Name: Teo Prestinary
Surfing: 36 years
From: Costa Rica
Question presented: How has surfing influenced your life overall and personally?
A deep streaming passion with a splash of light laughter flows from Teo as the conversation about surfing ignites. “Ever since I was little I wanted to do this, I wanted to surf.” “I started when I was nine years old, and it has influenced me so greatly that I have always looked for the means to move to the beach.”
Blessed to have some of the worlds greatest waves in his backyards, Teo grew up in Costa Rica, and now resides in Nicaragua. He shares how his family moved to the beach, then moved away from the beach, but he always found a way to come back to the ocean. “Even though most of my acquaintances have moved away, they live in the cities, I stay close to the beach.” He feels most at home near the water.
On a more personal level, Teo expresses how surfing provides him with “quiet time.” He articulates that, “I surf for the sensation of it,” noting, “in the water you’re like your own free spirit- you have no worries out there.” He describes how a surf session can reset him “180 degrees.” He chuckles and states that when he is in the water, “it’s like I’m on vacation, then when I get out… back to reality!”
Reflecting back to when he was 9, Teo conveys, “I surf for the fun of it, for the passion, for the tranquility. And those feelings have always been there, ever since wave one.”
Teo admits he is a “picky surfer,” refusing to surf in colder water, such as a time when he visited a friend in San Francisco. Nonetheless, he doesn’t have to worry about that here in Nicaragua, he finds time on his days off to enjoy the beauty of childhood fun.
Well said, Teo! Cheers to the continuation of stoke! (salt water and sand dunes haha!)