHION
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PHOTOSHOOT LOCATIONS
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BUY

ICON
AIRCRAFT
By KELLY BOTHAMLEY

Their new model, Tired of dealing with long security lines, seat
kickers, screaming children, and the other
good weather with uncongested skies, making
it perfect for those who wish to get away
to be towed behind your car on weekend
trips to the lake. It’s efficient enough to

the A5, is part


common doldrums associated with air travel? for the weekend without having to resort to fly 300 miles on one, 20 gallon tank of
ICON aircraft offers you an easily solution: crowded freeways or stale peanuts in coach. unleaded gas, and powerful enough to
buy your own plane. ICON aircraft is the carry you, your friend, and your luggage for
sports car, part brainchild of motor sport enthusiast Kirk Taking advantage of these new and beginner-
friendly FAA regulations aimed at promoting
the weekend. Plus, you won’t have to lean
Hawkins and skateboarder Steen Strand. over the snoring guy next to you in order
boat, part airplane, Together, these two entrepreneurs have worked consumer recreational flying, Hawkins
and Strand have teamed up with ground
to catch a glimpse of the Las Vegas strip.
together to make the world of personal sport
and one hundred aircraft accessible for everyone. Now, for the
low, low price of $139,000 (and a security
breaking engineers and designers to create
and manufacture the first line of light-sport
The first round of flight testing has gone
smoothly, and ICON expects to begin

percent downright deposit of $5000), the gift of flight can be yours. aircraft planes available to the public. delivering the first round of nearly 300
pre-ordered planes to consumers by 2010.
In 2004, the FAA reduced the requirements ICON hopes to revolutionize the world of
awesome. for earning one’s wings by creating the Sport recreational aircraft by providing a plane that www.iconaircraft.com

Pilot License. Drastically cutting the amount is not only sleek, but also affordable. Their
of time and money it takes to learn to fly, the new model, the A5, is part sports car, part
SPL allows beginners to earn their license in boat, part airplane, and one hundred percent
weeks and not months. The new SPL limits the downright awesome. Given its features, the
pilot (and one passenger) to daytime flying in A5 is ideal for recreational weekend warriors.
With its retractable wings, it’s compact enough

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hat, designed by milliner Christine A. Moore,
will be auctioned off and sold to benefit the
Clothes Off Our Back Foundation and associated

DRESS TO
charities including Feeding America, The Art of
Elysium, Hope North, and H.E.L.P. Malawi. Those
interested in owning a made-to-order version of

WIN
Barbie’s hat should visit www.thederbystore.com.

at the Held the Friday before the Derby, the Oaks

KENTUCKY
Stakes is an equally popular race between
the nation’s top three-year-old fillies normally
drawing crowds upwards of 100,000. This year,

