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December 2014

Evan and I had the BEST and most memorable time on our Costa Rica Surf Adventures vacation in Tamarindo. It truly was an adventure as Chino and Rico took us to 4 beaches total. We even swam across the estuary on our surf boards for one destination.

They made us feel like family, and we left feeling as though we had new friends in Costa Rica. I told Chino he ought to call his service “surfing boot camp” as he is very serious about you learning the PROPER way to surf (yet making it fun!), and he drills into your muscles the technique necessary to be successful getting up on the surf board in order to ride the waves.

We respected Chino as our instructor and listened to everything he had to teach us. We feel as though we learned so thoroughly that the basics will come back naturally the next time we are lucky enough to surf. Also, the time we spent in the water, every second was utilized in getting as many repetitions as possible! We loved the ease of the trip. I tend to be an anxious traveler, but everything was taken care of so smoothly form the airport pickup, to the first day of surfing, to local recommendations, to the airport drop off. No questions were ever left unanswered!

We chose the canopy tour excursion, which was amazing! The guides there were super awesome and nice as well, and we were able to purchase a video and photos for a very low price of $10. We also added on Paddle boarding up into the estuary, where Rico was our guide. It was a nice scenic tour. We also purchased the photo package and it was worth EVERY PENNY! John Paul captured so many wonderful moments in and out of the ocean. We are beyond glad that we decided to buy the photos! We have photos from all SEVEN days of surfing, and he was nice enough to take our Christmas card photo for us!

We are already planning next year’s vacation with CR Surf Adventures! We hope to make it an annual event. I 100% recommend these guys for your surf vacation in Costa Rica! You won't leave disappointed!!!

Thanks!!

Toneisha and Evan

October 2014

Hi Gary,

Just wanted to follow up after my trip. Had a great time learning to surf! The staff was great and made it an excellent trip.

Thanks,
Inna

September 2014

Dear Gary

Thanks for a great week at Tamarindo and with CR surf adventures. The attention to detail and extended surfing time on the beach made a big difference the last days.I think I speak in name of my fellows surfers, Rob,Keith and Sebastian who were also very happy about this.

Thanks,
Antonio Ferreiro

September 2014

Hi Gary,

The CR Surf Adventure crew could not have been more accommodating or professional. Our expectations were exceeded by their constant attention to safety while ensuring our time in Tamarindo was fun.

The crew knew everyone by name in spite of new guests joining the group daily. English only was not an issue. Rigo kept conversation flowing and we enjoyed his sense of humor.

The crew kept the vehicles and equipment spotless. They always arrived early plus Cesar made sure our extra activities coincided with the best weather. This is a well run business.

Cheers! Deborah and Logan

September 2014

Hey Gary,

There are no words to express how fabulous your team was. This trip to Costa Rica was a 21st birthday present for my son who wanted to surf Costa Rica. Stephen was his surf coach while we were there and he really helped my son take his surfing to the next level. But it was so much more than that.

We had a blast with your team. As well as Stephen, Rafael and Cesar were great. It was cool how proud they are of their country and how much they wanted to share their history and culture with us. It was the small things- like stopping when they saw a cashew tree, asking the owner for permission to pick one, and then bringing it into the vehicle and showing it to us. I'd never seen a cashew other than in a Planters jar!

There were so many of these examples that I could ramble on about but I think you get my point. The other tourists we met who had also booked through you were great people. And our side trips of ziplining and ATVing were a hoot too.

The accommodations you recommended were ideal. I would definitely suggest everyone book the Diria with you - and upgrade to the ocean view. It was incredible. I also took advantage of the incredible massage on the beach at the ridiculously low price. One of the best massages I've ever had.

I've already recommended Costa Rica Surf Adventures to several friends who are looking for a great vacation and I'd recommend anyone considering Costa Rica Surf Adventures not think one minute more - BOOK IT NOW! You won't be disappointed.

Stacey Marmolejo
St. Paul, MN

Nate Beck
Los Angeles, CA

August 2014

Gary everything went great. Roberto and the guys were awesome and took care of everything we needed. Thanks for making everything so easy. It was truly an incredible experience.

Joe Walsh

August 2014

Hey Gary!

I just wanted to send you a quick note saying I had the BEST time with Chino and Caesar in Tamarindo. Thank you so much for everything. I was not ready to leave, and I will have to stay longer next time. I look forward to my next vacation with those guys. The trip was way more than I could have hoped for, better than I could have imagined, and just what I needed

Chao,
Joleen

August 2014

Dear Dan, Gary, and Chino,

I wanted to send this email of thanks on my last full day here in Costa Rica.
I have had a most wonderful experience here, and owe it to Chino and Luis. And, of course, Nidia! Bob and Gary, I have told Chino and Luis this, but wanted to share with you, that our (Alexis and mine) lives have changed from this trip and from meeting Chino, Luis, Nidia, and Johnny.

Luis is a great instructor and I am confident that he is, and will remain, a supreme asset for you all. He is kind, patient, and knowledgeable person, and truly one of a kind.

Con muchas gracias and amor,
Pura vida,
Pam

August 2014

Hey Dan,

Sorry for not getting back to you sooner, I have been in transit to my new job and am now in Vanuatu. My trip to Costa Rica was amazing!!! It was everything I could have hoped for and more. What really made the trip special was Chino and Nidia, they are such warm, friendly, happy honest people. I had so much fun surfing, getting sun burnt, mixing with the locals, eating food and chilling at my resort. I was totally exhausted each day after surfing in the sun and that was exactly what I wanted, i love that feeling when you know you have made the most of your day!!!

The day we went out on boat was great, I felt really safe and secure with Chino, Luis and Johnny all there sharing their local knowledge. I certainly will recommend you guys to my friends and I hope to get back to Costa Rica with some more time to spend there and I can guarantee I will be contacting Chino and the crew.

hanks for all your help in organizing the trip with such short notice, I really appreciate it.
See you in the blue,
Bree Iskov

August 2014

Hi Gary,

I am writing to tell you what a wonderful time we had. My granddaughter Emma loved surfing and did quite well. David is an excellent instructor and took very good care of Emma. The entire team was wonderfulI. I definitely made the right decision when I selected CR Surf Adventures. Our vacation was perfect -couldn't have been better!

Thanks again,
Suzanne


August 2014

Dear Gary,
Our trip to Tamarindo in Costa Rica was AWESOME! We had a blast! Fantastic and friendly instructors. Wonderful weather and great waves! Can't get any better than that :)

Have a great summer!
Line (Lynn) Moisan

July 2014

Hello Gary,

My son and I are back from our week in Tamarindo and I just wanted to drop you a quick note.

We had a fantastic time. Your team (Cesar, Christian, Junior, Franciso and Steven) are truly the best. They were incredible teachers...safety minded, considerate, trust worthy and entertaining all at the same time. Cesar as the "captain" was impressive in his ability to keep everyone organized and informed and always with a smile.

We are already talking about bring the entire family next year.

Thanks for a great vacation.

Dave

July 2014

Hi Gary,

I'm so excited to have the opportunity to share my thoughts about my recent trip to Costa Rica. I had an amazing time! From the moment we were picked up at the airport by Alex to the moment he dropped us off at the end of our trip, we were happy and well cared for by David and Rigo. We hit the ground running, in fact, David had us surfing within two hours of our arrival in Costa Rica! As first time surfers, both David and Rigo were very patient, supportive and above all, excellent teachers. We enjoyed meeting and surfing with our fellow travelers and on days when our group was large, we were assisted by Luis and Victor. We were able to surf every day, even on some of the rougher days and really improved.

David arranged our optional activities for us (ATV ride and zip lining) and we loved both! The Tamarindo Diria was beautiful and the staff there was friendly and helpful. Most of all, we loved getting a real inside look at Costa Rica and Tamarindo in particular from David and Rigo. Each took the time to drive us through town, pointing out favorite restaurants and other points of interest. They introduced us to their friends and treated us like friends. They were both great ambassadors for Costa Rica Surf Adventures and for Costa Rica. My only regret is that I did not stay long enough!

Thank you for a wonderful vacation, new friends and amazing memories that will last a lifetime!

Krissy Coombs

July 2014

Gary,

We had a great time on our trip and wanted to let you know that the whole crew in Costa Rica was great and the surfing was fun.

Thanks,
Greg & Lily Farrar

June 2014

Hi Gary, Had a great time. thank you! Your guide Rigo was great. He is such an asset to the company. You need to do what you have to do to keep him. He's the mayor of Tamarindo.

Aloha, Larry

June 2014

Dear Gary and All at Costa Rica Surf Adventures,

Simply put...Amazing!!! The accommodations were 1st class, the locale just cant be beat, the staff was courteous and friendly, meeting each and every request with a happy spirit of contentment. Our surf "guide" was Rigo and it is hard to keep to just a few words how great he was with us all. You sensed a true caring spirit that my surf techniques would improve under his tutelage, working hard to give everyone in our group the best experience possible, once again meeting each and every request with that wonderful Costa Rican happiness! Rigo is a gem and an customer service expert and would be a large part of why I will return!!! Best trip I have taken yet, Highly Recommend!!!!!

Nate

June 2014

So good, we went back for more!

This was our second time with Costa Rica Surf Adventures, and as always, the teachers were awesome and the surf was just right. We are a family of 5, beginner surfers and the level of instruction was perfect. We all rode wave after wave under the guidance of our instructors! They were professional, friendly and all-around fun guys to hang out with. Not only do they facilitate and teach the surf lessons, they arranged all activities, which was great, as we didn't have to do a thing but show up ready for adventure. Super fun!!

Abbie Peraza

June 2014

I researched fairly extensively in my quest for just the right surf adventure. I then took that list and began contacting each one. The first thing that set Costa Rica Surf Adventures apart was the phone call I received. Not only were my questions answered about CR Surf Adventures, but any additional questions I had about travel in CR in general was answered as well. This was followed by first class service in Costa Rica along each step of the journey. And while on the waves, I felt safe and relaxed with best-in-class instructors. I cannot recommend Costa Rica Surf Adventures enough for their service from beginning to end.

Joe Hall

June 2014

Hi Gary,

I had a great trip. I had a blast zip lining with the boys from the ranch. I enjoyed watching them bull-riding towards the end of the tour.

I'll definitely plan on coming back in a couple of years.

Thanks,
Phong

June 2014

The trip was awesome. David Rico and Alex were awesome. We will definitely do a write up. It was so great for me too as I have never traveled without my husband but everything was arranged wonderfully by you and your staff so it was very stress free.

I will spend some time today and email to a separate email with a picture of my daughter and I surfing

Fran Welter

May 2014

Hi Gary and Roberto
At 62 years old, I decided that it was very much a now or never decision to plan a lifelong dream of a surf trip to Costa Rica. Coming from Northern California, I was used to the head to toe wetsuit and ice cream headaches from the cold water. The image of warm water, offshore breezes and perfectly sculpted waves was the draw of Costa Rica. After a considerable amount of web surfing, I made the decision to go with a ten day package through Costa Rica Surf Adventures. The program was absolutely flawless, from beginning to end. Gary was very helpful in taking my reservation and was always readily accessible by phone when questions came up. When I cleared customs at the airport in Liberia, Jose was there with a big smile holding a sign with my name for the shuttle ride to Tamarindo. The accommodations at the beachside Hotel Diria could not have been nicer and the massive buffet breakfast kept me going all day long. Steven and Cesar were terrific surf guides/instructors and their patient encouragement helped me improve considerably during my stay. I had the good fortune to experience good waves and uncrowded conditions on trips to both Ollie’s Point and Witch’s Rock, which were the high point of the trip for me. Having these days documented by the photography of Raffa and Jonathan was the icing on the cake, and a great souvenir for my wall back home. It was so reassuring to be traveling around with a crew who were clearly respected by the local community. The dinner out the last night of the trip with Roberto (Chino) and Steven was bittersweet. I was in a wonderful country with what had become very good friends, and it truly felt like I was leaving part of my family. Back home in the States, I find myself daydreaming about this wonderful trip and trying to figure out how to get back sometime in the future. For a true experience of Costa Rica’s Pura Vida, you simply can’t go wrong with Costa Rica Surf Adventures. Be ready for the time of your life.

Brock de Lappe

May 2014

The Most Awesome Surf Camp in the World!

Hey Gary,
Mike and I had a great time. It's definitely a trip I will return to and recommend to everyone I know.

Thanks again,
Bashan Aquart

May 2014

We had a great time. Roberto (sorry “Chino”) and his crew (Luis, Cesar, Kevin) were great. My daughter had a ball, she cried on the way to the airport because she wanted to stay (I almost cried too….).

Regards,
Rudy

May 2014

Dear Gary and Roberto,

It seems once I get home from Costa Rica, work becomes just a bit more crazier and it's time to find a way back.

This past trip was my fifth one to Tamarindo and with CRSurfAdventures. The first time I went, I knew absolutely nothing about surfing, but learned much and couldn't stop bragging about the warm water. Friends came with me on other trips, to see and learn for themselves. Each time I've gone, it's always a little different, because the weather and the ocean keep their own pace, but each trip has been amazing. What keeps me coming back, and enthusiastically recommending you to others, is the professional way Roberto takes care of customers. I've seen other surf instructors and outfits at work on the beaches, and I am always impressed with how focused CRSurfAdventures instructors are on safety. When it comes to performance, they take a personal stake in seeing students do well and continually progress. Roberto is as passionate about wanting me to improve my surfing when I'm away from Costa Rica as when I am there. The local contacts and knowledge Roberto offers is second to none. If it's last minute dinner reservations, a tour to a volcano, or a even a doctor that you seek, he'll hook you up. I like to call him the mayor of Tamarindo. I know that surfing has changed my life for the better and I thank CRSurfAdventures for teaching me how. Keep up the good work.

Pura Vida!

Bill G.

May 2014

Gary,

For us, taking this trip was a complete leap of faith. We found Costa Rica Surf Adventures online and had never been to Costa Rica. So we knew nothing going in. We had surfed for a total of four hours each in our lives, and as a middle-aged mom I was not at all sure I’d be able to even paddle out to where we needed to be, let alone stand up on the board.

What unbelievable hosts the staff at Costa Rica Surf Adventures turned out to be. We got off the plane in Liberia to be greeted by Alex, ready and waiting for us – he stopped along the way to show us some monkeys in the trees and we were pretty much hooked right there. When we arrived at the Hotel Diria and saw how beautiful it was, we were blown away.

Very early in the mornings the instructors would pick us up for surfing. Rico, David and Chino were so wonderful with us and our kids. JP was there every day taking photographs, and we now have over 1,000 beautiful photos of our family surfing together. I don’t know how you find such great people, because those guys were with us for hours on end, and their humor, friendliness, charm and overall professionalism never wavered. Always smiles on their faces, great attitudes, fun personalities – great people to spend time with. It turned out, not only could they get these middle-aged parents surfing, they got us on waves together, at the same time, as a family. My favorite moment was the first time my daughter and I caught a wave together. JP captured that moment with his camera. The trip was such a beautiful bonding experience for us as a family.

