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Cheap Surf Lessons

Cheap Surf lessons!

If you’re newer to surfing, or simply want to “get back into the groove”– Surf Lessons in Southern California are the way to go! Our instructors at Corky Carroll’s surf school will show you the correct movements, like how to paddle/extend your arms, spring up like a cat, and the proper foot and body placement- before even wading into the water. Cheap surf lessons are not the way to go when learning how to surf!

We love what we do (we love teaching people how to surf)! We’re quite lucky to play on the beach, and represent the love of surfing in Orange County. And although we love, love, love testing “new waters” and challenges (and making sure you reach your goals)- Our #1 priority is your safety! We want to make sure our students have the best experience while learning how to surf, and know what to expect, one step-at-time.

So! What does that mean?

First off, here at Corky’s- We work with the California State Parks to receive our beach permit and  we work with the City of Huntington Beach to receive a legal business license, allowing us to conduct private (and semi private) surf lessons. In a sense, we are “renting the beach.” We make sure that we are abiding by all requirements, and not breaking any laws (and putting anyone at risk), and potentially being kicked off the beach by the police. Check out why Bolsa Chica is the best location to learn how to surf Bolsa Chica State Beach

bolsa chica

bolsa chica

 

We also make sure we have the right insurance to protect us and you. Most cheap surf lessons do not have these qualifications.  Just like we want to make sure our  surf instructors are safe everyday- We want to make sure our students are just as protected! We do absolutely everything we can to have the most stress-free surfing lesson possible- but the Ocean is a wonderful creature, and sometimes she has other plans. We encourage light stretching before and after the class, drinking plenty of water beforehand, offer the best-fit/thickness of wetsuits, and the best board to fit your skill-level, and preference of riding stretching. This Frequently Asked Questions For Equipment will help you determine the best equipment to help you surf in no time.

stretching

stretching

If we all follow these suggestions/instructions, and have the correct permits & insurances- We are cruising for a happy day/weekend! Yet, unfortunately- Not all Surf Schools abide by these rules. Many “surfing Schools” on “discount websites” don’t have the proper insurance and permits to execute the safe-experience that students expect. That is why you should look into doing legal surf lesson with us Contact us

Websites we strongly encourage NOT going to:

Brads Deals

DealNews.com

FatWallet

Gotta Deal

Groupon

Living Social

RetailMeNot

Slick Deals

Craigslist (100% are all illegal) Very Dangerous

Oh no! Did you read Groupon, on the list above?! Unfortunately, yes. Although I am guilty of perusing Groupon for meal discounts, or DIY classes- I would never go to Groupon for an discounted activity like Surfing.

cheap surf lessons

groupon

 

There are “Surf Classes” bragging that they give “the best  lessons in Surf City,” at the cheapest price- but 90% of the time, these illegal surf schools don’t  have the proper permits and insurances needed to legally teach safe lessons. Also, on another note- When these private & semi-private surf lessons are at a 50% markdown- the experience is not always set to the reviews/expectations. Go look at our Private Lessons Prices and Deals  at Private Surf Lesson Prices

Again, although most these surf coaches love the water/lifestyle- these businesses are barely making any money through Groupon. The goal of using a discount site- is hoping the customer will come back (usually a 1 time use for discount), or tell their friends. Yet, if this discount site is overdone/overused, employees/businesses can become burnt out.

Please, read the reviews!

(see our reviews from yelp, here)

When looking on the Groupon site, there are many comments where the instructors were late- or parking was not specified, or there were too many students for 1 teacher (quite chaotic with younger kids). Here at Corky’s, we choose the safest beginner beach “Bolsa Chica State Beach.” We’ve been conducting surf lessons here for over 20 years, parking is welcoming, and there aren’t any aggressive locals. (Click to check out Bolsa!)

 

Overall, we want you to have a wonderful time, that keeps you craving for more! We want beginner surfers to have so much fun, and return-surfers to regain confidence, and pick-up this amazing hobby/sport, that we love SO much.

Here is what we suggest!

  • Research! Give the different surf camps a ring!
  • Are the surf lessons  ran by a local business? Do they know the waters/beaches?
  • Do the businesses have the correct permits?
  • Do they have insurance for them, AND you?
  • What waivers do they ask you to fill out?
  • Can they explain an action plan, for if someone does get hurt?

Also, please watch for these signs/red flags:

  • Are they asking you to meet at a “off-site” location before going to the beach!!! Stay Away!! Illegal!!! 
  • Are they not allowing  you to sign the waiver and pay on the sand, where the surf lesson is taking place?! Stay Away!! Illegal!!! 

If one of the above are happening, there’s a good chance that the illegal school is avoiding conspicuous behavior, to avoid getting a ticket or being removed from the beach. These businesses do not want you to sign a waiver, or do any type of money transaction on the beach, because this would be visible proof of their illegal behavior.

cheap surf lessons

cheap surf lessons

As I’m sure our readers understand; We’d love to have you. We’d love to connect you to our talented coaches, and give your family a few days at our Huntington Beach location, that they’ll never forget. Or perhaps the possibility of meeting for an all inclusive surf camp, in Costa Rica! Yet, more than anything- we want our future customers to be knowledgeable with what the Surf Market in Orange County has to offer (and to understand “the do’s” and “the dont’s”).

