5 star, 5 star, 5 star… can the reviews be true? Yes.
For me, the way Surf Simply handles the details is what earns that extra star. Easy pick-up at the Liberia airport—no waiting for other guests' flights to arrive, just us in the taxi. As we neared Nosara, the driver called ahead and Dani was at the gate to greet us. Nice. She and Alice kept everything running smoothly, booking massages and horseback rides (both highly recommended), arranging taxis, anything you need. The refrigerator is always open and fully stocked with beer, wine, soft drinks and juices. When we'd return from surfing there might be fresh mango smoothies on the table, or Lulu’s warm-from-the-oven banana chocolate chip muffins. Sarah's meals were consistently healthy, fresh and delicious—Thai soup with sea bass, tuna carpaccio, seared tuna, chicken chili. If I could hire her as my personal chef, life would be complete. On the nights we went in town for dinner, a different coach joined us each time. It was nice to get to know them out of the water and hear how they landed in Costa Rica and Surf Simply.
I worked with Harry, who was great. Very patient when you make the same mistake over and over, and very encouraging when you finally get it right. I had surfed all through high school in Corpus Christi, Texas, but hadn’t touched a board for 40 years. Harry was big on basics and nuance and the small details (there’s that word again) to make my reentry go smoothly. I didn’t always feel like I was surfing as well as I wanted, but when I saw the photos at the end of the week, I realized I'd had done better than I thought. Physically, it was even tougher than I imagined. I was sore and bruised from day one (to roll over in bed was an effort the first few nights). And paddling out at the end of the week when the waves were overhead took everything you had. I'd stepped up workouts and added swimming and yoga the last two months before the trip. The swimming was critical. Don't go without spending some time doing laps and sprints.
Guests my week ranged in age from the teens to the sixties, from never surfed to very experienced. The camaraderie was fantastic. I have a feeling I’ll see a lot of them again—and not just on Facebook and Instagram. One other call-out: Laura deserves huge props for the videos, the fact that she edits them in just a few days is amazing. Not to mention the hundreds of stills she shoots. You're guaranteed to get a surf pic you will love.
If you have any interest in going to a surf camp, this is it. You won’t regret it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surf Simply has broken the surf camp mold by providing coaching of a standard one would usually expect to receive in more mainstream sports. The makes of the Surf Simply podcast (available on iTunes) offer all inclusive package from their beautiful boutique surf coaching resort in Nosara, Costa Rica. You stay incorporates not only - video analysis, theory sessions on everything from board design to surf forecasting, pool training and in water coaching during your two fun surf session each day; but also transfers, accommodation, yoga classes, massage, fresh home cooked food and a variety of destinations in the evening from beach BBQs to stunning cliff top restaurants. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Surf Simply Costa Rica/Nosara