Pavones is well recognized for one of the longest left surf breaks so we decided to dabble in some waves. We wanted to embody the full surfing persona so we configured the 11 ways to be a surfer babe. This was our last spot in Costa Rica but we know we'll be back again. We met the most amazing people and were involved in so many fun activities. Thanks to Rey and Steph for being the most wonderful hosts; because of them we toured Sweet Farms, had a spa night (with an actual sauna and steam room), did lots of yoga (thanks Gustavo and Mateo), got much better at surfing, had fabulous dinners, fished, boated, quadded, and enjoyed the best views in town. We loved everything about Pavones and the video shows the highlights. We played our first international DJ gig at the Jolly Roger, so overall successful visit. Until next time Costa Rica! -R & H
Our adventure began in Costa Rica because the super cool company I work(ed) for, The Prasino Group, organized a volunteer trip to give employees an opportunity to give back while getting paid. Win-win. The criteria for the trip was conservation, surfing, warm, safe, and wifi. So turtle conservation in Costa Rica was the winner. After spending a few days in Tamarindo, catching up on sleep and adjusting to the climate, Peter, Rachel and I met up with my co-workers and took a shuttle down to Playa Junquillal. Our hosts greeted us with smiling faces when we arrived and gave us the run down of what their organization does. VerdiAzul is a non-profit organization with a mission to protect and enhance endangered turtle species. There are 3 components to what they do:
Tamarindo, or as many call it Tamagringo, was our first stop south of the North American border, It's called Tamagringo because it's full of whiteys. Most of these whiteys don't even speak spanish so I have no clue what the fuck they're doing there...until I realized how easy and beautiful their lives are. The water's warm, the surf is a beginners' dream, with sand bottoms and small swells, and the beers' are steadily flowing. Even if you don't like beer you will drink them for cool hydration. Imperial and Pilsen, the two Costa Rican brands are now our close friends. Day 3 in Tamarindo we decided to hit the beach and stumbled upon empty volleyball courts. We asked around for a game and found someone who spoke English and they explained that there was a tournament being organized. They encouraged us to sign up and we accepted. The next thing we knew we were in a semi-pro tournament with referees, announcers, free food and sponsored volleyball players from all over Costa Rica. I played vball in University but Hannah played soccer in Uni so we weren't exactly the dynamic duo ready for a serious volleyball match. For some reason our foreigner vibe sent the message that we would be able to compete. Either way we went for it and in our last match we played the Costa Rican National team. They may or may not have spanked us, but we kept our own with a lot of hearty rallies. Nothing like getting whitey wasted the night before playing the National beach vball team. Below are some pics from our game. You may notice the amount of sand on our opponents' bodies is negligible compared to our full body wraps. Our game stats for the day were 1 missed game (since we had no idea they called our team name), one win and one loss (to the Costa Rican national team). My favorite part of the day was hearing them announce our team name, Ladywood, once we taught them how to say it.
A few things we've learned in Costa Rica are that they have no addressees so you give directions based on landmarks (very similar to Coachella), they don't flush toilet paper down the drain because the pipes are too small, Gallo Pinto (rice and beans) is the most common traditional dish and they live by the phrase Pura Vida, which literally means "pure life." I love that beautiful phrase more and more every time I hear it.
Peace and Ladywood love-Rach
I have the solution to cure your PCD (post Coachella depression) my friends. All you have to do is follow these simple steps and your worrisome ways will be gone in the blink of a sand filled eye.
1). Keep your Coachella bracelet on as long as possible so every person who interacts with you has a reason to ask you about it
2). Wear nothing but crop tops and high waisted shorts. See-through shirts and floppy hats also fit the bill.
3). Start drinking at about 10am every day. If you were camping feel free to keep your beer in a non-refrigerated location because a luke warm beer will bring you back to that happy place.
4). Just yell Happy Coachella all the time; in the shower, walking down the street and to the neighbour's dog. It makes everyone feel great.
5). Make sure what happened at Coachella takes over 95% of what you say to people. Talk about it so much that friends who weren't there don't want to hang out anymore. Those friends just don't get it anyways so fuck 'em.
6). Make random meeting spots for friends in the streets instead of in conventional bars or stores. Tell them "meet me at the bear statue on 10th street" or "find the red flag above the old renaissance building." It's so so so fun to search for hours and find your friends only sometimes.
7). Pick up smoking and talk so loudly that you lose your voice immediately. All who left Coachella with crisp vocal chords did not do it right.
8). Listen to your favourite Coachella tracks over and over and over and over again.
9). Upon finishing Coachella immediately get on a flight to Costa Rica so you don't have think about work, real life or anything problematic issues. Life is without worries on the road so PCD be gone!
Here are some photos and musical highlights from our Coachella experience. My personal favourites were Rudimental, ZZ Ward, Flume, Banks, Disclosure, Nas, HAIM, the Knife, Kid Cudi. Chromeo, and Pharrall. There was magic in the air of that beautiful place and we once again feel blessed to have experienced it all. Ladywood on the Road started off on a huge high so we hope to keep going. Here are some vibey Coachella tracks and if you don't want to hear these songs because they aren't the freshest things on the streets then I say to you "shut your dirty little mouth" Happy Coachella and happy travels to.... Hannah and I....!! -Rayray