Perillo

Searching for waves along inhospitable coastlines is all well and good, but let’s be honest: most of us would prefer to avoid things like political unrest, viral outbreaks, and frigid water temps on surf trips. That’s why, for decades, Costa Rica has been the go-to destination for surfers seeking a quick and easy escape.

 

The coastline is a warm-water playground filled with easily accessible sand-bottom barrels and rippable wedges. So when Yadin Nicol and Dillon Perillo, above, got an itch to get out of Southern California for a few days and into some quality waves, they jetted south. “Australians have Bali for those quick and easy trips, but Costa Rica feels like that place for Americans,” says Nicol.

Perillo & Nicol

When the waves are forecasted to be firing all day, you can relax and take your time between sessions. Perillo (left) and Nicol (right), enjoying the pura vida lifestyle.

Nicol

Save for the occasional thunderstorm, conditions in Costa Rica are usually about as tame as they come. But that didn’t stop Nicol from turning primal during a tropical storm.

Nicol

Since Nicol moved to Southern California seven years ago, he tries to get down to Costa Rica as often as possible. “I love it down there,” says Nicol, pictured here getting loose on a rampy peak that’s easy to love.

Empty

While this lineup was far from empty, a few gems still managed to evade the pack. Nicol, Perillo, and the one that got away.

Perillo

“Central America is definitely more crowded now than it was in the past,” says Perillo. “But in Costa Rica, I think most traveling surfers go to the northern areas around Witch’s Rock and ride longboards, so they’re not looking for the same types of waves that we are.” Perillo, shifting into a higher gear.

Perillo

With pulsing swell and a thinning crowd, it can be hard to settle on a last wave in the twilight. Perillo, finally calling it a session long after sundown.

Nicol

Costa Rica has one of the most well-trodden coastlines in Central America, but standing tall in emerald tubes never gets stale. Nicol, enjoying a familiar perspective.