(Quepos, Costa Rica)
Today delivered three firsts for the holiday.
One, the Foy Family surf team hit the water for their premiere on the swell. Now don’t be fooled, this Saskatchewan based group of shredders covers a wide range of skill sets when it comes to this ocean sport. Everything from hopeful-beginner-with-potential to not-a-hope-in-hell-your-liable-to-drown-before-you-stand-up-on-that-thing-dad.
With little to no instruction we gave them boards and pointed them towards the break. Now I wouldn’t say anyone is signing up for the upcoming World Tour, but the smiles on their faces definitely outweighed the complete lack of energy remaining in their arms.
The second first of today involved Uncle Wayne’s epic spearguns. Saskatchewan doesn’t offer a lot bodies of salt water to test the guns buoyancy and balance, so today was their christening and they performed far better than the Foy surf team. They were perfect. 10s across the board.
Lastly, our third first of the day was spotting and feeding monkeys! The house my family rented is in Costa Rica’s stunning and lush Manuel Antonio area. The house is set right in the rainforest with beautiful tropical flowers every direction you look and exotic wildlife daring to be seen. First up, white-faced capuchin monkeys. Shea’s matter-of-fact call of “monkeys!” from the front door had us all running to watch a pack of monkeys swinging in from the treetops. I got the feeling we were on their regular route as the strolled in like they owned the place. Over the property gate, through the plantain tree, and across their very own ropes. A brief stop to catch banana chunks we threw to them. Then on their way to their 4:30 engagement at the next villa.