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Stingrays! Good-Bad-Neutral?

Stingrays! Bad or Good?

If you’re unsure about your stance on stingrays, we don’t blame you. They’re often portrayed as deadly, cold-blooded creatures who wield their venomous tails like a weapon. They’re also 99% of the time not hurtful or mean creatures. The best way to form an opinion is by learning a little more about the stingray.

When people see stingrays in the water the first reaction people make is get me out of the water! But they usually act kind and gentle around humans. Its only when a stingray feels threatened that beach-goers have to worry. Most of the stingray attacks in California happen when a human swims above or in front of them, either creating no escape route for the stingray or they accidentally step on them. Of course any animal that is cornered or scared can be dangerous, just as a stray dog can be dangerous if backed into a corner.

Trying to learn how to surf Private Surf Lessons

The stingrays do not want to eat or hurt you!

The diet of these creatures consists of small animals that live in the sand – mostly shellfish, small worms. The stingray feeds by hovering directly over the sand and fluttering the wing-like edges of its body disc to clear away the top level of sand. This exposes the little creatures that live just under the sand, and the stingray plops on top of them and eats them.


How to Avoid Stingray Attacks

Stingray Attacks  are more likely to happen to swimmers or surfers who are entering or exiting the ocean through shallow water and accidentally step on a stingray.

Naturally, the stingray will react. When the stingray is stepped on, it quickly whips its long tail forward and down, which jabs the stinger at the base of the tail into usually the foot or leg of the person. This is a defensive maneuver designed to remove the beachgoers foot from the stingray’s body, and it works. To avoid stepping on top of a stingray, beachgoers can shuffle their feet when entering and exiting the water. We call this the stingray shuffle! The Stingray Shuffle is simply sliding your feet along the sand instead of taking big steps. To a stingray, these sliding movements feel more like vibrations, which scares them away. If you take big long steps the stingray will not feel these vibrations and will stay put until you step on their backs, which most the time ends up in getting stung. Here is a video that will show you how to stingray shuffle. Go watch this video that demonstrates how to do the stingray shuffle and what to do if stung https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9a6QRcSBQec

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How to Treat an Injury

Treating stingray wounds requires submerging the affected area in water as hot as the individual can stand, around 110 degrees. If parts of the barb are not lodged into the wound, this type of treatment can easily be done at home instead of the doctor’s office; however, it’s important to note, if the barb is deeply lodged into the skin and/or the area does not seem to be healing, a trip to the emergency room and some antibiotics are in order. Carefully remove any surface debris from the wound with tweezers and continue to soak the area in hot water until the

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Why You Shouldnt Buy A Costco Surf Board

Summer is approaching soon!

So it’s almost that time of year to soak up the sun, hit the beach, and learn how to surf! A perfect spot to learn how to surf in Southern California is Bolsa Chica State Beach in Huntington Beach, also known as Surf City USA. Instead of running out to grab a soft-top surfboard from your nearest Costco, it’s best to take a lesson from the pros first!

Bolsa Chica State Beach is time and time again mentioned as one of the best places to learn how to surf in Southern California. That’s why Corky Carroll’s Surf School chose to teach surfing at this location and was the first surf school to ever open at Bolsa Chica State Beach! It’s a much safer decision to take a surfing lesson rather than purchase a Wavestorm soft-top from Costco with no previous experience.

Check out why Bolsa Chica is the best place to learn how to surf! Bolsa Chica State Beach

The benefits of taking a lesson first:

Surfing can be dangerous without proper instruction and lack of ocean knowledge. That’s why Corky Carroll’s is here to teach the ends and outs of surfing do and don’ts.

  1. Safety: Corky Carroll’s Surf school teaches surfers the importance of safety before getting in the water, such as the proper way to paddle out, rip currents, surf etiquette, and protecting yourself from the surfboard.
  2. Surfboard size: Corky Carroll’s Surf School will choose a surfboard that is suitable to the surfer’s skill set, height, and width. The surfboards at Corky Carroll’s are specifically designed for starting out surfers that are top-quality with the option of fiberglass or a high-performance soft-top surfboard.
  3. Knowledgeable instructors: All Corky Carroll’s instructors have years of experience surfing and teaching, along with CPR/first aid certifications and background checks.

When it comes to a surfboard, you pay for what you get. Buying a soft-top surfboard from Costco for 100$ is going to leave you with a poor-quality surfboard and experience. Let’s face it you don’t want to be a “kook” in the line-up.

The Wavestorm soft-top surfboard is known to soak up seawater and the leash is tangle-prone. Riding a Wavestorm typically earns a “newbie” badge in the surfing world. Surfers have joked that it moves like a school bus and it’s more like a bath toy than a surfboard.

waterlogged wavestorm

When it comes to a surfboard for learning Corky Carroll’s pick is StormBlade Surfboards. Their generous outlines and well calibrated thickness make surfing an unparalleled experience for beginners to advance. The strong yet forgiving foam layered construction provides a complete fun inspiring time in any surf condition. Try out our StormBlade Surfboards at Private Surf Lessons

StormBlade Surfboards encompass performance with style, only using high-quality materials. The soft-top surfboards are great for many different wave conditions and surfing levels. StormBlade makes learning easier with their style, performance, and quality to give the beginner a perfectly balanced wave-riding platform to surf.


