So Nicaragua finally figured out that it’s wave fertile shores hold countless world class spots, and that some of the younger generation that were privy to travelers bringing in surf boards, are actually competing on an international level. This year has brought about several national surf competitions sponsored by the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism and has given the local kids, as well as transplant ex-pats a chance to show their skills.
Nica Surf’s own Kevin Cortez placed 2nd at the competition on Sunday after leading the semifinals on Saturday with the highest score. In the final heat, he scored right behind a fellow Gigante surfer, Jackson Obando, to leave Gigante dominating the Junior surfer scene. This automatically puts Kevin and Jackson in the ISA (International Surfing Association) tournament in June where they will compete on an international level, representing Nicaragua. The boys also graced the cover of Nicaraguan art magazine “Hecho” this month and are definitely stars on the rise to look out for.
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