Costa Rica 2016 - Photo Trip Report

by Simon Coward

PHOTOS: Thanks to Jason Boutet and Brandon Willms

Gday Everyone

Well, that went by fast.  Another Costa Rica trip int he books and, as always it was a blast.  Amazing rivers, great people, fresh and delicious food, fantastic accommodations and, most importantly loads of great paddling and, a bunch of turning point paddling moments for people as far as growth in confidence and skill goes.  It is so satisfying as an instructor to spend 5 or more days paddling with people.  You can really get into the finer points of paddling that make it tick and really accelerate progressions.  It is literally one of my favorite things to do with paddling.  Well, a picture says a thousand words and I usually embrace the "why say it in few words when you can use many" philosophy. ha ha, so, here are bunch of images, and few words to sum up a fantastic trip.  Thanks to everyone who joined us and made it such a great time.

PHOTO:  La Escuelita section of the Pejibaye River - One of the coolest put ins anywhere

PHOTO:  Lunch at the schoolhouse.  Staying 'dry' in between runs

PHOTO:  Cross current speed practice on the Sarapiqui River

PHOTO:  Pool rolling tune up with a view - Hotel Villa Florencia.  Our home whilst in Turrialba.

PHOTO:  Upper Huacas rapid on the Lower Pacuare, always a fan favorite

PHOTO:  Palle showing fine form on the Sarapiqui River

PHOTO:  'The RIG'.  Loaded down for an overnight in the jungle on the Pacuare River

PHOTO:  The jungle camp on the Pacuare River.  One of the most unique accommodations on any of our international trips

PHOTO:  Not a bad place to chill, drink and eat after a day of paddling some world class grade III whitewater on the Pacuare River

PHOTO:  Party run!  Jason getting vert on the left line on the Dos Montanas rapid - Lower Pacuare River

PHOTO:  The Sarapiqui River is one of my favorite Class III teaching runs anywhere.  So many fun rapids in beautiful jungle surroundings

PHOTO:  Melissa working on driving the boat cross current on the Sarapiqui River

PHOTO:  Safety / media team at the bottom of Upper Huacas Rapid on the Lower Pacuare

PHOTO:  So many teaching opportunities on the Sarapiqui River.  Brandon setting off on another demo!

PHOTO:  I just love the Pejibaye put in (and river), so thought I would sign off with another moody pic from the jungle

If a fall kayak trip seems like it might be up your alley for 2017, please let us know, we would love to answer any questions you might have.  We have loads of return paddlers on these trips, people love the instruction, the rivers, the food and most of all the vacation, fun vibe that goes along with the trip.