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LEARN TO SURF IN COSTA RICA

Surfing will be offered for the Playpoi Workshop April 16 and April 23.  Beyond that, surfing has been delegated to the Wild Sun Jungle Resort and may be taken alongside yoga, volunteering and adventure programs.  Please visit the Wild Sun website for more information.

Costa Rica is known to have some of the most consistent waves in the world. With its diverse topography and coastal winds, there are waves for every surfer. Add to that the year round heat and warm ocean and there is never a bad time to pick up the board and head to the beach.

The areas of Cabuya, Montezuma, Mal Pais and Santa Teresa provide all sorts of breaks to choose from. Most of our classes revolve around Montezuma's Playa Grande, but if the group improves enough, our instructors will bring you some other breaks in the area. Generally each class will last 1 hour and 50 minutes (Monday-Friday), but that may depend on your endurance surfing is rigorous and, often times, tiring, sport. Either way you'll find 1 hour and 50 minutes to be more than enough to be ripping at no time.

One of the major ways we stand out from the surf school crowd is that as part of our Surf program we weave in all sorts of fun and exciting adventures into your days.  When you're not tearing up the waves, any given day we'll take you on one of four different waterfall hikes, zip lining, horseback riding, snorkeling to Tortuga Island, swimming in one of many tide pools, on a guided hike through the Cabo Blanco National Park, on a quad tour, and much, MUCH more.   

As part of your program fee we also provide you with a private chef who will cook 19 meals for you over the course of your week with us. Don't worry about where to eat, what's good, etc. Just sit back and let us deliver home-cooked, delicious and nutritous meals to you three times a day (Sunday-Friday and Saturday morning).

 

Surf - Thumbs up

 

To give you an idea how much I loved it at this school, here is my story. After my 3 weeks were over, I packed my things, checked out, and got on the bus towards San Jose. One hour into the trip I decided to turn back, it just felt wrong to leave. When I got to the ferry I got on the first bus to Montezuma by noon I was back and spent another amazing week here. Careful, it is very difficult to leave this place! :) "

Beginner and Intermediate Surfers

On day one for beginners, you'll go over the safety and technical introduction on land. You'll spend the rest of your two hours in the water practicing your balance on the board, getting a feel for the waves and learning the basic techniques of how to stand up and paddle effectively. These lessons will introduce you to surfing and give you the tools for what happens to a lifelong passion. For intermediates, you will have a chance to hone your skills on a relatively unknown and empty beach. Those of you from California know how much of a privilege that can be!

"I was standing up and riding the waves to shore in one day! Many others were as well. By the 2nd or 3rd day, everybody in the class was."

 

Surf-4 surfers on beach

 

Our beginner / intermediate beach, Playa Grande, may be the best surf beach for learning in all of Costa Rica! There are two main reasons for this:

Main reason # 1:

When much of the country is pounded by large and powerful waves (exactly why the professionals like it!), Those who do not know how to handle those waves can easily get hurt. Because of our unique geographical location, our beach is protected from the open ocean and waves are usually smaller than everywhere else (which makes a bigger difference than you may realize). Check wetsand.com or similar websites for current swell conditions and you will see the difference. At the same time, waves eat consistently as they do in any beach in the world throughout the year.

Main reason # 2:

If you're in good shape, Playa Grande is a 20 minute walk from the edge of town. If you consider yourself a "slow walker" or if you think you are one to stop and admire the rain forest, natural pools on the beach and howling monkeys, it may take you longer. Either way, we recommend bringing the right shoes: hiking sandals or running shoes work best. This is one of the keys to making our surfing beach so good. No one wants to walk with a heavy surf board out to the beach. Luckily for us, we have a surfing cabin there, so you will not have either. What does this mean for you? There's no crowd. No one fights for waves. You do not have to be embarrassed to fail because hardly anyone but our students and instructors are watching. There are less people to crash into and hurt yourself. To top it off, you have a place to keep your valuables safe while surfing.