Even the early morning start was a blessing, because we started the day with that workout, then had time to explore the city or take advantage of the activities. (We did the zip lining and horseback riding you had arranged with Pura Aventura. Those people were wonderful too!) )(Don’t tell the hotel, but we availed ourselves of the breakfast buffet before surfing and we got back early enough to enjoy breakfast again, which took care of us all the way until supper.) We’re already talking about coming back same time next year. When we do, we will be booking our trip with Costa Rica Surf Adventures again.

If you walk through Tamarindo, you’ll see there is no shortage of surf instruction outfits, but if you want to be completely taken care of by true professionals who exhibit real care for you and your vacation, and who will go above and beyond to make sure you have the best possible time, book your trip with Costa Rica Surf Adventures.

My only suggestion for improvement? You guys should sell shirts with your logo on it! We totally would have bought them.

See you next year.

- Jennifer Thomas Vanadia

April 2014

Hi Guys,
Your team does a great job!!!

Melissa, Elaine and I all had a wonderful time each day of our CR vacation. Gustavo, Rigo, Jean Paul, Ator and Chino made all the surfing sessions safe, fun and a learning experience for us. Also Dan and Gary for setting up the trip from our initial emails.

We plan to return again next December, if at all possible.

Please pass along to the other guys I missed like Bernie, Gustavo and Ator. I don’t have all the email addresses…

Sammi

April 2014

Hi Gary,

I'm so sorry not to get back to you sooner, because of our great trip, you guys deserve a quicker response. All of us had such a blast learning how to surf as well as doing the other activities. Not only that but staying at the Diria was incredibly relaxing. We could not have enjoyed ourselves more and we are already looking forward to coming back next year. I personally would like to come back more than once, but unfortunately work hinders that wish.

Our thanks to Chino, David, and all the crew for making it a spectacular vacation.

Cheers

Johnny

April 2014

I just wanted to give a big thank-you to Costa Rica Surf Adventures for making my recent trip to Costa Rica so memorable. I visited Costa Rica on the surf and yoga camp from March 17th to the 22nd. As a single woman traveling on my own, I had some reservations but I'm so glad I decided to go because it was the best trip I ever had! I felt well cared for from the moment I was greeted by Rigo’s smiling face at the airport to the moment I was dropped off at the airport to go home. I always felt safe and I never felt alone. I really felt that everyone from Costa Rica Surf adventures went above to help me, and the rest of the surf group I was with, have a fabulous vacation. My surf instructor Chino was amazing (they all were actually) and I had a lot of fun surfing. The yoga classes were great too. I met some wonderful people and thought it was pretty amazing how well we all bonded in such a short time. Thank you again for taking such good care of us. I would highly recommend Costa Rica Surf Adventures to anyone who.

I truly had a fantastic time and can't wait to come back!

Tanya

April 2014

Hi Gary,

Thank you very much I really had a blast with your group. Rigo (sp?) was the man and super helpful. I think I really learned a lot from surfing with him. The accommodations were top notch and we had a great time on the zip lining and ATV tours. I will be back!

Matthew

March 2014

Dear Gary

Thanks for a great week at Tamarindo and with CR surf adventures. The attention to detail and extended surfing time on the beach made a big difference the last days.I think I speak in name of my fellows surfers, Rob,Keith and Sebastian who were also very happy about this.

Thanks,
Antonio Ferreiro

March 2014

Gary,

We are leaving Tamarindo today, but before we leave I just had to email you and say thank you. The crew that you have down here made this trip amazing. Gabriel was especially awesome. Always early, incredibly friendly, and worked hard all week to get me into great waves. Thanks to his help finding the take off spot at Ollies.

I caught some of the best rights of my life. Even in really windy conditions. His local knowledge and desire to help made our trip unforgettable!

Had so much fun surfing, we never even went on our ATV trip! Oh well, there's always next year, because we are definitely coming back.

Thanks again for your great adventure company.

Ken Saner

March 2014

Hi Gary,

The CR Surf Adventure crew could not have been more accommodating or professional. Our expectations were exceeded by their constant attention to safety while ensuring our time in Tamarindo was fun.

The crew knew everyone by name in spite of new guests joining the group daily. English only was not an issue. Rigo kept conversation flowing and we enjoyed his sense of humor.

The crew kept the vehicles and equipment spotless. They always arrived early plus Cesar made sure our extra activities coincided with the best weather. This is a well run business.

Cheers! Deborah and Logan

March 2014

Thank you all. I have never had such a wonderful time in such a wonderful place. The beach was incredible, as were the waves. Thank you again to Rigo, John Paul, and Abner. The staff were so patient and helpful can't wait to see all our new friends in the coming year. To a great group of people a great company and the greatest time I think I have ever had. May you all prosper in your endeavors.

Brendan and Laurie

March 2014

I just wanted to say I had an awesome time with Costa Rica Surf Adventures.

I don't have Roberto's email address but if you can forward these photos to him that would be great!

Tanya

February 2014

Hey Gary,

There are no words to express how fabulous your team was. This trip to Costa Rica was a 21st birthday present for my son who wanted to surf Costa Rica. Stephen was his surf coach while we were there and he really helped my son take his surfing to the next level. But it was so much more than that.

We had a blast with your team. As well as Stephen, Rafael and Cesar were great. It was cool how proud they are of their country and how much they wanted to share their history and culture with us. It was the small things- like stopping when they saw a cashew tree, asking the owner for permission to pick one, and then bringing it into the vehicle and showing it to us. I'd never seen a cashew other than in a Planters jar!

There were so many of these examples that I could ramble on about but I think you get my point. The other tourists we met who had also booked through you were great people. And our side trips of ziplining and ATVing were a hoot too.

The accommodations you recommended were ideal. I would definitely suggest everyone book the Diria with you - and upgrade to the ocean view. It was incredible. I also took advantage of the incredible massage on the beach at the ridiculously low price. One of the best massages I've ever had.

I've already recommended Costa Rica Surf Adventures to several friends who are looking for a great vacation and I'd recommend anyone considering Costa Rica Surf Adventures not think one minute more - BOOK IT NOW! You won't be disappointed.

Stacey Marmolejo
St. Paul, MN

Nate Beck
Los Angeles, CA

February, 2014

Costa Rica Surf Adventures showed me the time of my life! I have always dreamed of learning how to surf and of course Costa Rica was a destination on the top of my list. I don't believe I could have done it any other way than experience a fun interactive and social surfing experience with the crew. As a single surfer (meaning I came on this trip alone and little bit nervous I'd have to say) I just want to say thank you once again to the Tamarindo team that helped us out every step of the way. The guys not only woke us up every morning to get out on our surf boards and push us to our greatest potential, they entertained throughout the entire trip! They took everyone out for a wonderful Sushi dinner and different destination beaches around the local area, it was a blast! The beaches were so beautiful I could hardly believe my eyes. I can't wait to do it again... counting down the days as we speak!:)

THANKS AGAIN AND MISS YOU ALL!!!:)

Rachel

February, 2014

I had the most amazing trip! I came alone and started with a week package. After, I was planning on traveling to other parts of Costa Rica, however, I fell in love with Tamarindo, its surf and the people I met. I ended up staying two more weeks! Chino, Raf, Caesar, Steven, Kailani and everyone else were so helpful and fun. They know their surf, their town and how to show everyone a good time. Tamarindo is amazing and I can't wait to go back. Gary, thanks for your lightning speed responses and to you and everyone for accommodating my changing plans.

See you again soon, Pura Vida!

Angela

February 2014

Our trip was great. Many thanks! We do need to be reimbursed for breakfast at the hotel Mon through Fri. Roberto said he would talk to you.

Thanks, Dave Bradley

February, 2014

Hi Gary -
Had a great time!

We had the most amazing time! Roberto, Rafy and Cesar really took great care of us and made sure we got the total Tamarindo experience! They were so patient with us in and out of the water. We laughed constantly and had a blast - what more can you ask for? Gary was the ultimate concierge - he knew which accommodations would be best for us, always was available when we called, and responded quickly when we had a request. My surfing improved but more importantly, I was able to share my passion with my friend, Maria, who had never surfed before but became totally hooked after this trip. I just wish we could've stayed longer.....

We're looking forward to booking our trip for next year....

Nan

February, 2014

Hi Gary,

Trip was great and my teenage boys loved it. We all did!!! The boys got amazingly good at it by the end of the week. We didn't want to come home.
Can't wait to come back!

Brenda,
Ryan,
Jared

February 2014

Gary everything went great. Roberto and the guys were awesome and took care of everything we needed. Thanks for making everything so easy. It was truly an incredible experience.

Joe

January 2013

Hi Gents,
Just wanted to let you know that this has been my best trip in a really long time. And that you run a great company with fantastic and really great instructors. Rigo and Roberto were simply awesome dudes and top shelf professionals. They were the right mix of motivating and encouraging while providing solid direction. It was great and I was up and surfing - something I've always wanted to do. They helped me reach a personal goal and in a way that I'll now want to continue getting better and better. I will for sure come back, and recommend your company to those I know!

Chino, I look forward to meeting you tomorrow for the ride into Liberia airport. I'll give you the payment for the photos as well; as Jean Paul is quite the talented photographer and has a really good eye.

I want to thank you again for an amazing and memorable experience. I was looking to see if there was something nice I could put onto trip advisor but could not find CRSurfAdventures.
...Also forgot to mention that the company you partner with for the canopy / zip lining experience (Pura Aventura) was also excellent. Luis and the gang provide for a fun, safe and informative experience (they provided a lot of info on the environment, trees, wildlife and surroundings). Definitely one of the trip highlights!

Now back to -30 degree Toronto weather!

Cheers, until the next trip

Mark

January 2014

I recently had the opportunity to participate in the Costa Rica Surf Adventures surf Camp in Playa Tamarindo, Costa Rica. From the moment I first had contact with Gary I began to realize that his primary concern was to meet whatever needs I had in order that I might experience the perfect surf vacation. He responded promptly to all my emails and no question was left unanswered. The week’s package included an ocean view room (slight additional charge) at the Diria, breakfast every morning, my choice of two additional activities (I suggest the catamaran sunset cruise and the zip line) and surf lessons for six days. It was one of the most enjoyable vacations of my life! The Diria is, if not the best, then one of the best accommodations in Tamarindo, and it’s right on the beach. We surfed every morning in the cove just immediately north of the hotel and the conditions were perfect. For the surf lesson, I was fortunate to alternate between Gustavo and Rico as my instructors. Both are expert suffers, but more importantly, outstanding teachers. They were able to explain the fundamentals of surfing in such a manner that I could easily understand. As Rico would say, “It’s like yoga, you have to feel it.” By surfing early in the morning we avoided crowds and were able to concentrate on our own technique. The groups were kept small to obtain the optimum student/instructor ratio (usually one to one) and the personal attention I received was amazing. Whether you are a regular surfer, a weekend wave rider, or have never climbed on a board before, Costa Rica Surf Adventures surf camp will meet all requirements necessary for you to have an unforgettable surfing experience.

Thanks again,

Bill

January 2014

Hi Gary,

It's hard to imagine a better family vacation than the one we had in January 2014 with CRSA. We all agreed it was the best family vacation ever. We enjoyed the incredible amenities at the Diria and the great service.

My wife made friends with many of the staff. It's a great resort, and the ocean view room upgrade was well worth the additional cost. This was my second trip with CRSA, and it more than lived up to the expectation the great time we had on our first trip in 2012 created.

The surf guides, Rico and Gustavo, were great surfers and great people. They went out of their way to help us improve our surfing and helped get us into the best waves possible. Roberto made sure we got to do all the activities planned. One of my daughters didn't surf but did the yoga program and said the yoga instructor was top notch.

The activities we did were the zip line and the ATV tour, both were really fun family outings. We met a great couple, also on the surf tour from San Diego, and made some new friends. We had some very good meals in Tamarindo and my wife and daughters enjoyed the shopping as well.

The capper was the trip to witches rock. Although the surf was only shoulder high on the sets, the shape and speed of the wave, not to mention the incredible location of the wave, made it memorable. The trip to witches is very very special, and if the swell had been larger, it would have been all time. As it was, we are left with the strong desire to return.

CRSA has it figured out-they offer accommodation in the best hotel in Tamarindo, and they have great people working hard to make your vacation everything you'd expect. I highly recommend their service-I've had two of the best trips I've ever taken with them.

Martin Cohen

January 2014

Just a note to let u guys know what a great time I had. Gustavo and Rico (am I spelling their names correctly?) are amazing instructors! I've not been to any other surf camp, but I can't imagine any of them can compare to the quality of yours.

Thanks and pura vida!

Bill

December 2013

"Our BEST Christmas Vacation EVER!"

That's what our 2 little "surfer girls" said about our Costa Rica Surf Adventure trip.
It was our first surfing endeavor and visit to Costa Rica ~ and it definitely won't be our last for either!
Thank you to Roberto and his expert team of instructors and guides for a most wonderful experience for our family.
Everything from fantastic surfing (we all caught a lot of waves), CRAZY HIGH & FAST zip-lining, ATV rides in the jungle (loved seeing the Howler monkeys) and deep-sea fishing (can't believe we caught a Sailfish) ~ to awesome restaurants (The Green Papaya was AWESOME), shopping and spas (the 4 handed message was blissful).
Thank you for a fun-filled vacation. You may have created two little surfing monsters ~ they even loved the crashes.
until we meet again.
Kevin, Lisa, Sofia (11) and Annika (7)

December 2013

Hi Guys,

Your team does a great job!!!

Melissa, Elaine and I all had a wonderful time each day of our CR vacation. Gustavo, Rigo, Jean Paul, Ator and Chino made all the surfing sessions safe, fun and a learning experience for us. Also Dan and Gary for setting up the trip from our initial emails.

We plan to return again next December, if at all possible.

Please pass along to the other guys I missed like Bernie, Gustavo and Ator. I don’t have all the email addresses…

With love, Pura Vida! We wish you all a healthy and happy New Year!

John, Elaine & Melissa

December 2013

HI Gary,

Just wanted you to know we had a great time. The instructors were great and the beaches are beautiful. Can't wait to come back.

Thanks,
Ed

December 2013

HI Gary,

Thanks for arranging the Robinson family trip to Costa Rica. We really enjoyed surfing with Chino and all the other great instructors. Everyone in the family was riding waves (even me) like you promised. The weather and water were perfect.

Thanks, Scott Robinson

December 2013

Gary,

thanks so much for the “surf tour” you provided for my son and me. our time in Tamarindo was fantastic. although Kevin JR. had never surfed before, he was able to “graduate” from the beginner classes in three days and join me for the final three days of surfing. our surf guide Rigo was brilliant. his primary concern and focus was making sure we caught as many fantastic waves as possible. chino was available to us at all hours and everything was very smooth which made for a relaxing vacation. I didn't realize how easy it was to get to Tamarindo we will be back.

Cheers, Kevin

December 2013

Hi Guys,

Your team does a great job!!!

