Ready for Your First Surf Lesson in Costa Rica? Everything You Need to Know to Succeed!
Tired of snow, cold weather and the same old routine every single day? Ready for sun and beautiful beaches? Ready for an epic Costa Rica Surf Trip ? Book your ticket to Tamarindo, Costa Rica now. Two months ago I did, without a return ticket and it was the best decision I have ever made. I love this place that I know call home. I got the golden opportunity to get an internship at Iguana Surf Shop: number one Tamarindo Surf Shop (link to iguanasurf.net) on TripAdvisor in Tamarindo for over 25 years.
At Iguana Surf Shop will create experiences of a life time for you! It doesn’t matter if you are a pro surfer or never been in the ocean before, we have something for everyone. The shop is located in front of Playa Tamarindo: the perfect beginner surf beach and are within walking distance to both Playa Grande and Playa Langosta (for more challenging brakes). But please, if you are going to Playa Grande pay the local guys with the boats 500 kolones (it’s 1$) to take you over the river because we do have crocodiles in the sweet water.
Enjoy the sun, with white-sand beaches, watching the surf breaks in between surf sessions with a cold coconut. Or why not hang out at the Iguana Surf Shop to get some shade, listen to reggae music, learn some Spanish and share surf stories. You can even visit our local shop puppy and play around.
If you want to book a Tamarindo surf lesson we have an easy system and can help you directly in the store or online. We have lessons four times a day, at 9am, 11am, 1pm or at 3pm, and it’s up to you if you want to ta a private-semi privet lesson or join a group lesson.
We provide lockers, shower with sweet water and rash-guards. All of our instructors has their license ISA and are bilingual.
Or why not join our Tamarindo Surf Camp and become an Iguana SurfCamper. You would live 2 minutes from the waves at our new open beach hotel. We have beautiful new rooms for 1 up to 6 people or why not stay in the dorm?
All of our Surfcampers get fresh breakfast included every morning at Coffee Grinds, one surf session a day with the same instructor the whole week to make it personal and fun and one Surf trip to another beach. Our Tamarindo surf camp (link to https://iguanasurf.net/tamarindo-surf-camp/) always starts with a welcoming dinner together with the instructors and the other campers to make you feel welcome and give you the opportunity to meet new friends. We value creating the feeling of being a part of a family: the Iguana Surf Family.
If you are joining us on an epic adventure I would like to give you my tips on what to bring in the suitcase:
•Sunscreen! The sun here is always out and the sunscreen here is really expensive.
•Nice trainers. There is a lot to explore and adventures to do in the area and you will need to have a good pair of shoes.
•Camera. The nature here is stunning and I promise you that you are going to want to give your Instagram feed some love and/or share your memories on Facebook or with loved ones.
•Good swimwear for surfing. Something that is going to do it’s job even if you are sliding around on a surfboard or fighting the waves. There are also various surf swimsuits to buy in Tamarindo too!
•A good book. Try to give your self a break from the phone. Enjoy spending a day in the sun with a good book and disconnected from the outside world.
•Let’s try and save the environment. Bring a good reusable water bottle with installation to keep the water cold, because you can actually drink the tap water in Costa Rica.
•Light, long sleeved clothes that you can use as a protection from the sun during the days and to keep the bugs away during the night time.
•A good vibe and a Pura Vida attitude, here in Tamarindo every has a chilled out and happy attitude towards life. Go in with a smile and a friendly “Hola” and you are going to get so much in return.
I still remember my first time standing on the board and the unbeatable feeling of joy and adrenaline. Personally, I love the ocean and everything it has to offer. To be able to enjoy the waves and get an bigger understanding for the beautiful power of the big blue is amazing. So, I really hope all of you are considering trying this awesome sport called Surfing.
To all my first timers out there, here is my 5 top-tips on how to survive your first surf lesson:
1. Protect your sking! It’s important to have full coverage of sunscreen, especially when we are out in the water. Don’t forget your face, neck, legs and the top of your hands. Put it on the backside of your legs: however, avoid the front side because it’s going to be slippery on the board.
2. The beginner boards aka soft-ups aka softies can create blisters on the skin because of friction. No worries, it’s not dangerous. However, it can be uncomfortable. So if you know that you have sensitive skin I would recommend you to have leggings/long thighs together with the rash-guard. Otherwise, if you already got the blisters and red rashes always recommend to wash the irritated skin with soap and sweat water and then put some virgin coconut oil or aloevera on your skin.
3. Trust the instructors and let them know how you are feeling. They have been doing this for years and are highly educated. Besides that they take out nervous and exited people in the water every day. No question is to stupid and your feelings are accounted for so try to always keep an open communication, both for you and to help your instructor.
4. We don’t have sharks at Playa Tamarindo so forget everything you seen in the shark movies and enjoy having your feet down in the blue warm ocean. Btw, fun fact: cows and champagne corks actually kills more people every year then sharks.
5. Look up the closets place that serves your favourite food because it’s going to taste AMAZING after a surf-session. I can highly recommend Surf Shak for some epic burgers, fries and shakes or why not go for some sweet and healthy Mexican food at Green Papaya. Don’t forget to try the local beer Imperial (if you are over 18 of course) – nothing better than a cold beer after surfing. Otherwise Santa Rita Cafe has amazing coffee for all morning birds out there.
Hope to see you soon in this place called paradise. Pura Vida.