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Best Surf Spots To Learn: Costa Rica

 Best Surf Spots

Costa Rica is known for its miles of beautiful sandy beaches, amazing landscape and many rich animal species.  With the name Costa Rica meaning the “rich coast”, it of course lives up to its name by having some of the best surfing destinations in the world. From being a beginner to being a pro surfer there is a variety of different surf spots for everyone to have the time of their lives. With Costa Ricas Pura Vida lifestyle you will find waves without a problem. Most of these spots are well known for being uncrowded but during tourist season it could be dangerous surfing locations that you are not ready for. Here on the pacific coast side of Costa Rica we will tell you what the best surf spots are for travelers learning how to surf and or are traveling on a family vacation.

Playa Guiones: Costa Rica

This beach is one of the most consistent beaches in all of Costa Rica. It will break with barely any swell and can hold on the days where there is a lot of swell.  With a sandy bottom this beach break provides perfect waves that are small enough for beginners to learn on. It was considered one of the top surf lesson spots in the entire world- Best Places To Learn To Surf .  Even on a bigger swell there is always waves for beginners to catch but also fun rippable waves for advanced surfers. Not only does Nosara provide excellent surfing conditions, it is located on the coast of a blue zone where people live the longest, happiest, healthiest lives in the world. The water stays around 83 degrees all year round while having the cleanest water in Costa Rica this makes Playa Guiones the perfect choice for a surfing vacation. It’s a perfect small town that has been a well-known surf spot for many years. Nicoya is a center for yoga, alternative healing practices, and healthy living. Homes, shops, and restaurants are spread out in the forest along the coast. The main surfing beach, Playa Guiones, has a beach break surfable at all tides, with multiple line-ups. It’s virtually undeveloped, thanks to a large wildlife refuge that protects nesting sea turtles. Just the water, beach, and grass-covered dunes. It’s one of my favorite beaches for that reason. Go check out our pictures of our customers surfing Playa Guiones @- Playa Guiones Surf Album

Best Surf Spots

playa guiones

 

Playa Tamarindo: Costa Rica

Tamarindo has long sandy beaches for beginners and also reefs for more advanced surfers. The main beach is where all the action is happening, usually consisting of a lot of beginning surfers and also a lot of swimmers. If you want to surf Playa Grande you will have to drive around to get to the beach or paddle across a river mouth, which I don’t recommend for families or new surfers. Playa grande is a more advanced surfers waves and usually isn’t the best place to go if you are new to surfing. A 15 minute walk from Tarmindos main break you will find Playa Langosta. This surf spot is for more advanced surfers that want to surf a right/left point break. Most of these surf spots get really crowded, but if you go at the right time of year then you can score. Also the town of Tamarindo is very very crowded and more focused on the night party scene. If you are going as a family then I wouldn’t recommend these spots but if your a college student it’s a perfect place.  Playa Avellanas is more for intermediate to advanced surfers. It is a great waves for barrels and turns. This is surf spot with reefs and also great point breaks to have on. It does not have a town with shops and restaurants

Best Surf Spots

tamarindo

Marbella: Costa Rica 

Even when there is no swell, Marbella always offers very consistent waves. Marbella can get big and rough, but it’s perfect for advanced guests. Marbella is also a less crowded beach since it is so far away. This break is well worth the trip.

Best Surf Spots

marbella

Ostional: Costa Rica 

Ostional is a wildlife refuge south of Marbella. It’s one of the world’s most important nesting sites for Olive Ridley Sea Turtles. Here you can see thousands of turtles on the beach and surf amazing waves. This is a wave for advanced and intermediate surfers. Ostional is about a 2 hour drive from Tamarindo. When it’s the turtle season, our guides like to go surf and then stay after sunset to watch the turtles.

Best Surf Spots

ostional

Our most favorite spot to learn how to surf is Norsara, Playa Guiones. With how consistent the waves break, the small easy conditions, the quiet beautiful town, and the jungle atmosphere this is our #1 location to learn how to surf and or take family vacations. Check out our Costa Rican Surf Resort at All Inclusive Resort Costa Rica

 

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Why the long board is chairman of the board

A Surfer for President? Why the Long board is Chairman of the Board

Image- Recording artist Corky Carroll “Surfer for President”

What were long boards called  before the revolution of  shortboards sparked up in the 50’s & 60’s?…

 Hey guys today I am answering that and:

  • Why should I learn to surf on a longboard?
  • Why do surf schools act like the longboard is the chairman of the board?
  • Long board chairman

These days there are so many different types of surfboards. We have laser cut, light weight, durable, maneuverable, wafer-thin, easy to carry, short surfboards. Boards are being made with space aged materials developed by NASA scientists that have devoted their lives to making pans.(story for another day)

So why do we still use long boards to teach surfing with so many different board types to choose from? It can be confusing trying to figure out what kind of board to use when beginning surfing. This should make things a little easier for you.