Melissa, Elaine and I all had a wonderful time each day of our CR vacation. Gustavo, Rigo, Jean Paul, Ator and Chino made all the surfing sessions safe, fun and a learning experience for us. Also Dan and Gary for setting up the trip from our initial emails.

We plan to return again next December, if at all possible.

Please pass along to the other guys I missed like Bernie, Gustavo and Ator. I don’t have all the email addresses…

With love, Pura Vida! We wish you all a healthy and happy New Year!

John, Elaine & Melissa

December 2014

Hola Chino,

Thank you for the pictures and the Great Time in Costa Rica. You have an excellent group of individuals at CR Adventures. Please give my thanks to Rigo, Alvaro, Gustavo and Jean-Paul. Also, I have written a blog on my website that details my super experience with your company. Hope to see you all again.

Best Wishes and Good Surfing,
Will Beaton

December 2013

Hey Gary,

I wanted to let you know that I had the greatest trip to Costa Rica. Your team down there was amazing.

Rigo, Gustavo, and Alberto took such great care to make my first time surfing a great experience. I felt completely taken care of and safe with them.

I would recommend you guys to anyone looking to learn how to surf. Let me know if there are any websites or places that you want me to write a review.

Let me know if you need anything else from me.

Again, thank you so much for an incredible vacation.

Doug

November 2013

Thank you so much guys! Amazing experience and great instructors!
Rigo, you are the best!

Irina

November 2013

Hello to the entire CRSA crew. Wow what a trip I had. I wanted to thank you all for all your hard work at making my trip to Costa Rica a great experience. I so appreciate your professionalism, and attention to details, your knowledge of the surf locations, tides and swell directions really helped in getting us the best waves possible.

I so enjoyed meeting the staff there. Rigo was great in helping to deal with the crowds
and just showing us around to some of the local places to eat. I will definitely be back and will make sure it is with you all again.

Thanks once again

Sincerely
Dave

November 2013

We had an amazing time in Costa Rica. CR Surf Adventures Staff, the Surf and Unending Laughs combined to make Unforgettable Memories! Would do it again in a heartbeat.

Molly Traynor

November 2013

Hi Roberto,

Just wanted to drop you an additional thanks for a perfect trip! Lori and I had such a great time, it was the perfect mix of being able to explore the surf breaks, for Lori learning to surf, and for us both to try some new activities. The bonus of meeting Mike and Lynn and being accommodated by such great guides (Steve, Rigo, You, etc) made it trip to be remembered, please send along our thanks again to the guys!

Thanks again for everything you guys are awesome , can't wait to return!

Best

Chris

October 2013

Hello Gary:

Carlos, my husband, and I had a great time with Costa Rica Surf Adventures!
In fact, I think our time with you may have been my best vacation, ever. The level
of professionalism and quality of instruction was unparalleled. For every wave other surf schools would catch, we would catch ten. Not only that, but everyone in our group was up on their first day. Unlike other schools, there were also no injuries. You really have the best instructors available. The instructors and their teaching abilities are reason enough to head back to Costa Rica, but for longer next time. Our accommodations at Hotel Diria were perfect. The hotel's location, right in the center of town, was ideal for shopping, entertainment and eating out. Our ocean-view room was beautiful and the stunning sunsets it provided made it well worth it the extra cost. I have already recommended Costa Rica Surf Adventures to colleagues and friends and will continue to do so. Thanks for an amazing time.

Pura Vida,

Lucia

October 2013

Hello Gary,

My son and I are back from our week in Tamarindo and I just wanted to drop you a quick note.

We had a fantastic time. Your team (Cesar, Christian, Junior, Franciso and Steven) are truly the best. They were incredible teachers...safety minded, considerate, trust worthy and entertaining all at the same time. Cesar as the "captain" was impressive in his ability to keep everyone organized and informed and always with a smile.

We are already talking about bring the entire family next year.

Thanks for a great vacation.

Dave

October 2013

Thanks you so much for a great week. Bill and I were glad to be able to learn to surf so quickly. The great thing about your company is that you are a great friend to us. You treat us like we are family. One of the highlights of the whole trip was the dinner at Carlitas. I am sending some pictures of the evening. Have a great summer. I hope we can keep in touch. Say hello to Nidia, Luis and Ceasar for me.
Thanks again,

Sam

September 2013

I had an amazing time in Costa Rica with CR surf! The instructors and beaches were awesome and I felt safe and encouraged throughout all my lessons. I met some really great people and had a lot of fun and learned how to surf, which has always been something I wanted to do. I'll be back again!

Thanks guys!
Samantha

September, 2013

Hi Gary & Chino
Thank you so much for one of the best vacations I have ever had. Your instructors are awesome guys, they motivated and encourage me relentlessly. If it wasn't for Cesar and Steven, I would still be stuck on the sand watching people surf instead of catching my own waves. I Fell in love with Tamarindo and the locals. I will be back next year!

Thanks again for this amazing experience.

Sincerely,

Kaitlyn

September, 2013

Hey guys,

The trip was great. Everything went smooth and was above expectation. Ceasar and Steven were cool as hell and did a great job, you have a couple of good employees there. Having been out of the water for 10 plus years the first couple of days kicked my butt, but just sitting in the warm water on a board was worth the trip.

Thanks,
Dave

September 2013

Hi Gary,

My son and I had a fantastic time with Costa Rica Surf Adventures. We really enjoyed surfing with Chino and his team. They were fun and easy going but very professional about being on time and delivering an experience that exceeded expectations. We also really enjoyed the adventure offerings - the ATV, Zip Line and Snorkeling trips.

I would highly recommend each one! The accommodations at Nosara and the Diria were very comfortable. This was a great surf vacation, good people ( guides and guests) and fun waves at a variety of breaks. Bottom line, we hope to come back next year and bring a few more of our surfing friends with us!

Thanks for a great vacation!
Mike

September 2013

Gary,

I had such a great time surfing with your two guides, I am looking forward to coming back and check out more breaks. And not being able to speak much Spanish was not a problem. They were very knowledgeable about the tides and which break to surf on any day. I was hoping for something a little bigger, but didn't happen.. Rico and Eder were two great guys who I'm happy to have met, and hope to surf with them again.. I'm hoping to get back as soon as possible. I thought they took some pictures of us surfing, so you may have them on the camera if they have not been erased by now.. I thank you for a great trip. And the hotel I was at was just fine. The owner was very friendly, and the staff kept the room neat and clean.. I would have not problem staying there again...

Jan

August 2012

Hi,
I just wanted to thank you for an amazing trip!! You guys do a great job and I'm already planning on returning next year.

Again, thanks for everything,
Jamey

August 2013

Gary, and staff.

I wish to thank you all for the great time I had there. I had a great time. Rigo, and Etta, not sure of the spelling, were great to talk to,and surf with. Two great guys, just wish I knew more Spanish. The hotel Macondo was clean and the owners and staff were friendly as I hoped for.. All the people I met were... I am hoping to get down there again, and hope to bring my son, who surfs good too... Looking forward to getting what pictures they took of us surfing...

Thanks again...

Jan

August 2013

Hi Gary,

The CR Surf Adventure crew could not have been more accommodating or professional. Our expectations were exceeded by their constant attention to safety while ensuring our time in Tamarindo was fun.

The crew knew everyone by name in spite of new guests joining the group daily. English only was not an issue. Rigo kept conversation flowing and we enjoyed his sense of humor.

The crew kept the vehicles and equipment spotless. They always arrived early plus Cesar made sure our extra activities coincided with the best weather. This is a well run business.

Can't wait to return. Cesar is a miracle worker getting me up on a board the first day! I'm over sixty and look forward to surfing again.

Cheers! Deborah and Logan

August 2013

Gary everything went great. Roberto and the guys were awesome and took care of everything we needed. Thanks for making everything so easy. It was truly an incredible experience.

Joe

August 2013

Hey Gary!

I just wanted to send you a quick note saying I had the BEST time with Chino and Caesar in Tamarindo. Thank you so much for everything. I was not ready to leave, and I will have to stay longer next time. I look forward to my next vacation with those guys. The trip was way more than I could have hoped for, better than I could have imagined, and just what I needed

Chao,
Jill

August 2013

Hi Gary

I wanted to let you know what a great time I had on my trip. The instructors at Costa Rica Surf Adventures were amazing. Not only did they teach us how to surf but they were great guys who made the adventure a blast from start to finish. I can't wait to come back next year for even more fun!

Thanks again,
Sam

August 1013

Hey Dan/Gary,

Just wanted to thank you and let you that every was amazing for my trip. Ceasar, Kenneth and Regal were amazing, great instructors who made sure everything was perfect on my trip. They made themselves available for me anytime if I needed anything. The surfing was amazing and the hotel was perfect. Thanks again for being flexible with me and my travel dates.

July 2013

Hello Dan and Gary,

Thank you for making the arrangements for our visit to Costa Rica. Cesar and Rico made sure we enjoyed our stay and got good surfing done. Witches Rock was the highlight of the trip considering the swell was small. Definitely will go back.

Thanks again and Pura Vida.

Jose

July 2013

Hi Dan,

Thank you for your help in coordinating the trip. Costa Rica was amazing the and the CR Surf Adventures team was awesome!

Everyone in Costa Rica was really great and we have a wonderful time. I would like to give a special Thank You to Rigo, our surf instructor, driver and new friend in Nosara. The jungle is gorgeous, but without him we would have not had the amazing Nosara experience that we did... Thank you Rigo!!!

Best Regards,
Jennifer and Andrew Perou

July 2013

We have had the most wonderful vacation. Everybody has been so cool and nice and my son and I now know how to surf! The zip line and ATV trips were great too. We'll be back. At your convenience could you have somebody send me the picture link. I still haven't received it. Thanks for everything!

Chris

July 2013

I had an absolute blast in Tamarindo, and a great experience surfing with Costa Rica Surf adventures. I really enjoyed all my instructors, and learned a lot. They are true professionals. Cesar, Rigo and Kenneth really went above and beyond to teach me what I needed to know, and we had fun doing it. I highly recommend signing up with them! They offer a great package deal that you just can't beat. I found Tamarindo to be a fun, safe place. I will definitely be back next year. Can't wait to surf again. Pura Vida!!

Mariellia

July 2013

Dear Gary,
Our trip to Tamarindo in Costa Rica was AWESOME! We had a blast! Fantastic and friendly instructors. Wonderful weather and great waves! Can't get any better than that :)

Have a great summer!
Line (Lynn) Moisan

July 2013

Hey Gary,
I had a great time! Caesar and the crew were great!

Trey Caton

June 2013

Hi Gary,
Have to say I had a amazing time in Tamarindo, thank you. Special thanks to Cesar, Keneth, Rigo. You have a great team, coming back next year for sure!!

Pura Vida,

Thanks,
Mariela

June 2013

Hi Gary-

Just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know I had a great time in Costa Rica! The trip was smooth and worked itself out very nicely.

The guys were great - Allejandro, Luis, Roberto and Caesar. They exceeded expectations and were just a ton of fun. Lot’s of laughs and very good instructors. Made the trip even that much better.

Because of them, I’ll definitely be back. Tell them “Hi” and I’ll keep in touch.

Rob

June 2013

Hey Gary,
Just wanted to let you know that I am had the best time I have ever had! Your staff is absolutely, fantastic, professional, polite and very helpful with any of my needs. The way your staff maintains your equipment sure says a lot about you and your company. It makes a person feel comfortable knowing that everything is in top notch condition and maintained. This is my first time out of the country and I couldn't have made a better choice than to come to Costa Rica and pick your company and have you guys show me around. I have thought what I would do different next time and there isn't anything that comes to mind other than stay longer like maybe forever! I would be more than happy to right a review for you guys if you would let me.

Thanks again
Lance Sprague

June 2013

Hi Gary,

Just wanted to drop you a note to let you know how much I enjoyed my trip to Costa Rica primarily because of Costa Rica Surf Adventures. I felt like we had an extended family there to support us and to make sure that our needs were taken care of….you've established a great team with Roberto (Chino) and Luis…we learned so much and we're so appreciative of the attention and care we received. Again, I will highly recommend Costa Rica Surf Adventures to my clients, friends and associates. We truly enjoyed ourselves and would love to come back to continue our adventures with you and your team.

All my best,
Matthew

June 2013

My trip with CRSA was really fun. Chino, Luis, Caesar and Alejandro are a great team. They took me to fun waves every day and really showed me the Costa Rican lifestyle. They treated me like family and that's what made my experience so great. Oh, and surfing overhead Ollie's Point was kinda fun too...

Matt - California

June 2013

Overall the experience was EPIC!!! For me personally, unless I could have had Rigo by my side surfing together the whole time it could not have been better! He is about the best coach and instructor I have ever met! Unreal care factor, and just a great guy!!! His ability to find minor or major out points and correct them quickly and effectively is PRICELESS!!!!

As far as the hotel, it worked for sure! Clean, and and very good service. I did like seeing some of the other hotels south of there at the end of the beach, those were amazing. Capitan Suizo in particular.

Thanks, Eric

May 2013

Hi Gary,

As usual, we had a wonderful time. Feel free to use whatever from the comments below for your business;

We have traveled to Costa Rica twice with CR Surf Adventures. These guys are awesome! They watch after us in and out of the water. We are definitely beginners and have always felt safe in the water.

The instructors are friendly, encouraging and their language skills (English) are superior. We were met by staff immediately at the airport and soon after greeted by Cesar by phone letting us know what the plan was for the following morning. They are always there when they say they will be.

The staff are laid back, but completely professional with the guest's satisfaction and safety in mind at all times. I recommend CRSA without reservation and will be back often to visit my Tico friends.

Pura Vida!
Kevin Dolan

May 2013

Hey Gary,

I wanted to reach out and tell you how amazing my trip was. I was riding waves within 15 minutes of my first surf lesson, the teachers were amazing, the accommodations were cool, great people/food/nightlife.

This trip was exactly what I was looking for. Also, Caesar was a fantastic leader and organizer during my stay.

Thank you for everything and I will definitely be back surfing with you guys in the future.

Thanks,
John

May 2013

Dear Gary,

We just wanted to let you know that we had THE BEST family vacation! Our boys, 10 & 7 can't stop talking about it! Before our trip, I was a little worried about our 7 year old in surf camp, but Cesar and Chino were fabulous coaches- he did great, and we All loved it! We're trying to figure out when we can come back!

Thanks again Gary!

Ann Marie and Nick Mellas

April 2013

My friend Betty and I just returned back to North Carolina after having the best experience ever in Costa Rica thanks to your camp and more importantly your staff. Betty and I are long time friends and had planned this trip for over a year with all kinds of expectations. I would like to say that not only did CR Surf Adventures meet our expectations, but exceeded them. We chose the two location package and looking back realize that this was the best choice of all. Our memories of both Nosara and Tamarindo will be with us forever.

I want to commend you on a business that is very well run. From the planning stages to the drop off at the airport everything was in order and timely. You have a top notch staff that obviously cares about what they are doing and about the customers they are serving. Betty and I enjoyed everyone we encountered including Daniel from the Villas, Steven, Cesar, Gabriel, Kenneth and several more. These people all were very personable and easy to get along with not to mention a lot of fun. We built a relationship with each of them and already miss them in our lives.

