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Summer is here. It’s hot, rainy, and the days are super long. This time of year always brings out the best in me. When I was younger, summer time was all about the beach. The boys and I would talk to girls constantly, surf every wave that came our way, and caused all sorts of trouble during the night hours. From taking the boat out to the island, to house parties. Summer is the best time of the year. With all those ladies and nights out, summer time can get crazy, but growing up we could always count on the older guys to be there for us. That is how New Smyrna is. The older crew paved the way for us. I can’t tell you how lucky we were! They could have been jerks to us but instead they made us part of their crew. We had the best group of friends always heckling each other, and seeing who could meet the most girls from out of town. Although we had it good, the icing on the cake was that the older generation had things wired and showed us how to have a good ole’ time. When you get older, things change but for the better. For me, summer is now an opportunity to spend time with the ones that I love. In my mind, it is Father’s Day that marks the beginning of summer. It is a time that I spend with my family and remember my Dad, who passed away when I was 12. My mom, Eugenia is where I get all my positive energy and manners from, but it’s Dad who always watches over me and is my lucky charm. You better believe his favorite time of the year was summer in Florida. Every chance we had, the Forand family, was on the boat or at the beach. He was a sailor and his passion for the water was inspiration for my brother and me. I dedicate this Summer Issue to my dad, Paul Forand, for giving me the love that I have for the ocean. EDITOR | BRYAN
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Everyone knew this swell was coming and people were on it
It was BIG half way through the session, I got a bomb
super early this day. I had a crew of friends come stay with me
and did a huge floater, jumped into the flats and just got
from Miami, and we showed up at Ponce Inlet thirty minutes
blown up. Next thing I knew I was doing cartwheels un-
before sunrise and it was packed already. I’ve never seen Ponce
derwater, I couldn’t really tell what was happening, and
look so good though, honestly it felt like you were on the Gold
knew I was getting dragged and remember getting held
Coast of Australia. There were perfect rights as far out as you
under for awhile. Finally I popped up... thinking back to
could see, and the waves were reeling down the beach. By far
that moment, I got my ass handed to me, haha!
the longest waves I’ve ever seen on the East Coast!
johnny “sixtoes” lewis.
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I remember running down the boardwalk, like a kid with no supervision, catching my first glimpse of the Hurricane Bill swell. That moment was the proudest I had ever felt living here. Knowing that everyone about to indulge would never forget this day. Solid double overhead and offshore. If you are reading this and experienced the same, Cheers!
occupation: photographer I climbed the light house around 11:00am and shot what I think was the peak of the swell... Around 11:30am this cleanup set swung wide, leaving most people out of position. After going back through the photos this was the biggest set I shot all day, and maybe the biggest set of that whole swell? (pictured above)
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Picking the cover is never easy, in fact it’s usually the last thing we decide on before we go to print. This issue was no different. We wanted something CENTRAL FLORIDA fun, something summer and someDINING thing that represents everything we STORM CHASER believe in at FLUID Magazine. After ALEK PARKER looking through dozens of cover SHAWN WATSON worthy submissions, I got an email PROFILE from Transworld Surf Senior Photographer, Seth Stafford. This fisheye water shot of Alek jumped off the screen and made our decision easy. And who more deserving of this summer issues cover then Alek Parker? Alek’s made a career out of traveling and living the summer dream year around, and we couldn’t be more proud of his accomplishments! Patrick Ruddy
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Originally from? New Smyrna Occupation? I just graduated with a Bachelors in Fashion Design and I’m also a model. What do you plan to do with your degree? I’m moving to NYC in
the fall to start fashion design internship.
What are your summer plans? Relax, travel, and enjoy summer before reality strikes
Where would your dream trip take you? I would love to go to an
island in the south pacific.
Turn on’s? Sense of humor, ambition, motivation, good style, pretty eyes, and long hair!
Turn off’s? Rudeness, bad language, and laziness.
Got a boyfriend? Yes, the love of my life is Todd Allison
Last dirty joke you told? I don’t tell dirty jokes, but I hear enough of them. Beach, River, or Asphalt? Definitely the beach!
Best Beach in Florida? My beautiful hometown, New Smyrna Beach
Favorite male celebrity? Tosh.0 Who’s the hottest- Surfers, Skaters, Wakeboarder, Musicians or Artist? Artistic Surfers :) Favorite Spot to have a good night out? When I’m home Flagler Tavern takes the top spot
Favorite Sports team? Orlando Magic
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In a town where everyone knows practically everyone, lies a new business that is flourishing like a hawaiian plumeria. Paddleboard New Smyrna is located at 177 North Causeway and they opened their doors on March 1st of this year and have not looked back for a second. Proud owners Erik and Jackie Lumbert, parents of two young children Kire and Olivia have taken this new venture all in stride. The goal is simple, to get more people of all walks of life on the water in a healthy and active way and to feel the stress free exercise. They want to foster the community element of SUP fun. “It’s what I do with my family”, says Superbowl MVP Drew Brees Paddleboarding for offseason cross training.
Erik, who has lived in Smyrna his whole life. Erik graduated from NSBHS in 1996, he then went onto major in Communications at DePauw University and graduated in 2000 finding his way back home to NSB. Erik understands that relaxation and fun mix well and this is the feeling that SUPing will give you. Paddle Board NSB offers, SUP rentals, Tours, lessons and sales for what you need and want. Recently they upgraded the equipment to tandem and single kayaks, which from what I saw look like a ton of fun. The first time I visited Erik at his shop I was immediately drawn to the estuary behind his shop which makes for a safe and environmentally friendly paddle. The estuary has dolphins and manatees living and playing daily that make the SUP paddle that much more enjoyable. On offer as well are SUP Fitness Classes and Yoga
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Hi Alek, what were you doing the minute before you started the interview with us? Watched the latest Tropical Updates to see if Debby is going to be a storm worth filming as the first episode of the Hunt 2012. But I am still undecided...