There are many reasons why beginning with the long board is the best and easiest way to ensure you have the most fun and safe time building a solid foundation on your way to surfing your little guts out. Learning to surf should be fun. The surfboard you choose to plant your fun-damental roots with is important.

 In this video Corky makes it look like dancing Surfing is a way to express your joy and style through sweet moves to a rhythm.

Instead of moving to the beat of the drums we move with the rhythm of the ocean. The oceans act as our universal dance conductor. Our beautiful waves are the music and our board becomes our partner. Using a longboard is a great way to express personal style.When learning how to dance it would make sense to learn on a solid dance floor, right? The process of becoming in touch with your mind body connection and working out the movements you want to use to express your funky, funky, joy. Would be much easier, and in turn, much more fun on a solid platform rather than a tight rope…

That might sound like an extreme comparison. So is learning to surf on a short board compared to the huge advantages of rooting your surfing fundamentals on a nice stable foundation like a longboard. At least at first…

Long board

Quick Advantages to rooting with a longboard:

  • Paddling is much easier than on a short board.
  • A long board allows you to catch a wave earlier and more easily. Being at the front of the line-up gives you the most opportunity to catch waves in the first come first served style lineups of today.
  • Easier to sit on (which can be tricky) long boards are more stable.
  • The extra stability of a long board allows for the long take offs that beginners might experience so you catch more waves and have more time to get to your feet.
  • Smooth ride. The big boards are not as susceptible to choppy water conditions and can feel like gliding on air.

Priority in the lineup for a long boarder is like a fast pass to your favorite attraction. In the line-up long boards are chairman of the board.

Quick advantages of surfing with a longboard at Bolsa Chica or Playa Guiones:

  • Both Bolsa Chica and Playa Guiones are consistent with longboard friendly and long board advantageous conditions.
  • Each spot is known to break with nice even workable waves that do not “pitch” or “throw” hard.
  • The surf is generally fun and consistent year round.

 

In Line-ups around the globe, longboards are the royalty of the surf.

 The royal roots of surfing

 According to ancient Pacific Island lore. One legend tells us that back in the day, same as today, life on the Islands was intertwined and dependent upon the ocean.Being an accomplished waterman in the village was a very respected skill. Often the best watermen in the village were considered chiefs and treated like royalty. These watermen chiefs were known as Kahuna. The oceans meant everything to the people and their survival. Being able to navigate the ocean and feed a village was a big deal.

So how does this relate to surfing?

This is the root of surfing.

Legend has that a particularly stormy season was taking it’s toll on a Pacific Island village. The storms wiped out their crops. The village needed fish. Their Kahuna was the best waterman in the village. Following his heart and his instincts the Kahuna went out fishing in the stormy ocean.. He would brave the ocean storms to feed the village.Knowing it might mean the end of his life. The Kahuna was willing to risk everything for the wellbeing of the people he called family. That type of spirit is what made him royalty in his village.The Kahuna set out in his one man boat to harvest the oceans bounty. As he pulled fish after fish into his boat the pounding of the ocean began taking its toll.

The sides of the boat began leaking. The Kahuna’s boat began taking on water. Knowing that if the boat sinks, he could lose his catch, his boat, and possibly his life.The Kahuna acted swiftly and purposefully.Instead of giving up and sinking into the ocean. The Kahuna began to do something unexpected.

The Kahuna tapped into his heart and instincts. He strung his catch together and began to break his boat apart even more. Completely removing the hull walls of the boat leaving only the bottom.  The bottom of the boat was buoyant enough to float. He started paddling making his way back toward shore. The closer to shore the Kahuna got the happier his heart became. The Kahuna became so overjoyed to see the faces of his family waiting for him on the beach that he stood up and began riding the waves into the shore like a champion of life. This is part of the magic of the Kahuna. His boat became the first surfboard. The Kahuna became the first surfer.

Instead of giving up. The Kahuna followed his heart and his instincts. He fed the village and surfing was born. Truly Royal in life, love, spirit.As the ancient Kahuna would tell you. The longboard has strong roots for a good surfing foundation. Learning to surf and navigate the ocean on a long board  is the key to years of surfing joy.

Whether you call it a boat, a log, or a surfboard. The longboard will always be the OG root of surfing. The “chairman of the boards.”