Think twice about that Wavestorm 100$ Costco surfboard, the smart choice is to take a lesson with Corky Carroll’s and learn on a high-quality StormBlade surfboard.



Packing For Costa Rica

The Essential Packing List

Once you’ve reserved a private bungalow at our all-inclusive Costa Rica surf ranch in Nosara, all that’s left to do is pack your bags! Let’s face it, deciding what to pack for a vacation can be overwhelming, especially if you’re not sure what to bring. When traveling internationally, the list of items is a bit different than a local weekend getaway and things can get confusing. Luckily, I’m here with answers to some of the most common packing list questions and also to give you a simple breakdown on what to bring and what not to bring on your trip to Costa Rica.

Do I need a passport to travel to Costa Rica?
Yes! Anyone traveling to Costa Rica from outside the country needs the following documents to enter:

  • Current passport: Valid a minimum of 3 months after arrival date (U.S. passports must be valid a minimum of one day from the day you enter Costa Rica).
  • Proof of Departure (flight itinerary)
  • Color photocopy of your passport
  • Government issued photo I.D. is strongly recommended

What clothes do I need for Costa Rica?

The big question of what to wear during your vacation can lead to overpacking the wrong items or leaving out important ones. Climate and activities can be the biggest deciding factors of what to wear. Depending on what season you’re traveling and what you plan to do while there, you may need to pack more or less. Keep in mind, the weather is always warm (85- 95 degrees in the afternoon and 75 degrees at night), the atmosphere is very casual and packing light is a good idea. Here are some essential clothing items to include :

  • Shorts, Shirts, Tank Tops, Lightweight Long Sleeve Shirts
  • Board Shorts / Swimsuits
  • Long Sleeved RashguardLight Jacket (Rainy season is May-August and November)
  • Ladies’ Cover-up (Sarong or Sundress)
  • Underwear & Extra Socks (in case feet get wet)
  • Athletic Shoes
  • Sandals (it’s a good idea to pack an extra pair)
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Optional Lightweight Pants or Surf Pants


  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Antiperspirant
  • Bodywash
  • Face / Makeup Remover Wipes
Costa Rica Packing List

Packing for Costa Rica

First Aid Kit

  • Prescriptions
  • Bug Repellent & Anti-itch Cream
  • Advil (muscle relief)
  • Vaseline (for ocean rash protection)
  • Aloe Vera for sunburns
  • Sunscreen SPF 30+ (We love Sun Bum Zinc & Headhunter!)

Electronics & Miscellaneous Items

When traveling out of the country, home can seem very far away but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the creature comforts. Guests can enjoy TV with cable and free wifi in our open air rancho and lounge. We also use standard US outlets so no adapters are needed. Below are some important items to pack for a more enjoyable trip and for the downtime when you’re ready to retire to your private bungalow:

  • Cell Phone
    International Cell Phone Plans
  • GoPro and/or Camera
  • Chargers for Phone and Electronics
  • Flashlight for Nighttime Excursions
  • LUCI Light in case of power outage: Check them out!!
  • Favorite Candy & Snacks
  • Books and Magazines
  • Cards, Small Board Games or Puzzles
Packing essentials

Electronics In Costa Rica


  • Cash is recommended, especially for nearby activities and same day tours
  • No need to change your money at the airport, Costa Rica accepts U.S. currency (make sure they are unmarked and not torn).
  • Small bills/$20 are best to carry around
  • ATM/Credit Cards are accepted in most places
  • The average exchange rate is 550 Colon to $1.
  • Activities in Nosara include; Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Zip Line tours, Fishing tours, Tennis, Mini Golf, Quad rentals/tours, yoga & massage. Average outside vendor costs $60-$150 per activity. Yoga classes vary between $10-$20. Zip line is $50 for kids & $60 for adults (+$120 roundtrip transportation). For a full list of activities beyond surfing check out a typical day at our resort.

Important Reminders

  • Contact your bank to inform them you will be out of the country
  • Contact cell phone carrier for international travel pass. Read more about International Cell Phone Plans.
  • Each bungalow is equipped with a small safe that can hold small items and a tablet or 13” laptop but please leave jewelry and valuables at home!

Our 2nd generation family business has hosted guests for over 20 years and if there’s anything you need, our friendly staff are available to help. There is also a local Super, the equivalent to a small grocery market (like 7-Eleven), that most likely has any items you may have forgotten, such as toiletries, beverages and snacks .

Whether you’re planning a family vacation, romantic getaway, or epic Costa Rica surfing trip, we combine hospitality and the perfect location to help make the most of your vacation getaway!

By: Alexis Folden