Where was your last trip and what did you do on that trip? I was recently a
part of a trip with Sanuk Footwear to Peru where we went as ambassadors for an organization called Operation Smile. This trip was one of the most significant and beneficial trips I have ever been a part of. Surfing was the secondary focus as we were scheduled to spend 5 of the 10 days in the hospital as volunteers helping with the Children as they went through surgical procedures to fix their cleft lips and cleft palates. We played, blew bubbles and comforted as
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we bonded with these children ages 6 months to 8 years old. Our mission was to help make this very scary situation a pleasant journey for these little humans as we used our individual outreach to raise awareness for Operation Smile through our personal Social Media outlets. Along side Operation Smile and the most rewarding journey I have been a part of, we managed to find very fun surf with Sanuk Team Riders, Matt Meola and Torrey Miester, which will be displayed as a feature article in the Transworld Surf Magazine and a video documentary by Sanuk. Oh yeah we also squeezed in a short one day visit to Machu Pichu, another mind blowing and life altering adventure... www.operationsmile.org Every $240 dollars donated will change the life of one child. Be a part of saving a childâ€™s life and donate to Operation Smile.
How does a normal day in your life look like? Currently I am glued to the tropics
along the Eastern Seaboard highly anticipating the right storm to kick off The Hunt 2012 as I wake up here in California. There has been a good run of really fun Summertime surf here around LA so I have been surfing a
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trips to the Taking dentist suck... ton, which has been a really nice change from the usual Florida Summer. Im really enjoying the culture and excitement of living in such a diverse and vibrant place. I can walk to the most amazing food, stores and local watering holes while brushing shoulders with the most eclectic grouping of humans in one small town. Surfing, meeting new people and emerging myself in culture has been in my everyday as of lately.
How did you get started with surfing? I feel as if I were born in to a surfing
lifestyle. My Dad and Uncles were all surfers and I was raised within the surfing culture. As I grew older my mom’s brother, Uncle Scott, was the one that was there to teach me everything I could want to know about surfing as a grom. Frequent paddles down the inter-coastal to strengthen my paddling and duck dive practice in the pool, you had to get creative growing up on the Gulf Coast of Florida. He was a sponsored surfer as a teenager before joining the Navy so I learned everything from him. My mom was my number one supporter as she moved us to the East Coast to Melbourne beach so I could start ESA at age 11. That was the defining “move” that changed my life forever. A series of serendipitous motions preformed by the perfect people is how I got my start in surfing.
What publication first showcased a picture of you? I’m going to consult with the
mom to figure that one out... Most Likely ESM
Is there anyone who helped you the most on your way to becoming a pro surfer?
It takes a village to raise a surfer...haha. There were many very important humans that played such important roles along my journey through grom hood. I made a resume with my mom halfway through my first year of competing at age 11. On my 12th birthday I went to the surf expo with my resume in hand and my mom by my side. I would ask her to wait around the corner as I asked who I needed to talk to for a sponsorship. I first talked to O’neill and out walked Garth Tarlow. After that surf expo I walked away with sponsorships from O’neill, Legend Eyewear with Steve Brillhart and Block Surf with Larry Block. That was the initial boost that set everything in motion for me. Dave Settgast with The Groove Tube was my first surf shop sponsor shortly after. There were so many others that I would take up the rest of the interview if I named them but I am very thankful for each and every one of them.
Seems like every Hurricane season the whole East Coast tunes in and wants to know where and what Alek is doing. Tell us a little about your program and how you got started chasing storms? Well it all started with my love for growing up in
Florida and how if you want to get surf you have to follow the weather. I wanted to do more than just wait for the storms to come by Florida during Hurricane season. I wanted to tell our story of how we would track down the best surf from them. It started out with an Idea called In Pursuit, which became our first webisode, which evolved in to our first Surf movie “The Best Laid Plans”, which led to my first season of The Hunt in 2008. Now it is an annual project that I put so much passion, time and energy in to every season. I love every moment because it reminds me why I am the surfer I am. It’s not about the best waves in the world, it’s about finding the best surf on the East Coast from each diverse massive weather system. The chase is sometime just as exciting as the reward.
You’ve made a name for yourself outside of a jersey, tell us how you went about making that happen? I discovered a passion for Producing, Directing and Edit19 THEFLUIDMAG.COM
ing the adventures we were embarking on as young professional surfers. I wanted to involve my friends and produce East Coast driven content. I learned everything I know about the production world from my mentor/business partner Jerry Ricciotti and from there I was able to branch off into solo projects such as The Hunt and create a platform to market myself from.
Every surfer seems to have a camera man too these days. Does the digital-times demand more work from pros then, let´s say, five years ago? It is a completely different world then 5 years ago. I remember being on the fore front of watching online videos transition from Trailers for up coming DVD’s to full length shorts and full surf section edits. You have to be your own PR agent, your own production company, your own social media guru, and pretty much your own team manager for yourself as a brand/image... It is crazy how much more money, time and effort goes in to being a young professional surfer these days. But, it is also a very exciting time where everyone can be in the front row watching the most progressive surfing in the world unfold before your eyes via computer screen or iPhone.
Do you have any nightmare stories to tell which have happend while you were at work? ( hold downs, robberies, airport fees cause of overweight board bags, etc)
We almost got wiped off a two lane road by a semi on a interior road of Iceland this year after the van spun off the road on ice. It’s a long story but it was the scariest moment of all of our lives... (Myself, Brett Barley, Philip Goold and Chris Burkard)
What is your favorite place to shoot and surf? The first half of this year I spent a
lot of time in the North. Nova Scotia in January, Iceland in February and Norway in March. I really enjoyed traveling to surf in the Arctic. It is such a foreign thought for the majority of surfers and it has some of the most beautiful and pristine landscapes I have ever seen on this planet. The experiences and adventures aligned with great surf, snow mobiles and reindeer made the Arctic one of my favorite places. Oh, NO CROWDS!!!
Your worst trip ever? I hate to sound cliche, but I cant really talk as if any trip I have had is a “worst trip ever”. I have had some not so easy times on the road but at the end of it all, I’m traveling the world to surf. It is a concept that to this day I still find ridiculous. We as surfers have the most freedom and are fortunate enough to live a lifestyle that dreams are made out of. To be anything but humble and thankful for every moment, good or bad, would be a shame... But taking trips to the dentist suck... Do you have a few tips for the groms who want to go in the same direction like you? If you love it, do it!!! Be happy and be yourself. If you want to try something
new, learn it, try it and love it. Anything is possible in life as long as that’s what you truly want to do. Visualize and do whatever you feel is necessary to get there. It is a lot of hard work but this is the time of your life, just as every moment was and will be for the rest of your life. Don’t waste time, just live.