DERBY
the Oaks will be “Pinked Out” in partnership
with Susan G. Kolmen for the Cure, the world’s
largest breast cancer foundation. In order to
By KELLY BOTHAMLEY raise money and awareness for breast cancer
research, Churchill Downs has agreed to donate
$1 for every attendee up to $135,000 in honor
The first Saturday of every May, America holds it of the 135th running of the race. Spectators
breath while watching the “greatest two minutes are encouraged to dress in their finest pink
in sports” take place in Louisville, Kentucky. outfits as a showing of support. Activities for
For an electrifying 120 seconds, America watches this year’s Oaks Day will include a survivor’s
as a fleet of three-year-old Thoroughbred parade, the honoring of Susan G. Komen’s
horses tears around the Churchill Downs founder, Nancy G. Brinkler, as the First Lady
racetrack towards the finish line and the coveted of Oaks, the first ever Kentucky Oaks winner’s
blanket of roses waiting to adorn the victor. circle formed by breast cancer survivors, and
a competition between stylish attendees for the
Most are familiar with the long-held traditions of First Lady of Fashion title and a VIP trip to New
the Kentucky Derby: Mint Juleps, cheese grits, York City Fashion Week. For more information,
designer dresses, oversized hats, revelry in the please visit www.kentuckyoaks.com/Komen.
infield, and celebrities crowding Millionaires
Row. However, this year Churchill Downs is Bravo and its hit television show Top Chef will
expanding its horizon and introducing several also be in attendance for Derby weekend.
new and equally entertaining traditions into the Several of the show’s “Chef-testants” will be
mix. In hopes of turning a “two minute” event into included in Bravo’s special one-hour telecast,
a “Derby week” experience, Churchill Downs “Ladies First: Bravo at the Kentucky Derby,”
is promoting several other attractions. This year, on May 1 from 5-6pm EDT. The program
Derby-goers can plan ahead to attend parties, will feature the food, fashion, and celebrity
charity events, and concerts, in addition to two experience associated with the Oaks
days of premium horse racing at Churchill Downs. Day festivities including Churchill Downs’
partnership with Susan G. Komen. Coverage
In celebration of the 135th Kentucky Derby, of Derby Day events will also be provided by
and her 50th birthday, Barbie will be making a Bravo, beginning with the celebrity red carpet
special appearance. This year, Churchill Downs is arrivals on May 2 beginning at 4pm EDT.
teaming up with Mattel to introduce the Kentucky
Derby Barbie doll. Dressed in a floral sun dress, There is undoubtedly something for everyone
faux pear necklace, spring sandals, and (of course) at this year’s Kentucky Derby and Oaks Stakes.
an oversized white hat with colorful flower From Barbies to Mint Juleps, cheese grits to
accents, the ultimate fashion icon is prepared Top Chefs, the fanfare and tradition of the
give stylish socialites and celebutantes a run for Kentucky Derby has expanded from a nail-biting
their money. 135 life-sized versions of Barbie’s two minutes into a week-long experience.

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Vail and Whistler, resort experiences in
the Bahamas, St. Bart’s, Fiji, Thailand, and

KARMA
Brazil, and exclusive celebrity experiences
including movie premieres, the Cannes Film
Festival, and the Sundance Film Festival.

