CHANGES na. "Liz and I had heard about these guys all the way down the coast from older cruisers, who correctly thought we'd be exãted to meet some guy cruisers our age. Scott and Ryan are characters and a half. Liz and I were so stoked to have some comrades to explore surf spots with, so Team Swell and Team Avventura would roar around the islands and along the coast in our respective dinghies in search of new breaks. We scored one right point between two islands that was fun and deserted. After the swell died a little, Liz and I deãded it was time to get going. The boys came with us, and we did a sail by of Witches Rock, a surf spot made famous in the Endless Summer. We anchored there for a quick morning session with not another soul around, and then continued on our merry ways, Avventura heading for Playa del Coco, and Swell heading to a summer on the hard at Puntarenas." As for Atkins, he says, "From what Liz has told us, our general plans seem to be pretty similar. We'll cruise Costa Rica and Panama for the rest of this year before heading to Ecuador. Next spring we'll head to the Galapagos and then the
Marquesas. From there we will cruise through the South Paãfic, and spend the tropical cyclone season in either New Zealand or Australia. From there our plans are a little hazy, but should include Indonesia, the Maldives and Seychelles, Madagascar, and South Africa, then up to the Caribbean and ultimately back to California. We're currently at Bahia Herradura, Costa Rica." Having been young once ourselves, we can appreãate that cruisers under 30 really get a kick out of bumping into and hanging with other cruisers under 30. So if you fit into that category, why don't you let us know so that we can try to put you in contact with some of your cruising contemporaries? "We're once again trying to sail across the Pacific to the Marquesas," report Candace Cave and Richard Guches of the Medford, Oregon-based Fantasia 35 Avaiki, "and hope to be able to stop at Isla del Coco and the Galapagos along the way. However, right now we are anchored at Bahia Ballena, which is at the
entrance to the Gulf of Nicoya in Costa Rica, waiting for a weather window. While here, we were much surprised to discover that someone in the village has wifi, and that we were able to pick up the signal with our new little wifi antenna. Whoo-whee, surfin' the web from the boat! We'd also like to report that Honey Heart is still bringing her wonderful, mobile, organic food store to the restaurant by the fish pier here at Bahia Ballena every Saturday morning. The produce is incredibly fresh and bountiful, and there's whole wheat pasta, bread, chocolate, and lots of other goodies. Honey is as warm and welcoming as ever. Her husband, who started the Heart Invertor Company and later sold it, has a new invention that he claims is going to allow alternative energy sources to plug into the power grid without overloading it. Apparently that's the reason why the big wind turbines by Palm Springs are turned off so often. Anyway, these new devices are ready for production as soon as some venture capital can be located to produce them. It's very exãting." Sam Walker recently brought his
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