• The Festival de Surf 2013 Goes Big in Costa Rica with Surf, Music, and Good Vibes

What’s better than a weekend of pure surf and music on the beach in Costa Rica? Not much.

Over the weekend, the Billabong Festival de Surf took over Jaco Beach, Costa Rica, bringing with it fun waves, live tunes, and a weekend to remember. The Festival consisted of a weekend-long surf contest with 135 surfers competing, and a free concert on the beach for the roughly 5,000 surf fans and music lovers that made their way to the beach throughout the weekend.

The festival was a celebration of Mango Surf & Skate’s 25th Anniversary. “This event means a lot to me and my family. It’s amazing now that we opened our first surf shop here 25 years ago. Billabong has been a partner for us since the beginning and we’re very grateful to be celebrating this important milestone with them,” said Luis Corella, owner of Mango Surf & Skate.

Some of the biggest names in surfing were on hand; with Greg Long and Donavon Frankenreiter taking part in the festivities.

With $8,000 in cash and prizes on the line the region’s best surfers put on a show in the Open Men’s Division. But after four rounds of battle, a full Costa Rican contingent made the Final round. Alberto Munoz, Federico Pilurzu, and Jair Perez all put up a valiant effort, but Billabong team rider and Jaco local Luis Vindas couldn’t be stopped. Vindas dominated the final with a total heat score of 19.50 and took home the $2,000 first place check.

“This win is so important to me because it’s right in front of my house, the wave that I’ve been surfing for 20 years. The fact that it’s a Billabong event makes it that much sweeter because they have supported me for so long,” said Luis.

But the fun didn’t stop after the final heat horn blew. The crowd shifted over to the Jaco Blue Beach Club where everyone packed in to see Donavon Frankenreiter and local Reggae band Ojo de Buey rock into the night.

The event was made possible with the support of Billabong, Sanuk, Von Zipper, Nixon, Jaco Blue Beach Club, and Radio 979.

“It is import that we do whatever we can to support competitive surfing in local communities throughout Latin America,” says Billabong Latin America Manager Clayton Snyder. “It is our goal to bring the Festival de Surf to every country in Latin America.”

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