[C.America_Trip_05] Santa Catalina
Sat May 28 14:23:02 EDT 2005
on today to find some surf that's not to crazy and less crowded.
Its supposed to drop today as well and pick up on the 31st so I
want to be in a place that's not so crowded and so BIG. I am not
afraid of the big surf I just don't want to share it with others and
have to duck under them when they are riding these giants. It gets
super dangerous when you have to rely on their abilities to not hit
you in the water. I would much rather rely on myself not hitting the
bottom than them running over my head or my back. NO need to hit any
hospitals when I am here. I would rather avoid injury but will
sacrifice good surf for a few scratches any day.
I am off to Santigo for the night and hopefully find a good party
there as it seemed like a happening town. Then tomorrow I will take
off to Punta De Baranco where I plan to stay for 4 days then cross the
boarder and hit Pavones for 3 days, Dominical for 2 days then meet up
with Ron Kaplan for a few days in Play Hermosa before I have to take
off on the 11th. I realize I only have 15 more days :) left here. I am
sad but looking forward to my journey ahead. I have a few good
spots I have never been and I really enjoy Panama but looking forward
to using play money again in Costa Rica as they use American dollars
here. Its not so fun but at least you know exactly what you are
I feel like I lost 10 lbs since I got here. I hope to be back to my
normal weight before I leave if all goes right, which is 185. I
wish. I really feel
the extra pounds in the water and see it with my shirt off all the
time. Americans would pay HUGE dollars to lose weight this fat
in the USA. Maybe I should setup a fat burning camp here, hummm
another idea. The people could just sit around and sweat their
fat off. Perfect for the fatties out there like me right now.
I have 1.5 hours before my bus leaves. I just got wind 5 or 6 surfers
are leaving today so I might have to extend another day if that number
is right and it depends on who they are. I know this place pretty good
now, its time to check out another area of Panama. I get antsy real
fast here when there are only a few things to do, besides I love
the adventures a new place brings. Off to the next adventures amigos.
Ok here are some photos for you.
Talk to you soon or possibly not. I don't know what each town brings
as far as communications,. I got lucky here I feel.
Jeff Dean the adventure machine.
PS: I just found this waiting for my photos to upload. Its a surf
report from some guy who went to Punta Burica about a year ago.
Sounds like I might be under gunned again. Hopefully the place I am
going will have a big gun for me to rent.
Tuesday, April 13, 2004
PUNTA BURICA ON FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!!
THE SURF REPORT:
Double overhead with some bigger sets! It was reeling down the reef
for 200-300 yards. Flawless perfection until 11 am for 2 days in a
row. Beautiful picturesque scenery with the air temp in the upper 80's
and the water temp in the upper 70's.
We left Pavones with a dropping swell only to show up at Punta Burica
to surf one of the best left hand point reef breaks that I have seen
in Costa Rica. It blew Pavones away and was only accessible by boat
with absolutely no one in the line up except for the Tiki crew and
friends!!! We never even saw another surfer for the two days we were
there. Furthermore, let me tell you that we surfed the second left
point out of four points in a row. The one we surfed was smaller than
the outer left point break witch had 15 foot faces on set with
occasional bigger sets. It was SICK!! This was the wave I have been
waiting to surf since we came to Costa Rica this year and it was
everything I had hoped for and then some! What are you waiting for get
your quiver together and quit procrastinating and come join us for an
adventure of a Lifetime! Sorry it took so long to update these pics,
but we are using a relatively new technology called Bluetooth and it
only works sometimes on our boat. At least I am able to do website
update from our vessel. Our next swell is hitting tomorrow so we will
have plenty more good surf pics for show coming up! CAPTAIN DREX
Santa Catalina and Playa Las Lajas Pics
[C.America_Trip_05] Photos Fixed link
Sun May 29 14:26:57 EDT 2005
I guess my photo link did not work last time. Here it is again. You
might have to copy and paste the whole link into your browser. Worth
the effort as these are some killer photos of that hut I rented in
Playa Las Lajas for $13 a night.
