Three Holiday Firsts

(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.

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Morning brew.

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We’re up two more Foy’s! My brother Shea and his wife Tasha arrived late last night.

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A view of Oceanna sitting pretty in Quepos bay from the house’s covered rooftop deck.

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Walking out the sandbar (that is only dry at low tide) to catch the dinghy to Oceanna.

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Daddio, the swell, and Oceanna.

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Foy Surf Team.

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Just scoping the waves brah.

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Auntie Susie geared up in blue!

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The christening!

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Back up poolside at the house.

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Gregory up to his old tricks.

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Poolside lounging.

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You can take the guy out of the office, but not the office… you get the idea.

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“Office?”

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Watching the monkey show.

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A monkey, banana in mouth, coming down the ropes. (Gregory had some wild “sparkle” setting on the camera. Mind the sparkles.)

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Crib on the rooftop deck. (That dot over Uncle Greg’s left shoulder is Oceanna.)

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Supper out on the town.

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I thought we should all get prom-like photos with Mr Sloth in the background. Didn’t happen, but I got these two!

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And these two lovebirds.

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And there’s always these two beauties!

 

One comment

  1. I just love seeing all these faces. Looks like you guys had a blast!

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