FOUNDATION
By ANNAMARIE PICCIONI
PHILANTHROPY
The Karma Foundation has raised over three
hundred thousand dollars for various charities
around the world. A portion of the net proceeds
REVELRY
from every major Karma event is donated to these
The law of karma states, for every event Karma’s Executive Producer Dylan Marer, has
selected charities. Philanthropic organizations
that occurs, there will follow another event created quite the reputation for producing
that have benefited from Karma fundraising
whose existence was caused by the first. high profile, invitation only, world-class events
include Susan G. Komen Foundation, Torch
The Karma Foundation brings this concept of in support of noble, charitable causes. Dylan
Foundation, March of Dimes, Head to Hollywood,
karmic relevance to life. Eric Stotz, Chairman, has surpassed all expectations with Karma’s
Pay it Forward Foundation, Marconi Foundation
Founder, and CEO, along with his managing “Kandy” branded events, including the
for Kids, AIDS Walk Los Angeles, Canuck Place
partners Dylan Marer and Marvin Epstein, have famous “Kandyland” and “Kandy Halloween.”
Children’s Hospice, Do As One, and Children
developed a unique platform, where high-class Marer explains, “Our Kandy events create
Uniting Nations. Their latest philanthropy, Journey
enjoyment of the luxury lifestyle supports a a sexy, fun, unique environment for Karma
Forward, a charity that focuses on individuals
purpose driven pay-it-forward social activism. Foundation members and guests which
with severe spinal injuries, will be the primary
include over one thousand, lovely ladies
As “The World’s Premier Luxury Lifestyle beneficiary of this summer’s “Kandyland” event.
hand picked from all over the world.” These
Organization,” the Karma Foundation is events have attracted international interest,
ULTIMATE ACCESS
a membership association comprised of with attendees traveling from every part of the
The final piece of the Karma Foundation
established male and female entrepreneurs and globe to share in this exclusive experience.
experience is the “Ultimate Access Network.”
executives. The primary mission of this foundation
This is a unique global hospitality service
is to provide members with remarkable, upscale This past February, Karma unveiled their latest
that provides members with unique and
lifestyle services and unique experiences that Kandy creation, the “Kandy Masquerade Ball”
exclusive travel opportunities. Services
will enrich their lives, expand their networks, at the Playboy Mansion. Kandy events are the
include VIP access to the world’s hottest
and benefit noble charitable causes. The four hottest ticket in town and sell out every year.
nightlife spots, restaurants, golf courses,
pillars of the Karma Foundation experience Be advised to mark your calendars for their
sporting events, hotels, casinos, and resorts.
(Networking, Revelry, Philanthropy, and Ultimate fourth annual “Kandyland” also held at the
Karma’s “Luxe Services Network” is a
Access) each contribute a vital component to Playboy Mansion, scheduled for June 6, 2009.
premium service that provides global access
this comprehensive membership service: This summer’s extravaganza promises to be
to exclusive luxury benefits including exotic
the best yet, as featured guest attendees will
NETWORKING include international playmates from around the
car rentals, private yacht charter, private
“Karma is very pleased to have assembled jet charter, mansion rentals, and more.
world. In September, join Karma for the third
such an exclusive member base that includes annual “Kandy Kruise,” the only full ship charter
What began as an idea for a pay-it-
a worldwide community of philanthropists, of it’s kind. An unmatched excursion experience
forward community has developed into an
entertainment moguls, successful business that Karma Foundation President, Marvin
internationally recognized foundation. In just
owners, and taste-makers” says Stotz. “These Epstein describes as a “high seas cocktail”
four years, Stotz and his team are proud to
individuals have all made a significant impact where guests “shake well and have fun.”
have built a worldwide trusted network of
in their specialized fields of industry.” Members
successful industry leaders with a passion
gather on a quarterly basis in posh surroundings, In addition to these exceptional marquee
for helping people throughout the world.
for member only events called Roundtables. events, Karma also hosts a “Luxe adventure
These networking weekends provide the series” focused on high-end, exclusive
Details and information on participation
perfect environment for members to expand lifestyle experiences unique to the world’s
and involvement can be found at
their business influence, exchange ideas, and top destinations. Featured trips will soon
www.TheKarmaFoundation.com.
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KNOW
SWOOP
Profile MORGAN BECK
GIRL of the

MONTH
Nicknames Mo, Momo, Moeisha, Beck, Becky

Age 22

MORGAN
Birthdate March 30th, 1987

Hometown Coto De Caza, CA

Resides Berkeley, CA

School UC Berkeley

Study Sociology
BECK
By Annamarie Piccioni

Talk about a dynamic woman! Morgan Beck,


22 is a current student at the University of
California, Berkeley. A born & bread, southern
California native, Morgan understands how
fortunate those of us living here are to reside in
one of the most beautiful places in the world.

When asked about what she loved most about


her hometown, Morgan stated, “It is the most
relaxing, beautiful, green, gorgeous place ever.
It has a bit of an east coast feel and I just love
the feeling of being home.” Although, she says,
and I quote “The food up here (in Berkeley)
is the bomb!”, Morgan looks forward to moving
back to the southern part of the state, to either
Newport or Huntington Beach, after she
completes her last semester at Berkeley.

Morgan recently finished her last college


volleyball season with the Golden Bears, head-
ing immediately to Egypt where she traveled
with US National Team to played against the
Egyptian National Team. She will graduate this
fall, with a degree in Sociology, completing
her college coursework in 3.5 years as she took
a full semester off to train for the Olympics
Photography Jennel Cooper with the national volleyball team in Colorado
Model Morgan Beck Springs. Although she did not make the Olympic
Location Shade Hotel
Wardrobe Bettinis Bikinis team this time, Morgan is still on the national
Jewelry Liz Law team and would like to continue playing
Hair & Makeup Kassandra Karr
Makeup MAC volleyball after college.
Itsy Bitsy Bikini $64 TOP, $64 BOTTOM

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Morgan is excited to graduate and can’t wait
to get back to Southern California as she
admits, “I have missed living there so much.”.
Morgan plans to continue on the national team
or to transition to the beach, in pursuit of a
professional beach volleyball career. She also
has an interest in modeling. Think she’s got a
chance?? I’ll tell you one thing, as a person
who spends the majority of my life in sports
marketing, I would have no reservations about
picking Morgan up as a client. Let’s face
it readers,.. she’s a looker!

