8th Local Boom Contest

As I arrived at Chancletas Beach Resort, I was welcomed with the magical local spirit of a community competition that grabbed the attention of people from all walks of life. This competition was run by Shay, the owner of Chancletas and the competitors were all from the region in Nicaragua called Chinandega. This was the 8th year it had been running. The waves were these perfect barrels and everyone was charging in, with the crowd roaring at the sight of these young lads shredding to their hearts content.

The shampoo champ Beto and Don Carlos Deshon

The shampoo competition was for beginners. This was won by Beto ‘El Pollito’  and was well deserved; he was small with a low centre of gravity which made him super nimble on his board like a ninja! When he came out of the ocean at the end of the final, the crowd chased him down the beach throwing eggs at him in celebration of his victory. The first and second place winners of the competition won a surf board that had been donated by the spectators.


The main competition was fearlessly fought out between the competitors, but as the surf got harder, the crowd got more wild and these young lads battled between them, wave after wave. It was hard to call but after some tough decisions by the judges, the winner was announced as Isaac “Makako” Rodrigez, who had won it 5 times before! He won $172 that was donated by the crowd and all 4 competitors in the final got a surfboard.

After the competition everyone went up to Chancletas for well-deserved tacos and snowies (raspados). The competitors all got free goody bags containing clothes and surfing gear. It was a fun day for everyone and even though it was a competition, it felt more like a gathering for the community to come together once a year and enjoy this wonderful sport as a collective.

Story By Kyle



El Tico

Photos by Cliff Bielawski

Jewelry Maker

Markartim Hand crafts

Presenting Mariana from the Community of Aserradores.

Maybe you have met her before, she is the daughter of “El Pastor Don Emilio”, one of the three triplets. She is a young entrepreneur and her hand made Jewelry is featured in many local businesses like Tapas & Surf, Pasta a la Vista and Al Cielo. On her free time she also teaches local kids to make Jewelry and is passing on Nicaragua’s long heritage of “Artesania”. Please contact her for work shops, to purchase products or to help further here career.

What’s your name?
Karen Mariana Espinal Reyes

25 years

Where do you live?
Aserradores, Nicaragua

Can you describe what your occupation is?
Jewelry maker and Masseuse.

How many years have you been doing this?
I started 4 years ago working with my sisters Karla and Araceli and also a group of children who are currently learning to be Craft Makers.

What do you love in your community?
I love the sea and the nature but above all, I love the kind people.

How do tourists help in your economic progress?
Tourism is an important economic source for the people that live here. It provides work that gives us stability and the opportunity to grow and get ahead.

Anything else you want to tell us?
Through tourism we meet people that help us value the beauty of our home.  Without tourists, beauty is a rough diamond waiting to be discovered.

Please leave your contact so that we can contact you:
Phone: +505 78200853
Mail: karen.espinalreyes@gmail.com
Facebook: Karen Espinal Reyes
Markartim Hand crafts