4 Key Tips for Beginner Surfers

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Surf Lessons with Frijoles Locos, Playa Grande,                                   Costa Rica

Shakas and surf. Surf Lessons.

Shakas and surf. Playa Grande near Tamarindo.

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 up as soon as you feel the power and speed of the wave.

Safety tips:

  • Jump off the surfboard before the shallows, to avoid breaking the surfboard fins (and to avoid knee injury!)
  • Always cover your head with your arms before coming up for air after you fall off the board. This will help you avoid hitting your head on your board or fins.
  • Never surf alone.
  • Surf only where you would be also confident swimming.
Final words of advice: Invest in a surf lesson from a professional surf instructor. A good surf instructor will help you choose the right location, learn safety tips, improve faster, identify your mistakes, and make the whole experience more fun and rewarding. We look forward to taking you surfing.
Email us NOW to make your surf lesson reservation [email protected]



Make Your Travels Meaningful

Make Your Travels Meaningful

Many travelers find great joy in giving back to the communities they visit. Creating meaningful travel is easy when you visit Playa Grande and surrounds on your next trip to Costa Rica!

How can I participate in a meaningful way?


Frijoles Locos Surf Shop is proud to support La Paz Community School. Their scholarship program gives today’s youth all possible chances for a bright future. In generations to come, local families will have more opportunity to create their own businesses and become leaders within the community. At the same time, an increased awareness of our environment and importance of sustainability is encouraged.

La Paz Community School is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2007 in order to address fundamental socioeconomic and cultural gaps prevalent in this region. Providing a meaningful, thoroughly outside the box education to underpriveleged youth paves the way to change. The difference this school makes to the community at an individual, community, and nationwide level is palpable.

Fill empty space in your luggage!

The scholarship program at La Paz Community School enables students who would never have been afforded the chance to receive such a quality education, to do so. While donations to the scholarship fund help cover costs of education, there are so many other needs to be met, which is where you can really help (Pack for a Purpose).

Pack for a Purpose encourages travelers to fill space and empty pounds in their luggage with much needed supplies such as crayons, pens, pencils, rulers, compasses, frisbees, musical instruments and more. Check on the Pack for a Purpose site to see what is in most demand at the time of travel.


Meaningful travel starts with action from you! Frijoles Locos supports CEPIA, founded by the wonderful, talented and visionary Laeticia DeWeer. CEPIA is an organization that helps improve the quality of life of youth and families in the local area, by supporting and training to assist the poor in job placement, teaching new skills, attending to physical and mental health of those in need, and promoting cultural development.

Your time and effort is appreciated- contact CEPIA to find out ways to can help.


Thank you for your time and effort in giving back to the community you are visiting. In this way, you are truly helping to change the future of these wonderful children and consequently, their own families.

Frijoles Locos Annual SALE Event Details


Save the date and clear your calendar for the 11th annual Frijoles Locos sale event!

Date: Sept 8th 2018. Sale will continue through the 16th September however the event with prizes/ giveaways/ free beer and live music is only the 8th September.
Time: 10am to 5pm
Where: Frijoles Locos Surf Shop, PLAYA GRANDE
5% off surfboards AS MARKED
10% off GO PRO and accessories
10% off new Waveskater body boards
20% off SUNBUM suncreen
20% off VonZipper sunglasses, Dot Dash sunglasses, Dakine backpacks.
20% off Freestyle watches
20% off new beach chairs, new beach umbrellas, regular boogie boards
20% off Ukuleles
30% off any remaining Nixon watches
30% off all brand name CLOTHING including Volcom, Billabong, Hurley, Body Glove, RipCurl and more..
30% off surf accessories such as leashes, fins, traction pads.
30% off all souvenirs- keychains, coozies, magnets, stickers.
30% off custom FRIJOLES LOCOS items such as FL Surf Hats, FL Lifeguard hats, FL long-sleeved hoodie surf shirts, FL womens long-sleeved surf bodysuits, FL branded board-shorts.
50% off all other FRIJOLES LOCOS items including FL stickers, FL beach bags, FL footballs, FL frisbees, FL towels, FL trucker hats, FL tees, FL tanks and more…
80% off all items on SALE rack as marked.
PLUS random boxes of ultra-discounted items to clear out no matter what!!
Jelly bean guessing competition with proceeds going to CEPIA
RAFFLE with receipt over $20 value – fill out your contact info on the back of your receipt to enter and WIN a pair of Billabong boardshorts.
FREE Tequila Margarita with every purchase over $50 (until supply runs out, limit 2 per person)
FREE beer to first 50 customers with PURCHASE of $20 or more (must show receipt)
HOT DOG BBQ on Saturday with free hot dog with purchase of $20 or more (must show receipt)
LIVE music Saturday 11am to 2pm by Joe Hrbek Saxophone extraordinaire!!
Reserven la fecha en su calendario.
Fecha: 8 – 16  Sept., 2017 pero solamente el 8 de Setiembre cuenta con EVENTO completo de acuerdo con detalles abajo.
Hora: 10am a 5pm
Dónde?: Frijoles Locos Surf Shop, PLAYA GRANDE
Desglose de descuentos:
5% descuento de tablas de surf etiquetada.
10% DESCUENTO GO PRO y accesorios
20% DESCUENTO en SUNBUM bloqueador
20% DESCUENTO anteojos de sol VonZipper, Dot Dash, y salbeques Dakine.
20% DESCUENTO en sillas de la playa, sobrillos de playa, bugui regulares
30% DESCUENTO relojes NIXON (hasta agotar existencias)
30% DESCUENTO en todas las marcas de ropa Volcom, Billabong, Hurley, Body Glove,
RipCurl y otros.
30% DESCUENTO en accesorios de Surf como quillas, leash, traction pads.

