Q&A w/ Costa Rica's Most Badass Surfer

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Imagine being the first from your country to surf in an ASP World Tour contest. Just imagine. Well, Costa Rica's Carlos Munoz didn't just imagine it, it became his reality after winning the Hurley Pro Video Trials which scored him a spot in this year's Hurley Pro at Trestles where he got to surf alongside his favorite surfers and put Costa Rican pro surfing on the map. He's a surfer for the ages, with a mental air game to boot. Ghetto Juice Editor Skip Snead interviews.

Ghetto Juice: How much do you love Lowers?
Carlos Munoz: Ah man, Lowers is amazing. It's an easy wave to surf, but it's a hard wave to surf good. It's perfect. You've just got to enjoy yourself and try to catch the best waves.

Ghetto Juice: Must have been a dream come true to surf in a WCT event?
Carlos Munoz: Yeah, it really was a dream come true. I've been dreaming so many nights for an opportunity like that, and when I surfed my heat against Gabriel Medina and made it through, I couldn't believe it. I couldn't believe I was surfing against the best guys in the world. I'm super happy with the opportunity.

Ghetto Juice: Can you picture yourself on the WCT yourself one day?
Carlos Munoz: Yes, I can see it clearly, and also up in my mind, ya know. Just seeing how professional these surfers are. How they train, and how they change equipment everyday … that's another window that's opened up in my mind. It's amazing.

Ghetto Juice: Let's go back to when you were a little kid growing up in Costa Rica. What kind of dreams did you have as a little surfer grom?
Carlos Munoz: Well, I didn't have any dreams. When I went surfing, I was just addicted to surfing. Going every day, boom, boom, boom! I never thought about competing until after about a year of being into it, then I started competing … I'd dream of surfing with Kelly and Bruce and Andy, all the amazing guys. And to be here now surfing with these guys it's amazing for me.

Ghetto Juice: When did you leave Costa Rica for the first time on a surf trip out of the country?
Carlos Munoz: I was 14 and went to the ISA World's in Portugal. And that was a dream for me! Getting on a plane for the first time in my life, and getting to compete against Australian kids, and South African kids … it was amazing.

Ghetto Juice: Other than beating the world number one in your first heat at Lowers, what's been the highlight of your trip to Orange County this time around?
Carlos Munoz: It's been a dream. I've just enjoyed all the good vibes from everybody. Like we say, Pura Vida.

Ghetto Juice: Now you're inspiring a whole new generation of young surfers from Costa Rica as well, yeah?
Carlos Munoz: Well, that's another one of the main things, opening the door for all the amazing talent in South America. There's so many good kids coming up now. I hope they can come and follow my lines.


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Imagine being the first from your country to surf in an ASP World Tour contest. Just imagine. Well, Costa Rica's Carlos Munoz didn't just imagine it, it became his reality after winning the Hurley Pro Video Trials which scored him a spot in this year's Hurley Pro at Trestles where he got to surf alongside his favorite surfers and put Costa Rican pro surfing on the map. He's a surfer for the ages, with a mental air game to boot. Ghetto Juice Editor Skip Snead interviews.

Ghetto Juice: How much do you love Lowers?
Carlos Munoz: Ah man, Lowers is amazing. It's an easy wave to surf, but it's a hard wave to surf good. It's perfect. You've just got to enjoy yourself and try to catch the best waves.

Ghetto Juice: Must have been a dream come true to surf in a WCT event?
Carlos Munoz: Yeah, it really was a dream come true. I've been dreaming so many nights for an opportunity like that, and when I surfed my heat against Gabriel Medina and made it through, I couldn't believe it. I couldn't believe I was surfing against the best guys in the world. I'm super happy with the opportunity.

Ghetto Juice: Can you picture yourself on the WCT yourself one day?
Carlos Munoz: Yes, I can see it clearly, and also up in my mind, ya know. Just seeing how professional these surfers are. How they train, and how they change equipment everyday … that's another window that's opened up in my mind. It's amazing.

Ghetto Juice: Let's go back to when you were a little kid growing up in Costa Rica. What kind of dreams did you have as a little surfer grom?
Carlos Munoz: Well, I didn't have any dreams. When I went surfing, I was just addicted to surfing. Going every day, boom, boom, boom! I never thought about competing until after about a year of being into it, then I started competing … I'd dream of surfing with Kelly and Bruce and Andy, all the amazing guys. And to be here now surfing with these guys it's amazing for me.

Ghetto Juice: When did you leave Costa Rica for the first time on a surf trip out of the country?
Carlos Munoz: I was 14 and went to the ISA World's in Portugal. And that was a dream for me! Getting on a plane for the first time in my life, and getting to compete against Australian kids, and South African kids … it was amazing.

Ghetto Juice: Other than beating the world number one in your first heat at Lowers, what's been the highlight of your trip to Orange County this time around?
Carlos Munoz: It's been a dream. I've just enjoyed all the good vibes from everybody. Like we say, Pura Vida.

Ghetto Juice: Now you're inspiring a whole new generation of young surfers from Costa Rica as well, yeah?
Carlos Munoz: Well, that's another one of the main things, opening the door for all the amazing talent in South America. There's so many good kids coming up now. I hope they can come and follow my lines.

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