But this month’s SWOOP GIRL is much


more than just a pretty face. While traveling
abroad, Morgan witnessed poverty and
hunger first hand. After viewing some of
the living conditions where people are
stacked on top of each other in apartment
buildings, in a country whose population
increase is1.4 million people a year, Morgan
has been inspired to explore philanthropic
endeavors to help feed people who are
starving and dying from diseases. “It is
really humbling to experience” to realize
that “people can live like kings for $25 a
month”. Morgan is interested in encouraging
people to be more generous, even in these
times of economic struggle, as what would
be a very small amount to spare for us,
comparatively would make a huge difference
to inhabitants of third world countries.

FIRSTS, FAVORITES, & MOSTS

First Job
Taking orders at the local breakfast place
by my house. My mom quit for me when the
manager yelled at me because he made the
coffee overflow. My mom was there and said
to him, “I’ll be taking her” and we walked out.

First CAR
My 2002 Ford Explorer...she was sexy!
But I had to donate that car to my brother
for his 16th and I was so bummed so my
parents got me a 2002 sexy little C Class
Benz! But now I just ride my vespa scooter
everywhere. BTW all my automobiles
were white...even scoot scoot.
Skipper Bikini $68 TOP, $64 BOTTOM

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Favorite Sport/Sports Team
Have to love volleyball! Especially beach.
I mean how much better can it get?
Playing on the beach all day with a bunch
of cool people. I guess football isn’t so
bad either...actually I love football.

Favorite (Greatest) Moment


Beating Nebraska to get into the final
four in 2007! Or when my boyfriend
proposed and I didn’t know what was
going on. Hahaha pretty funny moment.

Favorite Restaurant
TK Burger in Huntington and newport
and also fujiyama sushi

Favorite Meal
Sushi or burgers!

Favorite Place In The World


Hawaii but I have always want to travel to
all the tropical places in the world. I love
being on the beach in a bathing suit in
warm weather. It makes me so happy!

Favorite Ice Cream


All 31 flavors. You could put any ice cream
in front of me and I will eat it. Sugar is
my weakness

Favorite TV Shows
American Idol (Gokey tears the house
down), Lost, Greys Anatomy, Desperate
Housewives (great show), SHARK WEEK!

Favorite Movies (Top 5)


This one is really tough. I go through phases
with movies and usually after I watch a movie
once I never really want to watch it again.
However I love Adam Sandler, Will Farrell,
and Jim Carey. I love comedies (obviously)
and refuse to watch scary movies.

Favorite Kind of Music


Everything... even country

Favorite Magazine
Scary I know but I have gotten really into bridal
magazines. But any magazines that are full of
fashion, or gossip, or great new ways to get your
skin firmer and your legs skinnier I am all about!

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Favorite Hobbies & Interest
BEEEAAACCCHHH!!! LOVE IT! Love So Cal

Favorite Human Quality


Honest people who do not judge. Peace
and Love baby....peace and love

Most embarrassing memory


I don’t really get embarrassed. I am a pretty
outgoing person and I usually plan on
embarrassing myself so by the time I actually

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Most painful moment, how did


