On Saturday September 22nd, a one-day surf competition was held at “El Muelle” (the Old Port) in Masachapa, Nicaragua and was a great success.
The day of the competition was filled with good waves, 25 surfers, fantastic prizes, and a great local bar on a beautiful Pacific coastline - it doesn’t get much better than that!
Participants of the competition included residents of both Masachapa and Pochomil. The day went smoothly and everyone enjoyed themselves.
Organizers and Sponsors
The event was organized by Jaime Aguilar and Juan Carlos Cortez of Nicaragua and Christophe Gambeaud, a surfer from California in the U.S.
Jeremy King Rasmussen, owner of Central American Management Company at Gran Pacifica donated prizes for the 1st place winner and also provided several hundred dollars of surf equipment and acted as one of the judges for the competition. Event organizer Jaime Aguilar is an employee of Gran Pacifica and lives in nearby Masachapa. The other organizer, Juan Carlos Cortez and his son, Yan, also have ties to Gran Pacifica, as Yan used to work at SeaSalt Restaurante but decided to develop a new bar with his father, Bar El Muelle. He liked working at SeaSalt but says he enjoys being his own boss, saying “If I want to take a swim in the ocean, I can.” Yan and Juan Carlos’ bar has been doing quite well.
|Bar el Muelle courtesy of Facebook|
Bar El Muelle and has become a favorite local spot and many people enjoy fishing off the dock as it is a well-known spot for people from San Diego and San Rafael del Sur to come fish. The bar is also nearby the fabulous fish market at Masachapa. Yan mentioned that you can catch your fish off the dock, or buy it at the local market, and the bar staff will cook it up for you.
The bar also sells favorites like ceviche, chicken wings, and, of course, cold beer and other beverages. The bar also allows you to call ahead and place your order so that it is ready when you arrive. In addition to great food and drinks, Bar El Muelle also offers free showers for customers to rinse off after a day in the ocean.
When asked about how Masachapa is doing since the civil unrest broke out, Yan said “All of Masachapa needs help, as many tourists have left. The fish market was not able to transport their fish to other markets for a while.” He also said that things have improved recently.
Many of the employees at Gran Pacifica enjoy spending their days off at the beach, surfing, socializing, and having a bit of fun after the work week is over.
Planning has already begun for the next surf competition at Masachapa which is scheduled for November 16-17, 2018. Depending on the surf conditions, the competition will be either 1 or 2 days.
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