By Chris Johnson

Surfing Lifestyle..treat each other well and enjoy the waves

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.

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By Chris Johnson

Wipe-outs and why

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!!!!

By Chris Johnson

Life-Style

life-style

life·style

[lahyf-stahyl]

noun

1. the habits, attitudes, tastes, moral standards, economic level, etc., that together constitute the mode of living of an individual or group.
By Chris Johnson

One Week Surf Camp Outline

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

Orientation

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.

Day One

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.

Day Two

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.

Day Three

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.

Day Four

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.

Day Five

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.

Day Six

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.

Notes:

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.

By Chris Johnson

Where to look for Surf Forecasts

www.magicseaweed.com has been providing detailed surf forecasts for Montezuma. It has been quite accurate in it’s predictions, and we do rely on there data when planing our Surf Adventures.Of course nothing is better than standing on the Beach and checking the waves, as we do each morning.

Our Surf School and Surf Safari continue to help many guests realize their Surfing Dreams. The weather is clearing up here on the Nicoya Peninsula, and we are seeing sunny days, and starry nights.

The Costa Rica National Surf Series starts back up in December, and our Montezuma Surf Team will again be traveling, and competing. Last year saw many successes in competition, with the standouts being Luciano Lhoss Anz, 3rd overall in Bodyboard, and Surf Guru Chris Johnson, 3rd overall in Grand Masters.

We await you, and your friends. Come and Surf Montezuma with us.