Jason Torres: From bad boy to national surfing champ

By Jill Replogle

Among the best rags-to-riches success stories in Costa Rica surfing is the tale of Jason Torres, the Jacó man who swapped his reputation as a hot-tempered devil child for that of a national champion. Along the way he has become an extraordinary individual with a beautiful wife and daughter and a bright future in surfing ahead of him.

His win on the National Surf Circuit last month in Playa Hermosa, Puntarenas was long overdue. Torres had been chasing the crown for years, and had the talent, but one thing or another happened to favor others. While his surfing has always been outstanding — a mixture of power and aerials — Torres has had to learn and accept an important lesson among professional competitors: It takes a certain mindset to be a winner. Along the way, while collecting other accolades, including three Central American championship titles, he got the message.

“I just tried to do my best in every event,” Torres explained about his national title win. “What was different was I pushed myself and told myself even though I want to win this event, I want to have fun. It was an attitude change. It seems like I was always fighting a … continue reading

Via:: Tico Times