SURFERS FOR AUTISM On July 28, Surfers for Autism will stage their eighth beach festival of the 2012 surf season at Lighthouse Point Park; a season in which the local nonprofit organization has gone global. The inaugural Hunter Connect/Surfers for Autism event took place in Australia on Nobbys Beach February 11, and the season ends on Carolina Beach in Puerto Rico mid-November. The organization’s first domestic event of the season took place the weekend of March 31 on Deerfield Beach and was without question the most well attended event in the group’s five year history. The Inlet-area event has grown by leaps and bounds and has outgrown its initial Winter Haven Park home. For the first time, SFA will host the Ponce event south towards the Inlet and the young shredders will enjoy one of the East Coast’s best waves. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the locals will witness a level of stoke eclipsing that of any pro contest or surf festival. The event is dedicated to a man who dedicated his life to public service and was the ultimate philanthropist: Ponce Inlet Chief Wayne Lurcock. “From the inaugural event continuing to last year, this event has consistently been one of the biggest and most well-attended events we host each season. The event will not be the same without Wayne, who was instrumental in providing untold resources to our cause, and we know this community will come out to honor his legacy” said SFA President Don Ryan. Entire communities come together to lend the support and resources necessary to make these days happen. For most of the families attending SFA events, days like this just don’t happen very often. Due to lack of awareness and acceptance, awkward moments are all too common, and many families begin to isolate or withdraw socially. “Once these athletes hit the water, there is no differentiating one child from the next in terms of abilities and stereotypes begin to shatter,” said Ryan. SFA supports no agendas, takes no sides and has no political
views whatsoever. The only thing that matters is pushing kids into waves and bettering families and communities. Children and young adults on the autism spectrum and with related special abilities spend the day being pushed into waves by expert instructors, and with no fear of mocking or awkward stares, families can let their guard down and enjoy the moment for a change. SFA events transform individuals; SFA events transform families; SFA events transform entire communities. While the day is not just about the surfers, they are certainly the focal point. Parents of first time attendees often arrive on event day with a bit of trepidation, which is certainly understandable. For years (or longer), these parents have been told time and time again what their child cannot do. The word cannot is not in the SFA vocabulary, and the proof surfaces time and time again. “There are no words to explain how incredible you all are for working so tirelessly and generously to give our special children such a fun and exciting day. Andrew said it was his best birthday ever,” said Jodi Rogoff. The SFA Facebook page is flooded with comments echoing Jodi’s sentiment the day after events. “Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!!! You made some great memories for my kids today: It was a blast out there watching them do things I never thought they would,” said Melissa Feldhaus.
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PROFILE CENTRAL FLORIDA
Shawn Watson started out his wake-
best riding. When you’re home, you have your
tique Boats). Hartline gets us Dolphin tickets,
boarding career receiving the rookie of
boat already in the water, everything set up,
which is cool for sure. I really enjoy the perks of
the year award in 1999. That was his
and you’re dialed in more. At the same time it’s
being a pro wakeboarder and I am so grateful for
start to an amazing career. Watson’s
fun traveling all year long. I really like Australia,
all the things I get to do.
accomplishments include two-time
there are rad lakes and intercoastals over there.
WWA National Champion, Winch Rail
Germany has really stepped it up. They have
Last time you showed your dark side
Master Champion, Carnival Rail Event
better rails and kickers then anywhere else in
out partying? My Darkside, oh man. You
Champion, Wake The Line podium
could ask some of the boys, but within the past
results, and three time PWT tour stop
year I’ve been nicknamed the devil. Not really
winner. Watson has not only mastered
Is there a certain trip that stands out
sure why, but maybe because I like to party.
his skills behind a boat, but he is the
in your mind? A few years ago Billabong
Obviously I cannot really claim it myself, but I
complete package in the wakeboard-
wanted to do a wake video. It was the first time
guess I just really force partying upon people and
ing world. Judges and peers have
that a surf brand wanted to make a wake video. It
my darkside does come out.
taken notice, Watson is considered
was really cool because our team manger wanted
one of the most stylish riders in the
to nail some good wake stuff but was also all
Biggest fish/ wave you ever caught?
world! Fluid Magazine sat down with
about surfing. We did some trips to Australia and
Tell us a tall tale. A few years ago Alliance
Watson to get all the details on his
other cool places, but what really stuck out to me
Magazine did a wake/surf trip in Mexico. We
was when we went to Tahiti. I’ve only been there
were down near Nexpa surfing a big left point
once, but it was such a rad experience. We did
break. It wasn’t crazy barrels but there were solid
Tell us a little background about your
a lot of filming focused on wakeboarding and got
15-20ft faces. I was dropping in on the biggest
family and how it was growing up in
to tow in at Teahupoo, which was unreal. I can’t
surf of my life. As far as fishing stories go, I don’t
the Watson household? My parents are
wait to go back!!!
have much. Guess I need to start going fishing
happily married. I have two brothers, Jason is 1
½ years younger than me and my other brother,
Being a pro wakeboarder you get
Jimmy, is 6 years younger. We grew up in South
to do some really cool stuff. I saw
Biggest purchase of your life? Would
Florida, lived in Lantana and were really close to
something where you got to hang
obviously be a house, but recently I bought a
the beach. Before I started wakeboarding I grew
out with Daytona 500 winner Trevor
new car. Actually, it was a used M5. Beccause
up as a beach grom. We would spend lots of
Bayne. Tell me about some other red
the MSRP was just ridiculous for a new one.
time at the beach and ride our bikes down there
carpet style stuff you got to do? Trevor
almost every day after school. My mom got me
Bayne is super into wakeboarding and the
I liked your old truck when I first met
waterskiing around 8 years old, and when I saw
youngest person to win the Daytona 500. We
you. The black Chevy SS. Yeah, that was
wakeboarding at age 12, I was hooked.