I stated the night in Santiago last night and went out to a discotecia
in town. It was crazy. The bartender got me hammered on rum. I have
a sore throat from them today.
I am in David today in route to Puerto Armuelles or La Barqueta or
Punta Burica or maybe back to Bocas if I find out there is surf. Its
only a $26 flight from David and I miss the Caribbean, SHABA. My plans
change by the minute. I am following the surf and exploring new
territories. I am just stoked they have the internet so I can research
areas and the weather patterns.
SO ON TO THE NEXT ADVENTURE. WHO KNOWS WHERE IT WILL BE.
Wave Prediction Models
Scroll down to the bottom to check out some amazing weather tracking
maps. Looks like Bocas might be getting some surf tomorrow.
It shows this side, Pacific, is going to get some huge waves as
well. Decisions, decisions,,,,
[C.America_Trip_05] Costa Rica Bound from David, Panama
Mon May 30 11:57:26 EDT 2005
was trying to get to Nicaragua today but it does not look possible so
I am going to go back to Costa Rica and get to Pavones or Dominical
before the big swell gets here. Looks like we are going to get a big
one. California is going to get hit as well. Get out there JB.
David is a major hub for Panama. It is the second largest ciudad, city
in Panama. Lots to do and lots to get in trouble with here. I had a
very reckless day yesterday. I partied with the locals in the back
area of this place. I had a raging time. I was told not to go back
that way but I could not resist. I love a challenge. I was the hit of
the town buying everyone .50 beers, big spender. I went to a casino
and played electronic roulette and won using Jero's black method of
double down till it hits when you lose and came out big. They loved me
there as well. Bought a new Panamanian sombrero. I am looking forward
to getting back to the beach. Two nights inland and I am already stir
crazy. It was nice being back in a city type area I must admit but I
don't want to get used to it. I need to get back to the jungle.
I am waiting for a report from Bocas Del Toro on the surf. It looks
like its breaking right now but will fade over the next few days when
the Pacific side will get a new swell. Oh well, I love the Caribbean
but I need to surf, too bad.
Time to move on.
Adios amigos e amigos e amigas.
Jeff Dean the lean surfing machine
[C.America_Trip_05] Never coming home
Wed Jun 1 16:35:01 EDT 2005
has its Sunset Beach, Puerto Rico has its Rincon, Panama has its
Santa Catalina, California has Rincon Santa Barbara and Costa Rica has
Pavones. The longest Left in the World I think. Its is the best
wave besides Rincon, PR that I have ever surfed. I love a reef
point break. I hope I never have to surf another beach break
again, but I will in Newport. I forgot how awesome a point beach is. I
forgot how awesome a reef break is. I always loved a reef break and I
now I remember why. Feed cut and bruised, arm sore, body brown, smile
on my face at all times. I already prepaid for 12 days at $5.50
per night on the water at the breaks tail. Pavones is what I
have been looking for the past 3 weeks. It always works out that
I find the best spot the last 10 days of my trip. Thank god it
was the last 13 so now I have more time to enjoy this place.
I am cutting off communication since its hard to get on the internet
here and I have little time since most of my time is spent in the
water. Its been firing at a consistent 6 to 8 foot here. I love it.
Here is a couple photos so you know what I am talking about with my
place. Enjoy. STOP DROOLING....
[C.America_Trip_05] Photo from my window PAVONES
Wed Jun 1 16:52:28 EDT 2005
I am not sure if these are going through as we are connecting with a
cell phone and its taking forever for the images to upload. Imagine a
place on the water with two big open windows overlooking the best
surf. A bar and restaurant downstairs and cool breezes all day and
I am in true paradise and I have found my chi once again.
Miss you all.
PS> Ron don't expect me. I most likely will fly out of Golfito
straight to the airport and avoid any form of Americanism and reality
till I get home.
