Robert August’s Endless Summer Living in Guanacaste’s Beachfront Gem: Tamarindo
Robert August’s effortless ease and relaxed style make for a true longboarder. Pair his surfing with his clever, laid-back humor and you get one of the most highly-respected surf pioneers, famous shaper of Robert August Surfboards and star surfer in the world-renowned film, The Endless Summer. Now you can find him here living, and yes, still working on surfing in Tamarindo.
Growing up in Huntington Beach, August was surrounded by world-class surf from the very beginning. His father, Orral (Blackie) August, was an original California waterman and had Robert surfing by the age of 6. August later went on to become a successful contest surfer and remarkable athlete, landing him a spot in both Bruce Brown films. Robert August helped put Costa Rica on the global surf map, featuring Ollies Point, Witch’s Rock and Tamarindo in The Endless Summer II.
Costa Rica’s Untouched Beauty and Pumping Surf
August first visited Costa Rica while filming in 1991, discovering the sleepy community of Tamarindo — now a lively, captivating and bohemian beach town. Back then, there were no more than a few local homes along a beachfront dirt road surrounded by untouched surf, dense rainforest and roaring wildlife.
“The Tamarindo locals had never seen surfers ride their perfect waves. Over the years, the entire country of Costa Rica has really grown and evolved into a surf mecca,” August said.
You think driving along the Costa Rican roads today are difficult? Try back then, with no GPS, cellphone or paved road — just a pure wild ride through the jungle all the way from the San Josė Airport. Yes, that’s right. Liberia Airport did not exist then, making travel to the Gold Coast of Guanacaste extremely difficult.
“Back in the day, Tamarindo barely had any place to get food. Thankfully there was Nogui’s, the only restaurant to get a bite to eat after hours in the scorching sun celebrating the world-class waves… all to ourselves. No one surfed here in Costa Rica back then,” August said.
After a long surf session in Tamarindo, Robert was asked if he wanted to look at some land to potentially purchase.
“I remember thinking, ‘What? There is nothing here!’ But I went along with it,” August said.
Calling Costa Rica Home
August is happy he reluctantly agreed… as he ended up buying his own slice of Pura Vida.
At 73, the talented and witty surf legend calls the unique surf town of Tamarindo his home. Here, he raises his teenage daughter, is an ambassador of surfing at Witch’s Rock Surf Camp and continues to produce custom-shaped Robert August Surfboards.
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