Tamarindo, Costa Rica –
Today was like any other morning. I woke up early, walked Gidget, got ready to go surf, and headed down to the beach. A couple minutes after heading out my front door, I realized the leash to my surfboard was not on my board, so I turned around and headed back to my place to grab it. Leash in hand, I continued my normal morning surf routine, locking up my bike at Witch’s Rock Surf Camp and was about to say good morning to their front desk staff as I was passing by when one of my surf friends came running past me, soaking wet, with a look of shock on his face. He ran up to the front desk, telling them to call for help. I figured he had gotten cut by his surfboard, so I continued my routine and headed to the beach. 30 feet away from me, I saw the surfer laying on the sand as the staff at Witch’s Rock rushed to his help. Nope, not a surfboard gash, but one of the crocodiles thats habitat is the Tamarindo Estuary had attacked him. I was minutes away from getting in the water very close to where I saw the man laying on the beach, and my home surf break is right in front of the Tamarindo Estuary. Heck, I even PADDLED ACROSS the estuary RIGHT where this man was to surf another break YESTERDAY. AND ironically enough, I am participating in @jasminestar ‘s Instagram challenge this week, and today’s challenge is to post a photo of our favorite foods. Well, I almost was crocodile food this morning. To say the least, I am counting my blessings this morning. Sending prayers and healing energy to this man.