went down to the Homestead Race, got to hang
good. Back in the day, Chevy was really into
out in the pit with Bayne, and see all the behind
supporting wakeboarding. This guy from GM was
the scenes action. The next day we went out on
really into wakeboarding and he would occasion-
Who is someone you look up to? Now
the boat and wakeboarded doubles together.
ally come ride with me. One day when we were
a days anyone who’s doing something amazing
Something else that was awesome was hanging
out riding he showed me photos of the Silverado
in any sport, wakeboarding or whatever, it just
out with Pro Golfer Bubba Watson. I was at a
SS before it was out. He said he could get me
inspires me. Seeing people progress is what
contest a couple years ago, and a kid came to
one of the first ones at a super good deal, I was
I’m into. When I was younger, there were a lot
me to get this board signed. We started talking
in for sure. I drove it for a year or two and still
of guys I looked up to. As far as wakeboarding
and he mentioned that Bubba rides all my gear.
made money off it when I sold it, it was such a
goes, Scott Byerly is considered the godfather.
So I tweeted him one day, and Bubba reached
good deal. That truck had tons of horse power!
He is super stylish, not contest motivated, but
out to me. His wife is actually the one who is re-
more about doing sick trips, photos in mags, and
ally into wakeboarding, Bubba likes wakesurfing
Who would you like to thank out
having good video sections.
better. When Bubba and I talked he was planning
there? My family for sure, they’ve always been
on getting a Master Craft boat, but I talked him
there for me. All my boys back down south that
into getting a Nautique. Bubba invited me out to
got me going, like Shaun Moore, Andy Lazarus,
Every time we talk, you seem like you
Arizona to play golf, so Parks Bonifay, Danny
Dave Samson, Kelly Alvaroe and Justin Biel.
are always on the go. Where is your
Harf and my friend Spencer and myself headed
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favorite place to ride in the world?
out to Arizona. We had a chance to play golf
Billabong, Monsters Energy, Dragon Sunglasses,
This year has been the craziest year I’ve ever
with Bubba Watson, which was such an unreal
Roswell towers, and Performance Ski & Surf.
had traveling. With Delta alone I’ve flown 70,000
experience. Another cool hook up, through a
miles since January and we’re only half way
friend, is I know Brian Hartline from the Miami
through the season. There are a lot of cool
Dolphins. I talked him into buying a Nautique
places out there, but you don’t always get the
also(editor note: Shawn is embassador for Nau-
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AN EXPERIENCE INSIDE THE
Fluid’s Perspective: As you walk up to The Curl in Downtown Disney® Pleasure Island, you can feel the energy circulating in the air. There are lights everywhere you look and the place is jamming. Throughout the store they have all the essentials for your lifestyle needs. From clothing to footwear, eyewear to accessories, The Curl has the best selection around. They draw big crowds because they carry the right brands and have an amazing store. Everyone always says the most important thing in retail or real estate is location, location, location. We agree, but what really makes the difference and keeps people coming back is customer service at The Curl. From the second we walked in the door (before they knew we were from Fluid), The Curl Staff members were beyond friendly and outgoing. Their management and employees were constantly catering to our needs and knowledgeable in the products they sell. Catering to consumer is what differentiates them from other stores. Industry Insider Info: The Curl is known throughout the industry as one of the elite retailers on the east coast. They have an amazing selection of everything, but what really separates them from all other stores is their massive selection of sunglasses, watches and footwear. Kyle Lantier, South East Sales Rep for Fox Clothing, told Fluid Magazine, “The Curl is a perfect representation of our lifestyle in a truly worldwide marketplace. Sammy has defined all odds and established The Curl as a premier surf shop in Disney®. It’s very evident that everyone involved has their finger on the pulse of this industry, and their rigorous dedication to providing the customer with a unique, personal shopping experience is unparalleled.” We also reached out to Terry Claudio, one of the best sales representatives in the surf industry. Claudio reps for
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CENTRAL FLORIDA DINING Summer is here and it’s time to get out of the house and enjoy some of Central Florida’s great places to dine. Fluid Magazine’s dining guide is your source for the
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top places in our area to satisfy your taste buds.
CENTRAL FLORIDA DINING NEW SMYRNA BEACH AREA BAGEL WORLD- Surfers, locals, and out of town-
Deli and Northern Style Bagels
22 Bagel Varieties
Hand Packed Cream Cheese
Deli-Style Sandwiches on the Island DAILY 7 AM - 2 PM
Delicious Lobster Salad
FLAGLER AVENUE SEAFOOD MARKET-
Clancy’s has the best
In the past Flagler
Margaritas in Volusia County and the Mexican food is
top notch. This is the perfect spot for a good night out.
was where everyone
ers all know Bagel
Don’t be surprised if you see a surf star lurking around.
World. It’s the best
301 Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach
spot to be for break-
(386) 428-4500 | clancyscantina.com
seafood that you could
EL AZTECA- If you are heading home from the
addition to having the
fast and lunch. Don’t
CLANCY’S CANTINA -
forget, cash only.
went for the freshest prepare at home. In freshest catch, now
819 State Road A1A,
beach, stop by and check out their amazing specials.
New Smyrna Beach
1960 State Road 44, New Smyrna Beach
they have a great new menu. Uncle Merky said, “I don’t
(386) 427-5550 | aztecamex.com
even know what I did for lunch before Flagler Avenue
Seafood started serving food.”
BARRACUDAS BAR The new hotspot on the beach in AND GRILL427.1600
FLIP FLOPS - A great way to capture the island
New Smyrna Beach. The top side deck with the BAGELWORLDNSB.COM
and great weekly specials.
ocean view is amazing.
725 East 3rd Avenue, New Smyrna Beach
FLAGLER TAVERN JOHNNYS RESTAURANT- The “Tavern” as the
203 S Atlantic Avenue, New Smyrna Beach
(386) 424-0161 | flipflopsgrillnchill.com
locals have called it for years, is the staple beach bar
BREAKFAST TIL 1 PM LUNCH ALL DAY!
Quesadillas & Wraps
Fresh Squeezed Loveland Groves OJ!