Costa Rica Resort and Surf Camp

Huntington Beach Surf Camp

Either way…

After you have a chance to ask the following above… GO FOR IT.

 

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Traveling to Costa Rica: Liberia or San Jose Airport

What Airport to fly into when going to Costa Rica?

Traveling is all about location, location, location and every journey begins with the airport you land at. In Costa Rica, there are two main international airports for travelers to choose from: San Jose (SJO) and Liberia (LIR). We recommend selecting the one that best suits your budget and geographical needs based on what area you plan to spend most of your time. Since these two airports are located far away from each other and offer different benefits for travelers, here’s a quick breakdown to help you decide which one you should fly to when visiting Costa Rica. If  you are trying to get to Corky Carroll’s Costa Rica Surf Resort Liberia International Airport will be closer than San Jose International Airport.

Here is the two main airports and the difference between locations.

Map of Liberia to San Jose

Airport to Airport

Liberia International Airport

 Located in northern Costa Rica within the Guanacaste Province and near the Pacific Ocean is Liberia International Airport. “LIR” is the second main international airport in Costa Rica and is situated right next to Liberia City. Just over an hours drive from some of the most picturesque and popular beaches in the country, Liberia is an excellent choice for those looking to soak up the sun with perfect surf breaks and miles of soft sand.

Over the past 10 years, the Guanacaste region has grown to be a top tourist destination for travelers visiting the scenic and less crowded Northwestern coastline of Costa Rica’s Pacific Ocean. This is where you’ll find some of the best all-inclusive resorts, laid-back boutique hotels, and affordable surf hostels that Costa Rica has to offer, along with biodiverse national parks and watersports. It’s also the closest and most convenient airport for guests staying at our privately-owned surf ranch in Nosara, as the drive takes around 2.5 hours (compared to 5-6 hours if transferring to/from San Jose).

It’s worth mentioning that this airport recently underwent major renovations and improvements in 2012 and 2018 to make traveling even easier. And unlike the rough unpaved roads around San Jose, the well paved roads near Liberia make for a smoother ride with less traffic. If you’re headed to Guanacaste for the beaches, resorts, mountain corridor, or Nicoya Peninsula, the Liberia International Airport is the one to consider.

Best Choice For:

  • Beaches & Surfing
  • Avellanas
  • Coco
  • Flamingo
  • Grande
  • La Fortuna
  • Montaverde
  • Nosara
  • Ocotal
  • Playa Conchal
  • Playa Hermosa
  • Riu
  • Tamarindo
  • BoardMembers Surf Ranch – Nosara
  • Four Seasons Resort
  • The Hilton
  • The Westin Golf Resort – Playa Conchal

San Jose International Airport

Centrally located near Costa Rica’s bustling capital city of San Jose is SJO, the prime airport for tourists visiting the Central and Southwest regions of the country. This airport provides easy access to nature, local culture, and beaches set on the south end of Costa Rica’s Pacific Ocean. It’s also about 30 mins away from a variety of accommodations from budget-friendly hostels to high-end resorts.

If you’re flying on a budget, you might want to consider SJO as an alternative to the smaller and sometimes pricier LIR airport mentioned above. Flights can be $300+ cheaper than flying into Liberia but the price of cheaper flights is often times offset by the high cost of local transportation like bus or taxi transfers to and from the area, which can cost upwards of $200+ per ride.

If you are staying closer to Liberia or Nosara, it will take 4-6 hours of riding on busses or driving on hectic, high-traffic, rough roads to reach your destination from San Jose. SJO is also a 5 hour drive from our surf ranch which is nearly twice the distance as Liberia airport. If you’re tight on budget but have extra time to spare getting around town, than San Jose International Airport could be the better option.

Best Choice For:

  • Budget-conscious traveling
  • Exploring the hub of local culture and city life
  • Close to nature & wildlife activities
  • Beaches in the South
  • Dominical
  • Jaco Beach
  • La Fortuna (Arenal Volcano)
  • Manuel Antonio
  • Montaverde
  • Puerto Viejo
  • Punta Arenas
  • Tortuguero
  • Uvita
  • DoubleTree Resort – Central Pacific
  • Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort
  • Radisson San Jose

Inside San Jose Airport

If you’re still not sure which Costa Rica airport is best for you to fly to, the two most important factors to keep in mind are time and budget. Liberia is closer to some of the best surfing beaches in the country but flights can be more expensive. San Jose is closer to nature activities and the hustle and bustle of the capital city with generally cheaper flights but more expensive local transportation. Regardless of which airport you choose, you’re bound to fall in love with everything the spectacular country of Costa Rica has to offer! Go check out our Surf Resort details for transportation to the resort at Transportation to Corky Carroll’s Surf Resort