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abnguero wrote a review Nov 2020
Texas324 contributions106 helpful votes
These guys were amazing. They were very patient with a group of 5 kids. Safety was stressed by the instructors and all kids had a great time. This is a must visit if your kids want to take Skating lessons.
Date of experience: October 2020
2 Helpful votes
Jasonm676 wrote a review Mar 2020
Santa Cruz, California48 contributions9 helpful votes
This guys are fantastic......Great option on the quiet side of the beach. Great waves and great for teaching kids and adults....Freddie and Anita are rock stars. They even had a skate park for the kids also...
Date of experience: January 2020
art-scuba wrote a review Jan 2020
Los Altos, California489 contributions142 helpful votes
Our family of 10+ with kids and adults learned to surf having so much fun - Thank you Frederick and team at Cafe Dojo
Ours was a big group of 10+ with varying interest levels and skills in surfing. We did not have a reservation upfront and signed up once we were there. They were very patient and accommodating of our needs. We all learned about the technique really well with Frederick who focused on the fundamental theory with safety in mind. We had an amazing time with new found respect for the water, the force. The youngest in our group was 8 years and got on the board and now wants to surf in San Francisco in the cold water -:) Frederick got extra coaches like Benji (who is a former young surf champion) and Benjamin who would help us get through the waves and catch a few surfs to try out the technique very patiently until we were comfortable ourselves. Few of us and the kids caught tiny waves on their own. This was an intense workout. With the coaches dedication, you got to appreciate the effort and technique to get on the board. A special shout out to Benjamin who manned the cafe when he was not coaching us. He would work out with us and help us get the waves and get back to give us lunch with a healthy chia bowl or a coconut water drink. You can spend months in here with their hospitality and humility (some of them are world class surfers who are coaching you but they rarely talk about it). A lesson for an 1.5 hrs costs about 30 USD and it is well worth it. As someone who was so afraid of the swimming in the water, I cannot thank the Surf dojo team enough as they enabled me to enjoy the ocean on a beginner surf board. Plan to be there for hours as you have 3+ restaurants nearby when you need a break. Cafe Dojo (Thanks Yessica for you service) with fresh ground coffee, juices, fresh coconut water, smoothies, sandwiches, chia bowls etc, La Barca a dive bar type restaurant, Eco venao cafe across the street and an ice cream place on site. Panga is the more fancy dinner restaurant on the same grounds. Thank you and what a memorable way to end the year.…
Date of experience: December 2019
2 Helpful votes
Mehmet Akif Balcı wrote a review Jun 2019
Istanbul, Turkey9 contributions1 helpful vote
Surf Dojo is more than a school, its a place where you can have it all in one place. The waves in front is perfect for all the levels depending on the swell and the owner is a great guy who is so passionate about what he is doing !! Merci beaucoup Monsieur!!
Date of experience: March 2019
Carolyn K wrote a review Jun 2019
Richmond, Virginia91 contributions7 helpful votes
We brought a group of our university students here for surf lessons while in Venao, and I was very impressed with the surf lessons - Frederic spent a lot of time explaining the proper positioning on the board and he and the other instructors led the girls through a series of exercises on land using different pieces of equipment to help them practice their movements and balance before getting out int the water. They say that they want to make sure that after you have had a lesson with Surf Dojo, you have the knowledge to go out and be able to surf safely on your own, and I think they do an excellent job of that. Our students all had a great time and are looking forward to getting out in the waves again! Even if you aren't going for a lesson, Surf Dojo is a great spot to hang out by the water - they have a lot of cute areas to sit in and delicious smoothies!…
Date of experience: June 2019