Freedom Riding SUP
Freedom Riding SUP
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8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 AM
About
Freedom Riding SUP Adventures was formed by Andy Seidensticker and his Costa Rican wife Edith. We started doing Stand Up Paddle lessons and tours in 2010 in the fishing village of Mal Pais, teaching clients the important basic fundamentals of Stand Up Paddle, and paddling clients into the Cabo Blanco Reserve. The business has grown quickly in the last couple years, and has now expanded into SUP rentals, clinics for all levels even SUP surfing and SUP racing , SUP adventure tours around the Nicoya Peninsula. We are passionate and true lovers of the sport of Stand Up Paddle and take teaching the sport very seriously. Edith competes on the Costa Rican National SUP Race Circuit, and has clinched the National Womens Champion three years in a row, in both long distance and short distance. Edith has also won two Central American Race titles , and competed in two World Championships. Contact SUP-Costa Rica if you would like to schedule a class, tour or rental for your next vacation.
Mal Pais, Costa Rica

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Watermonger
San Diego, CA28 contributions
Dec 2020 • Family
We had a phenomenal experience with Freedom Riding Paddle Board tours last week. We met Andy at the Mal Pais fishing village where he took extra time making sure a few members of our group with no experience get comfortable with the equipment and the basics. Once we were on the water, his true passion was exposed. Not only was the scenery second to none but the insight to the area and the tips to riding out in the ocean were awesome. I highly recommend if you are in Mal Pais or Santa Teresa you spend a few hours on the water with Andy. You won’t regret it!!
Written December 18, 2020
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Kelso
3 contributions
Aug 2022
I had an amazing paddle with Andy! We spent nearly three hours standup paddle boarding the open ocean in the marine protected area called Cabo Blanco.

Andy is very knowledgeable about surfing, paddling, the ocean conditions, marine life, and where the waves will and won't be. I felt safe out there, I loved the board he picked for me and enjoyed Andy's company as well. He made sure we went at my pace, took breaks when needed and carried a backpack for us with snacks and water. He honored my request not to be bombarded by any big waves and totally got that I was out to have a chill paddle and see as much marine life as possible. We saw sea turtles and jack fish mostly - tons of birds of course! Didn't see any whales that day but just that it was possible to see a big sea mammal was a huge thrill!

I highly recommend SUP Costa Rica and I wish I'd had the time to take SUP surf lessons with Andy. Guess I'll have to swing back that way someday!

Thanks again Andy for a wonderful experience!
Written August 25, 2022
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Heidi_Josh
Uvita, Costa Rica149 contributions
Dec 2016 • Family
We are a group of 6 (4 adults & two teenagers) & have only SUP a few times before. Andy did a great job explaining techniques prior to starting & it was a gorgeous day, more relaxing than a strenuous exercise. I would recommend starting early if you can, we started at 7am & it never felt too hot. I'd also recommend doing this as one of your first activities if you are visiting the area. Andy & Edith were so nice we learned a lot about the area from them. SUP was a great way to see the Cabo Blanco coast line & we also saw some turtles & a ray. Don't forgot to send me some pictures Andy:) thanks for a great time & being so accommodating to our group!
Written December 24, 2016
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everwindingroad
Oakland, CA229 contributions
Aug 2018
Who knew standing on a SUP would be so difficult in the ocean for me. I took the sunset SUP experience and was met by Edith who only had me for the excursion. We tried to make it far enough out to see some whales, and I just kept falling off with my terrible balance. Good thing the water was warm. We got far enough to see some sea turtles swimming by us, and watched the sunset as we sat on the boards. My legs and feet did start feeling a little stiff after trying to balance and I'm glad Edith was so patient. We talked about a lot of things and got along well. She has a lot of experience with being in professional water sports and traveling, so I imagine she gets along with everyone. Unfortunately, they did not have a card reader and I had no cash, sho she brought me into town with her ATV so I can get cash and suggested a great restaurant close by. I would totally do it again.
Written May 20, 2019
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Thank you so much for the nice review, I had a good time paddling with you . Now I have my credit card machine working properly. Thanks again ! Edith
Written May 21, 2019
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Andrea D
Greensboro, NC2 contributions
Mar 2014
So glad I paddled with Freedom Riders last week while in Costa Rica. I got great tips and coaching and a paddle into a beautiful sunset. The conditions were rough, but I was in great hands with Edith! Thank you so much and hope to see you next year!
Written March 26, 2014
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splinteredsunlight
Truro, MA24 contributions
Dec 2012 • Family
I was concerned whether or not I could find a SUP to rent for surfing while staying in Mal Pais. Fortunately, Andy at Freedom Riding stocks a wide range of boards appropriate for first times, as well as for those experienced with riding waves. Andy provided critical insider's knowledge of where the best breaks are located, and for what direction of swell and tide. Freedom Riding is a must stop when visiting the Nicoya Peninsula for a surfing vacation.
Written January 1, 2013
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Alison A
11 contributions
Jan 2019 • Friends
Andy and Edith are the best! Not only are they amazing teachers they were patient and made sure we had a great time. They are by far the most experienced SUP company in the area. This was the highlight of our Mal Pais experience. We saw fish and sea turtles and got an incredible view of the cost of Costa Rica. If you are in the area you have to give SUP a try you will not be disappointed!
Written January 1, 2019
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BoomerLaw
Minnesota94 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
My paddle board session with Edith was the highlight of our trip last week to Costa Rica. She is VERY PATIENT AND KIND and VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE. I felt very safe and Edith made the entire experience absolutely wonderful - I HAD SO MUCH FUN, THE TIME FLEW BY! Whether you want to stand, knee or sit, Edith makes paddling on the Pacific Ocean an experience not to be missed. It was so peaceful and so beautiful.
Written March 11, 2018
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chip p.
Darien, CT4 contributions
Feb 2016 • Family
Andy and Edith were awesome SUP tour guides!! We loved our sunset SUP tour and all the gopro pictures that Andy and Edith took turned out great! It will be a SUP tour we will never forget and we hope that we can do it again soon.
Written May 2, 2016
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Tami44535
Kansas City, MO2 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
This was the second time I have taken lessons from Andy and had a great time!! Andy goes out of his way to explain everything about the boards, how to have the best possible time and safety features. He was patient with us and made us feel comfortable using the boards. I highly recommend Freedom Riding SUP!! It is definitely worth the money, which in my opinion, was very reasonable. It is obvious Andy is very passionate about SUPing and the area. I will be coming back to Malpais every year and I will be continuing to go Andy for lessons!! Thank you!!
Written July 8, 2015
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