Last week I took myself on a solo vacation to Costa Rica, to attend a surf camp called Surf Simply. The "curriculum" included surfing in the morning and at sunset, theory classes and surf videos, home-cooked meals, and even yoga. I went by myself. I found myself at this beautiful "rancho" with a pool, an outdoor living room, and several private 2-bedroom chalets for lodging.
There were nine travelers at Surf Simply that week, including myself. It was amazing. We all got along like gang-busters, and I spent more time in the ocean this week than I had cumulatively in my entire life previously! The first day I had some fear of the waves, but after nearly three hours a day in the water and having some fun getting tumbled, swallowing water, and taking a wave or two in the face, that fear was long gone. Over the week, I found myself completely enjoying surfing and everything that goes along with it. (There was one meal where we found ourselves groaning in pain just from pouring a bowl of cereal, arms sore from paddling). I'm much more comfortable in water than I was that first day, and I can even surf. I can surf!
I'll never forget my three favorite waves of that week, or that awareness as new skills clicked into place at the peak of a wave. As one of my new friends from surf camp put it, I caught the stoke.
For those of you considering going to Surf Simply, I can also say that the coaches and the staff are wonderful -- their friendliness, commitment to excellence, and all around wonderfulness is abundant. Every coach gave me at least one important insight into surfing (and maybe even life!) -- and the positive attitude of the people around me was unbeatable. And it was really nice having my surf board carried by one of the coaches every once in a while, and getting an extra tow or "paddle-power" push into a wave. :-)
Surf Simply treats their guests well, and I REALLY appreciate that the package truly was all inclusive and hassle free.
The owners have put together a really solid experience. Their commitment to excellence is clear.
Oh! And they also send you an online album with photos that they take of your surf lessons So great!
- 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