360 Flagler Ave., New Smyrna Beach | (386) 402-7880
feel, stop by Flip Flops to enjoy a phenomenal menu
819 Atlantic Ave. (A1A) | New Smyrna Beachside
THE BEACON - At the Beacon, they treat you like
with the best bartend-
LOST LAGOON - Great burgers and wings!! Lost
ers in town. Though
Lagoon offers some
it’s mostly popular
family. Beachside bacon and eggs - enough said.
of the best lunch
for its great nightlife,
416 Flagler Ave, New Smyrna Beach
specials in town. Fluid
the food served at
Magazine’s #1 pick for
best burgers in New
is very impressive.
BOSTON’S FISH HOUSE - Enjoy broiled or
Johnny’s lunch has
fried fresh seafood at Boston’s. You will never leave
515 N Dixie Freeway,
many great options and dinner has a great variety of
New Smyrna Beach
1414 South Atlantic Avenue, New Smyrna Beach
414 Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach | (386) 402-8861
Perfect spot to enjoy the best view in
MANGO TANGO -
Save some room for desert
because Mango Tango is special. After a great dinner
JB’S FISH CAMP -
One of a kind is a great way 6/22/12 8:19 AM
to describe JB’S Fish Camp. People come to Central
New Smyrna Beach. Start your bar hopping here with a
it is highly recommended to walk down historic Flagler
Florida for JB’s breathtaking views and the amazing
ice cold beer and the best burgers in town.
Avenue and finish the night off with some frozen yogurt.
selection of seafood. To really have the full experience,
518 Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach
364 Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach
have a Rum Runner from our favorite bartender -
(386) 402-7874 | letsmangotango.com
CAFÉ VERDE- A new edition to the Clancy’s
MERK’S BAR AND GRILL - The best spot to
Cantina Family, Café Verde has gourmet meals at a
watch the game with
reasonable price. The best way to describe Café Verde
great food served
is “fresh”. Everything is prepared with the freshest
late into the night.
ingredients. 301 Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach (386) 428-4500 | clancyscantina.com
CHASES- Spectacular oceanfront dining and live music. Chases has a great selection of entrees and appetizers. 3401 South Atlantic Avenue, New Smyrna Beach
859 Pompano Avenue, New Smyrna Beach (386) 427-5747 | jbsfishcamp.com
THE GARLIC -
The garlic is more than a restaurantit’s a culinary experi-
Everyone knows they
ence. From authentic
have the coldest beer
in town. The ultimate
to amazing décor,
they have it all. Fluid
193 North Causeway, New Smyrna Beach (386) 427-1177 | merksbarandgrill.com
Magazine Voted the garlic #1 Restaurant for a romantic date or
a special occasion. 556 East Third Ave. |
(386) 423-8787 | chasesonthebeach.com
New Smyrna Beach | 386.424..6660 | thegarlic.net
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CENTRAL FLORIDA DINING GNARLY SURF BAR - A great edition to the Flagler Avenue scene. Our top choices are the Fish
TACO SHACK - Here is a great
Tacos and Gnarly Burgers. Stop in and try one of their
anything on the menu
114 Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach
and you will be happy
(386)957-3844 | gnarlysurfbar.net
with your decision. The service is top
selection of wine to choose from. We describe it as the “perfect package”. Inside has a great ambiance with amazing art displayed throughout Caffeine Bistro. Outside at Kona Tiki Bar, features a great bar area, plenty of seating, and towering tikis. 49 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach (386) 672-7277 | caffeinewinebar.com
NEW SMYRNA STEAKHOUSE - The Steak-
notch and the prices are amazing.
house has a great lunch and dinner menu with lots of
642 N. Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach
choices, including tasty steaks, salads, and ribs.
(386)428-9882 | thetacoshack.net
food, stay for the live music.
THE GRILL AT RIVERVIEW - Riverview cap-
386-523-3000 | caribbeanjacks.com
723 East 3rd Avenue, New Smyrna Beach (386) 424-9696 | newsmyrnasteakhouse.com
NSB YU-MI SUSHI - At last
a great Sushi Bar in New Smyrna Beach. YU-MI has a very unique atmosphere with amazing sushi rolls. This is the hot spot in New Smyrna Beach where you will see all the right people.
CARIBBEAN JACKS - Come for the view and 721 Ballough Road, Daytona Beach
tures the fine dining experience with delicious entrees and amazing service. 101 Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach
CHART HOUSE - If you have a special occasion to celebrate, this is the spot to be. Chart House has built
(386) 428-1865 | thegrilleatriverview.com
a solid reputation for the spectacular view, delicious
TIANO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT- Located at
1100 Marina Point Drive, Daytona Beach
the New Smyrna Beach Golf Course, Tiano’s is a great
steaks, and fresh seafood. (386) 255-9022 | chart-house.com
spot for Authentic Italian.
