Who's representing your country?
Select any country name to view their team roster and learn more about our competing athletes.
Costa Rica
DIVISION: Para Surf Prone 1
Mathius Vanderhoogth Luna
  • Age / 25
  • Born / Montezuma
  • Favorite surf break / Cedros montezuma
  • Board / Al Merick Joe
  • Sponsors / Ríp curl , all merrick
  • Biggest Achievement / 4 place in 2016 la Jolla California
  • Hobbies / Escuchar música,surfiar,trabajar
Soy un surfista humilde que lucha por sus sueños,patrocinado por rip curl ,y con ganas de luchar!
Costa Rica
DIVISION: Para Surf VI 1
Henry Martínez-hernández
  • Age / 26
  • Born / Tres Ríos
  • Favorite surf break / Corralillo
  • Board / 6.6
  • Sponsors / Puravida Sunblock, Rocket surfboards
  • Biggest Achievement / 3place in world parasurf championship 2020, first place in US Open adaptive surf 2021
  • Hobbies / reading, traveling, learning languages, camping.
I am antropologist, and I also study biology. I'm 26 years old and I'm blind since I was 2 years old, and I love it. For me surfing is one of the best ways we have to show to people with dishabilities that we are able to be autonomous, no mother how big this wave could be. That's why adaptive surfing for me is activism.
Costa Rica
DIVISION: Para Surf VI-2
Roy Calderón Vargas
  • Age / 33
  • Born / SAN JOSE
  • Favorite surf break / Playa Grande
  • Board / Al merick
  • Biggest Achievement / Medalla de plata en ISA Parasurfing Championships 2020
  • Hobbies / Reparar tablas de surf
Quiero lograr representar a Costa Rica en todos los torneos al rededor del mundo de surf adaptado que pueda.  

Me encantan los autos clásicos. 

Me encanta reparar tablas de surf. 
Costa Rica
DIVISION: Para Surf Kneel
Edwin Ocampo
  • Age / 34
  • Born / La Cruz, Guanacaste, Costa Rica.
  • Board / Banzaii, Shortboard
  • Biggest Achievement / TWICE be part of this world shampionship.
  • Hobbies / I love surf, play guitar and sing, see th sunset every day, to travel and to know different places.
I consider myself a super happy person and always with a smile for all people. A disability will not prevent us from realizing our dreams, on the contrary, from the day we acquire it, we will become stronger. I love surfing and I am very happy that the International Surf Association will support me with the scholarship this year since I have been able to improve my surfing despite having only two years of falling in love with this beautiful sport.  PURA VIDA! 
Costa Rica
DIVISION: Para Surf Prone 1
Natalia Vindas
  • Age / 37
  • Born / Costa Rica
  • Favorite surf break / Jacó
  • Board / Carton Surfboards, Barracuda style
  • Sponsors / Bikini Love Designs
  • Biggest Achievement / Bronce medal women prone division ISA Worlds 2017
  • Hobbies / Surf, travel, read
I love surfing. It has changed my life in a positive way. Since I began surfing I take more care about my physical and mental health, I eat better and exercise more. Surfing improved snd balanced my life.

I love traveling too. The world is big and life is short. I enjoy wandering and getting lost in new places, getting to know people, culture and food.
Costa Rica
DIVISION: Para Surf Prone 1
Minoshka Solis
  • Age / 27
  • Born / San Jose
  • Favorite surf break / Jaco
  • Board / Fish board
  • Sponsors / Costafit
  • Biggest Achievement / Ser parte de la Selección Nacional de Surf Adaptado
  • Hobbies / Hacer deportes
Soy Minoshka, una apasionada del deporte que lucha por la inclusión. Soy sobreviviente de cáncer de hueso, lo que me dejó una prótesis, muchos aprendizajes de vida, deseando disfrutar cada segundo y creyendo fielmente que el amor es la fuerza más poderosa y queriendo llevar este mensaje donde vaya. 
Costa Rica
DIVISION: Para Surf Stand 2
John Barrantes
  • Age / 42
  • Born / Playa Carrillo
  • Favorite surf break / Camaronal Beach
  • Board / 6'0
  • Sponsors / None
  • Biggest Achievement / Costa Rica Adaptive Champion 2017
  • Hobbies / Surfing and boxing
I am a family man. I am an ocean lover. 
Costa Rica
DIVISION: Para Surf Stand 2
Baldir Vallejos
  • Age / 39
  • Born / Playa Lagartillo, Santa Cruz, Guanacaste, CR
  • Favorite surf break / El Golfo, Playa Lagartillo
  • Board / Fish
  • Sponsors / Carnival Surf boards , Restaurante Café Playa Negra, Supermercado Las tecas.
  • Biggest Achievement / Campeón Nacional 2019
  • Hobbies / Escuchar Música
Aprendí a surfear desde los 7 años, mi hermano y yo surfeabamos, amarrados al bote de mi papá con una tabla para alcanzar las olas..

