Recent Guest Review….Chris Johnson with Montezuma Surf School is truly an awesome person and surf instructor. My 11yr. old daughter and I choose to spend our annual mother/daughter vacation surfing for an entire week in Montezuma. Chris was the 1st person I contacted regarding surfing the area and staying in the area. He was so so helpful in planning this adventure above and beyond the surfing aspect. We spent 7 days, 4-6 hours per day with Chris surfing various beaches in the area. He was amazing. His enthusiasm for the sport and his genuine concern that his students succeed is clear from the moment you meet him. Throughout the week he continued to coach my daughter and I on our advancing skills as well as introduce several families and couples to the great sport of surfing. He is so knowledgable about Costa Rica and specifically about the Montezuma area. We have decided to make surfing in Montezuma an annual event and I feel we have gained not only an awesome surf instructor but a great, life long friend.
Talking Story…defined as: sharing our life experiences with friends. No better place to do this than surrounding a Bonfire after a great surf session.
Surfing is so much more than just a sport. Here on the Nicoya Peninsula we are all one surfing family, and we welcome new brothers and sisters. Our focus is on increasing your surfing skills, utilizing a structure learning program, and introducing you to the surfer lifestyle… Surf Instruction, Beach bonfires, meeting the locals…all in a day with us….Living the lifestyle.
Student quote of the Month…”I love it that my girlfriend and I can now surf together”. Super good vibes when you are in the ocean, sharing waves with the special person in your life.
- Great Friends/Students enjoying small reef break in Cabuya….we go where the waves are best. Come join us in Montezuma for fun.
When we fall…there is a reason. Normally it is is one of three things: Over extending (not staying low), busy upper body (rolling the bus windows down), 0r faulty foot position. We work hard to correct any mistakes, and we cherish success,…when it comes. Enjoy the wipe-out photos…we sure do!!!!
As a result of our ongoing efforts to offer a structured learning environment for our Surf Campers..we have created the One Week Outline. This is constantly evolving to best meet the needs of our Surf Students.
One Week Surf Adventure Outline
20 to 30 minute Surfers meeting with the Instructors the evening prior to Day one. Surfers learn about us and our qualifications. We learn about our Surfers, any Surf Skills they may have, and determine Surfboard selection best suited for them. We cover Surf History, Safety, Surf Etiquette, and how we communicate in the Surf. This also gives us a chance to let the Surfers know what to expect, and how to prepare for the days ahead.
Introduction to Surf Lesson
Learn the basics of surfing. Beach training to learn: Surfer stance, prone to stance techniques, pre Surf stretching, and the safest way to handle your Surfboard on land and in the water; then into the waves for paddling, standing, turning, and other fundamental Skills.
Level Two Surf Lesson
Surfers learn the techniques for making it outside of the whitewater to catch green (unbroken) waves, sitting on the surfboard, visual position line-up (where am I in the ocean), and critical timing for catching, and riding waves.
Open Water Surf Instruction
Surfers learn about wave science, ocean knowledge, wave predicting, and wave direction choice. We focus on, and challenge the students to surf without physical assistance from the instructor. This is the day most Surfers feel they are no longer a beginner.
Normally Surfers like an Off Day after 3 intensive days of Surf Instruction.
Surf Maneuvers Instruction
Surfers learn the basic surf maneuvers that will allow them to advance their surfing skills. We instruct, and provide tasks for: carving the face of the wave, the cutback, hitting the lip, the floater, and the round-house cutback.
Dancing with Waves
Our focus for this day is to connect the Surfers with the natural flow of the ocean and the waves. We teach how to feel the wave, and how to adjust yourself to the wave energy, while you surf. Our goal is to have the Surfers get into a comfortable rhythm while surfing.
Sunset Surf Safari with Bonfire Dinner
We consult with each Surfer to create a Lesson plan, and they are individually coached on the techniques that are deemed most necessary to increasing their surfing skills. We surf until dark. Then we enjoy the sunset with Happy Hour beverages, and snacks. Dinner is generally grilled chicken and vegetables served on a banana leaf.
Student/ Instructor ratio is never more than 4 to 1 and most often 2 to 1.
Most Surf days are 4 to 5 hours long, with 2 to 3 hours in the waves.
We Surf the entire Nicoya Peninsula to find the best waves for our instruction:
Playa Hermosa; Playa Grande; Santa Teresa; Playa Carmen; Playa Los Cedros; Reyes Point.
Locations for each day’s Surf Spot will be confirmed the day prior.
We start the week on Longboards (8 to 10ft). As the Surfers’ abilities and desires warrant, we have shorter boards (8ft to 6ft) to progress with.
Orientation can be the evening prior or the morning of Day One.
Each day we bring lots of spring water, healthy snacks, sunscreen, first-aid, and rash guard surf shirts.
We have a waterproof camera, and post free photos daily. Professional Surf Photos and Surf Videos, are available for an additional cost.
Van Transportation to the Surf is provided.
Our schedule is flexible.