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Santa Teresa Surf School

Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
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About Santa Teresa Surf School
Our school is dedicated to ensuring you have an amazing time during your surf lessons. As you enter the water, the instructor will help catch the spirit of 'Pura Vida'. This is a sport that is ALL about having fun. The lesson will be tailored to ensure you get a great work-out, learn new skills, all with a big smile across your face. Ismael Araya, head instructor, is the national surf champion for the Costa Rican Adaptive Surf Team. Beyond his expert instruction he has a sixth sense for understanding what you need in the water and you will always feel safe, supported and inspired
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brenbacke wrote a review Apr 2018
Boulder, Colorado1 contribution
That's what Ish always tells me when I make excuses like, "That one is to big (or steep, or fast, or, or, or). I want the baby ones." He always replies that he won't find me the "baby ones", he'll find me the "best ones". And he does. My husband and I have been surfing with Ish since 2014 and he has been helping us find, catch, and ride the BEST waves. He knows the ocean so well, he can read the waves, and just instinctively knows where to be to have the best day. He has so much positive spirit, loves the ocean and nature, and is just a joy and inspiration to be around.
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Date of experience: February 2018
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Allison D wrote a review Mar 2018
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I began learning to surf with Ishmael in 2017 and went back to Santa Teresa in 2018 with some friends so they could also learn to surf with Ish too. He is a wonderful coach: affirming, encouraging, upbeat but most of all: he knows his stuff. He doesn't baby you, but teaches you how to work through the waves to the lineup, how to get in position for waves, and more. Everyone I know that has learned with Ish has left surfing real waves. He knows the ocean well and can teach you how to surf, surfer rules, how to read the waves, and how to fight to stay on for your ride. You will really be blessed by working with Ish.
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Date of experience: March 2018
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Lilli V wrote a review Nov 2017
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I highly recommend Santa Teresa Surf School! If you are looking for a unique surf experience in Playa Hermosa/Santa Teresa you must surf with Ismael. He is a lifelong experienced surfer and surf instructor and you can see the ocean is his element. Ismael made me feel very safe and extremely comfortable in bigger waves, also I was able to improve my surf skills in just a couple of days. I could not have done this without him being very patiently, understanding, professional and always making sure you are safe and enjoying yourself. So far this was my most amazing, fun and successful surf experience I have ever had. I was totally impressed by the way how he makes life and surf easier for you. Ismael teaches groups, single travelers, couples, kids etc at all levels and always with a great energy, lots of enthusiasm and a big smile on his face. I will definitely be back! Pura Vida pass it on!
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Date of experience: November 2017
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Antony B wrote a review Nov 2017
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This school is run by Ismael Araya, a legendary surfer, by anyone’s standards. He has the biggest heart of anyone I have ever met. He gives you the experience in the water that you need. If you want to go slow and build up confidence, he does that. If you want to rage and get all fired up, he will match you, and do that too. My wife and I called him a ‘soul surfer’, meaning he just understood what you needed at any given point. I can not recommend him enough. I am not a relative or anything, simply a paying customer who really hopes other people get to experience the kind of “pura vida” I found surfing in near perfect conditions in Costa Rica this year. Finally, that is a picture of me on a wave on the beach in Costa Rica!!!! Ismael is just out of shot cheering me on. I would not have had the confidence to catch it had it not been for Ismael’s school. Good luck with your surfing adventures!!!
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Date of experience: May 2017
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ShanniDekel wrote a review Nov 2017
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‭Ismael - 8488-1877‬ Highly recommended!!!!! Amazing with kids, the perfect surf instructor for families!! For beginners and advanced surfers Feel the Pura Vida!!
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Date of experience: November 2017
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