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  1. #11
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    Hey gimme a break i just moved here from Jersey. And i don't know what Delray means , I don't speak cubano. There are some decent spots here believer it or not that will give up some short rides. Nothin like the good ol' jersey shore though.

  2. #12
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    Rainy season is summer.

  3. #13
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    Not all surf schools are a waste. If you can come up with the coin, SurfSimply in Nosara is highly recommended. Perfect for your stated abilities / surfing goals. There are several people on this SI Forum who have done the surf coaching program at Surf Simply & all would tell you, hands-down, this is the place to learn the sport. It's also the place to improve your surfing no matter what your level from beginner to pro.

    Don't sweat the wave size. You'll have enough to think about just trying to master functional stance, feet, hips, hands, head & a whole lot more.

    A proper surf coaching place will not only teach you to surf, they will give you the tools to continue to get better as you practice in the months & years ahead.

    Sure, if you have years to burn trying to learn a sport by yourself, with nothing but ignorant, wrong inputs from your friends or, worse, opinions on the mechanics of how to surf from people on websites like this one, don't bother with coaching. But, if you want to learn correctly, get some coaching. Good coaching.

    (And, no, that doesn't mean some Tico shoving you into the shorebreak & yelling 'feel the ocean & go go go!')
    Last edited by yankee; Mar 17, 2014 at 01:44 AM.

  4. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by yankee View Post
    Not all surf schools are a waste. If you can come up with the coin, SurfSimply in Nosara is highly recommended. Perfect for your stated abilities / surfing goals. There are several people on this SI Forum who have done the surf coaching program at Surf Simply & all would tell you, hands-down, this is the place to learn the sport. It's also the place to improve your surfing no matter what your level from beginner to pro.

    Don't sweat the wave size. You'll have enough to think about just trying to master functional stance, feet, hips, hands, head & a whole lot more.

    A proper surf coaching place will not only teach you to surf, they will give you the tools to continue to get better as you practice in the months & years ahead.

    Sure, if you have years to burn trying to learn a sport by yourself, with nothing but ignorant, wrong inputs from your friends or, worse, opinions on the mechanics of how to surf from people on websites like this one, don't bother with coaching. But, if you want to learn correctly, get some coaching. Good coaching.

    (And, no, that doesn't mean some Tico shoving you into the shorebreak & yelling 'feel the ocean & go go go!')
    Most touristy type places have the surf schools that just push you into the wave and say go go go. If you find one thats more than that good for you.

  5. #15
    There are a lot of different breaks around Nosara that you can surf. Nosara does tend to get big and hold a pretty decent size swell. I've surfed there when it was triple overhead!

    However when its big or too big you can just find another break. It can be 20 foot in Nosara and Mal Pais maybe 3-4 foot. The coastline doesn't run straight up and down.... there's plenty of bends and nooks and bay's/coves in which a swell will hit at different angles. This allows different breaks to range in all different sizes during the same swell.

  6. #16
    Thanks for the info everyone. Just to clear some things up, I don't live near the ocean so I don't really have an easy place nearby to learn. I would be going to Nosara for 3-6 months and potentially staying permanently if I like it. Therefore I am not really planning on joining one of the all inclusive one week surf camps offered. I do plan to get a private lesson. I also wouldn't have a car so I'd be limited to surfing Guiones.

    At this point I'm leaning toward just waiting until November to go down. Looking at past surf reports the waves look a lot friendlier during the dry season.

  7. #17
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    Quote Originally Posted by cumicon View Post
    Thanks for the info everyone. Just to clear some things up, I don't live near the ocean so I don't really have an easy place nearby to learn. I would be going to Nosara for 3-6 months and potentially staying permanently if I like it. Therefore I am not really planning on joining one of the all inclusive one week surf camps offered. I do plan to get a private lesson. I also wouldn't have a car so I'd be limited to surfing Guiones.

    At this point I'm leaning toward just waiting until November to go down. Looking at past surf reports the waves look a lot friendlier during the dry season.
    If your gonna go for that long and your gonna surflike 3-4 times a week probably more, plan your trip so that a couple of months are during peak season. If your not a couch potatoe you should be ready for chest/shoulder/head high unboken waves pretty quickly.

  8. #18
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    I just want to say, this thread has "cumicon", "bungholesurfer", and "frontsidecrotch grab" as participants; am I on the right website?

  9. #19
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    Quote Originally Posted by cumicon View Post
    Thanks for the info everyone. Just to clear some things up, I don't live near the ocean so I don't really have an easy place nearby to learn. I would be going to Nosara for 3-6 months and potentially staying permanently if I like it. Therefore I am not really planning on joining one of the all inclusive one week surf camps offered. I do plan to get a private lesson. I also wouldn't have a car so I'd be limited to surfing Guiones.

    At this point I'm leaning toward just waiting until November to go down. Looking at past surf reports the waves look a lot friendlier during the dry season.
    Guiones is a place where you don't have to have a car. All the stores, beach, places are walking distance from one another. If you need wheels, save up a bit & buy a scoot.

    Guiones has blown up, namely due to the NYT articles, the 'Outside' magazine article, the 'NatGeo Exlporer' article, and the 23+ surf schools that heavily promote the place as the spot to learn how to surf.

    The wave is not heavy, unless it's double overhead. In other words, it can get big & still be pretty user-friendly. By comparison, I've surfed heavier water in chest high AI than overhead Guiones (those friggin east coast USA closeouts).

    Guiones gets crowded as hell starting in November through approx May. It's like a bus pulls up every day at 0700 & disgorges a couple hundred surfers from the jungle. Once you get to know locals, and there's huge gringo expat community there, you'll discover other, less-crowded breaks. I'm not naming them; you'll have to do that ground work for yourself.

  10. #20
    I remember the days when you could barely get there in a four wheel drive (and sometimes not) let alone a bus!