CHARLIE HORSE RESTAURANT - The Charlie Horse
1000 Wayne Ave, New Smyrna Beach (386) 428-0330
761 E 3rd Ave, New Smyrna Beach | (386) 402-8855
DAYTONA BEACH AREA
OFF THE HOOK - These guys have a great crew in
has been a local favorite in Ormond
the kitchen that whip up some amazing seafood entrees. Off the Hook’s atmosphere is awesome and we love the captain chairs around the restaurant. 747 East 3rd Avenue New Smyrna Beach (386) 402-9300 | Offthehookrawbar.com
P.J’S SEASHACK - PJ’s has a spectacular view that overlooks the lagoon. Our recommendation is to enjoy the best happy hour in town and try the brick oven pizza. 491 E 3rd Avenue, New Smyrna Beach (386) 428- 8850 | pjseashack.com
SPANISH RIVER - Spanish River uses the freshest ingredients to put a modern twist on Latino cuisine. Fluid Magazine’s picks Spanish River for the top spot for Sunday Bunch. 737 East 3rd Avenue, New Smyrna Beach (386) 424-6991 | thespanishrivergrill.com
SO NAPA GRILL- A great wine bar, with a full service restaurant where friends gather to enjoy a glass of wine. 3406 S Atlantic Ave, New Smyrna Beach (386) 402-8647 | sonapa.com
Beach for over 20
BACK YARD BOYS BAR-B-QUE- If you like good BBQ, this is the spot to be. Backyard Boys BBQ has great specials and top notch BBQ. What we like the most was the great options of side dishes that come with your entrée. 1840 S Ridgewood Ave., South Daytona (386) 767-5252 | backyardboysbbq.com
BLUE GROTTO - A great place that captures the ultimate dining experience. Whether it is dining by day or dancing by night, you’ll be pleased with your time spent there. 125 Basin St. (located at the Halifax Harbor Marina) Daytona Beach (386) 255-6477bluegrottodaytona.com
CAFFEINE BISTRO & WINE BAR KONA TIKI BAR- Caffeine Bistro has delicious dishes and the largest
years and continues to keep customers happy. A great variety of food and one of the friendliest stafffs around. 810 South Atlantic Avenue, Ormond Beach 386-672-4347 | charliehorserestaurant.com
CRABBY JOE’S DECK AND GRILL - A favorite to all in the Daytona Area, Crabby Joe’s is located on the Famous Sunglow Pier. Watch surfer’s catch some waves and enjoy your favorite cocktail, appetizers and entrée. 3701 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach (386) 788-3364 | sunglowpier.com
DAILY GRIND - Whether it’s a fresh ground beef, homemade turkey or a black bean burger, it’s sure to be the best burger in town, made fresh to order. Daily Grind has great food, service, and atmosphere. We recommended you try one of their steak dinners. You won’t find a better deal! 1665 Dunlawton Ave # 104, Port Orange (386) 492-2975 | dailygrindburgers.com
HIDDEN TREASURE - With breathtaking views
JERRY’S TIKI BAR- Located in Ponce Inlet,
NEW YORK PIZZA - Great Italian food in the heart
and Key West style bars, Hidden Treasure is the spot for
Jerry’s has always been known for their great Italian
of Daytona Beach. We highly recommended that you try
an amazing waterfront experience at a great price.
food. The food is still amazing and to top it off the tiki bar
a calzone or pizza from New York Pizza.
5993 South Ridgewood Avenue, Port Orange
is a great spot to relax and have a drink.
725 E International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach
33 Inlet Harbor Road, Ponce Inlet
(386) 756-9565 | hiddentreasureonrosebay.com
(386) 760-2200 | jerrystikibar.com
4940 S. Pennisula Dr, Ponce Inlet
OCEAN BUFFET - Home to the largest buffet in
(386)761-9271 | hiddentreasureonponceinlet.com
JERSEY MIKES - Everyone is claiming that Jersey
Volusia County. They have a full sushi bar, lots of great
HIGH TIDE SNACK JACKS - Directly on the
Mikes has the best subs they’ve ever had. These are the
seafood dishes, and even a section that caters to kids.
type of subs that keep you coming back.
1854 S Ridgewood Avenue, South Daytona
1808 W International Speedway, Daytona Beach
(386) 767-3838 | oceanbuffetfl.com
beach, Snack Jacks has fresh food cooked to order with a variety of sandwiches, burgers, chicken wings and salads. Come enjoy the view, have a beer or a glass of wine.
(386) 257-9119 | jerseymikes.com
2805 S Highway A1A, Flagler Beach
OCEAN DECK - When you’re in
LULU’S OCEANSIDE GRILL - We love this
(386) 439-3344 | snackjacks.com
HOULIGANS - Known for their World Famous Wally
Daytona Beach, go where the locals go!
place - the staff is very
Wings and delicious sandwiches, Houligans is a great
A Daytona Beach
friendly and the food
place to watch the game and have some drinks with
tradition for over 40
is delicious. With spe-
years. Featuring great
cials that are impres-
1110 West Granada Boulevard, Ormond Beach
sive, we give LuLu’s a
Big Shaka!!! Try the Tacos - Fish or their amazing Kalua
1643 US Highway 1 North, Ormond Beach
Pork - tastes straight from the North Shore!!
OYSTER PUB - Daytona’s top sport’s bar. Watch
(386) 673-2641 | lulusoceansidegrill.com
1396 Dunlawton Avenue, Port Orange (386) 322-3330
MALIBU BEACH GRILL - Visit Malibu Beach Grill
50 Plaza Drive, Palm Coast (386) 447-3580 wallywings.com
INLET HARBOR - Inlet Harbor has a great casual atmosphere, the freshest seafood daily and amazing live entertainment. Inlet Harbor is our top pick in Central Florida for riverfront restaurant. 133 Inlet Harbor Rd., Ponce Inlet | (386) 767-5590 | Inletharbor.com
IRON HORSE - Iron Horse is the best biker bar in the world. Come for the wild times, great bartenders, and people watching galore!! 1068 North US Highway 1, Ormond Beach (386) 677-1550 | ironhorse-saloon.com
127 South Ocean Avenue, Daytona Beach (386) 253-5224 | oceandeck.com
30 South Atlantic Avenue, Ormond Beach
seafood, live reggae music and dancing every night of the week.
the game or fight on one of the +45 TV’S or the macking 133” projection screen. With a full menu and bar, the
in the new open air Pavilion in Port Orange for VIP Seat-
“pub” makes for a good stop on any night!!
ing, Private Club Room for large parties, Award Winning
555 Seabreeze Boulevard, Daytona Beach
Hand Cut Steaks, fresh seafood, hand tossed salads,
(386) 255-6348 | oysterpub.com
signature fresh chicken entrees and Lite Bites for lighter appetites. Malibu Beach Grill has handcrafted cocktails,
PORT ORANGE STEAKHOUSE - The Steak-
extensive wine list, and a great Happy Hour.
house has a great lunch and dinner menu with lots of
5543 S Williamson Blvd. At The Pavilion, Port Orange
choices, including tasty steaks, salads, and ribs.
(386) 492-2968 | Malibubeachgrill.net
3851 South Nova Road, Port Orange
MIKES GALLEY - It’s a big claim to make on our
(386) 756-2660 | portorangesteakhouse.com
After you surf Ponce on a firing swell, stop in and refuel.