More reasons why Playa Grande may be the best beginner surf beach in all of Costa Rica:

On other beaches which more often have deeper shore lines, it may feel like you're part of a wash cycle when you wipe out. When you finally do come up for air, you're pounded by another wave. Kind of sucks the fun out of it. Here, when you wipe out, the bottom is not too deep, meaning you can easily find which way is up and pop right out of the water.

There are no rocks, other than one boulder, way off shore which provides nice right hand waves. No hitting feet, knees, heads !, etc. On rocks when you fall. Our beach has a soft sandy bottom, keeping you out of harm's way.

The walk to Playa Grande takes you through an absolute nature reserve along the beach and through shaded jungle passes. It's a great chance to see wildlife every day; Families of howler and white faced monkeys, neon orange and purple crabs (they do not bite, do not worry), beautiful birds, etc. There is no single house or building for most of the walk, but there is a small river with waterfalls and a natural swimming pool on the beach along the way. It's absolutely beautiful. If Costa Rica calls you because of its natural beauty, it's here where you'll find it.

One of the cooler features of our surf cabin is that part of a complex aimed at protecting endangered giant sea turtles. That means that part of your program fee, goes toward helping fund the project to save these amazing creatures. If you time it right, you may see baby turtles hatching and racing out for their first swim!

At our cabin, you can choose from any of our 20 board selection (max 15 students; 5 students per instructor). Ranging in size from 7'2 "to 12 ', there's a perfect board for everyone. Your balance gets better and you want to carve more, you will move from larger to smaller boards.

There's no better place to learn how to surf !!

 Sunset surf - TU

 

"A big thanks to all LEDS, I am definitely coming back !!! I think next time I will have to take up POI too ... that really looked awesome!"

Classes involving yoga, poi and surfing, excluding combinations with Spanish or Scuba, can be taken beginning on almost any Sunday (see schedule for vacation dates). For combinations including Spanish or Scuba classes please see our "Rates and Dates" page for schedules.

Please note: Safety is our number 1 concern. Always The School of the Sun will do everything in its power to give you 5 classes per week, MF, but as we all know, weather and conditions can change without notice. The School of the Sun reserves the right to cancel any class for safety reasons at any time. Alternate activities will be provided in such cases. Also note that on average we cancel 5-6 classes per year. Chances are slim it will happen on your trip.

Here's a look at what you expect from our surf camps or our surfing combination programs:

Surfing Only

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1 WEEK SURFING ONLY

Surfboard rental

Introduction to surfing on the beach for beginners

1 hour and 50 minutes of surfing instruction at best local beach, MF

Guided waterfall hike or sightseeing tour

6 nights accommodation at La Escuela Del Sol

Fire show (most weeks)

2 WEEKS SURFING ONLY

Features of 1 Week Program plus:

7 more nights of accommodation (13 nights total)

Optional zip line canopy tour or guided horseback ride to private waterfalls (weekends only)

3 WEEKS SURFING ONLY

Includes all features of 2 Week Program plus:

7 more nights of accommodation (20 nights total)

Optional class on third Friday to allow for extended travel

4 WEEKS SURFING ONLY

Features of 3 Week Program plus:

7 more nights of accommodation (27 nights total)

1 hour massage

Bonfire party (dry season)

 

Surfing and Yoga

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1 WEEK SURFING AND YOGA

Surfboard rental

Introduction to surfing on the beach for beginners

1 hour and 50 minutes of surfing instruction on Playa Grande, MF

90 minutes (or 60 minutes for private sessions) of Hatha Vinyasa-style Yoga, MF

Guided waterfall hike or sightseeing tour

6 nights accommodation at La Escuela Del Sol

Fire show (most weeks)

2 WEEKS SURFING AND YOGA

Features of 1 Week Program plus:

7 more nights of accommodation (13 nights total)

Optional zip line canopy tour or guided horseback ride to private waterfalls (weekends only)

3 WEEKS SURFING AND YOGA

Includes all features of 2 Week Program plus:

7 more nights of accommodation (20 nights total)

Optional class on third Friday to allow for extended travel

4 WEEKS SURFING AND YOGA

Features of 3 Week Program plus:

7 more nights of accommodation (27 nights total)

1 hour massage

Bonfire party (dry season)