I recently spent 11 days at Pranamar Villas, just north of Santa Teresa. Del Mar Surf Camp operates out of Pranamar. I spent my first week at Pranamar on a yoga and surfing retreat with Vajra Sol Yoga Adventures (AMAZING retreat!). Twelve people on our retreat surfed in the mornings. We were paired up with six instructors from Del Mar. Ismael, the head instructor, gave us a quick, but precise, group lesson and then we hit the waves (gentle and rolling close to shore on Playa Hermosa) to work closely with our instructors.
I was lucky enough to work with Ismael, my surfing guru. During the retreat, I surfed for the first time in my life. I was hooked immediately! After four lessons during the retreat, I took two more private surf lessons with Del Mar's amazing Ismael. He is truly a gifted teacher that reads his students perfectly. He knew just when to push me and when to take things back a notch. I can still hear him calmly telling me, “Eyes forward. Relax.” Whether I took a tumble or rode a wave to shore, he was there clapping or waving the shaka sign and grinning like a proud parent. I had Ismael’s undivided attention for two hours during my lessons. He taught me to surf (on shorter and shorter boards), and he taught me a thing or two about life, and I left every lesson feeling like I'd just been given an amazing gift.
While on the retreat, I only heard positive things about all of the Del Mar instructors. We all enjoyed the instructors that were assigned to us and we were able to continue to work with them throughout the week. Everyone on the retreat was surfing for the first time and everyone was up on their board on their first or second wave. Many of us were nervous and apprehensive before our first surf lesson, but the instructors are so attentive in the water, fears quickly melted away and we were all left smiling and exhilarated. Del Mar Surf Camp is professional, fun, organized, and an all-around exceptional surf school.
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