Soy persona perseverante, después de mi accidente surfeaba  de rodillas, luego construí mi propia prótesis para poder competir de pie.. estoy listo para ganar una medalla .. entreno mucho y practico otras disciplinas como montan bike para reforzar mi surfing.
Costa Rica
DIVISION: Para Surf Stand 2
Jimena Ruiz
  • Age / 15
  • Born / Nosara
  • Favorite surf break / Playa Guiones
  • Board / Channel Islands Rocket Wide
  • Sponsors / Local Help
  • Biggest Achievement / 3ser Lugar de la ISA para surfing PS-S2
  • Hobbies / Draw
Hola mi nombre es. Landy Jimena Ruiz Rojas, tengo15 anos,soy de costa rica vivo en Nosara y me gusta mucho el surf y el dibujo. tengo 2 hermanos. una hemana de 8 anos ,Celeste y un hermano de 12, Gustavo, los cuales tambien surfean. mi papa se llama Helberth y mi mama Maricruz.

A mi, me gustaria que,el publico y las personas, supieran mas del surf adaptado como deporte para olimpico
Costa Rica
DIVISION: Para Surf Stand 3
Dariel Meléndez Dávila
  • Age / 21
  • Born / Puerto viejo
  • Favorite surf break / Playa cocles
  • Board / Erick Arakawa
  • Sponsors / RVCA
  • Biggest Achievement / Sub champ Us open
  • Hobbies / Jiu jit su
Dariel es un joven que a salido  adelante apesar de los problemas que todos tenemos día a día y inspira a las demás personas a seguir adelante 
Costa Rica
DIVISION: Para Surf Kneel
Ismael Araya Solano
  • Age / 43
  • Born / Puerto Viejo Limón CR
  • Favorite surf break / Salsa Brava
  • Board / Kneeboard short
  • Sponsors / Pura Vida Sunblock, Perfect Sunset, Freediving
  • Biggest Achievement / Costa Rica National Champ 2021
  • Hobbies / Surfing and Fishing
 Costa Rica National Champ x2 (2016, 2021)

Costa Rica Fist Adaptive athlete representing on ISA Wold Championship 
Costa Rica
DIVISION: Para Surf Sit
Juan Manuel Camacho Solano
  • Age / 43
  • Born / Coronado, Costa Rica
  • Favorite surf break / Jaco Beach
  • Board / Waveski
  • Sponsors / No
  • Biggest Achievement / Fifth in the category sit on top
  • Hobbies / Adventure Sports like kayaking, diving, horse riding and Surfing Waveski
I was born in Costa Rica, my parents teached me how to swim in the ocean when I was really young and since then I've been in love with the ocean. I started to Surf in School and I went with my friends every weekend because I live in the city of San Jose and it's like two hours from the nearest beach. 

I surfed on a beach named Playa Esterillos, it's a beautiful place with a lot of waves and nice people. When I finished School I lived on a beach named Bahia Ballena, and there I knew I wanted to teach adventure sports like diving, kayaking and surfing. 

So I went back to San Jose and studied in the University of Costa Rica, Physical Education and then got my Master in Recreation. 

In 2006 I had my accident and that's how I got my disability. A person tried to rob my car and he shot me two times, affecting my medulla and that's why I have a paraplejia T10 T 12. All my friends and family knew it was going to be a big change in my life, but I will continue with my dreams and life.

I started my recovery swimming, and after some months training I could represent my country in the parapanamericanos in Brazil in 2007. After that I went again to the ocean making what I love most in life SURFING. First in Prone Position and then I met Alana Nichols and she told me about the waveski. I told her that in Costa Rica nobody does that, but I wanted to learn and be the first participant in Costa Rica to represent my country. Know i love my sport, everyday's a challenge and something different to learn.

At this moment im fifth in my category sit on top and this year i'm going to get my first medal for my country and for all the work that I have done with passion and dedication.
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