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Bodhi Surf School

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Address: La Flor de Bahia, Uvita 60504, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +506 8712 8919
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Description: Bodhi Surf School focuses on community engaged yoga and surf vacations and...
Bodhi Surf School focuses on community engaged yoga and surf vacations and retreats for individuals, couples, families, and small groups. Our goal is to teach you the theory, proper technique, and safety to have you surfing or doing yoga independently. At the Bodhi Shamabala Yoga Center, we have weekly Vinyasa Flow classes and also offer private yoga classes. 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 surf lessons and clinics. 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.
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The town, people, and location are all fantastic.

Learned how to stand on a surf board and surf in two lessons, really fun time and really quality surf lessons

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Colton, New York
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Colton, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Learned how to stand on a surf board and surf in two lessons, really fun time and really quality surf lessons

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I am so glad I stumbled upon this gem of a place when booking our Costa Rica trip. We spent 7 days learning how to surf with Gibran, while exploring the local area. We were able to kayak, snorkel, zipline and visit local restaurants all within a short distance of Bodhi. Gibran's passion and enthusiasm for surfing and the ocean... More 

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Montpelier, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

I was the leader of a group of college students and the surf lessons, community activities, and level of professionalism in organizing our nine days of activities, lodging, and guides was superb. The surf lessons (we did two formal lessons) were outstanding and remarkably all of the students were able to successfully surf on their own after two lessons. One... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

The trip to Bodhi was amazing! It was my first time in Costa Rica and I will be back again soon. The team, Pilar, Adrianne, Gibran, and Travis, were very welcoming and attentive. Whether it was assistance from Adrianne with obtaining a local rental car, a recommendation for dinner, or help with travel logistics the team was extremely helpful. The... More 

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Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Bodhi Surf School, John J! We're beyond stoked that it was such a positive experience for you, and that you benefitted from both the surfing and the yoga. It was also great to learn that the Bodhi Surf Lodge proved to be a comfortable and peaceful area for you... More 

Spokane, Washington
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Surf Instruction - I had never really surfed before, tried a couple times without instruction and got frustrated paddling about in the whitewash. On day one under the instruction of Gibran, I was riding whitewash, by day three I was catching green waves, standing and having enjoyable rides. It only got better from there. Gibran is a very good surfer... More 

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Darrin C — thank you so much for your very thorough review of your time spent at Bodhi Surf School! We're very happy to hear that you found both the surfing and yoga instruction to be beneficial for you, and that the other aspects of your stay exceeded expectation! It was great fun spending time getting to know you, and we're... More 

Harrogate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

The team at Bodhi Surf and Yoga looked after our every need, made sure we were well prepped for our holiday and then made it a very special week in a low key and relaxed way. We did the surf and yoga package and the experience of both was exceptional. From being welcomed by Travis and Maya, who showed us... More 

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

Wow, Caroline B. What a wonderful thing to read first thing this morning! Thank you so much for taking the time to write these extremely kind words about your time with Bodhi Surf School. We're so so so glad that you guys enjoyed your experience here, and that it was a nice "intro" experience to Costa Rica and surfing. It... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Spending time with the team at Bodhi Surf School was simply amazing. The personalized surfing and yoga sessions were incredible and so much better than we could have ever expected. We had first timers for both surfing and yoga but Gibran and Pilar's teaching methods allowed us to relax, learn the techniques and have a blast. We were able to... More 

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

GarryBroznya - thank you so much for this wonderful review of your surf and yoga experiences with Bodhi Surf School. We're so glad to hear that our teaching styles worked for you guys, and that you left with a solid knowledge and desire to further practice in both! We really do hope that you two will be back so we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Surfing with Bodhi Surf School was one of the best parts of our trip. My wife and I took a lesson with Gibran, and could not of asked for a better experience for our first time surfing. He was extremely thorough, passionate, friendly, and a great teacher. He had us surfing in no time, and my wife, who was a... More 

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Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your experience surfing with us here in Bahia Ballena, Kirtjp! We're stoked to hear that it was a trip highlight for you and your wife, and that you both gained a good understanding of surfing technique and safety during your lesson! We definitely hope that you will be back,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Just went out with Gibran today and did the SUP tour. I highly recommend this tour. Gibran is an excellent instructor, really took the time to explain everything before we went out, and is super helpful. My husband and I are so happy we chose Bodhi Surf School to learn to paddle board. Can't wait to come back!

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

Lindsaybrink - Thank you for your kind words about your SUP Tour! We're stoked to hear that you enjoyed it, and that you felt that you learned as well! We sincerely hope to see you down here again. Pura vida! -Team Bodhi Surf More 

Woodbury, Minnesota
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

When people ask me about my week in Costa Rica, I respond that it was more than a vacation. My husband and I had high expectations upon our arrival given all the great reviews, and the experience surpassed even these high expectations. First of all, you will not a more committed, genuine, passionate, life-loving, and Earth loving group of people... More 

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

BobLisaBurton: Wow. That's all we can say. What an amazing write-up of your time here, we were so incredibly proud and excited to read every (incredibly kind) word that you had to say! We're so happy that every part of your Bodhi Surf School experience lived up to expectations — surfing, yoga, the lodge, community engagement. And yes, the biggest... More 

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