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 at 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

Our surf school in Costa Rica is located in one of the most versatile and consistent breaks in Central America. Waves here at Playa Avellanas can be incredibly easy to surf, or can also offer more challenging rides when the swell is up.

In the immediate vicinity of our surf school, there are also five other breaks: La Purruja, El Parqueo, El Palo, El Estero de Avellanas, and Little Hawaii. Each of these breaks is different, with some breaking over a rocky bottom and others over a combination of reef and sand, making them more suitable for intermediate and advanced surfers. On top of that, we’re also only a short drive from world-class spots like Playa Negra, Playa Langosta and Playa Grande. No matter if you are a rookie or an expert – here you will get your money’s worth.

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.

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.

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 a selection of boards that you can hire from our friendly staff. These include twin fins, longboards, and thrusters. With this variety you can surf everything from a ripple to overheard barrels, switching up boards as the conditions change.

A group of surfers standing up on surfboard

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
A beginner surfer girl catching a wave in Bali

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
A happy surfer riding wave in Bali beach

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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Got more questions about our Surf Lessons?

Browse our FAQ for more info about our surf lessons in Avellanas.

How far away is the nearest beach to the surfcamp?

Playa Avellanas is just 10 min walking from our surf camp.

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Is the surf camp suitable for complete beginners?

Yes, in fact a significant part of our guests at all camps are complete beginners. We recommend our 3 days Learn-to-Surf course for complete beginners to prepare themselves better for our guided sessions. It consists of 3 days lessons where the guests will learn the very basic skills of surfing (such as paddling, take-off, stand-up). They will practice at the beach, in the ocean and also in the pools. It costs 75 EUR/person for 3 days. Board rental and insurance are included. The lessons will take place in a very small group with 1 guide for 2 guests allowing for semi private instruction. Once the guests can already paddle, stand-up and take off on their own, they can directly join our guided surf sessions. 

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Difference between surf lessons and surf guiding?

During a lesson you will work with an instructor to improve technique and gain confidence in the water. The instructors will help you to catch the waves so you can save your energy to practice pop ups and turns. In surf lessons a board and lycra is included in the price. Guiding involves transport to the spot, information on the break, tides, and weather conditions and some guidance on areas to avoid in the water but apart from that you are responsible for yourself and the instructors will not give you any hints or tips.

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