Thank you for creating a memorable vacation. Because of this positive experience we are sure to recommend your camp and hope to return to Costa Rica again.

Does Steven, Cesar and Gabriel have work emails that Betty and I may be able to send a special thank you to each of them as well?

Muchas Gracias!

Kelley

April 2013

Hey,
We had an awesome time surfing with you guys. The instructors were great and friendly, always on time and were very helpful. I would definitely recommend you guys to friends and family.

Paul Eo

April 2013

Hey Gary - Just wanted to follow up and say I had a fantastic trip. Loved the town, the people, the food, the resort - and the surfing and both actiivties. When watching other beginners, I realized how glad I was to take lessons from quality instructors. - and I'm already starting to plan a trip in December to get some more coaching.

Thanks,
Dan

April 2013

Gary, What a fantastic vacation! Surfing Tamarindo, Playa Grande, Avellanas, and Cositas twice a day was the best! Cesar and his crew of instructors made the trip totally worthwhile.

See ya next year!

Rob

April 2013

Hi Gary,

I had a great time at surf camp, so glad I did it!
All the instructors were awesome and so knowledgeable and great at explaining things.

Thanks,
Courtney

April 2013

Gary

I wanted to get back to you about the great week we all had. Chino, Cesar, Rigo, Kenneth and Javier were great to work with. The showed us the best surf at the best time of day(even if it was at 5:30 in the morning.) We surfed doubles sessions on a couple of days and even got in a sunrise session the day we had to fly home.

The accommodations at the Diria Condos were perfect. We also loved the Zip line canopy tour and the ATV rides but we will all remember the surf the most. We will be back next year and may try the Nosara area.
Thanks Again
Mark

April 2013

Hey Gary -

Had a fantastic time last week on my trip! Can't say enough great things about your group of instructors! Everyone was very professional and did such an amazing job of teaching me and getting me up on the board. I am definitely hooked now and am already thinking of my next trip. You are lucky to have such great guys working with you

Thanks again for everything!

Carolyn Cope

March 2013

Hey Gary,

Can't say enough about our vacation. We all had a fantastic time! Your crew in Costa Rica went above and beyond to make sure we were well taken care of. Cesar, Gabriel, Stephan, Kenny, Rigo, Wayne. They all made us feel like old friends. Everyone in our surf group seemed to feel the same. I would highly recommend this vacation to all.
Beautiful place! Beautiful people! Don't change a thing.
Laura, Gary, Michelle and Emily Colton
Hope to see you next year!

March 2013

Hi Gary,

The trip was fabulous!! Everything went smoothly from the time we landed at the airport to when we got back on the plane. The location was perfect, the instructors were wonderful - Gabriel, Cesar and Chino are so patient with the kids and the adults!

They were very safety conscious, while making sure we all learned a lot and had a good time. The zip line place was also great. It was all so much fun for me and for my son.
Thank you for helping arrange everything - we will be back if we can!
Hailey

March 2013

Hi Gary -

I want to compliment you and Roberto on a well run operation. Here are some high points that made our trip great...

Enrique met our flight late in the evening. What a nice guy! Next thing I know, I'm talking on a cell phone to Roberto and he tells me when he will meet us the next morning. Ok, right off the bat, you guys are getting an A+ in execution.

Then we start the 45 minute drive to Tamarindo in your well appointed van. Enrique folds down the big screen and all of a sudden, we're watching surfing videos of Pipeline...way cool!

We get to the hotel Tamarindo Diria and check in. The hotel staff is great, very friendly and eager to make our stay more enjoyable. I have been to a lot of places in the tropics. If you have a building next to the ocean, the salt air eats away at everything. It takes a huge effort to keep everything looking top notch. I didn't see any deferred maintenance in this hotel and that is amazing to me. Our hotel room was great and the location on the beach was terrific.

The CRSA crew met us the next morning. What a great group of friendly and competent instructors. It was obvious to me, that they bonded with all their student/guests. For this you guys get a AA++.

I am in business and I work hard to deliver good products and great customer service. So, feeling like I am being treated well as a customer is important to me. I don't feel that I get great customer service that often. You guys are an awesome exception and you exceeded my expectations.

I was in India on business before traveling to surf with you guys. An unfortunate thing about India is their inability to handle their garbage. We have given them first world packaging and they have no systems to dispose of the wrappings. To see the beauty of India, one has to look beyond the litter, which is everywhere. What a contrast being in Costa Rica. There is no litter anywhere and it is cleaner than anywhere I have been in the U.S. Pretty darn mind blowing.

The other cool thing was the wonderful, friendly vibe of the Costa Rican people.

There you go, a summary of a great vacation. My primary reason for writing this is to give you kudos for a well run organization. Please pass my compliments along to your crew down South.

And one last thing, we didn’t sign up for pictures. I know my son was filmed on the last day. Are these available to view and purchase?

Cheers –

Basil

March 2013

Hi Gary,

It was my third time coming to surf with Costa Rica Surf Adventures and I must say I had a fantastic time! This time around I enjoyed the Surf Tour to Ollie's Point and Witches Rock, which was an amazing trip. Gabriel, Cesar and Roberto were awesome. I felt I've improved in my surfing thanks to their coaching and helping me feel confident out on the water. Although I must thank Cesar and Roberto especially for making sure I catch and ride some nice clean big waves ;)

I left Costa Rica wanting to come back for more...

Thanks again guys for making my trip memorable!

Sofia

March 2013

Hi Gary,
I have been thinking on a write up for a week and cannot seem to find the right words to expressed our time with CR Surf Adventures. Spectacular, outstanding, phenomenal. Best vacation ever - by far.

Tyler, Dylan and I could not have enjoyed ourselves more than we did. From the moment we saw our names on the placard in the airport until our sad departure, every minute was filled with great activities, surprising new friends and an action packed vacation.

Roberto is amazing. I run a staff of over 40 and see hundreds if patients per week and would not be able to coordinate as mush as he does. And he makes it seem effortless and seamless. Always with a smile and helpful comment.

Your staff is unbelievable. They all quickly became our friends and mentors, showing great concern for our progress on and off the surf board. We would often be walking through town and a few of our new friends would drive by and wave and shout. It made us feel really welcome and happy.

Cesar, Gabriel, Rigo, Kenneth, Stevie, Francisco all deserve great thanks for all they did for us.

We plan to be back in a year or two!!

Thanks again!
Germaine

March 2013

Gary,

Another great trip with Costa Rica Surf Adventures. Although this visit was a bit shorter, I still got to do some great surfing. Francisco, Gabriel and Rigo were outstanding instructors.
Thanks so much for everything. I absolutely plan to visit again. Pura Vida...

All the best,
Angel Sorrells

March 2013

If you want a fantastic, safe, fun vacation while learning how to surf CR Surf Adventures is definitely a perfect choice! The accommodations at The Diria were excellent with two huge swim up bars and an amazing view of the sunset every night! Massages are offered on the grounds while listening to the ocean..highly recommended after a few days of surfing!

The surf lessons were excellent...you were picked up on time every day and the instructors did their best to make your experience safe, fun and memorable. I went for 12 days which I do recommend if you are just learning and you actually want to catch your own wave. This photo is on day 8 and Kenneth captured me on my very first big wave that I caught all by myself! I warn you though...it is addictive!!

Right from picking you up at the airport through to your safe return this company is organized, punctual and pays attention to every detail. Special thanks to Chino for all of your tough love !! And Ceasar..thank you for your great organizational skills and great smile!! See you in 2014!!

Stephanie

March 2013

Hi Gary, Just want to say what a great time we had in CR and My surfing reached a whole new level ,Cesar,Roberto and Gabriel were so helpful beyond words.

You and Roberto have a world class orginization.You can count us in for next year maybe bring my kids as well.

Thanks again and I would recommend you guys to my friends,

Jim Matchett

March 2013

Gary,

We are leaving Tamarindo today, but before we leave I just had to email you and say thank you. The crew that you have down here made this trip amazing. Gabriel was especially awesome. Always early, incredibly friendly, and worked hard all week to get me into great waves. Thanks to his help finding the take off spot at Ollies.

I caught some of the best rights of my life. Even in really windy conditions. His local knowledge and desire to help made our trip unforgettable!

Had so much fun surfing, we never even went on our ATV trip! Oh well, there's always next year, because we are definitely coming back.

Thanks again for your great adventure company.

Ken Saner

February 2013

Gary,

We can't say enough about what a great vacation we had in Tamarindo with Costa Rica Surf Adventures! Every activity was run so smooth and efficiently.

All the surf coaches were a joy to work with each day. They made it easy and fun! We both felt like confident surfers at the end of the week.

We appreciated all the hard work and friendly service by Cesar and the rest of the group. It was a perfect vacation, and we will definitely be back! Thanks for everything!

Kelly & Eric

February 2012

Hi Gary,

Just wanted to write you a quick note to thank you for an amazing trip. You guys really took care of us and made our experience save and supper fun. Big thanks to the whole surf team for being so great, patient and fun. It didn't hurt that they such an eye candy, either;-)

I hope I can surf with you in a near future again. Please send surf pictures ASAP. Can't wait to share those with everyone!

Best,
Eva

February 2013

Hi Gary,
My trip was amazing thank you so much!!!!!!

All of the instructors were fantastic, they were very attentive and personable, really advising each of us individually allowing us to improve in our own specific areas. Gabriel was awesome!

I have definitely recommended the trip to all of my friends and hope to be back soon myself so I can actually try and catch a wave or two without the instructors giving me any help :)
The beach was beautiful and the hotel was awesome too, delicious breakfast I went twice a day!

Thanks again!
Kim

February 2013

Dear Gary,

Just wanted to take a moment and tell you how much we enjoyed our Surf Adventure. Everybody was so professional and FUN! We were well taken care of and the week unfolded with one great day after another.

Each day we would say, "This is our favorite day!" The surf coaches were so patient, skillful and masters at teaching us the basics and keeping us safe while having a great time. They were able to make us all successful in getting up on a surf board for the first time in our lives! Not a small feat! Again the emphasis was on FUN.

Everyone from the hotel staff, surf coaches, zip line staff, snorkeling staff and Coco Salon personnel made it a once in a lifetime trip. We are all recommending it to our friends and family...insisting that they go with CR Surf Adventures! You all should be so proud of your work and staff. It's obvious that you all love what you do and the enthusiasm is contagious to your guests.

The final fun will be seeing our surfing pictures. They may be embarrassing but we all feel accomplished and can't wait to purchase some of them. Please let us know what we need to do to access them.

Thanks again for everything. We look forward to hearing from you about the surfing pics. We will continue to spread the word about the wonderful time we had with CR Surf Adventures.

Sincerely,
Maigread Brigham

February 2013

Hi Gary,
Just wanted to let you know our surf camp experience was amazing! All the staff and coaches were great and we will definitely be returning.
thanks,

Kelly Eveslage &
Eric Sanchez

February 2013

Hi Gary:

I want to give you some feedback, hopefully useful. First, had a great time. Waves not much more than head high, but 5 of 6 days very fun. One day pretty perfect. Caught a lot of fun waves.

Your staff was great. I spent 5 of 6 days with Gabriel. He was excellent, and a good surfer to boot. Only spoke with Roberto by phone, but he was very accommodating. Went surfing once with Cesar, very nice and also a good surfer. Manrique (Mario) drove me to and from Liberia, and drove us once to surf spot (Playa Grande), and he was super. Everyone on your staff was friendly and professional.

Will recommend your operation to anyone who asks, and please feel free to use me as a reference. Not sure if I could live in CR, but am already thinking of visiting again next winter. Thanks for your help getting me motivated (and my wife also pushed me to go). At age 51, I'm inevitably the "old guy" on these trips, pretty much riding only long board for last 20+ years, but I still catch my share of waves and had a blast with your crew. Plus, I can't do the real heavy paddle out thing as well as I could a few years ago, so head-high (or so) sets worked out fine.

Thanks again, and take care,
Keith

February 2013

Hi Gary,

I had a great experience at surf camp. Please extend my thanks to Cesar, Francesco, and Gabriel for their guidance in ensuring that I achieved my goals while attending the camp...this trip exceeded all my expectations. I hope to return again next year to continue the adventure..

I was impressed with the organization and professionalism of the lessons; the instructors did a great job in ensuring safety while still allowing us newbies to have fun and improve surfing skills..

The excursions were top notch... I normally am not into such excursions however I really enjoyed them. I love my photos... Thanks.. I have been showing them off!!!

Sincerely,

Wendy Wiley

February 2013

Having owned a service business it's always a good sign when a customer pays you a return visit. After booking my first trip with Costa Rica Surf Adventures a little less than a year ago I had no doubt I would be going back again. My second trip with CRSA was even better than the last.

Even though it was my second trip in less than a year the guides were just as helpful as the first time around. It was so easy! They pick you up at the finest hotel and take you straight to the beach and you surf. Other than paddling back out after riding a long wave the whole experience is pretty effortless. For anyone wanting to learn how to surf I can't think of anyone else that would provide you with a better experience.

Chip

February 2013

Hi Gary,

"My trip to Costa Rica with CR Surf Adventures was incredible! One of the best trips I've ever been on! Surfing was definitely the highlight. I showed up never having surfed before and was catching my own waves by the end of the week. What an exhilarating feeling! Gabriel, Roberto and Cesar were all amazing. I miss them so much already!!! They genuinely cared not only to teach us how to surf, but to make sure that we were safe and having fun at the same time!! The surf lessons we're always during high tide and the one-on-one instruction that you receive exceeded my expectations. I have recommended CR Surf Adventures to all my friends. Next year I'm going for at least 2 weeks!!! Pura Vida!!"
Thanks again,
Regan Courtney

February 2013

I have to give kudos to Francesco for his attention to my novice surfer husband. He was up on the board by the third day. He could not have done it without Francesco's expertise. My son has had lessons before and surfed, but he said that he had been taught wrong and the tips he received from Steve, Roberto and Francesco made everything come together, it made everything easier. We will recommend Costa Rica Surf Adventures to friends and family and to any novice surfers.

Since we are mature adults, I would recommend a little more luxury and convenience and stay at Hotel Diria on the beach. It's proximity to everything is worth it. When you said walk a short distance to the surfing, I didn't believe it, but it was a really short walk.

We use to go to St Martin, but this might be our new place to go. No regrets about our choice to come here. I also didn't believe there weren't any mosquitoes. NONE! The side trips we choose were Pura Adventura Canopy Tour(zip lining) and the Marlin Del Rey Catamaran side trips. We would have done the RV also with Diego, on our own, if we'd had more time. Your relationship with these two companies is the best because they are the best. We saw whales! You can read my reviews on Tripadvisor.

Thanks, Sara Dutton

January 2013

I had an amazing time in Costa Rica with CR surf! The instructors are awesome and I felt safe and encouraged throughout all my lessons. I met some really great people and had a lot of fun and learned how to surf, which has always been something I wanted to do.

