Debi and Co, you really know how to show a couple of families a good time on the beaches of Dominical! We were a family of 4 traveling with another family of 4 during spring break 2014. We signed up for 3 days of family surf lessons (my husband for 5 days), and the DSF folks had terrific instructors for each person and every skill level.
The beaches around Dominical have a well-deserved reputation for surfing. We've just been surfing in Bali and Kauai in 2013, and this place definitely felt more bohemian, like Hawaii of the '50s might have felt. It has yet to be developed into the full-blown surf destination that it could certainly be, and on the days we went we had the perfect beginner/intermediate waves nearly all to ourselves.
Our group consisted of adults of intermediate and beginner skill levels, and children ages 7, 9, 10 and 12. The husbands were more advanced, and their instructors traveled further afield with them to find bigger waves. Everyone in our group had a fun, memorable time. After just 3 mornings of lessons, everyone left feeling enthusiastic about surfing in general and about returning to Dominical to do some more!
Most notable about this experience was the professionalism exhibited by the staff. Debi has a growing roster of avid, skilled surf instructors from around Latin America (ours were from Costa Rica, Peru and Argentina). She carefully matched each with the skills and personalities of the students, and had a photographer on hand to get photos of each person successfully riding a wave. Debi personally helped me recover from a frustrating "off" day with personalized, highly-intuitive instruction in the following lesson. She is an excellent entrepreneur who clearly cares deeply about her business and her clients. It became apparent over 3 days that she was constantly evaluating her clients' needs to ensure that each person had a positive experience. Her reputation locally and internationally is well-deserved.
Debi, Marco, Flaco, Vanessa, Johana, Natalia, Barney and everyone who's name I've missed, thank you for a spectacular week!
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