Off To The Rafting World Championships in Costa Rica!

As I write this, I’m finishing up preparation to leave for Costa Rica today where I’ll be attending the World Rafting Championship. The event kicked off this morning and races begin tomorrow, with teams from 35 different countries on hand to take part in a head-to-head competition that should be a lot of fun to watch.

The event is being held in Turrialba, which is widely considered one of the top rafting destinations in the world. I’m told that the town is nestled snugly into the jungle, and the nearby Pacuare River has Class IV+ rapids to run, which should provide the perfect setting for this competition, which will include sprint races, slaloms, and more.

I’ll post updates and photos from the event when I get the chance, and share more thoughts on Costa Rica as an adventure destination as well. This is my first visit to the country, but I’ve heard great things, so I’m looking forward to checking it out for myself.

I’m only there for an extended weekend however, so regular postings will resume on Monday and if I have the opportunity, I’ll post some images while I’m on site. It should be great fun and this will be my first stamp in my newly renewed passport! Yay!

3 thoughts on “Off To The Rafting World Championships in Costa Rica!”

  1. Hi,

    My name is Cate, and I am 14 years old. I really like your blog, but when I read the post about Laura Dekker a few months ago, with the picture of Jessica Watson, I felt I disagreed with you. You said it is irresponsible and foolish to attempt to sail solo around the world as a teen. Laura was young, only thirteen, but she spent her entire life sailing, and was well prepared for her trip. I am also planning to set sail from Miami in June of 2012 to attempt to become the youngest person ever to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around the world. Just thought you should know. Otherwise, your blog is very informative and interesting. Oh, and I think you know my mother, Anglea Burke-Chenus.

  2. Hi Cate,

    Thanks for you note, and while you disagree with where I stand, I appreciate your thoughtful comments. I will say that I stand by position that I don't think the open ocean is a safe place for young people to be traveling by themselves, but then again, I would never turn the keys to a car over to a 14-year old and tell them to drive across country either.

    That said, I respect your opinion and will wish you the best of luck when you set out on your own adventure. I'll also be cheering you on and following your progress as well. I admire the adventurous spirit that you (and Laura, and Jessica, etc.) have and will always defend that approach to living life to the fullest.

    You will have an amazing experience traveling the world and seeing things that most of us can only dream of. That alone will make it worth the journey, independent of any records that may be attained along the way.

    Please feel free to keep me updated on your progress and know that I'll be wishing you only the best when you set sail next year.

    Oh, and tell your mom I say hello too! 😉

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