Thanks guys!
Jonessa Wereley

January 2013

Dear Gary

Thanks for a great week at Tamarindo and with CR surf adventures. The attention to detail and extended surfing time on the beach made a big difference the last days.I think I speak in name of my fellows surfers, Rob,Keith and Sebastian who were also very happy about this.

Thanks,
Antonio Ferreiro

January 2013

I totally recommend CRSurfAdventures to everyone who wants to enjoy surfing in Costa Rica:)

The instructors were so nice, skilled and kind that we could really enjoy and were so impressed by their quality.

They kindly took us to Witches rock and Ollie's point on new year's day!!!
It was wonderful experience and we appreciate it so much!
We love CRSurfAdventures:)

P.S.
If possible, I appreciate it if you kindly say hello to Stephan.
He was great instructor and we liked him so much.
Thanks,
Anna

January 2013

Thanks to Steven, Cesar and Gabriel for the best surf instruction ever! Thanks for the extra push Steven and making me laugh!! You guys helped me catch many, many waves. It was sooo great!! Thanks for the awesome photos Ernesto. I crack up every time I see my wipe outs. Thanks to Enrique for getting me to the airport on time. Chino, thanks for going that extra mile to look after everyone. Cesar, thanks for the sup up the river. Maybe next time we'll find some little waves. Gary and Chino, thanks for booking me last minute and planning a perfect vacation!

Hopefully I'll be back again next year!

Hasta luego!

Tammy from Toronto

January 2013

Dear Gary,

There just aren't words to describe what an amazing trip we had with Costa Rica Surf Adventures. All of the guys were excellent teachers especially for my husband, daughter and I who are all beginning surfers. Chino, Cesar, Abner, Gabriel, and Francisco were patient, fun and professional. They not only spent the time needed to ensure that each of us surfed (catching waves our very first day!!), but they made it a priority that we learned skills to carry with us in the future. And best of all, they were fun. Thank you all for making this our most memorable Christmas ever. I look forward to more surfing in the future with CRSA. And I have made it my goal to convince Chino to come surfing in the Great Lakes!!!

All the best,
Angel, Alan and Berkley Sorrells

January 2013

Hello Gary,

We had a great vacation. One of the unexpected bonuses of the trip was the instant connections that we were able to make with other surf camp members. We socialized all week with the gang.

The kids obviously went much later in the evening (earlier in the morning!) than we did but it was great knowing that they were with a group of people that could all look out for one another.

Cheers! (Pura Vita!)

Tim Brennan

January 2013

My trip to Costa Rica was awesome! Tamarindo is a cool place to stay and there are many close by surf breaks around! Worth to come and experience it, specially supported by CRSA team. They took me to some great surf points and everything went just perfect!

Thanks all and hope to see you sometime soon!

Felipe (Brasil)

January 2013

I had a great time with CRSA. I was in the water riding my first wave within an hour of hitting Tamarindo. The crew was fantastic!

Thanks for all of your help in my planning.

Regards,

Dru

January 2013

Hi Gary,

I would say that my trip to Costa Rica and my surf camp experience was a life changing experience. I had gone by myself as a female traveler and wondered whether I would be able to do it, but now Tamarindo and especially the Tamarindo Diria Hotel feels like a second home and I got to appreciate the different way of life there. Every single day I learned something new and different during my surf instruction and I appreciated how Cesar and Chino went out of their way to make sure the surf camp experience was a good one for everyone.

For those who doubt whether they will be able to do this, everyone that was part of the surf camp while I was there was able to get on a board and ride a wave to shore by the second if not the first day.

Thanks,

Christine

December 2012

Hi Gary,

I just wanted to write and let you know what an amazing time I had on my trip to Costa Rica. Chino and Cesar did a fantastic job at coordinating all of the activities and making sure we were all having a great time. All of the surf instructors I worked with were very professional and friendly. I felt very comfortable and safe with them learning to surf.

I hope I have another opportunity to go back and surf with these guys again. Thank you for a wonderful trip!

Danielle Melchior

December 2012

Hi Gary,

I can't begin to tell you how absolutely wonderful our CRSA holiday was. Chino, Cesar, Abner, Gabriel, and Francisco...all of these guys were amazing instructors. They catered to each of our learning needs like pros. All 3 of us were able to get up on our boards and surf. Even me! Haha. I can't thank you all enough for running a top notch surf camp. We had a blast!

Thanks again, Gary!

Angel

December 2012

Hi Gary,

Our family of four had a great time on our surf vacation! Costa Rica was beautiful with perfect weather, pristine beaches and fabulous fresh food.

We were so excited when we all got up after our introductory lesson with Stephen. It was fun to explore different beaches and we very much appreciated the rides in the super clean vans!

The zip line experience you set up for us was the best we had ever been on and the boat ride and snorkeling were a blast. We loved that boat ride and fresh fruit snack and appreciated snorkeling with our surf mates in a more intimate group.

My son is already planning his next trip to Costa Rica to surf!

Rita Martin

December 2012

A BIG thanks to Chino, Cesar, Stephen and the rest of the crew for taking care of my boys for the week. I can't tell you how much fun they have had surfing. Stephen, thanks bro for taking them everyday.

Pura Vida
Ryan & Michelle

December 2012

Hey Costa Rica Surf Adventures,

I had an excellent time surfing the waves of Costa Rica due to the great guidance and tireless efforts of Stephen and Gabriel. As a beginner to the world of surfing, I found their expertise in teaching people how to surf made my time in the water fun and rewarding. I would highly recommend Costa Rica Surf Adventures to any level of surfer...from novice to expert. I hope to go back and visit them again in the not too far off future to continue riding the waves and smiling all the way! thanks guys!!!

Derek Sabourin - Rhode Island

December 2012

Gary,

I just wanted to drop a note to say that this was one of the best vacations (maybe even THE Best) that I have ever had! I was pretty concerned since I was traveling solo but I met so many cool people because of your surf camp, that I was never bored or lonely (I never did read those books that I brought). The surf instructors were terrific, so nice and patient and encouraging. The way that you have the camp set up is perfect. The people that have already been in the camp for a day or two (or more) just instinctively welcome in the "newbies" and make you feel at home. I am now addicted to surfing. My favorite part of the vacation, right after the surfing part, was spending Christmas Eve with my new friends eating dinner and being serenaded by a Mariachi band! It doesn't get any better than that.

Regards,

Joy Ewertz

December 2012

Hi Gary

Chino & Cesar send the pictures last week, they're awesome!

My entire experience with CRSA was fantastic, from the moment I stepped off the plane there was Manrique to greet me and drive me to the hotel. The beachfront accommodations were outstanding and the complimentary breakfast was the best way to start the day. Everyday the instructors were on top of their game! Cesar, Steven & Francisco will teach you many tips and tricks to improve your surfing. They also teach you things out of the water like how to have fun, relax and develop your own style.

Best trip of my life, thanks Tamarindo & CRSA!

Jeremiah Wright

December 2012

Hi Gary & Chino
Thank you so much for one of the best vacations I have ever had. Your instructors are awesome guys, they motivated and encourage me relentlessly. If it wasn't for Cesar and Steven, I would still be stuck on the sand watching people surf instead of catching my own waves. I Fell in love with Tamarindo and the locals. I will be back next year!

Thanks again for this amazing experience.

Sincerely,

Kaitlyn

December 2012

Hi Gary, just wanted to let you know that I had an amazing vacation thanks to your group. The instructors and every one else were wonderful. Also wanted to make sure that you had my request for the picture package.

Merry Christmas! I'm definitely recommending your group to friends.
- Myra Horiuchi

December 2012

Hello Gary,

We had a great vacation. We appreciated many qualities of the package you have put together. The guides, Stephan and Gabriel were both very knowledgeable, engaging, fun and professional. The first day Stephen shared his suggestions for several restaurants and all the ones we tried were memorable and delicious . Our excursions were planned well and enjoyed them both very much. The resort accommodations and service were very good.

All the best,
Rita

December 2012

Gary,

Sarah and I had a fantastic time last week. Steven was a great guide, very enthusiastic, friendly, and professional. We're already looking forward to our next trip back.

It was great to have a chance to meet you in Nosara. Congratulations on your success. We love Villa del Sol and will definitely look into visiting again.

Hope to see you in CR again sometime soon!

Zach

December 2012

Hi Gary,

Just wanted to say a big thanks. We had a fantastic time. Your crew is outstanding. Stephen is such a great guy to surf and hang out with. Can not say enough good things about him. We will be back next year!

Jim & Alan

November 2012

Hi Gary,

Thanks for everything, this trip was a blast! I've never ventured beyond the boogie board until coming to Tamarindo... I got up on the board the first day, and after that I was hooked. Every day was a new adventure, and the surf instructors are great (Chino, Cesar and Francesco). Friendly and funny, and always on time to pick us up. We came here for my friend's 40th birthday, and we couldn't have asked for a better vacation. I enjoyed the zip line and horseback ride, but couldn't wait to surf every day. I am definitely coming back.

Pura Vida!

Kerry

November 2012

Hey Gary

I want to let you know that we had the most awesome time with you guys. Costa Rica Surf Adventures did a terrific job. Your instructor are the best. I really improved my surfing during the week I spent with you guys. The accommodations where superb! Everyone in our group had a blast.

See you soon.

Alley

November 2012

Hi Gary,

Great Surfing, Great Country. We had a blast. We will be coming back to surf with you guys again very soon. Tamarindo and the surrounding beaches had some of the surf we had ever seen.
Your accommodations where fantastic and the breakfast was unbelievable. Hope you guys are good and will see you again.

Thanks so much,

Kim

November 2012

Hey Gary,

I want to thank you and your crew for the best Surf Vacation we ever had. Your instructors are superb. Me and my friend Holly truly had the best time ever. Tell Cesar and Roberto we will miss them. Will be back soon.

Thanks again for a wonderful time,
Victoria

November 2012

Hi Gary,

Thanks you so much for a great week. Robbie and I had a great time learning to surf so quickly. The great thing about your company is that you where great friends to us. You treated us like part of your family. One of the highlights of the whole trip was the dinner at Carlitas. We had a wonderful time learning to surf with you guys. I hope we can keep in touch. Say hello to Nidia, Luis and Ceasar for me.

Thanks again,

Jim

November 2012

Gary San, Good Day.

Thank you very much for the great surfing week.

Hideaki ENDO / Paddle Boarder

November 2012

Hi Gary,

I wanted to thank you and your awesome surf camp crew for my fantastic vacation. This was my first surf oriented vacation and I was a bit nervous. It soon became apparent there was nothing to worry about because your crew was professional, fun and welcoming-I was catching waves the first day!! I took lessons from Francisco, Steven and Cesar and they all brought something different to the experience.

The accommodations that you setup for me were so nice at the Diria Beach Hotel. Food and service were wonderful.

Thanks again, I will be back!

Best Regards,
Jennifer Powers

November 2012

Hi Gary,

We really enjoyed our Surf Vacation in Tamarindo - great fun surfing with the guys, great instruction!!

Thanks,
Ann

August 2012

I spent a week with Surf Adventure in Tamarindo which was a thoroughly awesome and memorable time. My coaches Caesar and Stephen were great and really helped me in improving my skills as a beginner surfer. They were real professionals, giving me advice and direction throughout every lesson. I also enjoyed the zip line and horseback riding and the country itself is pure paradise - Pura Vida!!! I am definitely coming back again and have already told all my friends that is was was of the most enjoyable vacations I have ever had. If you want to challenge yourself, but also want time to relax and enjoy the culture of Costa Rica which has such awesome surf every day, this is the adventure for you!!!!

Thanks again,
Jill

August 2012

Gary,

This trip was absolutely AMAZING. Caesar and Stephen were so incredible as instructors as well as just straight-up easy going, awesome, and funny guys (by the end of the week they had dubbed me: "Rasta Girl"). I was truly amazed at how well I was doing after seven days of surfing and I'm officially hooked! Every second was a blast and the lifestyle of Costa Rica was one I could definitely see myself getting used to. Thank you for such a fantastic experience.

PURA VIDA!

Melanie

August 2012

Hey Gary,

Just got back from the trip this evening. I had an amazing time and everything with CRSA was awesome!

Thanks for everything and talk to you soon!

Best,
Chloe

July 2012

Gary,

I just wanted to thank CR Surf Adventures for a great week. Caesar and Stephen were great guides and everything was well organized. Whether it was the surfing or another activity, they always ensured that you were picked up on time and had an enjoyable experience. I wish I could say something negative, otherwise no one will believe this review. But, let me begin anyway:

  1. Tamarindo is an ideal location. It is central to all the good surfing spots and the town is a great
  2. Hotel Diria was perfect. The morning breakfast was a good start to the day
    Caesar did a great job of managing everyone. Great personality and understands personal service.
  3. Stephen was the perfect host from the first minute I met him. Great personality and understands personal service.
  4. Transportation was flawless, both to and from the airport and thru-out the day.
    Caesar and Stephen- great instructors (despite my poor results). They take the job seriously and spend all the time you want with you.
  5. Please use my name anytime you need a recommendation. I will be back soon, but I need to work on some flexibility beforehand. I don't want the instructors yelling at me again (lol). Again, you have a first class operation.

Bob Hogan

July 2012

Hey Gary,

Thought I'd let you know what a great time Travis and I had in Costa Rica. Much thanks to Cesar and Francisco for great instruction on the waves at Tamarindo and Avallenas. We rode many waves and gained great experience and confidence thanks to CR Surf Adventures.

I know there were a lot of pictures taken while we were surfing and I wanted to know how I could see them and also purchase them. Travis and I will remember this trip for many years.

Thanks again,
Jeff

July 2012

Hi Gary,

We are back in Tulsa now, missing Costa Rica already! It was a fantastic trip- we have been bitten by the surfing bug and look forward to the next time we get to visit Tamarindo!

Tell the team thank you from us- we will be back as soon as possible!

Pura Vida!
Abbie

July 2012

Hi Gary and Chino,

I would describe Costa Rica Surf Adventures as "Professionals in Paradise".
My vacation with them was a great experience. They pay great attention to all the details that make for a great experience. The staff was on time for every meeting. They have great knowledge and experience; and they have the ability to communicate that knowledge to you as you learn to surf.

All members of CRSA that I met were fun and personable and offered advice for how to enjoy my vacation both on and off the water.Their equipment was all well maintained and they have all the support staff, supplies and local connections needed for a great overall vacation experience.I would highly recommend CRSA and plan on making them a part of my vacation planning in the future.

Thanks,

Michael Kuhn

July 2012

Hi Gary. I wanted to express how well the Costa Rica Surf staff treated us. Cesear and Steve to be specific. Everyone was amazing. The surf was killer!!! The entire trip was better than we imagined. I will be traveling with your company from here on out at least once a year if not twice. I've put the word out to my friends about the amazing hospitality and professionalism your company provided for us. Ill try to attach a video soon with the GO PRO at Witches and Ollies. Thanx again and will be planning again soon.

