Surf School in
Playa Maderas.

Surfing in Nicaragua is indeed perfect all year round. No matter at what time or level of experience you arrive with, our surf school in Nicaragua will always bring you to the spots that best fit your level and skills!

Waves for days – Surf school in Nicaragua

Firstly, Nicaragua is known within the surf circle for its consistent waves with steady offshore winds. naturally, These winds perfectly groom the waves so they became longer and tend to keep the waves open for longer. The best time to paddle out is indicated only by the level of the tides. 

Furthermore, the best time to visit Nicaragua for the best swell is between April and September. Of course, this is the time of the year where the south swells hits the pacific coast. Consequently, turned this small fishing village into a surfing sanctuary! Also, this is the time of the year when you can find less crowded beaches.

Learn to Surf in the Pacific – all year round

In fact, the area around Playa Maderas in Nicaragua ranks among the top surfing destinations worldwide. Mainly because of the consistency and optimal weather conditions all year round. Also, the region, well known as an offshore paradise, has more than 330 days of offshore winds per year. Consequently, the break is surfable almost every single day. Our surf spots offer waves and breaks for all levels. Most beaches are great for beginners and for those developing their technique. Naturally, every beach has its own charm.

Our surf school provides excellent surf lessons with our Playa Maderas Surf School in beautiful surroundings. All surf courses are conducted by knowledgeable and experienced instructors in a friendly learning environment

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Waves in Nicaragua
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Surf Lessons for all levels

Our Surf School in Playa Maderas is within easy reach from our surfcamp, in Maderas Valley, above the break!

We offer individual or group lessons for all levels! Whether you have never surfed before and need help catching your first wave. Also, if you are an experienced shredder who’d like tips on improving technique and style. We love surfing and we love Nicaragua, allow us to share our stoke with you!


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Level 1
Beginners Surf Course

First of all, the beginner category is a great fit for those who have never surfed before. Equally, for those who haven’t surfed in a while and want to go through the basics one more time. Our surf instructors will give you a fun introduction to surfing, and share the stoke when you catch your very first waves. We’ll 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.

Moreover, 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. In fact, at Rapturecamps Nicaragua you’ll meet a new surfing family that may stay friends for life and 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.

The more you train, the better you surf and the more you’ll end up loving this sport.

Other important things you will learn at our school 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

Level 3
Advanced Surf Course

To be suitable for the advanced group you need to be able to drop in confidently on 3ft+ waves, be comfortable surfing at low tide, and you should also have experience in doing top/bottom turns.

What will you learn in the Advanced course:

Also, other requirements for the advanced module are the ability to surf shortboards as well as the ability to duck dive, so if you’re not yet confident in head high or higher waves on your own we suggest trying to stick to the intermediate group for a while until you are ready for a bigger challenge.

All our instructors work together very closely communicating their students’ progress with each other, so you might start in an intermediate course and be suitable for our advanced sessions after a few days already.

We’ll give you the knowledge you need to feel confident in surfing most breaks, focusing on entry and exit from the break and we will help you decide which peak is the best for your level of surfing.

Other important things you will do and learn with us in the Advanced course:

  • Develop your Back and Forehand technique
  • Surf awareness
  • Develop your own style
  • Video Analysis of your trainings

About our Surf Instructors in Playa Maderas

The qualified local instructors at Rapture Surfcamps Nicaragua are knowledgeable, skilled, experienced and enthusiastic. They possess a deep knowledge of local conditions as well as surf spots. Consequently, they can help you find the best times and breaks for your skill level. Moreover, they will make sure you are having fun on the waves and improving your skills while keeping you safe at the same time.

Whether you’re a beginner or want to get from riding to ripping, our instructors are always happy to help. If you’re not sure you’re ready to surf on your own, just ask one of our friendly guides for help. In fact, most of our guests make great progress during their stay, thanks to the fantastic instruction provided at camp.

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