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“Simply the best surf coaches in the world” 5 of 5 stars
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Surf Simply
Playa Guiones, Nosara, Costa Rica   |  
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“Simply the best surf coaches in the world”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2010

My aspiration in life is to learn to surf, and I finally found a surf school, Innocent Surf School, that is methodically and intelligently teaching me the foundation of surfing. The bonus is I had so much fun in the process.

In summary, I highly recommend Innocent Surf School and they're simply the BEST!

I've been fortunate enough to have travelled to many different places to try to learn to surf. I've taken surf lessons at surf schools in Hawaii, Mexico, Mal Pais (Costa Rica) and Orange County (California). Unfortunately, none of those schools taught me any lasting skills that I could apply the minute after I left their beaches. There are three things in common among all these ineffective schools: (1) The people they hire to teach are not teachers -- they're surf bums who are trying to make money to continue to be surf bums, (2) They are trying to run as many students through the courses to maximize revenue, and (3) Surf coaching is not their passion.

The opposite is true at Innocent.

At Innocent Surf School, the proprietors and the surf coaches that they hire are, first-and-foremost, intelligent, professional and capable. The fact they are stoked about surfing has simply allowed them to combine their abilities with their passion. They are NOT "surf bums". Instead, they are best described as "surf geeks". And just like any geeks, they obsess over the mechanics of surfing. They spend hours thinking/brainstorming/discussing how they can teach aspiring surfers or accomplished surfers how to understand, learn, practice and improve those mechanics.

If you're reading Innocent Surf School's reviews, then you're daydreaming or planning a trip to Costa Rica to learn to surf. I can empathize that this is a big investment. So, what should you anticipate if you decide to travel to Nosara and take lessons from Innocent Surf School?

You should anticipate three things:
(1) Methodical approach to teaching where they will explain the theories in clear ways,
(2) Regardless of your level (beginner to ripper), they will tailor the lessons and you will significantly improve,
(3) You will be safe, and
(4) You're going to love them as human beings.

The proof is in the pudding:

If you want to see an example of their "geekiness" - go their blog and watch their coaching videos at http://www.innocentsurfschool.com/blog/

If you want to ask what their past students think about them, go to http://www.facebook.com/innocent Ask the students yourself for their thoughts.

Hope this helped!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2010

As a repeat customer of Innocent Surf School, I can say that every member of their organization--their surf instructors, as well as those who manage store operations--are simply delightful people love what they're doing, and it shows. They have a technical yet fun approach to teaching the skill of surfing, and they structure and pace the lessons according to the skill and experience (or lack thereof) of each student. I've also observed that they do a nice job of making everyone feel good about their own performance each day. Their video instruction has been particularly helpful to me in determining what adjustments I needed to make next time out in the water. For those who might be a bit nervous about getting in the water in the first place, it should be of comfort to know that each instructor is also a certified life guard. I have nothing but good things to say about Innocent Surf School. I hope to return again to enjoy the expanded services they will be providing in their all-inclusive surf camp that is opening in March 2010.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2010

I took part in a 5 day yoga and surf retreat in Nosara in mid January 2010 and had the pleasure of receiving 5 awesome 2 hour lessons with Innocent. I can't say enough about these folks - excellent instruction, great personalities and totally professional. Alex and Harry were such fun to hang out with and also instilled in all members of our group a great love of the sport they have obviously dedicated so much of their life to. I would recommend Innocent to absolutely anyone and truly hope that I get an opportunity to receive their instruction again in the near future.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2010

Innocent Surf School came highly recommended to us when we were in Nosara. I took a lesson the day before we were leaving Costa Rica - next time I will take a lesson every day. I was amazed at what we packed into one lesson. Harry was our surf instructor - he was excellent. I didn't think it would be possible to stand on a surf board and ride a wave in after one lesson - BUT WE DID! Becky in the shop was incredibly helpful and friendly as were the other instructors.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2010

Nobody does it better! Surfing is fun, especially with these guys. The break conditions in Nosara, teaching style of the Innocent instructors, and serious curriculum that breaks down all the levels of understanding what this sport is about and ensures standing, carving, and blissful wave riding. Each day was a measured advancement. You do not want to visit Nosara and miss being a part of the Innocent community - they are dialing varsity fun for all ages.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2010

They seem to be in a good mood all the time at innocent. if you learn in a kind of mathematical way this is the right place for you.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2010

It may be just that I'm American and I am susceptible to being transfixed by the British accent, but when the guys at Innocent are speaking/teaching about surfing you can't help but listen. Beyond the accent though, they are really amazing teachers. They have a wonderful intuitive way of breaking things down and they do it with enthusiasm and passion. All of the guys and gals at innocent are top notch. It was my first time surfing and I came away with a great foundation to build on, despite never actually getting up on a green wave, lol (which was mostly because the mother ocean was not being too helpful to beginners that week) When we go back to Nosara, Innocent is the only place I'll go to further my surfing education.

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Address: Playa Guiones, Nosara, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Nosara
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Nosara
Number of rooms: 4
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Surf Simply has broken the surf camp mold by providing coaching of a standard one would usually expect to receive in more mainstream sports. The makes of the Surf Simply podcast (available on iTunes) offer all inclusive package from their beautiful boutique surf coaching resort in Nosara, Costa Rica. You stay incorporates not only - video analysis, theory sessions on everything from board design to surf forecasting, pool training and in water coaching during your two fun surf session each day; but also transfers, accommodation, yoga classes, massage, fresh home cooked food and a variety of destinations in the evening from beach BBQs to stunning cliff top restaurants. ... more   less 
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