Answer to today’s question: The original “surfboards” 🙂 were  originally named based off of the specific wood and shape used to make the board. Some boards were exclusively reserved for use by Hawaiian royalty.  The penalty was deaaaaaath if ridden by non royal kooks. 

Long board chairman

Check out these spots for the hot board history info:

“revolution of short boards in the 60’s.’’ -surfer today

International Surfing Museum Huntington Beach, CA

Surfing Heritage and Culture Center in San Clemente, CA

Written by Chris Benton “The Blog Master”

Surf Lesson on Life

Surf Lesson on Life

 

We found this great article on how the ocean and surfing can be a great guide to our overall lives in and out of the water…We fully agree with this outlook…enjoy!

Learn to Surf the Waves of Life

Life is like the ocean: Sometimes it’s stormy, choppy, and a complete mess, other times it’s calm and perfect. In the ocean, risk and opportunity go hand-in-hand. The more waves you go for, the more you’ll catch. Every day in the water and every wave presents a new opportunity.

Surfing is completely unpredictable, which keeps you constantly coming back for more. But there’s a strong correlation between your success and your tolerance for risks in both the ocean and life—and both require the same approach and process:

1. Get in the water

2. Understand and accept the fear

3. Go for it

4. Embrace uncertainty

5. Enjoy the bliss

6. Reflect on the choice

7. Do it all again

 

Special thanks to https://www.openforum.com/articles/7-lessons-we-can-learn-from-surfers for laying out the surf lesson on life in such simple terms.

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Learn to Surf Southern California and Costa Rican Waves with Style and Flair

Learn to Surf Southern California and Costa Rican Waves with Style and Flair

 

The Net is likewise a terrific area to find that pointers and also techniques no matter if you are a novice or professional. The exact same goes for discovering your equipment; the Net could conserve you cash as well as additionally allow you contrast the various readily available devices.

Just what do I have to have? Do I really need to purchase a surf board?

The majority of surfing schools as well as surfing teachers could offer you training surf boards, yet when you make a decision to become dedicated, most definitely go get for yourself a wonderful surfboard. Wetsuits are typically supplied with your sessions, yet you could also have your very own. Items you will most definitely have to bring are swimwear, sunscreen block, a towel, as well as water (it is very easy to become very dehydrated in the sunshine).

Which surf school should I go to for the best place to learn to surf?

Learn to surf Orange County & Learn to Surf Huntington Beach – There are many fantastic areas to surf in Southern California. Huntington Beach Surfing has actually been recognized to have a few of one of the most regular waves in OC. San Diego surfing, around Encinitas and also La Jolla is likewise astonishing. Most importantly, there are absolutely spots to find trainers as well as surf lessons at a wonderful cost. Laguna coastline surfing has actually been recognized to have some of the most constant waves in OC.

Exactly what are the typical terms utilized in Surfing?

Among the facets of to getting associated with a brand-new sporting activity or leisure activity is finding out the terminology.

Have a look at a few of the usual terms made use of in surfing as discovered straight on the Wikipedia.org (Surfing) site:

* Regular/Natural foot – Right foot on rear of board

* Goofy foot – Left foot on rear of board

* Take off – the beginning of a wave

* Drop in – going down right into (surfing) the wave, frequently as part of standing

* Stall – reducing speed from adding weight on the tail of the board or a hand drag in the water.

* Over the falls – When a surf rider drops and also the wave supports him in a round thrust with the lip of the wave, likewise described as the “washing pattern”, being “pitched over” and also being “drawn over” considering that the wave draws you off of the near bottom of the coral reef as well as draws you “over the falls.”.

* Floater – surfing up on the near top of the tumbling part of the wave.

* Carve – turns (usually emphasized).

* Snap – a fast, sharp turn off the top part of a wave.

* Fade – on drop in, guiding towards the whitewater part of the wave, just before quickly turning dramatically as well as surfing in the way the wave is crumbling in the direction of.

* Pump – an up/down snaking activity that creates velocity along a wave.

* Switch-foot – having equivalent capability to surf routine foot or goofy foot– like being ambidextrous.

* Shoulder – the unbroken part of the wave.

* Re-entry – attacking the lip up and down and also returning to the wave in fast sequence.

* Duck dive – pressing the board undersea, nose down, and also diving underneath an approaching wave as opposed to surfing it.

* Air/Aerial – surfing the board briefly right into the air over the wave, landing back after the wave, as well as remaining to surfing.

* Hang Heels – Standing in reverse and also placing the wave rider’s heels over the edge of a longboard.

* Off the Top – a turn on the top part of a wave, either sharp or sculpting.

* Tube riding/Getting barreled – surfing inside the tube of a wave.

* Grom/Grommet-kid boarder (typically under 15).

