We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Great refresher course with Gibran” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bodhi Surf School

Bodhi Surf School
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Bodhi Surf School focuses on community engaged yoga and surf vacations and retreats for individuals, couples, families, and small groups. Our goal is to teach you the theory, proper technique, and safety to have you surfing or doing yoga independently. At the Bodhi Shamabala Yoga Center, we have weekly Vinyasa Flow classes and also offer private yoga classes. Bodhi Surf is committed to incorporating sustainable business practices into our everyday operations. We love to share information on our area, both on the community of Bahia Ballena and the Marino Ballena National Park where we give our surf lessons and clinics. We also offer service learning for organized student groups interested in finding out more about Costa Rica. Above all, we aim to "awaken your inner surfer" and provide you with unique experiences that you will never forget.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Hamburg, Germany
1 review
“Great refresher course with Gibran”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2013

In Cahuita - basically the other side of Costa Rica - I got Bodhi Surf School recommended by a fellow traveller, who also stayed at Cascada Verde Hostel and did his surf lesson with Bodhi.
After arriving in Uvita I e-mailed and asked to join a group lesson and got immediate reply.
I asked for a group lesson and then - when meeting Gribran for going to the beach - the big surprise: I was the group!

He gave me short but thorough introduction and then we spent the rest of the time in the water. I did a course two years ago, but nothing compared to this one... Gibran spent two hours with me in the water, with lots of explaining and helping me through quite some waves so that I was able to carry on by myself two days later and later in Santa Teresa.

What I also really liked is that Bodhi Surf takes it seriously with supporting the nature reserve. The 'must' before getting to the water was paying the park fee (included in course fees).

Oh, another thing... I was wondering why the well tanned Gibran put on sunscreen 60. I should have followed, because I looked like a lobster next day. So please, don't underestimate the sun ;-)

Take care and enjoy the time in Uvita

Visited January 2013
Helpful?
Thank someoneabroad
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
achandrahuff, Owner at Bodhi Surf School, responded to this review, February 6, 2013
Thank you for sharing your experience with Bodhi Surf School, someoneabroad, we really appreciate your kind words. We are also very glad to hear that the lesson was beneficial for you, as someone who had prior surfing experience, and that it made you confident enough to continue surfing on your own on the next leg of your journey. Finally, thank you for your comment about sunscreen... it can be easy to forget to put it on but after a bad burn you will surely remember! We hope to see you around here again, and also hope that you continue to find times and places to surf! Pura vida :)

-Team Bodhi Surf
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

316 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    310
    5
    1
    0
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
SF
1 review
“What a great experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2013

I've been looking to try surfing for a while now and I was super happy to have done my first lesson with Bodhi Surf School. I took the 1 on 1 lesson which started with an on-beach session which taught me the basics and got me ready for the ocean. Once in the ocean I was coached on every run for 2 hours. To my surprise, I was able to catch my first wave. The whole experience proved to be very exhilarating. I couldn't recommend them enough.

Visited January 2013
Helpful?
Thank Diffident
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
achandrahuff, Owner at Bodhi Surf School, responded to this review, February 6, 2013
Diffident - we're so glad to hear you had an exhilarating and successful surf experience! Surfing can be very surprising; sometimes we do so much better than we could have anticipated. Thank you for sharing your experience and giving us the recommendation! We hope to see you again in the Bahia Ballena area.

-Team Bodhi Surf
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2013

I had never surfed before and the team at Bodhi Surf School was really attentive and made me feel at ease. The amount of attention they paid to each student was great. With them coaching me on each run, I was able to stay up after only a few waves! I would definitely recommend using them if you're vacationing in this area.

Visited April 2012
Helpful?
Thank Mike H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
achandrahuff, Owner at Bodhi Surf School, responded to this review, February 6, 2013
Thanks for taking the time to share your experience, Mike H, we're so glad to hear that you felt attended to and taken good care of with Bodhi Surf School. That is definitely a priority for us. We'are also stoked to hear that you had success with surfing, and hope that you are able to do more of it in the future! Pura vida :)

-Team Bodhi Surf
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Cleveland, Ohio
1 review
“*thumbs up*”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2013

Being able to hang out with the crew of Bodhi Surf was extremely eye-opening for me. As a first-timer with surfing, I was expecting the process to be super hard; however these guys made it easy through their instruction and the whole group had fun with it. I would recommend this surf school to everyone. Yoga on the beach was the highlight of my trip though because this was there I finally understood how to "let go" of all of the superficial US concerns that I had been previously lugging around with me. Thanks for the experience Bodhi Surf! PURA VIDA!

Visited January 2013
Helpful?
Thank Kristin G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
achandrahuff, Owner at Bodhi Surf School, responded to this review, January 16, 2013
Thank you, Kristin G, for taking the time to share about your personal and group experience with Bodhi Surf. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed the surf lesson, and also that the yoga session on the beach was the highlight of your trip. We are always striving to provide experiences that are more all-encompassing than just learning to stand up on a surf board or get into a particular yoga pose, and with you it looks like we were successful. We hope to see you here again someday!

-Team Bodhi Surf
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Sherbrooke, Québec
2 reviews
“Me, a surfer?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2013

We were vacationing in Ojochal, and looking for an exciting activity. My son wanted to try surfing, and I said I would go along - but I did not really think that I could do it. So we signed up for a 2-hour lesson with Bodhi Surf. What a great experience that was! When Gibran asked if I was surfing, I answered: 'I am going to try.' He replied: You are going to surf! Which I did! Their teaching system is designed to give you the confidence that is required to get up and stay up on that board. My son and I were both surfing on the first lesson, and we were back the next day for more! Now, at age 53, I am proud to say I am a surfer! And I am looking forward to the next time. Thanks guys!

Visited December 2012
Helpful?
Thank Pierre R
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
achandrahuff, Owner at Bodhi Surf School, responded to this review, January 25, 2013
Pierre R - yes, you and your son are both surfers now! You both did excellent, and most importantly, had such great attitudes; the instructors that worked with you both came out of the water feeling so stoked! Thank you for that, and for taking the time to write about your experience, it is so gratifying for us to read :) We sincerely hope to see your family down here again, and in the meantime, we hope to keep surfing! Pura Vida...

-Team Bodhi Surf
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Bodhi Surf School also viewed

Uvita, Province of Puntarenas
Uvita, Province of Puntarenas
 
Uvita, Province of Puntarenas
Uvita, Province of Puntarenas
 

Been to Bodhi Surf School? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing