Meeting Warner in Nosara, Costa Rica

We have a special post here today for two reasons. The first is that it was written by Shaun, and the second is that we have written it in Spanish and English. So make sure you scroll to the bottom if the first section makes your brain feel fuzzy.

A HUGE thank you to my wonderful Cuñada Natalia for translating for us. Regardless of how many Spanish podcasts we have listened to, we could have never done this without you!

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Si alguna vez has tomado el camino de acceso a la playa que queda al norte de Playa Guiones, cerca del “Guilded Iguana” y de “Kaya Sol”, es probable que hayas visto o intercambiado un par de palabras con Warner. Desde su puestecito cerca del estacionamiento, vende pulseras, collares y joyería que el mismo hace. Sin duda alguna, él es una de las personas más amables y genuinas que he conocido.

P1030260Durante las 3 semanas que estuvimos en Nosara, pasé por Warner varias veces al día  cuando iba o regresaba de surfear. Warner habla algo de inglés y yo un poco de español, por lo que nuestras conversaciones siempre fueron sencillas , pero interesantes al mismo tiempo. Por lo general solo hablábamos sobre el surf, o nos quejábamos de los malditos vientos de la tarde, o la falta de oleaje.  Él no podía surfear  por las mañana, pues es cuando vendía su joyería, sin embrago lo vi en acción un par de tardes. ¡Era muy bueno!

Entre más hablábamos, me fui dando cuenta que era una gran persona. Él vende joyería para mantener a su familia y tiene varias hijas de pequeña edad. Un par de veces, cuando hacía mucho calor, yo le traería una cerveza o una Coca. También le regalé un par de shorts de playa que  yo no pensaba traer de vuelta a Canadá conmigo. Él estaba encantado.

Cuando nuestra fecha de partida se acercaba, le avisé que pronto nos iríamos y que P1030261había sido un placer haberlo conocido. En ese momento me hizo una pulsera. Trate de pagársela, pero no aceptó que le diera dinero.  Yo no suelo usar pulseras o joyería, sin embargo esta acción me hizo sentir muy humilde. De hecho, es una pulsera muy padre. Cuando Kate la vio, quiso comprarse una parecida. Warner le dejó escoger los colores, y le hizo una pulsera similar a la mía.

Nos dio su email, pero nos dijo que lo checaba muy seguido.  Nos dijo que no necesitaba email o Facebook, lo único que el necesitaba era su puestecito, las olas, y la gente que paraba a platicar con él todos los días.

Si alguna vez vas al Norte de Guiones, tienes que pasar a ver a Warner. Platica con él y échale un vistazo a su mercancía. Es realmente una persona excepcional.  

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If you have ever taken the beach access road to the north end of Playa Guiones near the Gilded Iguana and Kaya Sol, then you’ve likely seen or talked to Warner. Warner has a table set up along the road near the beach parking lot. He sells bracelets, necklaces, and jewellery that he makes himself. I can safely say that Warner is one of the nicest and most genuine people I’ve ever met.

P1030260During our three weeks in Nosara, I passed by Warner several times a day on my way to and from the surf. Warner speaks a bit of English and I speak a small amount of Spanish so our conversations were always somewhat simple, but always interesting. We would usually just chat about the surf; the damn on-shore winds in the afternoon and the lack of swell. He sold his jewellery in the morning so he couldn’t surf then, but I saw him make it out a couple of evenings. As expected, he could rip. 

The more Warner and I talked, the more I realized what a great guy he was. He runs his stand to support his family (he has a whole bunch of little girls). On a few hot days I’d bring him a cold beer or coca colas. I even gave him an old pair of board shorts I wasn’t planning on bringing home. He was pretty stoked.

As we neared the end of our time in Nosara, I let him know we were leaving, and told him P1030261how great it was to have met him. Next thing you know he made me a bracelet. I tried to pay, but again he would not accept. I’m not one for bracelets or jewellery, but I felt pretty humbled by his gesture. Its actually, for a bracelet, really nice. Its a good reminder of the good times surfing at Guiones. After Kate saw my bracelet she decided she wanted to buy a similar one. Warner let her pick her colours and made her one to match mine.

We got him to give us his email address, but he said he doesn’t check it often. He told us that he doesn’t need email or Facebook, all he needs is the waves, his stand and the people who stop by to talk to him every day. 

If you’re heading to north Guiones you have to go see Warner. Go have a chat with him or check out all his stuff. He’s a wicked dude.

Gracias Shaun, Warner and Natalia for making this post possible!

Pura Vida!

Kate

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