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...
4 Key Tips for Beginner Surfers

4 Key Tips for Beginner Surfers

How Beginner Surfers can Stand Up on a Wave their First Time Surfing No doubt about it, learning to surf is hard! Here are 4 tips for beginner surfers, to ensure you stand up on a wave the first time you surf. 1/ Determine if you are goofy or regular foot. Goofy foot surfers have their right foot forward and regular foot surfers have their left foot forward. If you snowboard or skateboard, you should already know which of these you are. If not, have a friend push you from behind and whichever foot you step forward with first, becomes your front foot. 2/ Practice pop-ups on the beach. Draw a cross in the sand and lay down on it so your chest rests on the center of the cross. With hands in a wide push-up position, at chest level, draw your tummy in, to create space for your front leg to come through and plant your front foot at the center of the cross. Your back foot remains behind. Both your feet should be perpendicular to the vertical center line, not parallel as if you were skiing. Repeat, as many times as needed, until you nail the pop-up. 3/ Keep your hands flat. Think stable table. Hands flat on the surfboard will keep the surfboard steady. A common beginner surfer mistake is to grab the edges of the surfboard like reading a book- it will rock and roll and you will fall off. 4/ White-water first. Stay in the area of the beach where the waves have already broken. This area is referred to as the white-water. Allow the white-water waves to push you toward the beach, and stand...
Surfing Costa Rica- Playa Grande and nearby surf breaks

Surfing Costa Rica- Playa Grande and nearby surf breaks

    PLAYA GRANDE: Surfing Costa Rica- Playa Grande’s best spots and nearby surf breaks…To surf Playa Grande, Costa Rica you will need to access the beach at one of a few options. The main public beach access is at the end of the road straight down from Frijoles Locos Surf Shop, where Hotel Las Tortugas is, and 200 meters north of here known as ‘the palm trees’. Palm trees are great for families, offering good shade. Both places have guarded parking for $2 per vehicle. Don’t leave anything in the car anywhere, ever! Palm Trees surf spot is closest to Casa Costa Palmera, Casa Sylmar, Casa Blanca, Villa Siempre, Villa Olivia and Casa Mirage. Nearby the rock there is a wedgy beach break but not good for beginners. Beginner surfers should stick to Palm Trees or between Casa Mirage and around 100m north of Hotel Las Tortugas. There is parking in front of RipJack Inn also, but not guarded. No matter what, never leave anything in your car. Ever. It takes a good 25-30 minutes to walk to or from the Tamarindo estuary to the main peak in front of Hotel Las Tortugas. Main peak has plenty of crowd, plenty of vibe, and should only be surfed by competent strong intermediates and up. Palm Beach Estates to the south end of Playa Grande has a long stretch of beach with breaks all along. Sandy bottom… tends to have more walled up waves but can be fun on the right day. Casitas is at the very south of the beach before the river-mouth. Other nearby breaks include Playa Avellanas (all...
Surf Lessons in Playa Grande, Costa Rica

Surf Lessons in Playa Grande, Costa Rica

Taking a surf lesson or a series of surf lessons while on vacation is a great introduction to surfing- a sport the whole family can enjoy! Why Frijoles Locos for your Surf Lessons in Playa Grande? Safety is #1 Focus on fun Professional, experienced, mature-minded instructors Quality equipment Max of 4 students per instructor for group surf lessons (less if kids involved) Frijoles Locos Surf School, provides quality surf classes, with safety the highest priority. Undoubtedly, the fun, excitement, laughs, and all round great physical work out will boost endorphins and leave you feeling like you achieved something while on your Costa Rican vacation. Playa Grande, located in the province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica, is a long sandy beach, with no rocks or reef and consistent waves, suitable for all levels of surfer. The beach has many surf spots to utilize, to escape the crowds and find your very own area on which to practice. Surf lessons with Frijoles Locos Surf School include 90 minutes of professional instruction, the use of the surfboard for the duration of the lesson, quality long-sleeved rashguards to protect your skin against abrasions/ rash from the surf board, and transportation within Playa Grande. Frijoles Locos Surf Shop offers surf classes for all levels. Our most commonly requested lesson is the beginner surf lesson. Intermediates or those wanting to get comfortable at a new break can request a surf coach to accompany them for a surf session. Advanced coaching is available upon request. Budding young surfers can enjoy a lesson, from age 3 and up. These menehunes as they are called in Hawaii, or Groms...
Your Playa Grande, Costa Rica Surfing vacation

Your Playa Grande, Costa Rica Surfing vacation

Playa Grande, the Ultimate Costa Rica Surfing Vacation Destination Probably one of the most consistent of all Costa Rica surf spots, Playa Grande is a quality beachbreak, especially on a good south swell. There are outer reefs which make low-tide not ideal (close-outs mostly), but from mid-tide on, it is A-frame, tube rides, fun, playful lefts and rights. On south swells, often double the size of Tamarindo waves, and worth the 25 minute drive it takes to get there from Tamarindo. The closest surfing beach to Liberia International Airport (LIR), being a 1 hour drive on all paved roads. 75 minute drive from the Papagayo Penninsula and Four Seasons resort. Only 15 minutes drive from Reserva Conchal and the Westin, 25 minutes from Flamingo and 30 minutes from Potrero, it is the place to surf in the area. If everywhere else is flat, Playa Grande will have something to ride, and it’s especially good when an off-season south combines with winter-time offshore winds. Best Tide: Mid-tide. Around 3 hours before and up to 3 hours after high tide. At dead high-tide there can be some strong backwash on full-moon high tides. Best Swell Direction: SW, W Best Size: Head high to a few feet overhead. Best Wind: NE, E Bottom: Sand Ability Level: Beginner to advanced Best boards for Playa Grande: Longboard, shortboard, fish, anything goes! Best Season: Dec, Jan, Feb for perfect (but smaller) offshore waves. The rest of the year for bigger, more consistent swells Access: Public beach accesses at the end of the road from Frijoles Locos Surf Shop, where Hotel Las Tortugas is, and 200 meters...