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    First Surf Trip Destinations?

    Want a good first trip internationally when I graduate highschool. Any recomendations for an intermediate surfer traveling solo on a budget? Thanks.

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    Costa rica! Playa Negra, Playa Avellanas.. http://casa-surf.com/ rooms for $10 a night

  3. Costa Rica was my first surf trip and it rocked. I stayed a few nights in Playa Hermosa and then trekked up to Santa Teresa/Mal Pais. I think the waves are a bit better there for beginners, a little less power and not quite as steep. My friend runs a surf hostel in Santa Teresa. Wifi, good food, and mad cheap. Check it out and Stay Above the Weather! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cabina...sa/14171945074

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    Can't think of a better place for a first time trip than CR. I know it's become heavily traveled and a cliche but its got a variety of waves to choose from and awesome food for the $$$. Hit Ollie's Point if you do decide to go (if theres a decent sized swell). You and the 500 other people in the lineup will be stoked.
    Ollie's Point circa 1995 - Me, two friends, and 3 guys who pulled in on a motorized catamaran. 8ft faces and clean. One of the best sessions I've ever had.
    Ollies Point circa 2002 - Me, two friends and 20 others. Make sure your boat driver represents. This can be especially helpful as our's decided to paddle out and block for us when boards started bumping. He earned his $$$ that day. I can only imagine what it would look like now. Have fun.
    Last edited by havanasand; Nov 20, 2011 at 08:38 PM. Reason: typo

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    info@morronegrito.travel Talk to Glenn at Morro Negrito. Panama City was 450 round trip direct to DC. Same waves as CR, less people in the water. This place rocked if you are cool with incredible food and surf/fish focused trips. 9 breaks all around the island, rooms right on the ocean, the longest boat trip to a break is 10 minutes. The shortest is walking right out of your room to surf low tide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by havanasand View Post
    Ollie's Point ... I can only imagine what it would look like now. Have fun.
    I took a boat out of tamarindo to ollie's once and it was a total sh*t show. 2009. I could count 7 boats, 3 jet skis, and at least 40 surfers. Two guys on our boat started to get all stoked and get their stuff together but the captain said "No, I have better spot" and he took us to a nearby cove where we got barreled out of our brains all day. Our captain earned his $ that day too... I forget his name but he runs a 25' blue center console right out of the tamarindo rivermouth where they also launch the tour boats into the river. Just ask for the surf tours. That guy knows his sh*t. He says the cove we surfed only breaks about once a month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leethestud View Post
    I took a boat out of tamarindo to ollie's once and it was a total sh*t show. 2009. I could count 7 boats, 3 jet skis, and at least 40 surfers. Two guys on our boat started to get all stoked and get their stuff together but the captain said "No, I have better spot" and he took us to a nearby cove where we got barreled out of our brains all day. Our captain earned his $ that day too... I forget his name but he runs a 25' blue center console right out of the tamarindo rivermouth where they also launch the tour boats into the river. Just ask for the surf tours. That guy knows his sh*t. He says the cove we surfed only breaks about once a month.
    Pretty confident I know the wave you speak of (L's?) We surfed it about HH maybe bigger on the sets right in front of a cliff. Super sketchy if you ask me because I was on it backside. Half the people who surfed Ollies stayed on the boat to watch. I think I caught 3 waves and ended up closer to one of the rocks inside than I wanted to be. If you were getting barreled at that wave it must have been all time and a trip to remember.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leethestud View Post
    I took a boat out of tamarindo to ollie's once and it was a total sh*t show. 2009. I could count 7 boats, 3 jet skis, and at least 40 surfers. Two guys on our boat started to get all stoked and get their stuff together but the captain said "No, I have better spot" and he took us to a nearby cove where we got barreled out of our brains all day. Our captain earned his $ that day too... I forget his name but he runs a 25' blue center console right out of the tamarindo rivermouth where they also launch the tour boats into the river. Just ask for the surf tours. That guy knows his sh*t. He says the cove we surfed only breaks about once a month.
    Yo, had the exact same experience fairly recently (and a tad smaller so no barrels). I literally surfed until I couldn't walk up a set of stairs when we got home, either from dehydration, exhaustion or from losing blood through the gash in my toe (or all of the above).

    Anyway, back to the OP's question. I definitely say Costa Rica, but I second the warning that you want to learn some Spanish. Here's what I would do: find a Spanish school near a good break. I remember seeing a tiny little place that gives lessons in Dominical. Spend a month or so taking a lesson or two a day and surfing. Gives you a good home base to work with, a chance to meet locals and feel comfortable.


    I think this is the place. They even offer homestays, which is THE way to learn a language.

    http://www.adventurespanishschool.co...icalcampus.php


    I did a similar trip to this when I was younger, taking 2 months of one-on-one lessons in Ecuador ($15 a day - amazing) and then taking to the road when I felt more comfortable. The plan worked well. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ragdolling View Post
    Anyway, back to the OP's question. I definitely say Costa Rica, but I second the warning that you want to learn some Spanish. Here's what I would do: find a Spanish school near a good break. I remember seeing a tiny little place that gives lessons in Dominical. Spend a month or so taking a lesson or two a day and surfing. Gives you a good home base to work with, a chance to meet locals and feel comfortable.
    I agree with the learning Spanish angle but if you want to avoid the CR crowds, try Guatemala. I found a cool language school in Quetzaltenango (aka Xela) and decent surf in Champerico, among other spots...

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    Do you really want to be traveling solo to a less developed or third world country? Then running the chance of surfing solo?

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