Surf Guide Costa Rica

Costa Rica is considered by many surfers one of the most iconic Central American surf destinations in the world. It doesn’t matter if you are a first-time wave slider or a practiced shredder here you will always find the perfect surf conditions to suit your skill level.

The white sand beach of Playa Avellanas is surrounded by mangrove forests and is home to five surf breaks that can be surfed at all tides and offer waves for all levels. La Parruja, El Parqueo, El Palo, El Estero de Avellanas, and Little Hawaii have the potential to deliver the ride of your life. There’s also a great mix of beach breaks, reef breaks, and rock bottom breaks for you to test your skills on. When one wave isn’t working there’s a good chance another is, so you’ll pretty much always be able to find a wave.

Beyond these five excellent surf breaks, you’ll find plenty of other waves to surf. Witches Rock, a break immortalized in the seminal American surf flick, “Endless Summer II”, is only a short drive and boat ride from our camp, as are other highly-regarded waves such as Playa Gigante and even Playa Guiones.

For those searching for top quality surf lessons in Costa Rica, Rapture Surfcamps Costa Rica is located in the middle of the jungle just a 10min walk from Playa Avellanas – a mellow, gentle beach break on a never-ending sandy beach ideal for beginners and for surfers looking to progress – and as well within easy reach of other famous spots ideal for more advanced surfers, such as Playa Negra and Playa Langosta.

Our surf school takes advantage of the area’s fantastic waves and brings in many years of surfing experience and a wealth of local knowledge to offer you a surfing holiday out of the ordinary.

The best location in Costa Rica for a surf school

Our surf camp in Costa Rica offers surf lessons in beautiful surroundings and in a friendly, safe, and comfortable learning environment.

Lessons usually take place at Playa Avellanas, known as one of the more consistent yet still secluded surfing locations in the area. Additionally, Avellanas is situated in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica, famous for its dry tropical rainforest and unspoiled nature. Furthermore, our surf camp by the beach is only 10 km south of Tamarindo – Costa Rica’s party capital and home to a number of great surf spots.

Playa Avellanas has 5 different surf breaks and on the rare occasion our home break is not a good choice, we’ll take you to other beaches in the area that offer better conditions that day. Some beaches are great for beginners, others are more suitable for those looking to further improve their technique and every beach has its own charm.

Sunset on the Beach in Costa Rica
Sunset on the Beach in Costa Rica

Surf lessons for all levels

Whether you have never surfed before and need help catching your first wave or are an experienced shredder who’d like tips on improving technique and style at Rapture Costa Rica we will make sure you get the most out of your time with us by racking up a solid wave tally.

For beginners, we offer surf lessons in Costa Rica that allow you to experience the feeling of riding a wave for the first time in a safe and supportive environment. Our instructors will explain every aspect of surfing to you. From how to choose the right equipment to identify where the best place to paddle out is.

They’ll show you how to pop up on your surfboard through patient demonstrations and ensure you’ve got a smile on your face from the moment you hit the water. From there they’ll provide advice on how to perfect your technique and correct any mistakes so you can progress quickly and confidently.

Surf guiding in Costa Rica

For intermediate and advanced surfers we offer as well free of charge surf guiding sessions. The surf guides who will be taking you on strike missions know all the best spots in the local area, plus a few that you won’t find no matter how much snooping you do online.

Our guides also know where to go when the wind blows out a spot or the tide is wrong at another. This means there’s practically always a wave somewhere. With their assistance, you’ll be able to find it and maybe even have the session of your life.

If you don’t want to travel with a surfboard, we have a great range available to rent. Simply ask one of our friendly team members and they’ll hook you up.

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A picture that captures that moment between the best surf lesson of your life and the promise of an epic night ahead

About our surf instructors in Costa Rica

Instructors at our surf school in Costa Rica are certified, knowledgeable, experienced, and enthusiastic. They will make sure you are having fun on the waves and improving your skills at the same time.

Our team possesses a deep understanding of local surf spots and conditions and can help you find the best breaks for your skill level.

They will patiently work with you on mastering the technique, improving your style, or amping up your confidence, also while keeping you safe in the water and making sure you are having fun riding waves.

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Some of the fundamentals covered throughout our surf lessons

Let’s take look at some fundamental concepts you’ll learn when taking surf lessons in our surf school in Costa Rica:

Discover what kind of stance suits you best 

We’ll help you to find out if your stance is “goofy foot” (right foot forward) or a natural (left foot forward).

Adjust your position on the board

Lie on your stomach on top of your board or on a towel with your body positioned in the middle of the board. Your feet should be near the tail or slightly hanging over it. The nose of the board should be leveled – not pointing up or down into the water. You can adjust this balance or position by moving your body forward or back a bit on the board.

Learn to paddle

Paddling should look like a forward crawl swim stroke, except with arms out to the sides and hands cupped to push yourself through the water.

Picking and catching a wave

Finally, turn your board around so that you’re facing the shore, paddle forward equal to the speed of the wave, timing your entry to catch it. Place your palms under your shoulders and push yourself up so that you’re standing with feet shoulder-length apart, slightly bent at the knees. Place your back foot across the back end of the board and your front foot at 45 degrees. Hold your arms out at your sides for balance and steering.

Get familiar about standing up on the board 

Once standing up, keep your feet shoulder-width apart with your back foot straight across the width of the board and your front foot at a 45-degree angle (measured from your instep). Keep your arms out for balance and steering and your knees slightly bent.

Surf Lessons Costa Rica
Surf Lessons Costa Rica

What else will you learn in the Surf Lessons

Here are some of the fundamentals you will learn at our beginner and intermediate sessions:

Lesson 1

  • Introduction to safety
  • Beach awareness
  • Surfing equipment
  • Paddling
  • Catching a wave
  • Standing up
  • Board control

Lesson 2

  • Catching a wave towards the shore
  • Stalling and accelerating
  • “Popping up”
  • Refining your stance

Lesson 3

  • Turning
  • Backhand and forehand techniques
  • Surf awareness
  • Developing your style

Lesson 4

  • Improving technique
  • Linking turns

Lesson 5

  • Linking top and bottom turns
  • Techniques for paddling out
  • Getting through white water
  • Going over “out of depth” waves
  • Coming out the back

Lesson 6

  • Riding green/unbroken waves
  • Angled takeoffs
  • Sitting on your board
  • Timing and selecting waves

Lesson 7

  • Back and forehand turns on the face of the wave
  • Using rip currents
  • Surfing with hardboards
  • Refining timing and wave selection
  • Positioning yourself in the lineup
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