Surfer "majagua" ascends Everest to win Mountain Series in record fashion

You have to ask yourself, what was a man who lives to surf doing at the top of Mount Everest? Well, winning of course.

That's what Federico "majagua69" Quevedo does when he's riding a wave, and also when he's grinding at the day job. For Quevado, 32, is a surfer, a good one, as well as being a great poker player. To prove the former let me present the pictures below. I'll let his win in the Mountain Series yesterday speak to the latter.

federico_quevado_surf_22_12apr16.jpgBack from Everest: Federico Quevado

That Series concluded yesterday atop Mount Everest, so to speak, an event with a $2,100 buy in, a prize pool of nearly $2 million and a first prize of $350,280. It capped off a string of tournaments that began in the foothills of Mount Sugarloaf and, after trouncing up the likes of Olympus, the Matterhorn and Kilimanjaro, concluded on top of the world. 

federico_quevado_surf_12apr16.jpgQuevado in surf mode

Which is about where Quevado is right now. Nicknamed "Majagua", the Costa Rican dedicated his win to his friend Juan Carlos Egea, a fellow Costa Rican grinder who died recently. It's in his memory that Quevado now holds the record for the biggest online cash by a Costa Rican. It's something Quevado said he was proud about, but a record he intended to beat during SCOOP next month. 

federico_quevedo_poker_12apr16.jpgFederico Quevado on dry land

For now he'll celebrate the win back at ground level, or at least sea level on Jaco beach. That's his home, but also to a large neighbourhood of ex-pats who grind. Few though unwind in such heroic fashion. 


Congratulations to him on a record breaking win. 

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Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

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