Surf Etiquette and Safety

Surf Etiquette and Safety

Surf safety and surf etiquette are paramount to an enjoyable surf session for everyone involved. Surfing is fun, it’s adrenaline-pumping and life-changing. Surfing can also be dangerous to you, and those around you- like any sport, or activity, there are guidelines for best practices. Keep reading, to discover how you can minimize the chance of accidents, conflicts with other surfers and maintain good vibes and good karma! Select the most appropriate location for your skill level. If in doubt, ask your local surf shop. Surfer closest to where the wave broke has priority, or in some places, it’s the person first on their feet. Stay out of the way of other surfers- when paddling out, paddle towards the broken part of the wave so you avoid interfering with surfers on the green face. Don’t be a wave hog- take turns, encourage others. Be observant, pay attention at all times. Assist a fellow surfer in trouble or distress. Spend a little time speaking to locals before surfing- figure out the local vibe, how best to fit in. Your board is a missile and has the potential to harm another person. Never ditch your board when a surfer is behind you- hold onto it like a life depends on it. Remember a 9ft board with a 9ft leash has a reach of close to 20 feet…. and your fellow surfer on a similar board has the same… try and keep a good 40ft from other beginners. Relax, have fun, don’t be a jerk. Smile, share and lift the spirits of those around...
Surfboard rentals in Playa Grande, Costa Rica

Surfboard rentals in Playa Grande, Costa Rica

By now, you may have come to your own conclusion that bringing a surfboard with you makes no sense financially. We all would prefer to travel with our own, tried and trusted surfboard. High airline surfboard carrying rates, the distinct possibility of same said airline damaging your board and it being unrideable regardless, is pointing you in the direction of renting a surfboard while on vacation in Costa Rica. A long standing stigma has been attached to ‘rental surfboards’- in times gone by, they were usually old, yellowed, junky boards. No one would want to be seen riding one, highlighting the fact that you are a traveling surfer, not a local, and on top of that, a tourist! Thankfully, those days are behind us here in sunny Costa Rica. Even in the little community of Playa Grande, you can find brand new off the rack, lightly used, or standard surfboard rentals at rates that make airline fees look like Teahupoo compared to Waikiki. While some of the upsides of renting a board include getting to try something without having to buy it, possibility of renting a brand new board for the fraction of the cost of that board, being able to switch out boards if the swell or surf conditions change.. there are potential downsides too, if you are not aware of how to avoid them. No matter where you rent a surfboard in Costa Rica, or anywhere else in the world for that matter, make sure you inspect the surfboard thoroughly prior to walking out the door with it. Below is a quick checklist for newbies to surfboard...