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SURFING
WITH HIPPY TREE’S
MIKE SIORDIA By KEVIN SOUSA

It’s a cool afternoon at Barnacles Bar & Grill “That’s what Hap Jacobs told me, and he That AH HA moment in a 10-year-old’s life Siordia makes it work on a quiver full of
in Hermosa Beach and Mike Siordia’s dreads are owns it.” Sidorida presses through a smile. when, in the shadow of the Hermosa Beach history. From the experimental James Wheatly
fitfully trying to escape from his Rasta headgear. Pier, he paddled into a wave on his own, twin fin to 9’5” nose riders to retro style fish
He was born and raised in Hermosa and has Hap Jacobs is a legendary surfer, shaper, made the drop, and dipped into pure glass. and glassed in short boards, he rides them
seen things change. Hermosa Beach icon, and just one of the many with passion and desire mixed with raw
things that connects Siordia to the rich history of “This is what I want to do forever” he talent. A definitive presence in any line up.
“Good, hard working people pushed East and surfing here in Hermosa. He was influenced by thought. And that is what he does. A 12 year
South. This (Hermosa) used to be the heart of Bobby Warcola and Mike Purpus, legends that he veteran of competitive surfing, Siordia says “Hippy Tree just found me. They had a
the South Bay and it’s being sold to the highest not only grew up around but learned the sport that he is over the scene. “You know, picture of me from the newspaper on their
bidder. The house I live in was built here in 1910. everything has been done, so I just go back bulletin board with me hitting the lip on
”I roll my eyes at him. “You gonna’ make me from. There was no idolization of some image on and see what once worked and make it a big ole 9’5” dreads flying and…”
fact check that?” TV, it was in his face everyday. Then it happened. work for me.”
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By KAT BROWN

It might be hard to believe that a guy who


is an X Games gold medalist and who always
seems to be at the top of the US Grand Prix
standings wouldn’t consider himself to be all
that competitive, but Steve Fisher makes
sure to keep his life in balance. At 26, “Fish”
is a seasoned member of the US snowboarding
team and is looking forward to going after
some Olympic hardware in 2010.

Like many extreme-sports athletes, he started


out on a skateboard. “As a young kid I was
always infatuated with skateboarding,”
he remembers. “I started when I was like six
years old and then I transferred to other board
sports: surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding.
There actually were a fair number of skate
parks, and there was a strong skate culture
where I grew up, in Minneapolis.

We’d build ramps in abandoned warehouses,


stuff like that. Not exactly the kind of place
where most parents would take their kids on
a Saturday morning.”

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Surprisingly though, Steve says both his parents
have been supportive of his hobby-turned-
profession from the get-go. “My parents would
come and watch and they saw how much
I enjoyed skateboarding. So, in fourth or fifth
grade they brought home a snowboarding
magazine for me and later tried to find me
snowboarding equipment. I had to ski for a year
until we could get the kid-sized equipment.
But after that I literally spent every day going
to the local hills, and pretty much just taught
myself snowboarding.”

A few years back, Steve’s father was diagnosed


with prostate cancer, and Steve was there to
support his always-supportive dad every way
that he could. “Dad’s been cancer-free for four
years now, but after his diagnosis I started
working with this organization called Athletes
For A Cure. I felt it was kind of my duty as his
son to raise awareness at least and try to get
donations on top of that. Ultimately we’d like to
get prostate cancer awareness to the same level
as breast cancer. It’s like the steepest uphill
battle though because men don’t talk about their
health very often – it’s like they’re embarrassed.”

Last year, Steve had the opportunity to take a


bit of a break and spend 12 days in India for
a photo shoot with Transworld Snowboarding
Magazine. He says that all the traveling he’s

Americans gotten to do over the years has taught him a lot.

“I’ve learned not to take what we have here in


bitch so much the US for granted. For me, seeing the world and
traveling at kind of a young age, I feel like that
about our helps you get it. Americans bitch so much about
our country, but most of them haven’t had the

country, but chance to see anything else. I see India and over
half of their country is living in poverty. We are

most of them such a bunch of pansies. Traveling is one of the


best parts for me about what I do for a living –

haven’t had getting to really understand what’s going on in


other parts of the world.”

the chance to As we talk, he is already looking forward to a


very busy Olympic-qualifying 2009. “This year
see anything is very busy – there are a lot of contests on the
schedule,” he explains. “It started in December

else. and for the rest of the year there’s pretty much
one every week. I just have to pick the ones

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“How I look at this is different from day to day.