RIPTIDES BAR AND GRILL- A
2514 South Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach Shores
(386) 756-2020 | mikesgalley.com
serving the freshest
part, but it is the best breakfast spot around.
seafood and “hottest”
MOLLY HATCHET SUBS - The subs here are no
new drinks at the
joke, by far the biggest subs for your money. With late
beach. Their oysters
hours and fast delivery, Molly Hatchets is a great option.
are shucked from their
126 South Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach
very own raw bar too. Po’Boys, burgers, steaks, they’ve
(386) 492-2981 | mollyhatchetssubshop.com
got it! Open for lunch, dinner, and late night. 869 S Atlantic Ave, Ormond Beach | 386-256-4799
NEW SMYRNA AREA
CENTRAL FLORIDA DINING RONIN - Located on International Speedway Blvd.,
CITY TROPICS - Satisfy your taste buds with deli-
LONGDOGGERS - With amazing specials and a
Ronin has everything you are looking for, from their ex-
cious sushi, seafood, and brick oven pizzas.
relaxing atmosphere, Longdoggers is hard to top. We
tensive Sushi Menu, Sake and Wine. Daytona’s Premiere
249 5th Avenue, Indialantic
highly recommended the Mahi Tacos, wings, and hot
(321) 723-1300 | citytropics.com
111 West International Speedway Boulevard Daytona Beach | (386) 252-6320 | roninsushiandbar.com
DA KINE DIEGOS - This place is high on the totem pole for “favorite places to eat” for many locals. You
MELBOURNE BEACH AREA BIG ISLAND BURRITOS - Big Island has tasty
will be hard pressed to find any bad reviews. For good reasons, Da Kine Diegos burritos are the best in town.
Room Café specializes in sandwiches, wraps, salads,
real fruit smoothies, tasty vegetarian and vegan choices,
814 North Miramar Avenue, Indialantic
wheat- and gluten-free alternatives.
(321) 733-4802 | Bigislandburrito.com
222 N 1st Street, Cocoa Beach
306 Highway A1A, Satellite Beach 321-779-2495 | goombayssatellitebeach.com
CAPTAIN HIRAM’S - The food is outstanding and the sand bar always has great live entertainment.
LA JAVA ROOM- For the
They offer a wonderful view of the water, and the staff
smoothies, and baked
1580 Indian River Drive, Sebastian
goods, La Java Room
(772) 589-4345 | hirams.com
is the spot to be. 6600 N Atlantic Ave,
COCOA BEACH PIER - The atmosphere can’t
Cape Canaveral (321) 613-3854 | lajavaroom.com
experience Cocoa Beach.
JAZZYS MAINELY LOBSTER AND SEAFOOD - Rated #1 on trip advisor for restaurants in
401 Meade Avenue, Cocoa Beach
the Cocoa beach area and for a good reason. Fresh
(321) 783-7549 | cocoabeachpier.com
seafood, top notch chowder, and highly rated customer
on the Beach is a must stop place in Cocoa Beach. It is the place to be, with an amazing view of the ocean,
casual outside dining
ingredients and they have a relaxed atmosphere. The
COCONUTS ON THE BEACH - Coconuts
fine dining inside and
GOOMBAYS- They serve their food with the freshest
1246 N. A1A | Satellite Beach | 321.777.3093
We highly advise that you take the family there to truly
MILLIKEN’S REEF - Elegant with an amazing view.
mahi and shrimp tacos are highly recommended.
bars, and gift shops, it has something for everyone.
(321) 868-0203 | greenroomcafecocoabeach.com
990 N. A1A | Indialantic | 321.724.2183 |
get any better than it is at the Pier. With restaurants,
GREEN ROOM CAFE - Our top places to go for
The atmosphere is relaxed, and they really capture the
Minton Road, Melbourne Hwy A1a, Indialantic
organic food to help fuel your body properly. Green
food and relaxing patio dining. Some of the best specials
1360 Florida A1A, Satellite Beach | (321) 779-8226
meals and everything is prepared with fresh ingredients.
CANTINA DOS AMIGOS - Cali style Mexican
1201 South Patrick Dr, Satellite Beach
Milliken’s Reef is a that has a Tiki Bar with great live music. The food is priced right, and they have a million dollar view. 683 Dave Nisbet Drive, Cape Canaveral (321) 783-0100
ROBERTO’S LITTLE HAVANA - Roberto’s Little Havana serves true authentic Cuban food cooked to perfection. Amazing prices and the entrées are made with the freshest ingredients. 26 N Orlando Ave, Cocoa Beach (321) 784-1868
THE FAT SNOOK - A wide variety of meals complimented with quality seasonal ingredients, and hand selected boutique-style wines from across the world. 2464 S Atlantic Ave | Cocoa Beach 321 784 1190 | thefatsnook.com
SANDBAR SPORTS GRILL - Come here for
210 North Orlando Avenue, Cocoa Beach
a beautiful view, live music, and get comfortable at the
“Home of the Fish tacos.” 4301 Ocean Beach Boulevard, Cocoa Beach
THE JUNGLE ORGANIC RESTRAUNAT AND MARKET- Check out the Sunday brunch. The
2 Minutemen Cswy, Cocoa Beach
Market has a huge selection of organic/natural groceries,
SANDS - A Local hot spot with the best view on the
(321) 784-1422 | coconutsonthebeach.com
vitamins, supplements, and homeopathic remedies. The
beach and great happy hour prices on drinks and food.
owners and staff are knowledgeable and happy to help
Something for everyone, enjoy some fresh seafood or grind
their customers. 2500 North Highway A1A, Indialantic
into a burger.
