Just back from my second time at Surf Simply. I feel a little conflicted writing this review - on the one hand I feel it would be very wrong not to share how amazing the camp, the people, the accommodations, the food and Playa Guiones are. On the other, I don't want too many people to know how great it is so I don't have any trouble booking my next stay (which I definitely plan on doing)! I have to begin by saying that my coach, Francela Gonzalez, is the best teacher I've had - of course she's an outstanding surfer, but her ability to break down technical knowledge to an admittedly non-techy person, was superb. That said, my favorite thing about Francela is her enthusiasm - she is genuinely excited to see the progress of her students and she absolutely gave me the confidence to take my surfing to the next level. It is a testament to Ru Hill and the Surf Simply team, including the top notch coaching staff, property staff and of course the great food prepared by chef Sarah Tilhou, that the resort is often booked solid 6 months in advance, and that the rate of returning guests currently hovers near 40%!
I have only one caveat - be prepared to have a mind and body altering experience - your knowledge and your skill level when it comes to surfing will never be the same, and I can pretty much guarantee you'll want to go back again!
- 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