Vista Guapa is proud to offer group or individual surf lessons led by Alvaro Solano, an 8-time national champion who has over 15 years of experience as a professional surfer and 22 years of as a surfing coach instructor. He along with our awesome team of professional instructors, David Solano and Dennis Picado, actively competing and ranking high in Costa Rica’s national surfing contests.
Vista Guapa offers instruction to surfers of all experience levels and ages, from first time beginners to coaching for surfers who are preparing to compete. We make sure to provide personalized attention to all students, therefore we keep a ratio of 2 students per instructor in our groups with a maximum of 3 people in certain occasions.
The only prerequisites for surfing lessons are the ability to swim and a positive attitude. Our instructors are in the water with the students, helping them to select and catch waves as well as providing constant feedback to the students. Except when conditions are rough or with younger or more timid first-time surfers, students will paddle out past the breakline, rather than just surf the white water nearer to the shore. It is quite a workout!
Surf lessons are $75 per person for a 2 hour lesson for non-guests, and $65 per person for our Surf Camp guests. Prices exclude a surcharge of 6% when using a credit card. New, high quality surfboards are included with instruction for use only during the lesson. Our instructors will assess your experience and will help you choose the appropriate board for you matching the current swell conditions.
Lessons are generally on longboards for beginner surfers, and we do have some foam boards for younger surfers. If you would like to use a surfboard out of surfing lessons or on your own, we can help you rent a board in town for either daily or weekly use. The cost is usually $15 – $20/day or $50 – $60/week, depending on the quality and condition of the board.