Group classes are available for those that want to learn to surf and do not mind learning with other people in their group. At surf culture we never allow groups bigger then 4 people per instructor, we you will be sure to get the attention you need.
We start every lesson on Tamarindo beach to teach you the basics about surfing, safety, etiquette and the basics on how to stand up and ride a wave. After about 20 minutes on Tamarindo beach, we head to the water where you will be riding your first waves in no time.
If you are someone that likes extra attention when learning you might want to check out our private lessons, as they would probably be a better fit for you.
“Surfing Etiquette & Rules
Surfing tends to be pretty free form but there are certain accepted rules, mostly based on safety and common sense, that you should adhere to.
These rules apply to body boarders, short and long boarders, surf skiers and kayakers.
1. Always look inside
Before committing yourself to the wave ALWAYS look inside (toward the apex of the wave) to see if someone is already on or about to take off on the wave. If you don’t you could be putting yourself and another rider in serious danger because you may cause a collision.
2. Wave ownership
The person closest to the breaking part of the wave has the right of way.
If someone is up and riding, paddling into the wave behind them does not give you the wave. A surfer taking off on one side of a peak does not have right of way over a surfer who has already caught or is riding the other shoulder. This means a surfer cannot cross under the peak to the opposite shoulder and expect right of way if it is already occupied.
A wave rider must try to avoid all other swimmers or surfers.”
3. Dropping in
‘Dropping in’ is when you take off on a wave in front of someone else who is about to or is already up and riding and obstruct or interfere with their right of way.
Don’t do this. Ever. No exceptions.
Remember: If you ‘Drop In’ on someone unintentionally then make sure you apologize to them for your error and let them know that no harm was intended. Generally they will accept your apology.
4. Paddling out
When paddling out, if you must get over a wave that someone is riding, paddle behind them (on the white water side). This allows them to continue riding the wave without having to dodge you. It generally means getting knocked around by the wave for the sake of someone else’s ride. Take comfort in the hope that they would do the same for you. Also when you get out the back remember that others were waiting for a wave well before you so don’t paddle round them and park yourself on their inside in order to take the next wave.
*This is typical surfboard beginners are taught on at Playa Tamarindo, Costa Rica
“This is a selfish and un sportsman like act and not the way to have a friendly surf.
Remember – Do not paddle in front of someone unless you are so sure that you will be 20 feet in front of them.
If you are having a bad day, then take your ‘bad attitude’ somewhere else. No one wins an argument, especially in the surf. Surfing is supposed to be FUN and exhilarating not an unpleasant experience.
Always apologize if you make a mistake. If you are involved in or near a collision then stop what you’re doing and make sure that everyone is okay. Above all, keep a good attitude.
Remember – You are out there to enjoy yourself while participating in an exhilarating sport. Say “Pura Vida” to your fellow surfers and you will all have a better day.
SURF CULTURE SURF SHOP TAMARINDO COSTA RICA Surf Culture is a friendly surf shop in Tamarindo, Costa Rica offering professional private surf lessons and group surf lessons as well as Surfboard Rentals to surf the best waves in Tamarindo area and all over Costa Rica. New and used surfboards for sale, rental and trade with all kinds of accessories for surf trips to Witch’s Rock, Avellanas, Playa Grande and others away from the Costa Rica’s tourist surf spots. Tito (the owner) and the rest of the surf crew will help you to get all the best information about Surfing in Guanacaste, Costa Rica or tips to learn how to Surf in Tamarindo Beach (one of the best surf destinations of Costa Rica). Don’t forget, we also do ding repair. We are surfers stoked to live and Surf in Costa Rica. Let us share the Pura Vida with you.See Company Profile