[C.America_Trip_05] Left Pavones ;(
Mon Jun 6 12:06:01 EDT 2005
I left Pavones yesterday after 7 days of awesome surf. The swell
dropped to 2 foot with more surfers than ever before so I decided to
jet out of there for less crowded surf. Dominical has a number of
good beach breaks, I know I said I hate beach breaks but its the only
thing left here now. The swell peaked on Wednesday at around 8 foot.
Perfect long lefts that just went forever. They were some of the best
waves I have ever surfed and the longest lefts for sure. I love
Pavones. I will definitely return there again someday. Pura Vida.
After Dominical I will hit up Play Hermosa and hook up with Ron. Hope
he brought more than that 7 foot board. It might not be worthy of such
a long quiver right now, lol. We are expecting another swell on
Wednesday so lets keep the fingers crossed that it will be big and
As far as for the next trip. I am going to check out Indonesia,
Thailand and that entire area. It might take more than a month for
that trip. I am thinking next year this time. Before that I am
planning on checking out Brazil for a couple weeks at the end of the
summer. Mark is supposed to be there for a few months over the
summer. I want to meet up with him at the end of his trip. Brazil
sounds like a great place to invest.
As far as Costa Rica goes for investing in real estate, I have been
told by many people not to buy here. I was told even before coming to
Central America this time that Panama was the place. After my trip I
am convinced Panama is the place to buy. I told a bunch of people
here about my adventures and findings and will keep in contact with
them in the states. The thing about Costa Rica is that you must live
here 9 months out of the year or you can lose your land unless someone
is watching it for you. The squatting rights situation is only 90 days
here where in Panama it is 5 years. A huge difference. You also have
to show an interest in your land by making sure brush is always
cleared from your fence line and you have some sort of structure on
it. A guy 20 years ago bought most of Pavones with drug money and a
good portion of Golfito. Smart at the time for sure. He got busted for
drug trafficking and just got out when I was in Pavones.
Apparently allot of his land was sold while he was in jail which is
illegal because Costa Rica law puts a freeze on all land rights when a
person is in jail. 20 years ago he must have bought the land for next
to nothing. Today its worth millions. I bet he could make 30 million
on his initial investment. He filed a 5 billion dollar law suit the
day before he left to go to the US. It caused allot of people to
shake in their boots I will tell you.
Hung out with a 68 year old local who owns a bar in Golfito town who
wants to sell the bar for only $15,000. Good guy, I am trying to
upload a photo of us in his bar as well as photos from Pavones. Not
going to so well on the photo uploads.
Miss you all.
PHOTOS: These are
the photos I know you have all been waiting for. Sorry I could
not get them to you sooner, The internet connection was horrible in
Enjoy. Miss you all.
[C.America_Trip_05] Golfito, Costa Rica
Tue Jun 7 17:04:05 EDT 2005
left Golfito yesterday after waiting at the bus stop for 1.5 hours
only to take 4 more buses to finally arrive in Dominical where I was
floored to find it has been taken over my gringos like myself. So
many new. I hated it so much I arrived at 7pm last night and took off
at 5:30am this morning for Playa Hermosa to meet up with Ron. I
figured if Playa Hermosa was crap I would still have time to save my
soul and get to the Caribbean, Puerto Viejo for a few days. So far its
been raining, I had to pay $30 a night for my place. The surf is
closing out. I had to walk to Jaco from Playa Hermosa today because I
missed the bus. Its about 4 miles up and down hills in steaming 100
I am not coming back to Costa Rica again I am afraid. Its getting way
to packed with gringos and I want to remember it for what it was. If
anything I may still got to Puerto Viejo but not the Pacific, unless
of course Pavones is going off. That stop was the bomb. Panama will be
revisited for sure, Nicaragua I need to check out as well. My next
adventure will be somewhere more exotic where the American dollar goes
a very long way and there is surf, uncrowded surf, warm water, surf
that rolls on forever, a short paddle out and slender naked women on
the beach waiting to praise me when I get out of the water. Slap Slap,
wake up. Oh mang that was good dream. I think all the good spot have
already been compromised around the world unfortunately. To be a
surfer 20 years ago when I first started was the time. I wish we did
more traveling then.
am sorry but I don't have any photos for you today. I walked here as
aforementioned and its raining so its a good thing I don't have my
camera. Ron and I will hopefully find some good surf later on today.
