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Getting Surf Lessons at Playa Maderas Nicaragua

Surf School in
Playa Maderas.

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.

Learn to surf on some of the best surf spots in Nicaragua

Surfing in Nicaragua is veritably perfect all year round. No matter at what time or level of experience you arrive with, our team will always bring you to the spots suiting you best. Through our local scout network, we can permanently track the conditions of the area. As such, we can provide daily information on which is the perfect surf spot for you.

Our surf resort 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.

Surf endless waves around Playa Maderas

The area around the surf camp experiences over 300+ days of offshore winds per year. Which makes the break 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.

The lessons take place in Playa Maderas, Playa Remanso, and Playa Hermosa. These are known as some of the best surfing locations in Nicaragua. In fact, they perfectly cater to beginners and advanced surfers alike. These beaches are situated on the Pacific coast of Central America, north and south around San Juan del Sur. This village is considered to be a surfing and party capital. Indeed, with many nice restaurants, surf shops, and a flourishing bar scene.

Make your next surf trip unforgettable at our Surf School

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

From Playa Maderas, you can easily travel to Playa Remanso, Playa Hermosa, El Yankee, or Escamequa, with our shuttle service. Furthermore, we organize boat trips to the following northern places, on-demand:

  1. Playa Manzanillo
  2. Colorado
  3. Panga Drops
  4. Lances Left
  5. Playgrounds




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Surf Lessons for all levels

Our Surf School in Playa Maderas is within easy reach from other surf spots, such as Playa Hermosa, El Yankee, Remanso, and Popoyo. Thanks to the proximity to all these fantastic spots surf lessons will take place in the best location for your level depending on tides and weather conditions each day.

We offer individual or group 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. We love surfing and we love Nicaragua, allow us to share our stoke with you!


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Level 1
Beginners Surf Course

The beginner category 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 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.

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 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
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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.

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
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Level 3
Advanced Surf Course

For advanced surfers, we offer one to one private lessons (or for a small group) with individual theory, video, and motion sequence analyses. This lesson focuses on the individual goals of each student and can only be booked directly at the surf camp for an extra cost.

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.

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.

What will you learn in the Advanced course:

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
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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 Nicaragua.

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.

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 and can help you find the best times and breaks for your skill level. 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. Most of our guests make great progress during their stay, thanks to the fantastic instruction provided at camp.

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What’s the weather like during the Rainy Season in Nicaragua?

The water is always warm, no wetsuit needed. Bring a rash guard to protect you from sunburn while surfing. Usually, the rain happens during the night for 1 – 2 hours, this can actually be an amazing thing to watch as the storms that come with the rain can be incredible. By the time you wake up in the morning, the rain is gone and everything is dry again. The only thing you will notice is an increase in temperature and humidity.

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Travel with your own Surfboard

You are allowed to bring 3 surfboards into Nicaragua for personal use. Additional boards will be considered as imports and customs will charge a fee – usually $100 US per board, but this is negotiable. In Nicaragua no wetsuit is required as the water temperature is warm all year round. You can bring your own […]

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Sun Protection

The sun in Costa Rica is extremely strong even in the rainy season, especially when you spend a long time in the water surfing. We recommend a 50+ waterproof sunscreen from a well known brand. We also strongly recommend you use zinc on your face. This can be purchased online or we sell it at our camps. It should be used everyday you are in the water. It is a complete sunblock and is the only thing that will protect you, as normal sunscreen off the skin when you are in the water for long periods of time. Other things you can use to avoid sunburn are: – Long-sleeved Lycra – Surf/Sport Leggings – Surf Hats

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