How we started..

Mauricio Ortega is the founder of the Avellanas Surf School. Mauricio moved from San Jose to Avellanas Beach when he was 15 years old. There he was mentored in surfing by a local by the name of Freddie who had been living and surfing there since the 1970’s. Freddy became his teacher and from then on surfing became his passion and his lifestyle.

In 1998 Mauricio moved to Playa Tamarindo and worked as a bartender. While tending bar he met a French family who asked him to teach their children how to surf. So, without any teaching experience Mauricio dove right in. The French were surfing! Through this opportunity, he had the idea of starting his own surf school. Shortly afterwards, Mauricio partnered up with another to form the first full fledged surfing business on the coast.

Our goal to you

20 YEARS teaching

All of these of experience have allow us to maintain our main goal, which is to teach
you surfing with patience and professionalism.

Our commitment

We make sure that you and your family will be able to enjoy the
surf, our costarican surfing life style, the people and its natural beauty..

Safety

We take very seuriosly to choose the most knowledgeable surfer locals to help you
with your surf technique and skills in a very personal, patiently and humbly way..

Join the team

We want you to be part our family here in playa avellanas, sharing with you and
ensuring that your vacation become unforgettable. is no light.

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