My boyfriend and I found ourselves wandering the beaches of Tamarindo looking for something to do. I've always wanted to surf and he used to tear up waves while at college in Hawaii. Just to be clear, there are no shortage of surf shops in Tamarindo. It seems for every other type of business, there are two surf shops renting boards/offering lessons.
But Blue Trailz stands out in a few ways. First the woman who was running the surf shop welcomed us in immediately. She was friendly, easy going, and great at making conversation while figuring out what we were looking to do. While my boyfriend surfed in college, he forgets that was almost 15 years ago. She quickly helped us find decent boards without insulting either of our expertise levels and prepped the boards quickly.
We came back the next day to rent some boards again and had a similar positive experience. Through my own error and another overly aggressive surfer on the same wave my foot got a small cut via his board's fin. I hobbled back to the shop with the board, not paying much mind to the cut. But both the woman from the day before and the shop owner were in. They immediately noticed my cut. They made sure to clean it out and provided some bandaids. Most other shops would have just sent me on my way, but these guys really care.
So if you want to learn to surf or just rent a board, I'd recommend this shop more than most.
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