A former Dow Jones columnist, I'm a finance professional working in the fund management industry in London, I also love surfing. Having discovered Nosara for the first time in 1999, after traveling around Costa Rica for a few months, I built the foundations for a house in 2003, and finished the construction in 2010 – when I also met my American wife. It's not easy building for a tropical environment, but the Ticos are experts in reinforced concrete. Happily, the house was able to ride out the 7.4 magnitude earthquake of Sep 2012 without a scratch. .