As a Jamaican who has taken surfing lessons before, you wouldn't think that a single lesson would take my breath away and leave me completeley astounded, but Montezuma Surf did exactly that.
The first thing that any prospective surfers should know is that Chris, the teacher, is probably the most amazing teacher you will ever have. He is not only an incredible surfer who has travelled the world chasing waves, but he is also an patient instructor and inspiring person. Chris takes a huge amount of effort in prepping the students in small class sizes where you not only learn the fundamentals of surfing, but also the important safety guidelines. One of the girls in our group was terrified of waves, yet by the end of our quick prep, she was fearlessly marching into the rushing swells of Playa Hermosa.
The lesson was spectacular for several reasons: the first was the combination of Chris' outgoing personality yet professional approach to teaching. The second was his encouraging and non critical method - he instructed and was understanding of our individual demands and differences as students, waiting untill every single one of us could stand up and catch waves before allowing us to surf without his constant attention. The third was the beach he brought us to, although Chris is based in Montezuma, he is willing to travel all over the Nicoya Peninsula in order to find the best waves whether that is in Santa Teresa, Montezuma, Malpais, or Cabuya. We arrived at 2 pm on the edge of a never-ending white sand beach- a photodesritption of paradise. We surfed till sunset, and then joined a bonfire with other surfers. Chris knows all the surfers on the peninsula (many of them who he taught himself), and everyone welcomed us into the post surf celebrations.
I honestly believe that it would be a fruitless search if you tried to find a better surf school - my only regret is that I cannot surf with Chris every day.
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