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but if things do kind of downturn for a while,
I just kind of remove myself from the competition
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TRAVEL
My trusty guidebook advertised this locale Costa Rican roads. What followed the bumpy
as an upscale beach town with plenty of surf car ride was a couple days of pure perfection
Misadventures

COSTA RICA
By NEMO TAYLOR breaks. When I saw my first sushi joint in 2 spent surfing the legendary breaks of Witches
months, I knew it was a wise choice. I spent the Rock and Ollie’s Point. Ollie’s lived up to its
days surfing the area’s breaks and drinking reputation as a 300 yard surf porn machine.
With my 8th pair Imperials with the local ex-pats. Each had a It barreled along its entire length over a
story, and after a couple brews they were more forgiving sandy bottom—enough to give
of flip-flops in the last than happy to share. Somehow the narratives any avid surfer wet dreams. Big John caught
usually included tales of prison, boat trips, some Mahi Mahi and we made quick work of
8 months, I stepped and various experiences with illicit drugs. turning it into delicious, raw sushi. All in all,
They weren’t a rich bunch, but they were as not a bad way to pass the time in Costa Rica.
off the plane and onto colorful as any group of old pirates I’d met.
I felt like I could live here forever. During
Costa Rican soil. After Being early December, the surf was mediocre the course of my travels, I sometimes
for the most part. While this may have come upon towns that feel so much
a month of humping up disappointed some, it was perfect for me. There, like home, that I am tempted to linger,
floating in the warm sea water, conscious of grow roots, and stay permanently.
and down mountains and only my surfboard and trunks, I entered into Each time I come across these
a meditative state. Most of my time was spent towns, I meet people who
canyons in the Andes, and taking my rented motorbike south to Playa have done just that. They
Hermosa, where the hot, black sand beach were drifting, and decided
dodging giant poisonous spit fun scattered waves down the coast. that perhaps this was the
right spot for them. These
spiders in the Peruvian Jaco was not all I imagined though. My rental vagabonds, now rooted, I
car was broken into and I was robbed of my greeted with a mixture of
Amazon, I was more cash at a local club. Apparently my trusty jealousy and wistfulness.
guidebook had failed to mention some much- Were they really happy?
than ready to be headed needed security precautions. After 8 months For me, ultimately I knew
of heightened South American caution, the
back to the beach. laid-back Costa Rican scene had my guard
the answer was no. The
travel bug had
down and the pick-pockets took full advantage. bitten me
I left Jaco with higher insurance rates, less too strongly.
Back to the surf. Back to cervezas, hammocks,
cash, a newfound wariness of Colombian The siren
ocean breezes, and motorbiking in bare feet
hookers, and an overall bad taste in my mouth. song of that
with nothing to my name but a surfboard.
“next great
I hitched my way up to Tamarindo (Tama-gringo
I had been traveling around the world for adventure”
as its known) and discovered the Costa Rican
the past 8 months, and my long and tangled would soon rouse
town of my dreams. With dusty dirt roads, laid
sun-bleached hair and overgrown beard me out of my nest,
back atmosphere, and plenty little restaurants
were testaments to my haggard experience. and it would be time to
and smiling locals, Taramindo was my new,
Perhaps it was finally time for a shave and reluctantly ramble on.
Costa Rican home. The town had a grungy,
a fresh start. One night in busy San Jose
young surfer vibe, mixed with a bit of nightlife
had proven to be one night too many, and I
that was exactly what I was looking for. The
longed for sand in-between my toes. The next
waves were good, and around the corner was
morning I was bouncing along on a $5 bus
a river mouth that broke over a hollow sandy
ride through the hills and towards the coast.
bottom that invited you to come out and play.
I had a month to play in Costa Rica, and had
I soon found my way onto the surf boat of
kept the itinerary uncomplicated: 1) Surf some
Big John. He picked me up in his enormous
waves, 2) Eat grotesque amounts of pollo,
American-made truck imported solely for the
beans, and rice, 3) Party with the locals, 4)
purpose of navigating the infamous cratered
Photographs Abby Russell Rinse and repeat. My first destination was Jaco.

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