Indagare member Misty Shores recently went to Nosara in Costa Rica to partake in a Surf Simply surf school. Here are her impressions of this adventurous trip.
“I’m just back from Nosara (surfsimply.com), Costa Rica and an amazing week at Surf Simply Surf School. They have really done an outstanding job with this place. I have taken the odd surf lesson here and there, where I’ve been thrown out on a board and told to “pop up,” but this school is a far cry from that. The founder, Ru Hill, has taken the time to actually structure a program where students not only learn to get up, but understand where to put their weight, how to turn the board, how to speed up, slow down and prevent the board from nailing you in the head. (That last point was important for me as I am less than coordinated.)
“The instructors are really fantastic and they all seem genuinely invested in helping you to succeed. I worked with Sam who had the patience of a saint (and needed every bit of it) and Jesse who couldn’t have been sweeter or more supportive. All of the coaches were really helpful and an absolute pleasure to be around.
“Guests surf twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. After the morning surf, you have a quick lesson on theory or etiquette or review your ‘films’ from the morning surf session so you can adjust and improve in the afternoon.
“The food was absolutely out of this world. Sarah, the chef, was a delight and always happy to share recipes. The “Rancho” is set up in four cabanas with two bedrooms each and a shared bathroom.
“Even though some of my fellow guests had been surfing for years, we were all learning things that were new to us and slightly outside our normal comfort zone so it helped to create a common bond. I went down there with one of my best friends but definitely had a chance to meet some great people and make new friends.”