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More on Puerto Rico from Michael Knotts
“Puerto Rico, my heart’s devotion— I can’t wait to get back in the ocean!” If you know West Side Story, then you know that I have changed the lyrics to the song because I certainly do NOT want it to “sink back in the ocean” as they sing in the movie.
My love affair with Puerto Rico is a direct result of my membership in CCSC. It all began at the very first reunion party that Laura and I attended at Karen and Hal’s house back in 2010. Their future son‐in‐law, Adam Collias, had recently returned from a surf trip to Rincon and planted the seed of an alternative to Costa Rica. Within a couple months, Laura and I went to PR for the first time and, guided by Adam’s input, we had a fantastic first experience. Since then we have returned nearly every year.
Laura recognized that PR offered some attractions that the non ‐surfing spouses might enjoy, and with that in mind she put together a trip that had “something for everyone.” We spent the first two nights in Old San Juan, a cruise destination and tourist ‐friendly location with its many restaurants, bars, shops and historic points of interest. After a leisurely first day, we got in high gear on day‐2—heading off to hike in the only rain forest in the US territories, followed by lunch and a sunset kayaking trip out into a bioluminescent bay on the eastern side of the island.
On day‐3 we drove west to our ultimate destination: surfing in Rincon! Boards were selected and we were wet. With multiple cars and numerous surf breaks to choose from, surfers headed out to different spots. Pools was not really breaking, but Domes offered a viable warm ‐up evening of sunset surf. Our first night in Rincon was capped by a fun evening of food and fellowship at Tamboo, a restaurant within walking distance from our apartments, right on the water at Sandy Beach.
Over the next three days the swell built to a consistent chest‐to‐head‐high wave that offered both fun and challenge. The surf‐break of choice was Antonio’s, the spot that Clemente at The Green Room suggested would be our best bet, and we all surfed as much as we could handle. Some took off to scope out spots up in Aguadilla; others enjoyed hanging out at the Legends Surf Contest being held at Domes over the weekend; and still others went snorkeling and sightseeing. Something for everyone!
Delicious group‐meals punctuated the trip throughout. One of the highlights was a gourmet rooftop meal prepared by chef Kevin Maginn, his parents Mike and Laura, and his girlfriend Anna ‐ ‐with fresh foods bought at the farmers’ market earlier that day. Breakfast at The English Rose at the top of Pineapple Drive (“stay calm and drive up”) provided a taste of a different culture and a breath‐taking finale to a wonderful “first annual” Puerto Rican surf adventure. Next trip Jan. 13 ‐19, 2016.
Words on our 50th anniversary
Tommy Proctor called me this morning and asked me to pen my thoughts on the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Carolina Coast Surf Club in the summer of '63. I said, "Dude, that was a long time ago, but OK. Here's how I remember it. First there was a great explosion! The earth slowly cooled, dinosaurs died off, and then there were waves. The first surfers evolved from plankton and barnacles and such washed ashore by the tides. They were soon walking upright, first with a clumsy shuffle, then a cross step. Tribes were formed. The Grimmies moved inland, the Kooks went up north to form their own culture, and the Hodads, as we all know, went to Folly Beach. The surfers stayed put, close to Mother Ocean. Thats how local surfing evolved.
As far back as I can remember, Tommy has been the "Kahuna". Some historians trace his roots back to the quaint Hawaiian town of "Comonawannalaya". Still others hint to alien origins (look closely at his ears). Whether extra-terrestrial or mortal man, Kahuna is definitely endowed with powers and abilities far beyond those of the average surfer. He was the very first homo-erectus to ever pop up from a prone position! Kahunas legacy will be that of a surf statesman, a visionary counterculture icon, a gentleman of dubious repute, and an intrepid waterman. You're my hero, bro. Here's to 50+ years of surf stoke!
-Hal Coste, Surf historian and devotee
Surf Club in Charleston Magazine
See the August 2010 issue of Charleston Magazine. Tom Proctor and Hal Coste talk about the history of the club and the upcoming reunion.
Nice waves made for a great reunion