Glen Hodges

July 2012

Hi Gary!
We are halfway through 2012, and I am still thinking fondly of starting off my year in Tamarindo with the CR Surf Adventure family. I want to make sure you know that seven months into the year the experience is still a highlight for me. And, I can't speak highly enough of the program.

From start to finish, the trip was five star. Your immediate responses, thorough communication, and advice in planning what was best for me were the first indicators that I had picked a good program. When I arrived in Costa Rica late at night I must admit to to wondering what the hell I was going to do if no one picked me up?!?!? I simply had no back up plan. Within seconds of walking out of the airport terminal I was greeted warmly by Nidia and Chino. Despite the fact that it was super late and the drive to my hotel was far, they stopped off for food and drink at a local rodeo. This was one of my favorite CR experiences, and from that moment on I had not one single worry. My week in Tamarindo doing the surf & yoga package was incredible and carefree. I made the greatest friends, ate the best food, stayed in the coolest spot, and did two things that I love daily. The staff bent over backwards for all of us, making sure anything we wanted to do was done. Again, from start to finish it was five star Pura Vida!!!

Thank you again for putting the perfect trip together for me. Now prepare yourself to hear from me in a few months when I start planning my trip for 2013, I'm going to do the Tamarindo & Nasara package!!!

Pura Vida,
Heidi

June 2012

Gary,

Wanted to let you know that my husband and I had the vacation of a lifetime last week with our new friends (Chino, Francisco, Cesar, and Junior). Everyone we came in contact with at Surf Adventures was wonderful. They were great surf coaches! They took care of every detail for us and made our stay fantastic. The vehicles were immaculate and the equipment was babied as they carefully loaded and unloaded the surf boards each day. You have a great group of people down there! Will definitely recommend CRSA to friends and will try and visit again some time.

Thank you,

Debbie Hamilton

June 2012

Hi Gary and Roberto,

Our crew had a great time. I'd been wanting to do a surf tour for 6 years and found Costa Rica Surf Tours on the Web. The team was fabulous at getting back to me and patiently worked with me to plan the trip for myself and 3 others.

My group had an amazing time in Tamarindo and Nosara. The waves were constant and challenging, but the instructors helped us all to the point where we could paddle and catch our own waves by the end of the trip! The accommodations were top notch and the culture and vibe of Costa Rica was just right. Costa Rica Surf Tours is a well-respected company with the locals and tourists and we were treated with priority care. This is the company to surf with, hands down. Pura Vida!

Leanne Johnson, Edmonton, Canada

Cheers,

Leanne

June 2012

Gary and Chino,

We had a great time. I was surprised more people didn't do the multi-location camp. The two locations were a great way to experience Costa Rica. Steven picked us up and took care of us like we had been friends for ever. Steven talked about Cesar and Chino the whole time we were in Nosara and we felt like we knew everyone before we met. Jr. and Munford taught us a lot in Tarimando. We will defiantly write a write up for you guys. I am already talking to some friends about making another trip. Thank you for the experience of a life time.

-John-

June 2012
Gary –

I just wanted to take a moment to tell you how much fun Katie and I had with you guys at CRSA. We were thoroughly pleased with every aspect of the trip. Both Cesar and Stephen were terrific – incredibly professional and competent. Everything went smoothly. Thanks again – we are already talking about our next trip.

Mark and Katie

May 2012

"I had a great time learning to surf. The instructors were friendly and really good teachers. The beach was all sand so I didn't have to worry about rocks or coral. The waves weren't too big and intimidating. It was a really fun experience. Thanks and I hope to come back again. "
Samantha

May 2012
Gary-

This was my second trip with you guys and I couldn't have had more fun. Steven and Cesar really are some of the happiest, fun loving and all around best people out there. Sitting in the water with them for hours surfing and laughing is just the most awesome time. I brought some friends with me and they absolutely loved it too. You guys really make sure everything is taken care of and make it such a care free, awesome trip. We are already planing our return trip for the winter. Pure Vida!

April

May 2012

Hey guys,

The trip was great. Everything went smooth and was above expectation. Ceasar and Steven were cool as hell and did a great job, you have a couple of good employees there. Having been out of the water for 10 plus years the first couple of days kicked my butt, but just sitting in the warm water on a board was worth the trip.

Thanks,
Dave

May 2012
 
Hi Gary

I just wanted to let you know I had a fantastic time with CRSA!  The instructors were top notch and I learnt a lot from them. I was standing on the board by the 2nd day.  Cesar took the time to look at the pictures taken by your photographer and really critiqued my surfing style and worked with me until I got the correct posture and style.
The instructors were friendly and always were out there pushing us to do our best.
It was a fantastic trip and will be back.

Thanks to all
Sylvie


May 2012

It's been a month now since I started my Awesome surfing w/ all yas & not a day goes by that I don't reminesce about the Pura Vida my amigos at CR Surf Adventures gave me! Francisco, Steve, & Ceasar (the only instructors I met) were fantastic, always happy, smiling & kept the vibe fun. I had surfed before but never had lessons. These guys taught me the correct way to surf with solid fundamentals so my bad habbits dissapeared fast! Tamarindo is the perfect beach to learn! I met some really cool people in our surf group who I still keep in touch with. The Zip line & Snorkeling trips were a lot of fun also. Steve took me & 2 others to Avellanas & Playa Grande which turned out to be an INcredible experience. I can't thank yas enough!

PURA VIDA!
John B.
U.S. Army, Kuwait

May 2012
 
Good Morning,
We had a great trip and I would highly recommend Costa Rica Surf Adventures to any- and everyone. The first day a Land Rover full of surfers pulls up to pick us up, it was a funny site; but, they were absolutely unquestionably professional, courteous, and very punctual plus very hands on during the surf training, we would see the other surf trainers with their clients but CRSA trainers are by far hands down the best! We are definitely going back to Central America since this trip was so great!

Have a great day!
Elizabeth

May 2012
 
Hi Gary: The trip was great! Stephen was a great guide and very knowledgeable - the swell got progressively better throughout the week and got some barrels at Ollie's! 

I think you all are the best group, local, knowledgeable, well equipped, and tied into the community- very cool! 

-Joe

May 2012

Hi Gary,

I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful time I had on this trip. This was my second time with CR Surf Adventures and I have to say that both times were unforgettable experiences. I felt like my surfing technique has improved and I managed to get rid of bad habits. I also had a blast doing the Canopy Zip line and I am still reminiscing on the horseback riding experience. The group of surf coaches were amazing! Cesar, Francisco, Steven, Chino and Gairo were all great. I want to specifically compliment Cesar for his professionalism in taking care of the logistics of my trip and for his personal attention out in the water. I will always take his surf tips and guidance with me to wherever I go surfing. Francisco also deserves a prize for making surfing fun! He had a great attitude out in the water and made sure I felt confident. I have taken other surf lessons (particularly in Europe) and I must say CR Surf Adventures blows them out of the water! I never really learned how to surf until I came to surf with CRSA. That is why I am spreading the word that you are best!

Thank you for everything. I hope to be back soon.

Best,

Sofia Dangond


May 2012

Hi Gary,

My daughter Colette and I had a fantastic time and we both look forward to visiting wonderful Costa Rica again in the future. Our surf coach and guide Steven could not have been a more perfect, kind, and generous person. He was awesome in making us feel at home on land and in the water, which is a quality we appreciate at out home here in Hawaii. The surf was so fun, we surfed twice a day and after a week we were pretty much completely exhausted. Also, your organization in working with our transport to the airport and accommodations made the trip really stress free.

So Mahalo Nui Loa for all of your efforts and

Aloha, to your Ohana,

A Hui Ho,

George

May 2012

Hey Gary,

I just wanted to thank you and Roberto for a fantastic time with your surf adventures group! The guys were awesome and I caught a million waves and learned a lot more surfing skills. The Diria was wonderful and all of the people involved in the zip line and snorkeling trips were really great. Thanks for being so accommodating and putting together such a cool group of people. They really make you feel welcome and set you up for a great vacation. I met a couple of people who'd surfed with your group before and were back for more. I can see why people return for another go at it. I hope I can be one of them. Thanks for the great experience -- I really enjoyed the trip!

all the best to you and the guys!

Shari

May 2012

Gary,

I just wanted to let you know how happy my brother and I are with our experience. We cannot stopped talking about our trip and praising all of the coaches; Cesar, Francisco, Stephan, Chino and Gallo, were all great.

I want to specifically praise Cesar and Francisco. Cesar was always on time and on top of everything, his professional attitude and personal attention was top notch. If we needed anything we knew Cesar would make it happen. We always trusted that Cesar would take care of everything, great guy. Francisco was Awesome! We love this guy! He always had a great attitude, was very personable, funny and just a great guy to be out in the water with. We were always stoked to see Francisco in the truck when we were picked up to surf. This guy is a great instructed and the subject of many of our stories about the surf sessions. Don't let this guy go!

After being down there and seeing some of the other surf camps we considered, we are so glad that we chose CR Surf Adventures. It was clear that our coaches were emotionally invested in our success. There was many time when I would see or hear them cheering with delight at a successful wave caught, or share our disappointment at just barely missing one. I could really sense that they really took great joy in our success. We did not observer this in the other schools that were out there with us. It was clear that most of the other coaches were just going thought the motions, "paddle, paddle, paddle.....stand" and on to the next student, there was no connection that we saw between student and coach. The other coaches just seemed apathetic, this was clearly just a job, but for the CR Surf Adventure coaches this was something they loved to do and that made a huge deference. We felt like every aspect of our trip was about maximizing our experience not the bottom dollar, that sessions were based on the best surf not on how many groups of classes could be scheduled for that day. I really can't say enough about those guys, they really made the trip,turning it from a great vacation into an unforgettable experience!

We are defiantly going back and without a doubt return to CR Surf Adventures!

Thanks for everything.
Hope to be back real soon!

Abel and Curtis Wallace

April 2012

We can't say enough about the surf vacation!!!! It has been a constant topic of discussion since we got back. We are already talking about coming back next year at spring break.

The group of guys working in Tamarindo were the nicest bunch of fellas. Yes, we know it's their "job" to be nice and show everyone a good time, but it really felt like more than that. They seemed truly interested that Larry have a wonderful surf experience and always took the time to listen to our concerns and tried to accommodate us in every way they possibly could. We had an awesome 4-wheeling adventure and the catamaran outing was exceptional. These guys started feeling more like friends by the end of the week than just guys doing their job.

The hotel was beautiful and very easily accessible. It was so nice to step out of the door and be able to see the ocean...breath taking!

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for a vacation that will always hold a very special place in our hearts and the memories will surely last a lifetime. You will definitely be hearing from us again as we can hardly wait to book our next Costa Rican Surf Adventure.

Pura Vida!

Larry & Shelly

April 2012

Gary - I wanted to let you know what a great time I had on my trip. The instructors at Costa Rica Surf Adventures were amazing. Not only did they teach us how to surf but they were great guys who made the adventure a blast from start to finish. I can't wait to come back next year for even more fun!

Joel Connor

April 2012

Although I'm back home in Alabama my thoughts are still on surfing my first wave in Costa Rica. Having always wanted to learn how to surf I felt it would be best for me to hire a guide service rather than renting a board and hoping for the best. I found Costa Rica Surf Adventures online and booked a trip. Everything was first class from the moment they picked you up at the airport. The guides were all friendly, professional and excellent surf instructors. For me, learning to surf wasn't the easiest thing in the world and the first day I never got up on wave. My surf instructor was probably one of the most patient people I've ever met. On my second, third and forth day I was consistently riding wave and having a blast. If you are considering a surf vacation I would definitely book Costa Rica Surf Adventures. I can't wait to go back!

Chip Gillikin

April 2012

Hi Gary.

I made it home safe. I had a great time, your company
was professional and fun and I will defiantly be back next year.

Thanks,
Tracy

March 2012

Gary:

Thanks to your team for a great surfing trip. This was my second year with CR Surf Adventures and this time my kids learned how to surf. The Walker family had a great trip and please thanks Caesar and Stephen for another great vacation. They are great guys and really took great care of me and my family. Tell the team they can count on seeing us next year.

The picture is from Avellanas.

David


March 2012

Hello Gary,

It was a great trip! My dad and I had an awesome time and really enjoyed the vacation! The guides were great, the hotel was nice and we really enjoyed the town!
It was a great trip and we had an awesome time!

Mac

March 2012

Hi Gary,

Just wanted to say a big thanks. Ian and I had a AWESOME time. Your crew is outstanding. Stephen is such a great guy too hang out with for the week. Can not say enough good things about him.
Hopefully see you guys again next year .
Tim + Ian

March 2012

Hola Gary y Chino,

It's been a month since we returned from our trip and we are still talking about it. Your crew was exceptional. We surfed with Alejandro, Christian, and Junior. They are all great surfers and great people. Anyone can provide a place to stay, surf guides, boards, etc, but the real strength of our experience was because of the quality of the people who provided the service. They really went beyond the call of duty in making sure we were having a great time. Alejandro in particular really took my daughter under his wing and did his best to help her improve her surfing. The friendship he extended to both of us will never be forgotten. We were given opportunities to ride some great waves at Playa Grande, La Casita, and Playa Avellanas. My daughter and I really had a truly wonderful time. The hotel Diria was very very nice and comfortable. We hope to return in the future and do it all over again.

Martin Cohen

March 2012

Hello Gary- I want to thank you for an amazing adventure in Costa Rica. The guys were amazing, the surf spots were incredible and I'll never forget my time there. Everything went flawlessly. I'll be back next March for certain, next time I'll bring
some of my boys.

All the best and thanks
Sebastian

March 2012

Gary,
My son and I just returned from a fantastic trip to Costa Rica thanks to the wonderful people at CR Surf Adventures. Caesar, Christian and Steven were our coaches for the week and I can't say enough good things about the way they took care of us. No request was too small as they made us feel very welcome. In some of the bigger waves, the coaches stayed close to my son to show him the best waves to catch, make sure he stayed out of trouble and even giving him a push to ensure he had a great ride. The coaches were very attentive to our needs and we both learned more in the 6 days we spent in Costa Rica than all the previous surf lessons we have ever had.

The trip exceeded all my expectations and we are looking forward to our next trip with CR Surf Adventures.

Regards,

Scott

March 2012

Gary,

I wanted to tell you that my vacation to Costa Rica was awesome. The
guys at Costa Rica Surf Adventures were great. Ceasar, Frank, Steven,
Christian and Junior were all superb. I definitely had a great time
and would recommend this camp to anyone who wants to learn to surf.

Thanks,
Joe



March 2012

Hey Gary!

I just wanted to say how grateful I am that the universe led me to CRSA and to what truly was a life-changing experience! That may sound a bit over the top, and I've been back for a month now. Can you imagine if I wrote this right after I had gotten back?! Anyway, everything was pretty much perfect- the pristine beauty of this country alone is reason enough to visit- the beaches, the waves, the countryside, and the good vibes and smiling faces everywhere! Which leads me to what sets you guys apart from the rest- your crew- Cesar, Cristian, and Steven are amazing and they clearly love what they do everyday. I couldn't believe I was surfing for the first time on my first day! They were super patient and encouraging and helped me to really challenge myself. Sure, I've got a ways to go before I'm shredding… the point is, I CANNOT WAIT!!
So, thanks again and see you soon!

