Driving south along Route 34, the reasons behind the prevalence of Costa Rica’s surf culture becomes increasingly apparent the closer one gets to Uvita.
Descending the mountainous roads through Carara National Park toward Camaronal, the road to Envision unfolds into a panorama of sweeping oceanic beauty which serves as the backdrop from the time you enter Playa Galardonada and remains throughout the 137 kilometers to the festival entrance.
Speckled by immense waves barreling into the volcanically-carved coastline and (depending on the time of day) glowing shadows cast by cotton candy sunsets bombing into the ocean, it’s easy to see why typically-sleepy beaches found in Dominical, Jacó, and Playa Hermosa along Costa Rica’s South Pacific Coast attract experienced surfers from around the world in pursuit of the best waves the planet has to offer.
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“Costa Rica is a global surf destination with incredible beaches and world-class surfing talent,” declared Brian Robbins, North American Tour Manager, World Surf League, ahead of October’s 2018 WSL Qualifying Series in Jacó.
As the international spotlight on Costa Rica’s surf-conducive landscape increasingly illuminates, so to does the homegrown talent emerging on the world’s stages from the quiet beaches; stages such as 2015’s ISA World Surfing Games where a first-place finish earned the team of native representatives the title of “Costa Rica’s Dream Team” after collectively toppling their competition.
One emerging talent having propelled himself to the forefront of global surf dialogue is native Anthony Fillingim, who we are incredibly humbled to partner with and sponsor as we begin our global journey with Envision Festival’s surf team – The Wave Brigade.
A union of a cultural hub and the location in which it is placed, Envision Festival has blossomed into a platform to share an elevated experience of spirit, community, and culture in its natural essence. Fueled by a mix of conscious people from around the globe gathered to share an elevated experience in stunning and raw nature, Envision welcomes Anthony to The Wave Brigade as the most recent addition to our family.
An extraordinary professional surfer and human being from Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, Fillingim grew up surfing one of the best beach breaks in the world. Entering the professional circuit at 17-years old, he quickly climbed the national ranks to Junior Champion in 2011, Central American Champion in 2012, and has stood atop the podium in multiple World Class A wave tournaments all while remaining heavily active in the Latin American tour (ALAS).
Fillingim’s impressive professional resume further includes Costa Rica’s National Championship title, a Latin American Championship, an Individual Silver Medal in Peru’s 2014 ISA World Championship, 18th place finish in the 2018 ISA World Surfing Games in Japan, and two Gold Medals as a member of the Costa Rica National Surf Team, including one from 2017’s World Championship.
Stepping into the next chapter of our journey together, Fillingim joins The Wave Brigade: a platform fueled by passion and born from Envision’s core pillars. The intention behind Envision and The Wave Brigade is to highlight ocean conservation, to support surfers who otherwise may not have the chance to be discovered in manifesting their dreams, and to elevate awareness around sustainability. This correlates with Mission 365, our work exchange initiative, where 365 participants will track and complete 24 hours of cleanup (totaling an entire year of volunteer hours) leading up to Envision Festival 2019.
“Envision Festival is very much an event of Costa Rica”, explains organization CEO Reuben Walker. “In the jungle, on the beach, in the waves; you are right there, immersed within the culture. Through The Wave Brigade we will support surfers and their dreams while simultaneously cultivating our values that we deem non-negotiable”.
Through collaboration with a myriad of talented allies, both local and international, we aim to co-create a platform inspired by and inspiring the positive collective consciousness of all who are involved for the betterment of ourselves and of the planet.
Bringing people together through music, art and sacred movement in one of the most gorgeous natural settings on the planet, we offer an opportunity to celebrate our spirits, heal our bodies and minds, and recharge and revitalize our souls. Envision wants to help both handle the challenges and realize the opportunities of our rapidly changing world and existence.
Our weekend together every year at Envision Festival is a fleeting celebration of a culture that is consistently present. Integrating and exponentially perpetuating our experiences shared in the jungle across the planet is where the true magic is found.
“Our event is much more than a festival”, continues Walker. “It’s a platform to awaken The Self to higher consciousness in alignment with the natural harmony. This vision extends beyond ocean cleanups. Beyond the festival site, our goal is to make Dominical the cleanest, trash-free city in the country”.
The Wave Brigade will catapult our team members onto an international platform for surfers on both amateur and professional levels, empowering our team members to stand as powerful ambassadors for environmental awareness and activism.
Increasing global awareness of the incredible talent in ‘far away places’, The Wave Brigade is dedicated to opening new doors and opportunities for the hotbed of world-class surfing talent in Costa Rica and throughout Central America. We are proud to embody the highest standards when representing our partners, sponsors, and family members in a shared pursuit for better care of the planet.
Plastic is the most common element found in the ocean. Oil is the fastest catalyst deteriorating our water, and more than 8 million tons enter the ocean each year. Sewage expedites decomposition of organic matter, perpetuating a change in biodiversity and entering the food chain through contaminated seafood that finds its way to into restaurants. 70% of Earth is water. 100% of the Envision team is committed to ocean sustainability and conservation.
We are unwilling to accept the status quo. Envision is committed to leveraging our influential platform to create positive change in the world. We are taking a stand and showing that everyone has the power and obligation to correct our withering planet. Our water is our lifeline and an immense passion for our attendees, locals and wave riders indigenous to Envision.
The development of this team is a road to generating greater awareness on critical issues that we are facing as a planet, especially our fragile ocean ecosystems.
Nestled between Dominical’s hub of lightning fast waves to the north and famously long-left rides in Playa Pavones to the south, the Uvita shoreline at Envision Festival offers consistently beautiful beach breaks best-suited for beginner to intermediate surfers looking to refine their skills during the most pleasant time of the year.
Attendees and surf enthusiasts can look forward to surf lessons, surfboard rentals and exciting upcoming announcements on surf-related activities leading up to, during, and after Envision Festival.
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Costa Rican Surfers Representing Envision
As we continue to enhance our mission through building the surf team, we look forward to hearing from you.
Your voice is pivotal in our mission to support and build an elite team of athletes that settle for nothing less than excellence in both their sport and their relationship to creating a healthier planet. Assembled with native Costa Rican surfers, the Wave Brigade stands for performing at your best and doing the right thing, no matter the cost.
Who do you want to see join The Wave Brigade?
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