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    Learning to surf in Nosara, CR during the summer?

    Hi guys, I am planning to head down to Nosara, Costa Rica for a few months and learn to surf. I have never surfed before. I would prefer to head down in June, but I see that the waves can be pretty big during the summer months. Do you think it could be problematic trying to learn during that period? Or would I be better off waiting until November? Thanks for the help.

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    naw man you will be learning to surf in the little shore break they arnt going to take you outside to get pounded. you will be riding white water there is no reason to worry. it doesnt matter when you go but it does. youll be riding white water, i went during the rainy season and it didnt rain once. i went during the dry season and it stormed like no other 1 day.

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    I know I will be starting in the shore break. My concern is progressing from the shore break to surfing real waves. If it's consistently head high+, I'm afraid I'll be spending more time waiting for the swell to decrease than actually surfing. Any thoughts?

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    no dude you wont be on the outside in a week your crazy haha. i would worry about standing up first. it looks easier than it is, folly beach is way more heavy then cr anyways even if you did go outside youll be okay.

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    You can learn to surf in Nosara in the summer. Lots of people do. It will occasionally get 2x overhead but 5-7 feet is more common.

    If you are in good physical condition, a good swimmer, and have some decent instruction, you will be out there chasing unbroken waves pretty fast. I attended a surf camp there in July a couple years back and had about a year of surf experience and was surfing out the back in OH+ waves right away. There was a guy in our group and his two daughters - he was probably 50 and they were early 20s, they were total beginners at surfing but all three were triathloners and in really good shape. They were paddling out and taking on unbroken waves by the third day.

    But make sure to get some lessons from a good surf instructor (there are tons there) if you haven't surfed before, otherwise you will be flailing about. And hit the pool and swim a lot on a regular basis in the month or two before going, you need to be in shape to get the most out of an experience like that.

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    Just man up dude. As long as your not learning by yourself on a shallow reef break you'll be fine. My brother took me out to teach me when i was 13 in February in NJ when the water was 40 degress and the air was 20. Waves were overhead for me cause i was like 5 foot nothin and i got pounded all day. Made me fearless though. You'll survive. Just make sure to take that last breath before you get held down. And don't fight it, let it toss you until it slows down a little then go for the surface. You'll make it. Or you'll die with honor. Either way it's gonna be ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cumicon View Post
    Hi guys, I am planning to head down to Nosara, Costa Rica for a few months and learn to surf. I have never surfed before.
    thats like flying into outer space to get your basic pilot's license. Save money and learn at your closest beach. Then head down there for a winter break when the waves are more mellow when you actually have a chance to take advantage of the excellent waves there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frontsidecrotchgrab View Post
    thats like flying into outer space to get your basic pilot's license. Save money and learn at your closest beach. Then head down there for a winter break when the waves are more mellow when you actually have a chance to take advantage of the excellent waves there.
    Don't let this guy crush your dreams. Its not rocket science. Especially if they have people teaching you on the inside first and you're there for a month. You're gonna have a blast.

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    bunghole, your no surf expert man. your from fl and yall get no waves get on folly beach level then come talk to me. how can you give advice when you live in delray? wtf is a delray? like a stingray?

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    i though cr was biggest during rainy season? not summer?

    Anyhow, surf lessons thru surf schools are a joke. Dont waste your money. Buy a board and wetsuit and learn at home, where you will spend the majority of your time surfing anyway.