June 12, 2018
Meet Jose Ruiz one of the country's top SUP surfers and his take on the sport in his home land. Costa Rica is known for many things: its beautiful coast, lush jungles, surfing, and scenery to die for. The question is why SUP surfing has not taken off in this water-loving region.
INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT | COSTA RICA’S JOSE RUIZ
By SUP Magazine
Interview by Rebecca Parsons
Jose Ruiz proving why he won the Costa Rican SUP surfing championship in 2016. Photo courtesy of Jose Ruiz
Costa Rica is known for its natural beauty, friendly people, perfect waves and killer coffee. But for whatever reason, you don't hear of many Ticos competing on the world stage. A lack of talent seems unlikely, so what is the reason?
We caught up with Jose Ruiz, who took third place in Costa Rica’s SUP surfing championships and asked him that very question. Here, he tells us about growing up in Nosara, what the SUP scene is like in Costa Rica and the surprising reason why he stopped competing. -RP
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