I´m back in Austria since yesterday and I already miss the ocean. We had some good last days in Dominical/Costa Rica. The swell was on! 6-11 Feet! Good times!
All in all the whole trip was awesome. Nice people everywhere. We spend about six weeks in Panama and two in Costa Rica. I love both countries. I fucking love Panama because I got my first barrels there haha... but that´s not the only reason, Panama and it´s people are enriching in every sense. The locals have almost nothing but the live their life happier than most of the people I know in Europe or the States, especially the kids and surfing kids. I enjoyed some good sessions with them.
Maybe I dropped one of those kids unintentional because my iPod was just gone the other day in Santa Catalina. Actually that wouldn´t be a big issue if I didn´t use it to record my interviews for my movie. I use the iPod with an external mic. So the good quality sound is gone which sucks! So I´m not sure in which direction the movie will turn now... I captured some nice shots though. At least there will be a kind of "Central America Impressions" movie coming soon :)
Another highlight of the trip was snorkeling with white tip reef sharks. The bigger ones were about five feet big. They came really close; swimming like three feet next to you. It was just beautiful!!! I wish Hari wouldn´t have dropped his camera on the third day of his trip so we could have captured some shots with the watercase. When he showed me the broken cam I was like "Damn man, this will change my movie totally!". No watershots... horrible! No surfers perspective, no underwater shots, nothing...
But whatever, you always have to make the best out of what you have.
Finally I have to say it was another sick trip I won´t miss! I love traveling and surfing and will do it my whole life...
Photographs coming sooner than the movie, I´m already developing some in Lightroom (see screenshot).