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Surf School
in Avellanas.

Playa Avellanas, possibly the best surf spot on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, is waiting for you. With no tourists, wide sandy beaches, turquoise water, and perfect waves, this camp truly is a hidden gem. You’ll live in the middle of the jungle surrounded by pristine nature. Just a short walk to the beach, and yet only a few kilometers away from legendary Tamarindo.

Perfect surf in all sizes – yours at Playa Avellanas

The surf camp is close to a beach that offers not one or two, but five surf spots. No matter if you are a rookie or an expert – here you will get your money’s worth. Surfing, diving, wildlife watching, day trips, boat excursions, jungle walks, party nights or just a calm place to relax: at Rapture Surfcamps Costa Rica you can do it all.

Learn to surf in the ultimate surfer’s paradise

All things considered, Playa Avellanas is a surfer’s paradise! The white sandy beach is surrounded by mangrove forests. Water temperature is 27 degrees Celsius on average year-round, making wetsuits obsolete. You can peacefully enjoy breaks between surf sessions under the palm trees.

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Surf Lessons for all levels

No matter if you have stood on a board once or twice before, you plan all your travels around surfing the world, or you want to experience the feeling of riding a wave for the first time, our local surf guides know every break and will take you to the one that suits your level and offers perfect conditions for that day.

Our staff will show you how to successfully pop on the board, how to progress from whitewater to green waves, and how to enhance your existing skills, taking you from riding to ripping.

At our surf school we have boards of all shapes, sizes you can rent at our school.

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Level 1
Beginners Surf Course

The beginner module is a great fit for those who have never surfed before, or who haven’t surfed in a while and want to go through the basics one more time. Our surf instructors will make sure that you develop your skills in line with your level and that you’ll catch as many waves as possible while having fun with the other surfers.

A significant part of our guests at all camps are complete beginners, that’s why our school organizes lessons for complete beginners from Mondays to Saturdays, and as you progress during your time at camp, so does the instruction you receive. At Rapturecamps Costa Rica with the help of our patient and experienced instructors in just a few days you might already be riding green waves.

What will you learn in the Beginner module

Your first surf lesson begins with an introduction about safety, beach awareness, and as well a clear overview of surfing equipment.

After you get familiar with these concepts you will start to learn the basics on how to handle a surfboard, paddle out, catch a wave, and get to your feet.

These are some fundamentals you will learn at our surf camp in the Beginner module:

  • Discover what kind of stance suits you best
  • Adjust your position
  • Learn how to paddle properly
  • How to pick and catch the best wave
  • Get familiar about standing up on the board
  • Controlling your board
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Level 2
Intermediate Surf Course

The main difference with the beginner module is the level of autonomy in the water. To be suitable for the intermediate classes you should be able to get up on waves on your own, have a strong paddling ability, and feel comfortable in deep water. If these requirements represent a challenge for you, you might benefit more from the beginner course.

Our instructors will help you to improve your skills, you will learn how to read the water, where to position yourself, and how to turn on waves.

What can you expect from the intermediate course

This module is focused on getting to the outside (lineup) in waist-high waves. We’ll teach you to catch green waves and ride the face of the wave instead of going straight in the white water. Our instructors will give you personalized tips on how you surf and about what to improve as the quality of the waves you pick, the speed you are able to generate, your agility on the wave, etc. Their advice will help you develop your technique and improve your surfing style.

Other important things you will learn in the Intermediate course:

  • Catching a wave towards shore
  • Improving your stance
  • Reading the ocean – Learning which waves to catch and which waves to rather skip
  • Catching a wave towards shore
  • Stalling and accelerating
  • Improve your stance
  • Angled take-offs
  • Bottom turn & cutback
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Free Surf Guiding
For Experienced Surfers

Surf guiding is always included in the room price and provided at no extra cost to all experienced surfers looking to surf at one of the many world-class breaks along the area around our surf camp.

This option does not include instruction and it is intended for surfers that know how to surf (level 3), but just don’t know where to surf in Costa Rica.

Our experienced surf guides will take you to the best waves suited to your ability and advise the best places to paddle out and to inform you of any possible currents, rips, and dangers you need to be aware of.

Participants in the surf guiding group must be advanced surfers with the ability to:

  • Paddle out
  • Duck dive through the waves to the backline
  • Read and ride green waves
  • Select/catch waves on their own
  • Deep knowledge of surfers etiquette and water safety

If you do not fit into this category, but have skills more than beginner level that you wish to improve on, we suggest opting for the “intermediate” lessons instead.

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