* Cutback – a turn slicing back towards the crumbling part of the wave.

* Hang-five/hang-ten – placing 5 or 10 toes specifically over the nose of a longboard.

* Pearl- A nose-dive.

* Bottom turn – the very first turn near the bottom of the wave.

* Snaking/Back-Paddling – navigating around a person to get back right into the most desired positioning for a wave (basically taking it).

* Fins-free (or “fins out”) – a sharp turn where the fins glide off the top part of the wave.

* Drop in on, cut off, or “burn” – dropping in on a wave before somebody closer in to the top (taken into consideration as unsuitable).

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Surf Lessons – Why They are a Must for Ocean Safety

Surf Lessons & Ocean Safety

 

 

Surfing is one of the most exhilarating water sports with waves as the key ingredient! It is a fun way to keep
fit and have fun at the same time. For passionate surfers who want to add to their skills or those interested in learning the sport, surfing lessons come in handy.

Although here are many surf schools that are offering various surfing lesson packages that include surf lessons for kids, not all surf schools are equal. These lessons start with the very basic skills that give a potential surfer the confidence to balance on the surfboard and learn vital ocean safety skills.

There are a couple of surf schools where you can learn how to surf. An example is Huntington Beach. The surf lessons Huntington Beach are versatile and you can get private lessons as well as group lessons. The surf lessons are
suitable for starters, intermediate and even those in the advanced levels.

The surf instructors are usually professional experts who are competent and skilled to equip even those who know
nothing of surfing. Some surfing schools have surfing lessons all year round. The instructors at different levels are differently trained so as not to either push you beyond what you do not understand or over emphasize what you already know while emphasizing safety.

Surfing lessons equip you with the best technique to set you off on the right foot. Surfing is not just about getting your board and getting on the water. It is a skill that has to be learned for it to be fun as well as beneficial to the body. Learning the best technique through attending surfing lessons help you harness the body strength and cardiovascular fitness that actual surfing provides.

The essence of surfing schools is the all round way in which they prepare the surfers. There are essentials about the
dangers of the ocean and how best to keep safe as well as how to choose the best surfing spots so as not to put yourself at risk. The lessons will take you through the nitty-gritty of how to select the best board to suit the level at
which you are as well as your physique. Starters basically are taught on selecting boards that are easier to paddle, ride and stand on.

The best thing about going to actual surfing lessons is that you will get to know about things like surfing
etiquette. Things like respecting other riders, sharing surfs optimally, no surf zones, how to handle collisions effectively and also boundaries where other people’s equipment is concerned.

By the end of your course you will be well versed in reading the ocean environment for rips and changes in water
color and weather patterns so as to avoid injury. Different levels are taught on the safest distances to keep while enjoying their surfs.

As you plan to enroll for these very required surf lessons always remember that surfing is fun, relaxing and helps
keep you fit and stress free. The cost of enrolling for its lessons is necessitated by the untamed dangers of the ocean and the need to effectively learn how to make the best of this water sport. Enroll today. Be a knowledgeable surfer.

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How to Surf for Beginners

How to Surf –

4 Tips For Learning to Surf Successfully

 

In some cases the hardest factor for beginning surfers is the intial embarrassment of not being excellent at the sport right away. We don’t know a single person who jumped in the water without a little humility and trepidation about learning how to surf.

Keenly watching other surfers is especially worthwhile if you are having difficulty gathering courage to jump right into waves. If you’re frantically struggling at learning to surf while the surfer next to you is catching every wave that comes by, you have some work to do. Watching and learning from local surfers who have much better wave know-how of the local break, and also their understanding of the wave provides them an edge.

Tip # 1: Watch and learn to surf from good local surfers, then add their strengths into your surfing.

As you’re out there on the beach noting various other surfers’ rides while you, in turn, paddle for waves and fall…utilize that to your benefit. Consider your falls and failings as something worth learning from and also try to figure out just what the best surfers are doing so that you could fix your approach.

Tip # 2: Pick the appropriate beach and break to learn how to surf.

Make sure you learn how to surf at a beach that is beginner friendly and offers a mildly sloping wave that is easier to ride. You will gain confidence much quicker and have more fun too!

Idea # 3: Make a list and learn to surf from your own mistakes.

Many times beginning surfers make mistakes that prevent them from effectively riding waves. Make a list of points that you and other beginners do incorrect and also aim to improve your very own mistakes from that list. Review that list every time you paddle out and see if you can shorten that list!

Tip # 4: Keep paddling out…stay consistent and keep at it for a month!

Get in the water as much as possible and challenge yourself to ride as many waves as you can…You will be amazed at how much you improve when you are consistently surfing!

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