Pura vida!
Janine

March 2012

Hey Guys


I just wanted to let you know that my trip to Costa Rica was possibly the best vacation I have ever had, I came down with my father and he loved the whole thing as well.Our stay at the Diria was very comfortable, not to mention the food being world class, and the staff were very pleasant. All the fresh fruit in the morning was very tasty. The guys from Costa Rica Surf Adventures were probably the best part of the whole trip. It was like going out for a surf session with one of my buddies every time I went out. They were organized and on time, always super stoked to be there.

The instruction was awesome, the vehicles are first class to ride in, the beaches they took us to were unbelievable, and the atmosphere that the guys create is amazing. This is the best my surfing skills have ever been, over the course of my stay I improved so much. They helped me learn, but also challenged me to become a better surfer. Which thanks to them I did. I liked it so much I am already trying to book another trip back.

See you soon and thank you for the experience

Jeff

March 2012

Dear Gary,

I just wanted to thank you and your team for a wonderful week of surfing and adventure. From paddling across a river to traveling on dry and dusty roads through the outback we found the best waves each and every day! Cesar, Steven and Christian were the best ever and I can't say enough nice things about them. They were always positive and responsive to our group needs. They even took us to a local rodeo which was on their own time so that we could experience the Costa Rica that they grew up in! I would recommend your team to anyone who is contemplating a surf adventure it was simply the best! We will be back! And the boys and I are already checking calendars for our next visit. Once again thanks for all your help in taking care of the details we surely lived the Pura Vida during our visit!

Craig, Greg and Kevin

February 2012






Gary,

What can I say? Costa Rica Surf Adventures exceeded my every expectation and my girlfriends and I had the vacation of a lifetime! The level of professionalism and compassion for your guests is truly exceptional.
First of all, you made planning this trip from the US very easy. It really made a difference to be able to easily reach you with questions as we were in the planning stage.

Our accommodations at the Sunrise Condo and breakfast at Kahaki were also way above what I expected. Completely first class all the way.

Cesar, Cristian and Steven took really good care of us. Including tracking down lost luggage from London, and with a smile dealing with constant last minute changes that come with 3 girls on vacation together. As guides and teachers, Cesar, Cristian and Steven were outstanding. With their help, each of us improved our surfing skills on this trip. We had less than great conditions for a few days (high winds) and what really struck me was the stoke that these guys mustered to surf with us on what must have been really lousy conditions for them. It is that level of professionalism, passion for the sport, and commitment to making sure we had a great time that really sets Costa Rica Surf Adventures a notch above anything I have ever experienced.

Not only was the surfing excellent, but the other activities that were set up for us were outstanding as well. I've never had so much fun horseback riding in my life and the stand up paddle tour of the estuary that Cristian gave us was something I will never forget. The catamaran cruise with our new friends that we met through Costa Rica Surf Adventures was also a blast and allowed us to take advantage of a very windy afternoon that would have been difficult to surf in.

I can't recommend Costa Rica Surf Adventures enough and I can't wait to go back.

Pura Vida,

Ingrid

February 2012

Hello Gary,

My son Andrew and I are back from our week in Tamarindo and I just wanted to drop you a quick note.

We had a fantastic time. Your team (Cesar, Christian, Junior, Franciso and Steven) are truly the best. They were incredible teachers...safety minded, considerate, trust worthy and entertaining all at the same time. Cesar as the "captain" was impressive in his ability to keep everyone organized and informed and always with a smile.

We are already talking about bring the entire family next year.

Thanks for a great vacation.

Dave

February 2012

Hi Gary, I wanted to send you a note regarding my picture perfect surf vacation to Costa Rica. I could not have envisioned a surf camp any other way if I tried! From the accommodations and the staff at the Villas Macondo to the airport transport, everything was flawless and easy just like a vacation should be. My instructors (Cesar, Cristian, and Junior) are some of the most patient, encouraging, hard working, and passionate people that I have ever met. Everything CR Surf Adventures has to offer exceeded my expectations. I will rave about CR Surf Adventures to my family and friends based on the professionalism and friendliness of the staff. This vacation will be hard to beat, so I guess I will need to head back to beautiful Costa Rica for more sun and surf very soon! Pura Vida.

Kelli O'Connor

PS... I never write reviews. I was just so impressed and needed to share my excitement and gratitude while I was still on my surfing high!

February 2012

Hi Gary,

We're still basking in the afterglow of our awesome Costa Rica Surf Adventure.
Having never done anything like this before I can say that the experience exceeded our expectations. My wife signed on for the beginner surf camp and I did the surf tour being a seasoned, older (58) longboard surfer. Cesar met us at airport in Liberia and greeted us with a smile and his easy going style. After settling in at the Diria in Tamarindo we quickly ratcheted down from our busy lives into pura vida mode...feeling the warmth of the sun on our faces, the sand between our toes with the sight and sound of peeling waves...a drastic and welcomed change from our home in the frozen north. "Pura Vida" is to Costa Rica what "Aloha" is to Hawai'i...the pure life. Craving some local grinds...Cesar recommended Nogui's for dinner. Los tacos de pescados y los tacos de los camarones eran morir por. We actually ate there two more times during our stay.

Susan was an absolute beginner when it came to surfing and the CRSA camp was the perfect way for her to learn. Cesar, Christian and Chino paid special attention to her and the other "students" in the group, teaching the basics on the beach and applying that learning in the water. Through encouragement, trial and error she finally stood on the board and rode a wave to the beach. Only surfers know that feeling and she is now hooked. This is a testament to the teaching skills and patience of the CRSA instructors. She had nothing but glowing praise about her learning experience. She did the camp for 6 days...advancing her skills each day. This was great because I knew she was in good hands and allowed me to get my wave count worry free while on the tour.

The CRSA surf tour took us to many different breaks in and around the Tamarindo area...Playa Grande, La Casita, Playa Negra, Avellanas and El Estero. My CRSA guides...Alejandro, Junior, Steven and Christian...were always on time, very accommodating, supportive and most of all...a lot fun to be around. They're very good surfers too. The daily schedule was fluid and not set in stone with the tides dictating when we'd surf. Some days we had one session, other days had two. There was also time to free surf in front of the Diria depending on the waves, tides and if your arms weren't noodled from the earlier sessions. My last day of surfing consisted of two sessions...a classic dawn patrol and a mid afternoon session that were the best waves of of the trip for me. Alejandro kidded me about why I couldn't stop smiling...he knew that I just scored some great rides.

Surfing aside...the other two activities we chose were the sunset catamaran cruise and the canopy zip line tour. Again with the agenda being flexible each day we managed to fit these in between smaller wave forecasts and low tides. The catamaran cruise was on the very nice Marlin del Rey. We sailed/motored up the coast for about 2 hours then anchored in a cove to do some snorkeling. After a light lunch we made our way back down the coast. The highlight of the cruise was that it actually turned into a whale watching trip toward the end...with two humpback whales giving us a show. Very unexpected and beautiful. The zip line was just too cool and exhilarating...especially over some of the deeper ravines. There are other activities you can choose through CRSA. We'll just have to do them the next time we come down.

In summary, my first experience with Costa Rica Surf Adventures has shown it to be a first rate company catering to the wants and needs of a surfer. No matter what your ability is...from beginner to old pro, CRSA has something for every level and will tailor your trip accordingly. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Costa Rica and can't wait to return. Life is short...don't waste it. Pura Vida!

Forever Stoked,
John Bauldry
Commerce, Michigan

February 2012

Hello Gary:

Carlos, my husband, and I had a great time with Costa Rica Surf Adventures!
In fact, I think our time with you may have been my best vacation, ever. The level
of professionalism and quality of instruction was unparalleled. For every wave other surf schools would catch, we would catch ten. Not only that, but everyone in our group was up on their first day. Unlike other schools, there were also no injuries. You really have the best instructors available. The instructors and their teaching abilities are reason enough to head back to Costa Rica, but for longer next time. Our accommodations at Hotel Diria were perfect. The hotel's location, right in the center of town, was ideal for shopping, entertainment and eating out. Our ocean-view room was beautiful and the stunning sunsets it provided made it well worth it the extra cost. I have already recommended Costa Rica Surf Adventures to colleagues and friends and will continue to do so. Thanks for an amazing time.

Pura Vida,

Lucia

P.S. Attached are some pictures of my husband and I surfing, as well as some group pictures. Thanks again for such a memorable experience. Your instructors are excellent.

February 2012

Hi Gary,

Jeanne and I just wanted to say we had a great time. Your staff was great! Edwin, Caesar, Steve, & Christian were all warm and welcoming, and made sure we were content and having a good time. I'll make sure that we give our feedback about our remarkable trip in the review section of your web site.

Again, thanks for setting us up on a most memorable surf vacation.

Frank & Jeanne Torres

February, 2012

We had a great time in Costa Rica. We particularly liked the Nosara area and the surf at Playa Giones. Steven was our guide while we were there and he did an outstanding job getting us into some fantastic surf. We also had many a good meal at a variety of restaurants both in the Nosara area and in Tamarindo. Our favorite was El Pescador which is on the beach right next to where we took off for the snorkel trip.

Thanks again,
Pat Jordan

January 2012

Gray,

I recently returned from my surf tour of the Tamarindo area with CRSA: it was supper trip and experience. As an “older” surfer I greatly appreciate how everything was so well organized and run. I highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants a hassle free experience surfing Costa Rica. Our local guide, Steven, was friendly, always on time, knew all the locals, and possessed a great deal of knowledge of all the area breaks. Caesar and Christian were great too. Having local surfers that live in and intimately know the area is a tremendous asset. In addition to surfing we also had the opportunity to experience real Costa Rican cuisine at restaurants not normally frequented by tourists. Also the ATV tour and Catamaran cruse were fun and enjoyable. As far as I'm concerned, you folks rate two thumps up!

Sincerely,

Mike Feinman

January 2012

HOLA GARY!!

What an amazing trip, our best family trip ever!!

We ALL learned how to surf, it certainly was a lot more work than I had ever anticipated ... Tom and I needed a little rest after our daily 2 hour lessons. Allison and James were thrilled with their new experience and having the surf instructors working daily with us, as there really is so much to it. I really cannot imagine trying to do this without lessons - so much to learn. Our surf instructors Caesar, Roberto (Chino) and the rest of the crew were just awesome, they ensured that we were properly informed about the dangers before training us on the board ~ they stayed with us throughout all our lessons.

We also booked Zip Lining as well which was absolutely gorgeous. We all got into our belts / gear and I decided to do a test run on the line to see how it felt. I told everyone that I wanted to go LAST, but when I got onto the platform wow .... you were looking down at a 200 foot drop and I couldn't do it, my knees starting shaking and I knew that this was the point of no return ~ once you jumped off you had 8-14 more platforms to go! I tried a 2nd time but couldn't do it ... at least I know what it feels like and happy that I did the test run on the mini line! Alli, James and Tom found it quite thrilling to say the least, Allison came in upside down with her instructor from the last platform. It was so safe as it had double cables and there was a coach with every person on the line.

We also enjoyed the ATV Jungle Tour and saw some wildlife, the monkeys were so neat in their own habitat; and enjoyed the Estuary Boat ride down river to see crocodiles, assorted birds, amazing trees .... we came back to a beautiful sunset! Alli went jogging on the beach most mornings, then met up with me to go for a 40 minute walk along the ocean before it got too hot.

We were able to get out for walks along the ocean most evenings before supper as well, so much exercise and vitamin D.

The food was incredible, we would walk down town (5 minutes outside our door) every evening and try out a new restaurant ~ so much excellent food of all kinds. We found a really interesting place the last night of our trip, "Le Jardin de Eve" ~ beautiful architecture and scrumptious food ... what more can you ask for. And they made the most amazing Mohitos (sp?) We met some really nice people from Canada and the USA. We also met a lady who is part of a band from Toronto who had done tours up north, Carolyn from "The Good Lovelies", she and her husband Colin were just beautiful people. The staff at CR Surf Adventures were just amazing, many thanks to Gary for sending us the information with special thanks to our surf coaches Caesar and Roberto (Chino) for taking such great care of our family and the great recommendations for restaurants. I am already missing the surf, sun and food! Looking at going back in a couple of years with my surfer family! I will send a few pics from our January 2-9 trip.

Thanks again,
Diane Shamas

January 2012

Gary,

My experience with Costa Rica Surf Adventures was excellent.

From the initial pick-up at the airport and the stay at The Diria, to the surfing with Cesar, Steven and Christian, everything was sweet.

I really had a great time relaxing, and a blast learning how to catch my first waves.

Tamarindo couldn't be a more ideal place to learn how to surf, and your instructors were fun, patient, professional and knowledgeable.

I will recommend CRSA to everyone I know.

THANKS!
Cody

January 2012

Gary,

Just wanted to thank you for your part in helping us have an incredible adventure in Costa Rica. We will certainly be recommending CR Surf Adventures to ALL of our friends and visiting with you guys again ourselves. The hospitality and knowledge we gained was memorable. So thanks again.

Thanks!
Mike & April

January 2012
Gary

The Surf Adventures Camp vacation was the best vacation my son and I have ever had. The surf instructors Cesar, Steven and several others were exceptionally thorough teachers and provided very clear explanations for everything (especially safety) we needed to know….. whether it be surfing, ATV or Zip Lines etc. Without Cesar and Steven, I don't believe the experience would have been as fun. They demonstrate a genuine joy and happiness that transcends to all the guests. We felt like we'd known them all our lives! We will be back!

Sincerely,

Stephanie

January 2012

Hi Gary,
Just wanted to let you know that Cesar, Christian, and Steven were awesome surf coaches. I'm going to try to come back in late April/May for another CRSA.

Best,
Vanessa

January 2012

I still haven't forgiven you guys for putting me on a plane out of Costa Rica! Thank you so much for making it possible to do and see everything I wanted while I was there. So many wonderful experiences, but learning to surf with you was the best!

Sarita Cini

January 2012

Hi Gary,

Just wanted to send you a note on the surf camp that I attended last week (December 27th - January 3rd). The surfing was fantastic and I thoroughly enjoyed myself in Tamarindo. The surf guys were great (Cesar, Steven, Cairo & Junior) and made for a fun week of surf instruction.

Thanks and Happy New Year!

Taryn

December 2011

THANK-YOU THANK-YOU to Cesar, Steven and Chino; you guys are simply the best. Chris and I will never forget our time with you! I never thought in a million years that I could surf; you guys made the impossible, possible, and we had a blast! Every person who wants to learn to surf should start with you guys. We will see you again! Robyn and Chris Holm : ) ps. back in Canada, and FREEZING!

Robyn Holm

December 2011

Hi Gary,

The surf trip was amazing. Chino, Cesar and Steven are the greatest. I want to book for next year already. What do I need to do?

