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I left chilly drizzling Boquete just before 7am and arrived in sticky drizzling Pavones just before 7pm. It took me a lot longer than expected and most of the time was actually spent on just waiting for snail-slow buses in the middle of nowhere in Costa Rica: the public transport in Panama seemed a little more efficient to me.

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Pavones....

My second visit in that remote village of Costa Rica with a certain amount of nostalgia for how great the waves were back in May 2011.

Before talking about waves, I am a severe chocoholic and was fully aware that Costa Rica was producing one of the world's finest chocolates, but didn't know exactly where to find it in the country. Funnily enough, it turned out that Pavones was rich in Cacao fruits.

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Like the coffee-plantation tour that I joined while in Boquete, I delightedly took part of a chocolate-workshop conducted here in Pavones by a local guy called Alberto, a.k.a. Berto.
It was the very first time in my life to see, touch and taste Cacao fruits and their beans: I had somehow always thought that Cacao would only grow in dryland. No! It's opposite in fact. Forests are extremely dense with lots of sun and rain at this part of the planet. The humidity can also be horrendously high, so a yucky mold will grow everywhere on your belongings. Such climate is what Cacao apparently prefers.

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The photo below shows Berto grinding roasted Cacao beans. This process was the hardest and required lots of man-power. And what came out of the heavy grinder wasn't any cocoa powder, but deliciously bitter and warm chocolate - 100% Cacao-based chocolate without any sugar!

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Halfway through the workshop, we added brown sugar, pure brown sugar from sugar canes, and then we were able to make big chocolate bars with our own hands: The contents ranged from coconuts to sugary ginger and almonds.
In the end we, of course, took the chocolate bars back home with us and it only further escalated my addiction in chocolate. No wonder I joined this workshop again a couple of weeks later!

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This workshop was real hands-on! Plus to be able to learn how chocolate was organically made was just awesome. Thanks a lot, Berto!
Let's eat more chocolate and let's go surfing!

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While my instinct (or addiction?) was still raw for chocolate, our mother nature shifted into the favour of this Japanese vagabond too. Like Playa Venao in Panama this past April and May, the surf in Pavones never became flat with at least two ground swells bombing in during my whole stay.
The best time was probably from September 15th (Mon) to 18th (Thu). Yes, this swell lasted for nearly four consecutive days! It was max 5 ~ 7ft on a set and the period was between 14 and 17 seconds with light offshore or cross-shore winds. Pavones went firing!

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Although Pavones occasionally becomes empty for no reason as shown in the above photos, when a big swell wraps in, the point can often be packed with pros, underground chargers, oil-tanker SUPs, clueless beginners and grumpy Gringos.

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Sick and tired of these Pavones crowds at times, I went surfing two other spots located within Golfito Bay.
The photos below show one of the spots that I went to by hiring a boat one day with some of the crew from the chocolate-workshop.

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This particular spot might quite possibly be one of the world's longest right-hand waves, but is somehow not well-known as Pavones, which is great for me :-)
The photos below were taken by Nana from Sydney, Australia. The waves on this particular day were about max 3 ~ 4ft. I caught a few set-waves all the way to the beach, and I swear my rides almost reached 650 meters in distance (I later confirmed it on a map!) These are my second longest right-hand waves after the waves in J-Bay, South Africa.

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My initial plan was to spend only a week in Pavones, but I quickly fell in love with the village and its surrounding areas and the waves (and the chocolate too!) As a result, I changed my mind in the last minute as well as my flight which cost me USD500 (Ouch!) I eventually spent three and a half weeks in this utopia.

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Oh, Pavones....
Free bananas, free mangos, free coconuts, free limes and free waves. I wanna keep my spirits raw and free too!






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