Witch’s Rock Surf Shop

Witch’s Rock Surf Shop, Tamarindo: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, Witch’s Rock Surf Shop Reviews: 3.5/5

Witch’s Rock Surf Shop
3.5
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Cyndie W
4 contributions
Great surf vacation
Nov 2021
This was one of the best surf vacations I’ve ever been on because Witches Rock staff! Our coach, Chanty, was the best! We all improved and had a great time! Chanty is a born teacher! He explains things in a way everyone can understand. And, Diego, at the front desk went above and beyond to make reservations for us and recommended really nice restaurants. He is super friendly and very helpful. He followed through on everything we asked for. We will definitely come back because of them!
Written November 17, 2021
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Ian R
3 contributions
Good for beginners, not intermediates
Jun 2021 • Solo
The camp groups together beginners who have been surfing for one week with intermediates who have been surfing for several years. As a result, the instructors focus their time on the beginners in the group, and not those wanting to learn the next level of skills, and take the group to crowded beginner breaks. They need to do a better job at screening people's levels and grouping them together appropriately.

Otherwise, it's a very lovely place, fun, beautiful, great social vibe.
Written August 22, 2021
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John S
1 contribution
Find somewhere else. They don't honor their policies.
Jun 2021
One star is too many. The staff are unfriendly and rude. Used them to book a trip to Witch's and Ollie's (a trip I've done before through other charters). Asked the staff about cancelling in case the winds/swell changed. They said, "no problem". Two days later, the conditions changed. I called to cancel / reschedule and was told I could not do it and would be charged for the trip. I made they aware of what the staff promised me and they did not care. We went on the trip and the waves were trash - just like I told them. To make it worse, the return trip back took 4 hours because the winds were so bad. The staff clearly don't care about their customers or about keeping their word - sad. You would do well to use any other shop for your merchandise or charter needs. These guys only want your money.

.... The only consolation was meeting the boat captain we used (not an employee of WRSC). He was amazing.
Written June 8, 2021
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Lauren J
1 contribution
Great people and great surfing
Mar 2021
Witch's Rock was a great place to rent surfboards! It's right across the street from a great spot to surf. My boyfriend and I stopped by in the morning and talked to Jeffery who was super helpful and friendly, letting us know what time of the day would be best for a beginner and the best place to go when we got onto the beach. Had an amazing time and would highly recommend renting from them!
Written April 18, 2021
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cooplivin
6 contributions
an amazing week of surfing and people
Jan 2021
Our family of 6 just had one of our best family vacations. Surf camp has been on the bucket list for some Time and witchs rock did not disappoint. The thing that made this experience over the top was the people!! Handsome Diego took such great care of our family all that from our 15 year old to our 19month old. All of the instructors where so helpful Manruiqe made us feel very comfortable in and out of the water as a dad and having your little girls out surfing that was a big deal. Andrey took great care of our 6 year old son who loved every minute with him. Restaurant staff was always there ready to clean up after our crazy family.
We will be back to learn more and continue growing some great friendships. Thank you Joe and Holly for sharing your amazing spot we look forward to seeing you again

THANKS TO THE WHOLE GANG FOR A GREAT WEEK!!
Written January 21, 2021
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Cristina V
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Our second visit - Highly Recommended
Dec 2020
Our family of 4 including 2 teenage girls just finished our second year of surf lessons in Witch's Rock Surf Camp. Witch's team made it an enjoyable experience.

We particularly wanted to recognize our instructor Johan Rojas who we have had for both our visits.

Johan is a great surf coach that helps us improve in every session identifying the next step and technique for each family member to focus on.

Johan is clearly an experienced surfer who is genuinely interested that his students learn and experience the passion for surfing. Johan, is excellent at explaining safety techniques for you and those around you in the water. He is also a great ambassador for Costa Rica and Witches Rock and embodies a Pura Vida surfer style.

Our family wholeheartedly recommend Witches Rock for a great beginners surf experience and that Johan will keep you and your family safe in the water while developing a passion for surfing!

We are working dates for our next visit and we look forward to having Johan as our instructor!

We traveled to Witch's over the pandemic in Dec 2020 and felt safe.
Witch's handled it well. Overall there was little impact on our trip other than occasional mask wearing.
Written January 3, 2021
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James S
1 contribution
Surf Lesson
Mar 2020 • Family
GO TO IGUANA for lesson.
Horrible experience!
Instructors were not paying attention and numerous times put us in potentially unsafe situations.
The were rude and quite obviously did not want to be there. Amazing that they were complaining about the water being cold. Angry with us for not immediately following their instructions.
Other shops provide more board choices, sun shirts and more on the beach instruction
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Written March 17, 2020
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Ryan
Winnipeg, Canada36 contributions
Fantastic First Time Surfing Experience
Mar 2020
I chose to get lessons at this place because it has the same owner as Volcano Brewing. I figured that, because we has such amazing service at Volcano, I'd probably get the same at Witch's Rock. And I was correct!

There was some initial confusion as to when my lesson would start: I was told that I would be getting a call between 6am and 8 am, depending on the waves and tides. But the person I talked to got the times wrong. When I walked over to find out when the lesson would start that day I met Matheo (sp?) who explained the situation about the waves and tides (and apologized profusely for his co-workers mistake). He told me that the tide will be at its highest at 1pm that day, so I should come back at 11 and he'd be happy to put me in the group for the lesson.

And this 47 year old couldn't have had a better instructor. There were 3 of us in our group and he all gave us equal attention and was extremely patient with us all. His instructions were clear and easy to understand, and he was such a great ego boost for all of us. Cheering us on when we made the smallest of victories, telling us calmly what mistakes we were making, and hammering into our heads that we do NOT need to rush this. Take our time, listen to our bodies, get used to our sense of balance.

I may not have done all that great, but I had an absolute blast learning and I can absolutely attribute that to Mateo.
Written March 10, 2020
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E4885GDandrear
3 contributions
Lack of positive vibes
Jan 2020
A surf trip is always a gamble, but Tamarindo is like Waikiki, crowded with warm water. We paid for intermediate surf adventures. A "coach" accompanies you to a different break to seek waves that are ridable. Here the coaches are super stoked to surf while getting paid, the "coaching" is waving at you to paddle this way as the fierce wind has blown you down the beach. The experience reminded me of a restaurant with no manager...all the workers are running amok. We found the service at the restaurants severely lacking although the food was good. The only positive was the drinking water doesn't make you sick but I'd trade that for the positive vibes in El Sal and Nicaragua any day.
Written February 8, 2020
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Judie D
1 contribution
The shop to go
Jan 2020
I took my first surfing lesson here and the instructor Andrey was amazing. He read my ability very quickly and had me standing within the first 15 minutes. Recommend to start with a 90 minute lesson if it is your first time.
Written January 31, 2020
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So glad you enjoyed your lesson with Andre. We're lucky to have some awesome instructors working with us and some awesome students as well ;-) Hope to see you back down here soon for lesson #2!
Written February 3, 2020
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