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Costa Rica Surfer Scores Bronze

Costa Rica Surfers World Class

Costa Rica Noe Mar McGonagleCosta Rica’s surfing status just moved up a notch this weekend with a capture of a bronze medal by Tico surfer Noe Mar McGonagle in the Dakine World Junior Surfing Championship held in Playa Venao, Panama.

In the under 16 category, McGonagle captured the bronze medal after a week of solid fierce competition which saw a field of 300 whittle down to a final 100 competitors. With victory in every heat during the week, this young Tico from the Pavones region was able to ensure himself with a spot in the finals. What was to be in the finals was up to the young surfer.

Costa Rica Battles Hawaii On Surf

McGonagle’s competition clearly came from the Hawaii contingent which won the overall team total  for medals and were recognized by a special International Olympic Committee trophy. The gesture has suggested that the Olympics may be looking at surfing as a Olympic category in the future.

For young McGonagle, a bronze finish is one of two medals achieved by Tico surfers in the last year. Craig Schieber conquered gold in the ISA World Masters held in El Salvador last year. For Costa Rica, the Junior competition is an opportunity for Tico surfers to compete with some of the best up and coming surfers. Competing and achieving success such a competitive environment clearly sends a message to other competitors that Costa Rica is serious about surfing!

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About the Author: Tee is Senior Editor of CostaRicaCLOSEUP.com and NBC's adventure dating series fans magazine LoveInTheWildFansMag.com, as well ascontributing editor to QRCodesUSA.org

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