Can't say enough good things about Joan and Juan. My friend and I went in late June and had an awesome time with their school. We did a bunch of research on surf camps in Panama and decided to go a bit more a la carte in a couple different areas (Playa Venao & Bocas) vs all inclusive. We went to Mono Loco the first afternoon we arrived in Bocas...and loved it so much we went back every day during our Bocas stay.
Juan and Joan are great instructors, they really teach to your level. My friend is a beginner and I'd been surfing for a while so it was really important for me to not have to do a beginner lesson and practice beach pop ups for an hour. Juan was great with both of us in the water--watching us closely and constantly giving us tips. I definitely learned more during my lesson with Juan than I have in week long surf camps elsewhere where the instructors push you and don't give you the foundation to be able to ride on your own.
Both Joan and Juan are really encouraging and let us try out different boards during our board rental--riding a board under 7 foot was definitely the highlight of Panama for me!
THANKS MONO LOCO, you guys are AWESOME! Can't wait to go back and surf again soon.
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