Robert August Inaugural Stand Up Paddle Challenge

Pura Vida Ride is pleased to announce the inaugural Robert August Stand Up Paddle Challenge on June 18, 2011. This event is the first of its kind on the Guanacaste, Costa Rica coast and will be hosted by Robert August and is sponsored by Las Catalinas, Surftech, Pura Vida Ride, and Lolas del Norte restaurant. This event has been organized to involve all age groups and abilities and will include three exciting events focused on competitive racers, sports enthusiasts, novices, and the entire family!

Thanks to our generous sponsors we have an amazing lineup of prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place contestants including full carbon fiber paddles, equipment rental gift certificates, Lolas del Norte gift certificates, and other swag bags for contestants and winners alike. Every entrant receives a race day t-shirt and Robert August Stand Up Paddle Event Poster with the opportunity to have a Robert August autograph.

Our Elite Class Race will feature one lap around our challenging and spectacular 2.5-mile (4km) paddle course and 0.4-mile (0.6km) beach run for a total distance of approximately 3 miles (5 km). This is an open class race for all ages.

The Family Class Race is designed to get everyone in the water and participating! Any human powered craft is allowed, including kayaks, surfboards, rafts, and of course stand up paddleboards. Every craft must include two racers, preferably an adult and a child. This fun and easy 1-mile (1.6km) race will be as much about getting wet and having fun, as it will be about winning! Top 3 winners will be awarded prizes. The secondary contestant (Child) does not have to pay to participate in the event.

The Sprint Class Race will be an exciting and fast paced challenge and will consist of a 0.4-mile (0.6km) beach sprint followed by a 2.5-mile (4km) paddle around our racecourse. This is an open class race for all ages. Top 3 winners will be awarded prizes.

Registration costs are $35 per person and free for children under 14. Registrants can race in multiple events for one registration fee. Signups and more detailed information can be found at

About the Venue:

Playa Danta in the Las Catalinas community is poised to become a pre-eminent international stand up paddle destination. The Guanacaste coastline along the north west of Costa Rica is a dramatic and rich area that offers inspiring venues for all kinds of ocean water sports. Playa Danta is located in the heart of the Guanacaste “Gold Coast” and is particularly unique in that it is an amazingly scenic flat-water bay with near-shore islands within a one-mile paddle. The bay boasts three islands within a 2 mile area, and other islands in the distance that allow for compelling and exciting longer distance paddles.

The wildlife off the Playa Danta coastline is unparalleled. On a typical paddle you can expect to see manta rays, schools of tropical fish, turtles, jellyfish, flying fish, and the list goes on. It is not uncommon to see dolphin and pods of whales on their migratory path. A full outfitter shop is located 150 feet from the water’s edge and includes a rental and retail store devoted to SUP and other outdoor sports. Lola’s Norte, a highly popular and delicious beach front restaurant is located adjacent to Pura Vida Ride and offers simple, fresh, and scrumptious lunches under umbrellas on the sand.

Liberia International Airport (LIR) is just 45 minutes from Playa Danta and offers daily non-stop flights to Miami, Houston, Dallas, and other destinations. Airlines serving Liberia are predominantly American Airlines via Dallas or Miami, Continental Airlines via Houston, and Delta Airlines. Various other carriers offer flights from Canada and Europe as well.

Water and air temperature along this stretch of the coast are consistently around 85 degrees year round making SUP conditions absolutely ideal. Sunrise and sunset both come early in the tropics and don’t change much throughout the year. First light comes around 5:15am throughout the year and sunset comes around 6:00pm. Tides fluctuate dramatically in the tropics making tide selection and knowledge critical when looking to find surf waves or when exploring off shore reefs. A typical tide fluctuates about 10 ft between high and low.

Guanacaste has a “green” and a “gold” season. The green season begins in May with daily light and temperate rains, increasing moderately through June, July, and August and becoming torrential during September and October. The landscape during this season is lush, tropical, and breathtaking. November marks the start of the “gold” season when the rains stop and the coastline begins to dry out increasingly until April, which is the hottest and driest month of the year. During this season the landscape looks more like an African dry landscape and the hills turn “gold”.

The best season to visit Playa Danta for stand up paddling is between November and February when the rains have stopped and the winds are calm. During these months we can have clear blue skies and sheet glass ocean conditions all day, and sometimes all week. In March, April, and May, we have hot, dry weather and higher winds. The winds typically kick up in the afternoon from the northwest and can cause blown out white cap conditions. Typically the morning hours from 5:00am till 10:00am still provide glassy, cooler, and first class paddle conditions. In late May the winds die and we start to get seasonal daily rains and cooler temperatures. May, June, and July also provide great paddling conditions tempered at times by storm systems and daily rain showers. September and October are the rainiest seasons of the year and are not recommended for traveling to Costa Rica.

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