Costa Rica prepares for World Surfing Games

Costa Rica is busy these days preparing to host the World Surfing Games, while determined to defend the first places it won for male single and whole team last year in Nicaragua.

(Soundbite) Jose Urena, Director of Surfing Federation of Costa Rica
“Basically they are like the Olympics of surfing worldwide. It is an event where we are expecting around 40 countries to attend.”

This is the second time that Costa Rica hosts the games in the Jaco Beach from August 6 to 14.

(Soundbite) Carlos Munoz, Member of National Surfing Team of Costa Rica
“I think it will be a very large exposure for Costa Rica. It will publicize our beaches, culture and love for surfing of Costa Rica.”

In July 2009, Costa Rica hosted the games for the first time, which drew over 300 surfers from 36 countries and more than 100,000 visitors to its coasts.

(Soundbite) Jose Urena, Director of Surfing Federation of Costa Rica
“The teams are very seriously considering (to participate in) the Olympic Games. Many big names of professional leagues already come here. They are willing to represent their countries to earn a spot at the Olympic Games in Tokyo (in 2020).”

The games are an important event for Costa Rica, as about 20 percent of its foreign tourists visit Costa Rica for surfing reasons.

Each year, almost 400,000 foreign surfers ride waves in this Central American country which strides the Pacific and the Caribbean.

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