World Surfing Championship in Costa Rica

From August 1 – 8, the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games will take place in Playa Hermosa, Jacó.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The World Championship Billabong ISA World Surfing Games is the first event of this caliber to be developed in a Central American country.

The president of the Costa Rican Surfing Federation, José Ureña, said that one of the biggest challenges that the organization is facing is contributing to the development of the sport in Costa Rica and promoting the country as a tourist destination.

Surf-related Tourism in Costa Rica represents about 20% of the annual tourist total. According to data from the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT), almost 200-thousand surfers visited the country in 2007.

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Surf related tourism in Costa Rica currently represents 20% of tourist arrivals. According to information from the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT), almost 200,000 surfers visited the country in 2007.

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