Surfing in Costa Rica

Surfing has been on my bucket-list for as long as I can remember. I’ve always wanted to be one with the waves as close to nature as possible. When I got the chance to surf with Del Mar Surf Camp I knew it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. So I grabbed my swimsuit and rash guard and set out to the water. 

Jaco is a surfers paradise. Travellers come from afar to catch some waves and bathe in the tropical sun. While the beach is attractive the water is what everyone is here for. For first-timers like myself, I decided to learn from the experts with professional surfing lessons. I would rather learn how to do it one-on-one than to try it and end up injuring myself (because we all know that would happen to me!)

David, our instructor from Del Mar Surf Camp, introduced us to the basics of surfing and let us practice on our boards before we went to get more comfortable with them. I couldn’t believe how incredibly big the boards were in comparison to us.


At first, I didn’t know if we would even be able to carry them, but it turns out that they aren’t too heavy or long as we expected. We quickly learnt a few ways to stand up on the boards, when to paddle out, how far out to go, how to embrace the waves and of course how to protect ourselves. This information put me at ease as I had no previous experience surfing.

Once we got the basics we carried our boards a few minutes down the beach and jumped into the water. There were tons of other surfers in close proximity which allowed us to watch and see how it’s done. Since there was two of us and one instructor we took turns and had breaks in between which allowed us to rest and get the salt water out of our eyes. For two hours we surfed just as the sun was setting.

Luckily it wasn’t too hot so we had the perfect surfing conditions. High tide was around 3:00pm so we were bombarded with great waves making surfing that much easier. I could tell by the end of our lesson that the waves weren’t as great so we finished up and went inshore.

Overall, I’m impressed that we were able to learn how to surf so quickly. I feel like without the lessons I wouldn’t have done my best as I would have never known the proper instructions. By learning how to properly stand up on the board and when to paddle it made the world of a difference. I definitely wouldn’t mind coming back for another day of lessons before setting out on the big blue solo! This beach was amazing to practice surfing on and in the future I would love to surf elsewhere in the Pacific.

Thanks to Del Mar Surf Camp for welcoming My One Big Planet as a guest. All opinions are my own, as always.

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