30% DESCUENTO en souvenirs- llaveros, coozies, magnets, stickers de otras marcas (no Frijoles Locos).
30% off articulos FRIJOLES LOCOS como FL Surf Hats, FL Lifeguard hats, FL long-sleeved hoodie surf shirts, FL womens long-sleeved surf bodysuits, FL branded board-shorts.
50% DESCUENTO de todo otras articulos FRIJOLES LOCOS incluyendo FL stickers, FL beach bags, FL footballs, FL frisbees, FL paños de playa, FL gorras estilo trucker, FL camisetas, FL camisa sin manga y mas!

80% DESCUENTO en mercadería seleccionada en SALE ADEMAS mercadería seleccionada con increíbles descuentos hasta agotar existencias!!


JELLY BEAN guessing competition with proceeds going to CEPIA
Margarita con compras arriba de $50 (hasta agotar existencias, limite
2 personas)
Cerveza GRATIS a los primeros 50 clientes que compren mas que $20 (solo mayores de edad, factura
de compra requerida )
HOT DOG BBQ. Clientes con factura de compra $20 y arriba reciben un Hot Dog gratis!

MUSICA en VIVO por Joe Hrbek, saxofonista.

Para más información llamar al 2652 9235

Nos vemos!


Surfing Costa Rica- Playa Grande and nearby surf breaks

Surfing Costa Rica- Playa Grande and nearby surf breaks

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Although our 6 year old charges these waves, doesn’t mean they are just for beginners! Something for everyone in 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.

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Head high to a 6 ft surfer. Double overhead to a 6 year old.

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 levels of surfer), Playa Frijolar (Marbella), Junquillal and Playa Negra (truly advanced surfers only).

Check out our Driving Directions blog to access information on how to get to some of those other surf breaks mentioned.

Rent your surfboards from Frijoles Locos and ensure that you have something great to ride, that the airlines haven’t damaged en-route or charged you a fortune to carry!

Concierge, Tour and Activity Planning for Costa Rica

Adventure tours near Tamarindo Costa Rica

Family fun at the adventure day

Zip lines and Canopy Tours from Playa Grande

Zip lining for all the family.

One of the best ways to maximize your vacation and minimize stress while on vacation is to plan before you arrive. At Frijoles Locos Surf Shop we are so much more than your simple retail store. Utilize our experience and years of providing quality concierge assistance, tour planning and activities guidance- contact us well ahead of your Costa Rica vacation and you won’t be disappointed.

Visiting Costa Rica for your vacation will be one of the most memorable vacations of your lifetime. Whether you are a surf enthusiast, adrenalin junkie, family with kids or couple planning a romantic vacation, Costa Rica has something for everyone.

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Surf Lesson fun in Playa Grande Costa Rica

Starting with surf lessons in Costa Rica- you have many options for places to visit. We are most experienced and knowledgable on Playa Grande for surf lessons. Surf lessons in Playa Grande mean little to no crowds, plenty of space to find a patch of sandy beach to practice catching waves without the danger of running into someone else who is learning. Our Playa Grande surf lessons are conducted on the south end of Playa Grande where there is less people and smaller waves.

Sunset sailing and snorkeling on a catamaran or private sailboat is probably one of the most relaxing ways to experience a Costa Rican sunset. Years of working with different providers and listening to comments of our valued customers on what works and what doesn’t, means that we are confident in the providers we recommend. We trust them to do the very best by our customer. Whether you are staying in Playa Grande, Tamarindo, Flamingo, Playa Danta, Potrero, or Reserva Conchal we have an excellent option for you.  Guests staying at the Four Seasons Papagayo can rest assured they aren’t paying the notorious and inflated “Four Seasons” special rate if you book with us.

Adventure and adrenalin junkies will enjoy a full day of activities including zip-lining, white water rafting in inner tubes, mud baths and hot springs, horseback riding along with lunch for a very competitive rate- especially if you rent a car and drive yourselves. There are better options for families, or adults, so do some advance planning with Frijoles Locos and ask us which destinations are better for your group.

We look forward to helping you create your next Costa Rica vacation!