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Bodhi Surf School

La Flor de Bahia, Uvita 60504, Costa Rica
506 8712 8919
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Ranked #1 of 19 activities in Uvita
Type: Sports Camps/ Clinics, Educational Sites
Owner description: Bodhi Surf School offers surf lessons and clinics, yoga classes, vacations, and retreats for individuals, families, and small groups. Our goal is to... more » Owner description: Bodhi Surf School offers surf lessons and clinics, yoga classes, vacations, and retreats for individuals, families, and small groups. Our goal is to teach you the theory, proper technique, and safety to have you surfing or doing yoga independently. Bodhi Surf is committed to incorporating sustainable business practices into our everyday operations. We love to share information on our area, both on the community of Bahia Ballena and the Marino Ballena National Park where we give our lessons. We also offer service learning for organized student groups interested in finding out more about Costa Rica. Above all, we aim to “awaken your inner surfer” and provide you with unique experiences that you will never forget. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

We stayed in uvita for a week and took a few surf lessons with Adrianne and Gibran. They were excellent teachers and we had so much fun. Really friendly and treated us like family! Had a pizza supper with everyone staying at their cabins on our last night. They aldo helped book a day trip to Corcovado which was brilliant,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We had a group of 9 teenagers and 1 adult for lessons. Gibran and the other 2 instructors were fantastic. They were patient and encouraging and so great with our group of kids!! We had an awesome morning followed by the community walking tour with Travis. Staff is very knowledgeable and passionate about their community. When we return, we will... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Our resort recommended that we take our surfing lessons with Bodhi Surf School. My husband and I took 2 lessons over 2 days. Then we went out and rented boards on our own a couple of times after that. We took lessons with Gibran and also hung out a bit with Christian and Adrianne on our second day of lessons.... More

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samd212 - Thank you so much for your kind words about Bodhi Surf School. First of all, you and your husband were absolutely not terrible at surfing, you mustn't be so hard on yourselves! Surfing is a hard sport to master, the people who do it well make it look effortless, but you have to remember that they also had... More

Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Bodhi Surf School shared their love of the ocean with my beautiful 8-year-old daughter Ilianna and my friend, Elisabeth. My daughter took to surfing right away thanks to the amazing, calm instructions from Peace Corps Volunteer and incredible surf coach, Travis. I definitely recommend Bodhi to everyone from beginners to advance surfers as the experienced surfers tailor each lesson to... More

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Beth B - thank you for taking the time to share your friend and daughter's experience with Bodhi Surf School as well as extending a recommendation. It was also a pleasure for us! We are very happy to hear that they enjoyed the surf lesson, and that we were able to transmit our love for the ocean. We hope to... More

Brockville, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

I used Bodhi Surf School to book many excursions during my stay in the Uvita area of Costa Rica. We stayed in this area for a week so I was able to take part in many adventures. I also made sure to take in a surf lesson while I was in Uvita. This was my first surf lesson and it... More

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May S - thank you for taking the time to share about your experience with Bodhi Surf School. We're sorry to hear that the experience was not quite what you thought it would be. We always recommend that people take more than a single lesson because, as you may remember, the first lesson involves a lot of time on the... More

Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

My wife and I had taken an afternoon surf lesson in Hawaii last year. 10 Minutes of beach instruction and then out to the ocean to try and stand up. Bohdi Surf School couldn't have been more different. How to steer the board, stop, read waves, beach hazards and for someone with a phobia of rip currents... learning about rips... More

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Ed R - Thank you for so enthusiastically sharing about your surf experience with Bodhi Surf School! It was great to meet you two and work with you out in the water, you both did so well and we were stoked to see how fast you picked everything up. Also, we are glad to hear that our teaching style resonated... More

Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

I have been living in Bahia Ballena for 2 months and regularly attending Pilar's incredible yoga classes each week. She is by far the best yoga instructor I have ever had in 3 years of taking yoga classes! From the beginning she really wanted to know me and my history of practicing yoga. She alters each class to fit our... More

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Fiona L - thank you so much for taking the time to write about your experience with Bodhi Surf School during your stay in Bahia Ballena. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the yoga classes with Pilar and found them helpful in terms of your yoga technique, and also that you were able to benefit from the surf... More

San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014 via mobile

Asides from the warm water and great fun waves of their local break, Gibran and his team takes the time to give you some base knowledge (on the beach before paddling out) about technique, approach, and what to look for in Regards to waves. I found this most valuable, and was able to apply it and read waves better, which... More

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Thank you, Vincinator99, for your wonderful words about Bodhi Surf School. We're stoked to hear that the experience was a positive one and that our teaching methodology allowed you to catch more waves and feel an improvement! We definitely hope to see you again down here soon! Pura vida :) -Team Bodhi Surf More

Asheville, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

Recently, for the FOURTH year in a row (!), our students from the French Broad River Academy visited Uvita and hired Bodhi Surf for a 2-hour surfing lesson. We had a large group of 7th graders (12 students and 2 teachers) and the Bodhi Surf instructors did an excellent job managing, teaching, and INSPIRING our students in what was--for most... More

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achandrahuff, Owner at Bodhi Surf School, responded to this review

David B - Thank you for another exceptional year, and another great review! We always look forward to working with your students, and this year was as fun as ever. Thank you so much for all that you do for your students, and of course, for taking the time to review your experience! We can't wait to see you guys... More

Rocky Mountain House, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

My two teenage kids were a little apprehensive about learning to surf, but after a couple of hours with Adrianne, they now say it was the best thing they did in Costa Rica! Great instructor and lots of practice in the surf at the beautiful Marine Ballena beach. Finished the day with a perfect sunset.

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Mandy C - Thank you so very much for writing about you and your family's experience with Bodhi Surf School in Bahia Ballena. We are glad to hear that your kids' apprehension melted away when they got into the water with us! We sincerely hope to see you all again down here some day. Pura vida! -Team Bodhi Surf More

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