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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Surf Simply

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Surf Simply
Ranked #1 of 25 Specialty Lodging in Nosara
Certificate of Excellence
Cleveland, Ohio
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18 reviews
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“Yep, it's that good.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2013

Just came back from first visit to SurfSimply. I had very high expectations and they were exceeded. I knew they took a different approach to surf coaching. I didn't realize how good 'different' could be until they laid it out. I now understand WHY they're teaching the techniques and how to apply them. The instruction approach is only half the equation....the INSTRUCTORS make the difference. Harry was my coach for the week. He's got an immense amount of technical knowledge but he delivers it with such great enthusiasm and personality that you'll stay entertained (it is vacation after all). The other thing that jumped out about all the coaches is that they are very positive and good listeners. - Thanks guys!

I have to give thanks to Sarah and her staff for the great food too. Delicious.
Francella also did a very good job of taking a yoga novice and not breaking me in half. Every class put me in a better place for the afternoon surf.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2013

The entire trip was fabulous! the surf instructors were very knowledgeable and helped you every step of the way! the food was way better than I expected! Costa Rica is gorgeous. great trip to take with a group of friends.

  • Stayed February 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013

I have been to SurfSimply twice, spending a total of 3 weeks with them. I just came back from another surf camp which I went to solely because I wanted to experience different beaches. Since all my prior surf trips had been at Surf Simply, I was expecting a similar experience. It turns out that Surf Simply is truly an exceptional coaching resort. All of the coaches are excellent teachers, and because there is an underlying curriculum all of their indispensable knowledge is passed on to their guests. All of my future solo surf trips will be with them. They take care of everything, I am certain to improve and I'm essentially guaranteed to have a great time.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2013

This place is fabulous ! The people, the coaching,the fun and supportive atmosphere, the food, the break, the yoga - all of it. If you want to increase your skills several levels, or learn from scratch, this is the place to go. They take a professional and analytical approach to surfing, and show you what you are doing wrong and right, and how to take it to the next level. My coach was Jessie, who was amazingly helpful and encouraging, and all of the other coaches were great as well, both with video assessment and in the water. Perhaps the most telling indicator of the quality of this place is the high " recidivism " rate. Something like 40% of the participants are " repeat offenders," returning on a regular basis to this wonderful piece of paradise. I know that I will be back soon ! Thanks !

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Haleiwa, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2013

This was our second visit to Surf Simply. There really is no other place like it! If you want a week of great surfing this is the place! First time surfers to long time surfers will benefit from the outstanding coaching team and their dedication to improve your surfing. Mix an outstanding coaching team, an amazing chef (Sarah), great accommodations and consistent waves and the result is Surf Simply. The best compliment is a repeat customer, over half of the guests were repeat customers!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Lugano, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2013

went here for a week of coaching and there isn't in my opinion a better place to improve your surfing skills then Surf Simply. All aspects are great from seamless pickup at airport to accommodations,meals.lectures and best of all the great instructors that Ru has gathered.

they absolutely know what they are doing and do it well and make the seven days too short. Playa Guiones is a great place to surf for all levels

Room Tip: all rooms are equally good, you will sleep soundly after two surf sessions and a good dinner
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2013

If you want to improve your surfing and have a really fun group experience Surf Simply is the place. The detail and clarity of instruction, focused on how a surfboard works and physically what you have to do to get it to perform, is amazing. My coach Harry made be aware of my mistakes and specifically how to correct them while always remaining encouraging, patient and, best of all, so much fun to be in the water with!
Francela gives a wonderful yoga class from her heart and Sarah's food is delicious.
Ru has gathered a wonderful team and truely created a unique experience.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Surf Simply

Property: Surf Simply
Address: Playa Guiones, Nosara, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Nosara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 25 Specialty Lodging in Nosara
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Surf Simply has broken the surf camp mold by providing coaching of a standard one would usually expect to receive in more mainstream sports. The makes of the Surf Simply podcast (available on iTunes) offer all inclusive package from their beautiful boutique surf coaching resort in Nosara, Costa Rica. You stay incorporates not only - video analysis, theory sessions on everything from board design to surf forecasting, pool training and in water coaching during your two fun surf session each day; but also transfers, accommodation, yoga classes, massage, fresh home cooked food and a variety of destinations in the evening from beach BBQs to stunning cliff top restaurants. ... more   less 

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