The surf school experience in Costa Rica has exploded over the last 10 years. Places like Playa Tamarindo and other beaches all over Costa Rica are rich with many choices of surf schools. There are a lot of options. We advise you to do your research and take your families safety very seriously.
At the Avellanas Surf School, with 10 years of operation, our instructors are local surfers with the proper knowledge and training that comes with years of experience. Our “Surf Coach’s” know the surf breaks, the currents, and the reefs. They are real surfers that are ready to share their experience with you and to insure that you learn to surf in the safest conditions, enjoy your surroundings and have fun doing it.
Your Families safety is our first priority.
Surfing naturally involves some risks, but as in every nature sport real risk is minimized if our level and form are in the right relationship with the difficulty of the respective situation. That requires knowing how to properly assess both our level and the sea conditions. If this is possible, the legitimate question is whether it is not more likely to get a band disc incident when playing chess than to hurt yourself during surfing …
It is true that you can learn the necessary theory and safety rules through reading but what you cannot do through reading books is to acquire the ability to correctly assess the situation in the water. That is exactly why it is not advisable to abandon the support of an experienced surf teacher.
What you could do before your surf holiday . . .
Physically prepare yourself before your holiday, swimming (even better: paddling a surfboard in prone position into a lake, river or a pool), snorkeling and practice skateboarding. Like this you will enjoy surfing more from the beginning of your holiday, being in a better physical condition will ultimately provide more security in practice.
New beaches are exciting but . . .
the follow you will not know until you go into the water
- Characteristics of the shoreline and seabed, rocks or coral
- Sandbanks and places of risk with possible currents
- Direction and intensity of possible currents
- Effects of the oceans
- Other hazards
- Location of your emergency responders and emergency telephone number
Never place yourself in waves if you cannot swim back to the shore from that position without a surfboard, because the leash can tear !!!
Before you start . . .
At the beach you already know, always before you go in, you should look at the waves and check the status and your equipment:
- Are there currents?
- The height of the waves and how they break?
- How many waves are there in one set? How much time passes between two sets?
- What do other surfers do?
- Is there a dumping shore break (hollow waves that break right on the shore)?
- The leash is flawless?
- The fins are well established?
- The board has enough wax?
- You are wearing a suit that gives you enough insolation?
- Are you protected from the sun?
- You’re in good physical and mental shape?
- Your level and your form are sufficient for sea conditions?
At last the water . . .
- Never go in alone when there are dangerous conditions!
- Under non-hazardous conditions, at least one person would watch you from the beach!
- Never carry your board between your body and the wave, if you’re not on the board always carry it to your side!
At the peak . . . waiting for the waves . . .
- Always look at the waves!
- Often look at the shore to see if the current is taking you.
- Always when you’re not catching waves or paddling, you should sit on your board so you’ll see the waves in advance, others will be able to see you better and you can turn faster.