(321) 773-5678 | jungleorganic.com
1005 Atlantic Street, Melbourne Beach | 321-327-8951
nightly live music, fresh seafood, and a selection of your
(321) 799-2577 | sandbarsportsgrill.net
SPORT’S PAGE BAR & GRILL - Top place
FINNHENRY - A great way to experience an Irish
TILTED KILT -
in the area for live music. Sport’s Page continues to
pub in a modern ambience. Make sure to stop by there
With a mouthwatering
book quality bands that keep us coming back to see epic
while bar hopping downtown.
menu, ice cold beer,
39 N. Orange Avenue, Orlando
and beautiful women
220 Florida A1A, Satellite Beach
(407) 648-0100 | finnhenrys.com
that make you feel
SQUID LIPS - A great spot to sit on the intercoastal
right at home, The
FISHBONES - An award winning restaurant that
Tilted Kilt is the spot
has the reputation of satisfying all customers. Fishbones
and enjoy the sunset.
is well known for having the freshest seafood and excel-
11650 UNIVERSITY BLVD., Orlando
1660 Indian River Drive, Sebastian
407-781-5458 | Orlando-University.TiltedKilt.com
7005 CR 46a, Lake Mary
VINNY’S HOTDOGS - Vinny’s has friendly
SEASONS 52 - Season 52 is the perfect dining
(407) 581-2399 | fishboneslakemary.com
experience. They keep all your best interest in mind:
service, a good selec-
FUJI SUSHI - This is one of our favorite places for
tion of beers, and
sushi and hibachi. Fuji Sushi has a wide variety of signa-
ful customer service.
awesome food. We
ture rolls, great service, and a nice atmosphere.
7700 Sand Lake Road, Orlando
1449 Lee Rd
(407) 354-5212 | seasons52.com
stopping by to try
WALL ST. PLAZA - This area really has something
picks: the Chicago
for everyone!! Wall St. has restaurants for lunch or din-
bacon cheddar cheese dog
KNIGHT LIBRARY - Don’t be fooled when your
hour prices and some of the best night life in Orlando.
6910 N Atlantic Ave, Cape Canaveral
friend tells you they are going to the library. You’ll find
19 N. Orange Ave., Orlando
them at the Knight’s Library having cheap drinks, looking
(407) 849-0471 | wallstplaza.net
style dog and the
high quality, healthy, and delicious entrees with wonder-
ner, clubs great for clubbing, bars with amazing happy
at hot chicks, and rooting on the Knights football team.
12289 University Boulevard, Orlando (407) 482-2500 | knightlibrary.com
HAWAIIAN GRINDZ - At
DEXTER’S - World famous Sunday brunch, with unbelievable food specials and the best bloody mary in
Hawaiian Grindz they
share a pleasant
808 East Washington Street, Orlando
(407) 648-2777 | Dexwine.com
mosphere along with great food, island mu-
EMBER - Ember is reminiscent of the easy-going so-
sic and surf culture.
cial taverns seen all over Europe and the Mediterranean.
It is the type of restaurant that makes you feel like a
Open air seating, delicious menu options and all types
friend, not just a customer. We recommend you go there
of drinks. Unbelievable mixology menu and the place for
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LAND OF VOLCANOES AND WAVES This April, the beginning of the surf season in Nicaragua, I was lucky enough to be part of a celebration of life, that was to take place on the Tola Riviera coastline at Iguanas Beach. Also known as Hacienda Iguanas. As a group of surfers and photographers we gathered at the new NSR House at the invitation of the owner of Vestal Watches, Johnny Gehris. Our first morning, the NSR infinity pool appeared to drain straight into Playa Colorados, with pumping head high barrels. Down the beach at Panga Drops, you could see the A frames and a surfer laying down a long arcing cutback. The mornings can be
back up the beach to the
BY. FABIAN McCULLOUGH
NSR house and the late shift was out in the lineup
“Colibri!” A pretty British
at Colorados. With my
girl was saying as she was
eggs, coffee, mango and
trying to teach me how to
Lizano, I sat down in my
pronounce hummingbird in
chair and looked straight
Spanish. She was trying
out at the peak. Johnny
to get me to memorize the
Gehris, Travis Ajay and
name of the restaurant
Dana Point local Mark
where we would meet later
Whitledge were dropping
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straight into left and right barrels. Johnny and Travis
After resting up we head-
were laying into sic hacks
ing back into town and
and gouges and some-
met our new friends at the
times a second cover up.
Colibri. All nineteen of us
Mark was in the tube at
gathered around the long
will and would quite often
and old wooden table.
launch trading punts with the young local Nicara-
We broke bread, shared
guan surfers who loved
stories of our travels and
and fed off the SOCAL and
home towns, from New
VOCO energy dominating
Port Beach to Vancouver,
New York City to Daytona.
SAN JUAN DEL SUR
languorous at Hacienda
We feasted on waves,
Iguanas. The accommoda-
seafood, gallo pinto and
tions are posh and the
Tonas for two more days
offshore winds last all day.
then headed south to San
So, some surfers tend to
Juan Del Sur. An eclectic
get a late start, especially
surf town bustling with
when you consider the
shops and cafes, locals,
Nicaraguan coffee, fresh
Europeans and Americans.
fruit and eggs and Lizano, (Nicaraguan spicy sauce),
At Playa Maderas, stand-
will keep you at the break-
outs Johnny and Mark,
fast table for a while.
continued to dominate a crowded lineup in head
For me, first light is a
high sets. The surf shack
must. Drew beat everyone
at Maderas is a perfect
out into the lineup at
venue for sitting back
Pangas. It is a beautiful
with a Tona and fish taco
wave, A framing lefts and
and watching the surf.
rights with walled up sec-
I watched Tim Truelove
tions, perfect for speed,
race down the line of a
big cutbacks and powerful
set wave and bury half his
rail to rail surfing. Pangas
board in the water with
always seems to be a bit
a deep front side gouge.
bigger and a go to spot if
He disappeared, covered
Colorados isn’t working.
by the foam ball. Then reemerged, and charged
After a full three hour
down the line. A perfect
morning session, I walked
embodiment of the wave
Some of us drank beer and some of us drank wine but we all danced and partied like rock stars. It’s easily done in San Juan del Sur. I would be remiss in writing this story if I did not note Craig Murray’s dancing prowess. On the dance floor at the Black Whale, Craig was a legend. Remarkably, the next day, we all made a full recovery. It was our last day in Nicaragua. In an empty cafe by the sea, we all gave Johnny thanks and then satisfied our souls with gallo pinto and Lizano, one last time. We drove to Playa Hermosa. Some of us spent the day surfing, some of us lay in the hammocks, searching the horizon for the mountains of Guanacaste, Costa Rica, taking respite in the shaded huts and preparing our bodies for the long trip home. THEFLUIDMAG.COM 50
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