Oh yea I hooked up with Ron Kaplan. He is staying right next door to
me in another set of Cabañas on the beach break that is closing out.
Hopefully tomorrow or later we will hit it good.
From Jaco Beach, Costa Rica with only 4 days left in paradise I bit
you a warm day and hopefully will have photos for you tomorrow from my
journey this way.
Miss you all.
[C.America_Trip_05] Playa Hermosa Photos & more
Wed Jun 8 14:39:49 EDT 2005
Check these pics out. The waves are Pavones, The land shots are from
the bus ride up. My gear is at a bus stop in Palma Norte. Shots of my
$30 a night pad in Playa Hermosa, Surfside Cabañas. Surf is out of
control here. I almost drowned this AM. Ron broke down and rented a
car so I am hoping we will find a spot more surfable this
They all titled so you know where they are from.
[C.America_Trip_05] Stories & Photos from Paradise
Thu Jun 9 16:10:45 EDT 2005
Hermosa has been ok. I love my cabana and its great to have a friend
to hangout with from my hometown in Newport Beach, Ron Kaplan. As far
as surf, I got drilled in the morning by the biggest set waves of the
day. I was dragged down to the bottom and not let up for a spell
before I rose to the waterline to get drilled again by another bomber.
This time I swallowed my share of water and saw the dark light of the
tunnel. I pushed my way to the top and tried to make it back out to
took it as a sign that my surf adventures might be coming to an end
here in Costa Rica. I waddled to shore, licked my wounds and laid
there praying to Zeus to allow me to go back in the water.
>From shore I saw a few pros get some good waves but most surfers were
floundering around past the break afraid to make the drop. I sat there
for a while sweating profusely from exhaustion before I decided it was
not my time to be in the water. I went back to my cabana, made some
breakfast, drank a big bottle of water and sobered up from my
experience. Ron came out of the water an hour later telling me how he
was looking for a wave in to shore most of the time after I left but
was not successful since it built up and was throwing huge waterfalls
on the sandy beach. Sure the pros were getting some good ones but they
live here and they are, well, professionals.
Ron decided to break open his wallet and get a car so we could find
some smaller more manageable breaks. After all he is here another 8
days or so and if its not surfable out front the only way to surf is
to have some form of transportation. I would do the same if I was in
his sandals. We drove south, after Ron picked up a ride in Jaco, to a
spot where it was smaller but very inconsistent. Waves break every 5
seconds in all directions. Since I needed to go back in the water to
redeem myself and Ron needed some waves we decided to paddle out. I
made it out pretty easy but it looked like the waves just behind me
were coming in in fierce numbers just in time for Ron to hit them all.
He counted 52 waves he had to paddle under, an average exercise
routine for a normal mans week. I took a couple but nothing to jump
for joy over. I took one to the inside only to have to paddle out
through the soup Ron was bitching about before I decided it was not
worth it after ducking 30 waves. I looked back and saw I had not
advanced far to the outside.
got out of the water, went to look at few spots by our place then
decided it was Imperial O clock. We took a bunch of cold Imperial
brews up the top mezzanine over his place on the water, Ron pulled out
his ipod, we talked story, watched the waves get better as we got
drunker and drooled over the crowd of surfers getting good waves in
front of us. At 7pm or so we called it quits, took showers and Ron
went to meet up with some friends he met in Mainland Mexico a few
weeks prior who he hooked back up with here in Playa Hermosa. I met
them, good guys, and a few were great surfers, one runs a surf camp
here and knows all the best spots. No wonder Ron made friends with
them. He is good like that.
