We visited Nosara for a week over Spring break. Surfing was our main activity during the week. We live in South Florida, and have had some experience with surfing and surfing instructors. While we got the impression that all of the surf schools in Nosara are good and seem to be well run, Nosara Tico was exceptional. The folks in the shop could not have been friendlier or more helpful. We had one instructor, Oscar, for most of the week. He gave lessons to my 10 year old and 14 year old daughters, my wife, and also helped me out for a few sessions. Oscar seems to be a bit of an institution in Nosara, and I have a hard time believing there is a better surfing instructor in Nosara or anywhere else. What makes for a great instructor? A great instructor focuses on his or her students exclusively. They are patient, encouraging, explain and demonstrate technique well, and truly want their students to improve. They are not surfing themselves while their student are struggling to get back out through the break. They always know where their students are, and are always there out on the water to offer instruction and help out. Oscar was all of these things. He was also not focused on checking out the local bikini talent, as I saw a few instructors doing. Being able to have my family receive lessons from Oscar was a privilege. If you get the chance to work with him, don't miss the opportunity.
We took one day of lessons with Rolando, and he was a good instructor as well. We did not get to take lessons with Nuria, but when I ran into her on the water, she was very encouraging, and her students spoke very highly of her.
Since we took lessons most of the week, Nosara Tico was very generous in allowing us use of boards to practice with without charging us for the time. They also provide rash guards for the lessons.
Bottom line: Nosara is a great place to surf, and Nosara Tico are the folks to learn from. Thanks to Oscar and everyone at the shop! We will be back!
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