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“SUP: worth the sunburn” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bodhi Surf School

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
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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.
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“SUP: worth the sunburn”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Stand-up paddle boarding with Gibran and Adrianne was fantastic. Hard to imagine a better setting for learning this emerging sport. The offshore view of coastal Uvita makes an incredible backdrop and the bay is protected by the beach's famed "whale's tail," so the water is fairly calm. Gibran and Adrianne were great instructors and a very cool couple. They brought along fresh pineapple and plenty of agua to go around, as well as snorkeling gear. The morning we went my wife spotted a sea turtle swimming alongside her board and a few minutes later a stingray passed right beneath mine. If you're the type of person who thinks learning to stand-up paddle board would be fun, then you're probably also the type of person who will get the hang of it pretty quickly. But you'll still fall sometime during the couple hours that you're on the water. So caution to my fellow gringos: bring extra sunblock. We wish we had. All in all, it was a great way to start off our day, and we highly recommend Bodhi Surf.

Visited March 2013
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achandrahuff, Owner at Bodhi Surf School, responded to this review, March 28, 2013
Hey John K - We're so glad you and your wife enjoyed SUPing; you both caught on incredibly quickly and did so well. Thank you very much for your kind words about the tour and about us... it was so nice just being able to hang out with you guys and chat - definitely one of our favorite parts of this job! Your suggestion about the sunscreen is well taken, and we will definitely be bringing extra because the sun is fierce here and a few hours on the water can turn into a pretty bad burn! Take care you two, and we hope to see you again down here some day.

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“Yoga with Pilar is the Best!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

We were fortunate enough this trip to be able to fit in some private yoga classes with Pilar from Bodhi Surf School. It's a great way to to strengthen and be flexible for a better surfing experience.
Surrounded by nature, birds singing in the breeze through the trees, we had a wonderfully relaxing and enlightening experience. A very knowledgable teacher, Pilar was able to explain ujjayi breathing in way that I was able to get!! We also worked on some modifications specific to our needs that will help us when we are back home. If you have the chance take a class with Pilar, whatever your level she'll have something positive to offer.

Visited March 2013
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achandrahuff, Owner at Bodhi Surf School, responded to this review, March 28, 2013
kshaler - Thank you so much for your kind words about your yoga class with Pilar. Doing yoga in this region is definitely an experience - with the sights and sounds of the jungle - and we're so glad that you appreciated that part. We are also very encouraged to hear that Pilar was able to work with you in a way that will benefit your practice back home. Thank you so much for the recommendation! We can't wait for the next session :)

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Pacifica, CA
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“Awesome Introductory Lessons”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

My 10 year old son and I took introductory lessons from Gibran and Adrianne two days in a row during our recent stay in Uvita and it was the highlight of our vacation. By the end of the first day, we were both able to stand up and ride a wave in! They were both such great instructors and were so motivating. I really appreciated how wonderful they both were with my 10 year old boy. He fell in love with surfing thanks to their coaching and instruction. We are both inspried to try it out in our much colder part of the Pacific Ocean now. Uvita is a beautiful place to spend some time and if you are lucky enough to get to do so, you should definitely spend a day (or more) at Bodhi Surf School.

Visited February 2013
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achandrahuff, Owner at Bodhi Surf School, responded to this review, March 28, 2013
Lyssa G - Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your experience in Uvita with Bodhi Surf School. We're stoked to hear that it was the highlight of the trip for you and your son, and that you feel inspired and confident enough to try it on your own back home! You both did great, and it was a real pleasure working with you, and just hanging out and chatting with you as well! We hope to see you down here again some day. Pura Vida!

-Team Bodhi Surf
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
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“SUP experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

SUP with Bodhi Surf is one of my favorite things I did in all of Uvita! The crew at Bodhi Surf are incredible. They went above and beyond to ensure we were all safe and helped us out into the water. Learning how to paddle was almost effortless and being with such a great group made it truly memorable. They ensured we had drinking water when we got out there and then got to take time to play in the waters near the whale's tail. Looking back at the Vista of Costa Rica was absolutely spectacular and then looking down into the waters and seeing the fish around you was even better. If you do one thing in Costa Rica get out in the water with Bodhi Surf. Make some new friends and enjoy all the nature Costa Rica has to offer.

Visited February 2013
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achandrahuff, Owner at Bodhi Surf School, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
Wow... you can't imagine how stoked we are to hear that SUPing was the highlight of your time in Uvita, KatBotell!! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your SUP experience. We agree that the view from out in the water is truly spectacular, and not to be missed! We hope that you'll be back for another round of SUPing. In the meantime, hopefully you'll get another SUP opportunity wherever your travels take you! Pura vida :D

-Team Bodhi Surf
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“Stand-up Paddleboarding - a must”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

I went out with Gibran and Adrianne one morning to try stand-up paddleboarding (or SUP). It's a must do!! For my first time trying this, Gibran gave great instructions and tips for standing up and maintaining your balance. I managed to get up and take a modified tour of the "Whale's Tail" with both of them. Having always wanted to try the stand-up paddleboarding, I found Bodhi Surf to provide excellent instructions and a great attitude for my first experience. It's a low-impact activity, and is pretty easy to get up and maintain your balance. I think anyone, from young kids to older adults could grasp this activity during their first experience. It's also a great way to see Marina Ballena National Park, a more peaceful and water approach to seeing the "Whale's Tail" when tides are right.

There will definitely be some falling, but it's like jumping off a dock into water, warm ocean water. Looking forward to taking another trip SUPing with Bodhi Surf and there great staff when I return to Bahia Ballena!

Visited February 2013
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achandrahuff, Owner at Bodhi Surf School, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
THANK YOU, Awor, for your extremely kind words about Bodhi Surf School and your Stand-up Paddle experience in Uvita, Costa Rica. We're so stoked that you had fun and found SUPing to be an easy and extremely diverting activity. We can't wait to go again with you when you are back in the Bahia Ballena area! Pura vida :D

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