I went out to dinner and ate some bad fish. It gave me the most
incredible vivid dreams but also made my stomach turn most of the
night and still while I am tying this note. I had to pass on a venture
North this morning because to a spot called Punta Baranca, well known
long left near Puntarenas. I hope Ron got it good. At 12pm he was
still not back so imagine it was firing.
I leave tomorrow, Friday, for San Jose where I decided I will check
out some museums and such before I leave at 5:15pm on Saturday.
I will send my reflections of this trip when I get back to the states.
I have many to speak of since it has been the longest traveled
so far in my lifetime. From Costa Rica's Caribbean coast across to
Panama's Bocas Del Toro Islands, through the wide open countryside
onto the pacific of Panama where I made many stops and back up the
pacific side of Costa Rica. Many stories you have already read and
many that cant not be explained simply in an email, especially when it
is all dial up access here.
I hope to get with a group of my close friends back in Newport when I
get back, show my collection of photos and tell my stories over a few
cold beers and Guaro shots.
Here are the photos. They
all titled so you know where they are from.
Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
[C.America_Trip_05] San Jose, Costa Rica Last day
Sat Jun 11 12:31:35 EDT 2005
found a room in a Tica house for $20 a night near the airport. Ron
drove me and a buddy Johnny to the airport yesterday since he wanted
to leave and so did Johnny due to the fact that they could not get
good surf in Playa Hermosa. I told them to go to the Caribbean and
play in the warm blue waters of Puerto Viejo for a few days before
they have to leave on Tuesday. Smaller surf was forecasted but that
place is heaven compared to the Pacific side in my opinion. I wont
come back to the Pacific unless its Pavones. Next time I come this way
I will make sure to assure the surf on the Caribbean side is firing. I
love that coast.
So anyways back to my story, Ron drives me around looking for a hotel
I found in the book for $20 that was near a bus terminal that went to
the airport. We took a bad turn and found ourselves in a area never
visited by locals. We knew this by the stares we got driving around.
It looked like a bomb was dropped on it the night before. Maybe it was
the three huge board bags on top of the car but it was hilarious to
watch the impressions on the Tico's as we stumbled though their
village. So I tell Ron just go back to the airport, you guys work it
out to leave and I will take a taxi to a place. We go back, Ron drops
Johnny and me off. A taxi quoted me $12 so I put my stuff back in the
car so Ron could drop me off at a local Hampton Inn so I could take a
taxi from there at a cheaper rate. We see a hotel called Hotel Mango
that I thought was one I saw in a book for cheap but was wrong, close
but not the hotel. (Ron already left me on the street to drop off the
rental car.) This Mango Hotel was $100 a night, out of my budget.
Luckily the girl at the front desk was nice enough to help me get a
local Tico to drive me to the right hotel. When he gets there he
advises that the place only has shared room which I was not going to
go for. He says I have a friend who has a nice house you can rent a
room from. I am into adventures, as you know, so I go for it. It turns
out to be a little old lady and her cute old husband who have a house
with nice rooms. They call it a bed and breakfast and even have a
website. I have use of their living room, kitchen and a nice room with
my own bathroom. I think its $20 but I am not sure since I haven't
I walk around the dirty little run
down village to find a small bar called "Montauk Bar" I figure what
the hell are the chances of
stumbling across a bar named after my the best place I have lived so
far in a little village in no where on the last day of my trip. I am
not sure if it is a sign or what but it is very strange. Turns out the
owner visited Montauk, NY some time ago and fell in love with the
place. He had photos on the walls and a map of Long Island like mine
at home. What a trip. Maybe I need to move back to Montauk?????
Well I am leaving this beautiful country in 5 hours. I will miss it
San Jose, Costa Rica