Thanks,
Steve

December 2011

Gary,
Just wanted you to know, we had an awesome trip. Roberto, Steven & Cesar were great. Our boys really bonded with them from day one and they (especially Steven) took great care of them!
Again, thanks for everything and we look forward to booking another trip to Costa Rica.


Ryan Henry

December 2011

Hi Gary, Chino,

We had a wonderful time in Tamarindo with you guys!!
Everything was perfect! The Diria resort was a great choice. Staying in the ocean view room was a real pleasure and watching the sunrise and the sunset from the beach was fabulous.

Surfing everyday with Caesar and Steven was the best surfing experience we ever had. They are amazing coaches. They basically re-taught us surfing, from paddling to choosing the right wave for take-off and riding the waves with more confidence and determination. They corrected many of our bad habits.
We have progressed more in 1 week of surfing with them than we ever had since we started surfing.

We also had a great time during the ATV tour with Steven; that was a lot of fun!! Overall, the atmosphere within the group was excellent! We are already planning on going back in a few months with more friends. I will definitely recommend booking a surf trip with you guys to anyone who wants to learn how to surf or who wants to improve his/her surfing techniques.

Pura Vida!!

Nicolas T.
Paris/Luxembourg

December 2011

Gary, Chino,

Inspired! That is how I left Costa Rica. When I arrived I was a land locked moutain girl who had not spent too much time in the ocean. Spending time with the amazing instructors at Costa Rica Surf Adventures changed all of that! I'd never surfed before and had no idea what to expect. Cesar, Steven and Chino were the best. They are such great teachers and I felt totally safe with them in the water. Knowing they had my back made surfing such a fun adventure! It was an amazing and inspiring experience. My life is already starting to change in ways I never could have anticipated. I fell in love with surfing and with Costa Rica and I'm counting down the days until I come back.Joanne, Denver, CO

December, 2011

Hi Gary & Chino

Thank you so much for one of the best vacations I have ever had, and by far one of the most amazing birthdays. Your instructors are awesome guys, they motivated and encourage me relentlessly. If it wasn't for Cesar and Steven, I would still be stuck on the sand watching people surf instead of catching my own waves. Fell in love with Tamarindo and the locals.

Thanks again for this amazing experience.

Sincerely,

Katina S.

September, 2011
Hi,
I want to thanks the team at Costa Rica Surf Adventures because I always wanted to surf. Before trying, I didn't know if I could stand on the board, and I did it my first day !!! That was amazing ! The class was fun, the teachers were able to help me and they taught me what I needed to do to improve my technic. I had a good time with you and the other students.

Thanks you again

Dominique

July 2011

You would think living in Southern California all your life and only 5 minutes away from the ocean, that traveling to another country to surf would not be someone’s first choice for a vacation. With my work schedule that wasn't the case. I was working seven days a week and could not manage to get to the beach as often as I would like to.

For the past 5 years I have wanted to take a nice trip somewhere outside of the U.S. where I could relax, surf everyday and see something new. After researching on the web, the CRSurfAdventures was the ultimate package for me. I was so excited about their surf package and I was intrigued by the testimonies I read. Many of the testimonies were from beginning to advanced surfers and their experience with the surf instructors, the atmosphere and hospitality in Costa Rica. I had not surfed consistently since I was a teenager and never had the opportunity to surf nice rolling waves, especially in warm water. Also, working seven days a week did not lend itself to being in top shape for this adventure. Regardless, I only knew that I wanted to take this surf vacation, so for four months prior to the trip I committed myself to swim in my parent’s pool at least four days a week.

When I arrived in Costa Rica and met the surf instructors, my confidence rose to greater expectations. The instructors worked well together in coordinating the surf lessons and time spent in the water with each student. By the way, if you are inclined they will push you to try harder and reach a higher goal as well. I was able to surf waves taller than me. Anyone that has always wanted to experience this sport and has never had the chance, Costa Rica Surf Adventures is the way to go. If you are not in the greatest of shape do not worry, you will be in better shape after this adventure. Take the chance and just do it!

Thank you to all of the Costa Rica Surf Adventures Team.
Each of you made this trip more memorable than I could ever imagine.
I highly recommend you to my family and friends.


Sue
Southern California

July 2011

Gary & Chino (Roberto),

After searching the Internet and reading testimonials, I decided to go with Costa Rica Surf Adventures. I could not have made a better choice. The two weeks I spent at the El Diria in July 2011 were all time. The crew that included Walter, Shaggy, Cesar, Victor, both Williams, and Chino too, could not have been nicer or more accommodating; I felt like I was hanging out with old friends. Their knowledge of the area was invaluable in picking the right break for each day. At my favorite spot, which I will not name, I caught the biggest and best waves (just rights thank-you) I have ever ridden.

Although I went on this trip alone, I met some great people both weeks through CRSA and always had people to go out to dinner and hang with.

Cheers, Keith Keck

Philadelphia, PA

Special shout out to Shaggy for getting shacked repeatedly at Avellanas and that switch foot during the drop at the river mouth, landing on your butt, disappearing in the white water, then coming out standing…what. Also to Cesar for an amazing trip to your home break.

July 2011

Hey Gary,
Sorry for the late response! But I wanted to let you know what a fantastic time I had in Costa Rica! William and Cesar were great instructors - very knowledgeable, and they took their time with each of us. They also made it very fun, most importantly! The hotel was beautiful and clean, and the staff was very friendly and completely accommodating. I can't wait to come back!

Thanks again!
Meggan Janota
July 2011

Gary,
I just wanted to write and thank you and the rest of your crew for a great week in Costa Rica. Ceasar and Walter were excellent guides and made sure that when the swell was hitting, we were surfing it. I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate leaving the land locked state of Arizona than vacationing through your company. It felt great to be back in warm tropical waters, on my board and surrounded by so many friendly people. I will be recommending your company to all my surfing and non-surfing friends. Many mahalo to you, Ceasar, Walter and everyone else who made my trip so enjoyable!

Aloha,
Andy French

July 2011

To Gary and Roberto,

My son and I, on the spur of the moment, decided to go to Costa Rica and surf. He found your web site, we booked over the phone, and flew down the following week. We had a blast! The accommodations at the "Diria" were fabulous and the resort is just beautiful. I can't say enough about the surf instructors. William, Walter and Cesar were just unbelievable. They really worked hard to make our trip a success. They were always on time, pleasant and fun to be with, and extremely patient with us. The activities were also a great time. We did the ATV tour, catamaran and the Zip-line. My son and I would go back in a heartbeat and we will. PURA VIDA!!

Richard Valdesuso

July 2011

Hi Gary,

"While we fully expected to have a great time with Costa Rica Surf Adventures, we didn't expect to make new friends, but that's exactly what happened. We were privileged to hang out with Cesar and William in Nosara, and we were glad to meet the rest of the crew in Tamarindo. The patience and expertise of our instructors made learning to surf easy and fun, and if they can teach us, they can teach anyone! Cesar and Chino were even kind enough to invite me to train at their Brazilian jiu jitsu academy. Thanks to Chino, Shaggy, Walter, Victor, and especially Cesar and William for making our vacation spectacular!"

Thanks again,
Patrick Sullivan

July 2011

I got all the good surf that I wanted. My wife was happy with the activities and accommodations making the trip perfect. Caesar coordinated everything very well and William put me on some good waves. You have great guides.

Thanks,
Travis Gregory

July 2011

Hey Gary,
Thanks for the email, it was great! Cesar, Walter, William, and Shaggy were great. Cesar is also a great photographer. I hope to get back, maybe with the family. I'll dig out a pic and post it.

Thanks,
Jim

July 2011

Hi Gary,

Its now been about 4 weeks since my Costa Rican Surf Adventure and I can still feel how great it felt to ride my first wave. The instructors- Chino, Cesar, William, and Walter- were so awesome! They choose the right waves for me to surf as my skills improved and I feel lucky to have been there. The town of Tamarindo too was fun with lots of shopping, night clubs, and restaurants to hang out in. My ATV spin included seeing sites of CR's beautiful country side so pretty I'm sure I'll never forget. It was paradise!

Thank you for a great time,
Vanessa Rodriguez

July 2011

Dear Gary,
It's hard to know what to expect when you select a service-oriented company via the Web, so I was braced for anything. What I found at Costa Rica Surf Adventures exceeded any possible expectations I could have had.
From the pre-trip contact with your company, to the moment I was picked up in the Land Rover at the Tamarindo Airport, to the excellent and unfailingly patient instruction from Walter and Shaggy, and the fabulously located lodging (and its accompanying breakfast), the exhilarating ATV and calm SUP adventures, and the great group of people I met at the camp--it was amazing.
I can't wait to return!

Pura Vida,
Beth Hooper
Denver, Colorado

June 2011


We had a great time. I weigh 255lbs and was up surfing on the first day and improved every day after that. The staff was great and provided great instruction. The hotel was great as well, it was right on the beach and in the center of town. We thoroughly enjoyed everything about our trip from the surfing to the yoga and additional activities of horse back riding and canopy zip lines. We have already recommended Costa Rica Surf Adventures to our friends and plan on coming back again. Pass on my thanks to Roberto, Ceasar and Victor for going above and beyond to make our trip and my Birthday awesome, Thanks for the great package!

Dave

June 2011
Ola Surfers,

My girlfriend Paula and I had the greatest time while at CR Surf Adventures !! Her and I are on different levels of surfing, and we were concerned that this could conflict on our fun. However the staff, Roberto (Chino), Cesar, William, Victor, and Shaggy made it all so accommodating. They took us to the hot spots and stayed with us for encouragement the entire time. The ATV tour, and Sunset cruise were phenomenal !!

We want to thank the staff at the Diria as well, David the bellman was awesome.

Also, Thank Chino for placing me on your Facebook. You guys ROCK !!

Pura Vida

Rick Schaub

June, 2011

Hi Gary,
Tucker and I really enjoyed the trip. You have a great group of guys running the program. We learned a lot and look forward to seeing them again.

Best regards,

Rick Samuelson





June 2011

Gary-
I want to let you know how fantastic our trip to your Tamarindo Surf Camp was!
I can't say enough about "the guys"- Roberto, Cesar, and William were with us mostly. They were wonderful- accommodating, patient, extremely competent, and fun! Cesar is the most awesome teacher.

The Diria Resort hotel was above our expectations, as was everything.

Thank You, Jill & Steve Madzo
June 2011

Hi Gary,

Just wanted to send an e-mail to say that my husband and I had a GREAT trip in Costa Rica! Everything was wonderful! Chino and his instructors were awesome with their teaching skills and hospitality. I had never surfed before and thoroughly enjoyed it. I almost didn't want to continue after my first day of surfing as I was nervous, but am so glad that I PUSHED myself (with the help from Chino as well). I was loving it by the end and was sad to go. We met some wonderful people and it definitely was a memorable trip. Thank you again for everything and we can't wait to back.

We have wonderful memories of Costa Rica, from the surfing, zip lining, horse back riding, the wonderful sunsets and all the nice people we met.

Take Care

Tracy Peterson







May 2011

Hi Gary,

We want to thank you, Chino, and Cesar for a great trip! Our friend Bill surfed with CR Surf Adventures in December. When he got back to the U.S. he was raving about what a great time he had. My wife Amy always wanted to try surfing, so she felt that your company and Costa Rica might provide the outlet for her goal. We decided to make the trip and talked Bill into coming again (that wasn't hard to do). We're so happy we decided on the adventure.

Everything about our surf vacation in Costa Rica was terrific. From the moment we landed at the airport to the moment we left, we felt relaxed and competently taken care of by CR Surf Adventures. Most important is the fact that Cesar is a great instructor. He’s very skilled and patient. He was able to give us great instruction before we got started and then he continued to give us the feedback we needed throughout the week. He was also a great source of information on Costa Rican culture. We didn't expect to learn so much in such a short amount of time. We love that we got to surf at three different beaches that were all beautiful in different ways. The waves were great. Cesar was waiting for us when we landed and he was always on time to pick us up for surfing.

The hotel and staff were also outstanding and the food incredible. My wife is a marathon runner, and I work out regularly, but nothing beat the workout of surfing in the morning and having great breakfast back at the hotel. Our room was very close to the beach and we got to see terrific sunsets. We truly had a great experience and it’s hard to put into words just how much fun we had. We can't wait to come back, hopefully later this year. We can't stop thinking about our time in Costa Rica.
Thanks to you and the rest of the CR Surf Adventures team for providing such a wonderful experience.

Bill & Amy Wells

May 2011

Thank you as I had a wonderful time. Your employees were the best ,
especially William and Roberto. I will come again and hopefully learn
how to take a wave on my own. Oh yes Cesar was very helpful too!

Best regards, Michael Clause




May 2011

My two friends and I had planed to travel to other parts of Costa Rica after our surf camp; however, we ended up enjoying our time in Tamarindo so much that we stayed there for the rest of the trip. The town of Tamarindo is filled of good vibes- surf friendly atmosphere and wonderful locals. In addition, we had a fabulous surfing experience with our surf instructors: Cesar, Chino, and Williams. They all were friendly, easy-going, eager to work with us and definitely knew how to show us a good time! Additionally, I was very impressed by Chino because he also wanted to learn sign language in order to communicate with us better which I truly appreciate the effort he made… I want to thank you all for the wonderful surfing experience and for making us all feel at home! Kudos to you all! I will be seeing you all again soon!

Pura Vida!

Rachelle Settambrino

May 2011

We had a chance to get away as a married couple of 5 years. With our 2 year old safely at home with Grandma, we set out to find an adventure that we would both find fun, exciting, and relaxing. Our interests are surfing and yoga, and CR Adventures offered both. Once we booked our trip, Gary answered any questions we had, sent a video to get us excited, and we felt prepared for our adventure. We had no idea how awesome it was going to be! We were picked up at the airport, had dinner, and were dropped off at a beautiful hotel.

We loved our accommodations, and could brag about the pool, ocean front views, food, and friendly staff- but then we were in for even more when we went on our first surf adventure. Brian went off to a more advanced surf, while I was off with the beginners. With instruction and encouragement, I caught a wave! Brian and I met for breakfast and were stoked about the amazing waves, beautiful warm water, and friendly staff that acted more like friends. In the evenings we were off to yoga. The instructor, Mariel, was amazing. I enjoy yoga, and was challenged while advancing my skill and technique. The town was so easy to get around and there were great restaurants and shops. We also enjoyed added activities such as Zip Line - which was unbelievable! Horse back riding- totally romantic, and stand up paddle surfing which was unique and equally amazing.

Everything about the trip was great. We tell our friends all the time that it was one of the best get -aways we have been on. We were able to experience a new adventure, make unforgettable memories, while relaxing in a beautiful country surrounded by warm and friendly people!

Thanks CR Adventures!
Brian and Victoria Silverio

May 2011

Gary,

I recently spent about 9 days in Tamarindo under the umbrella of your package. Everyone on your team was over the top with regards to service from the moment I was picked up a the airport to when Chino droped me off. The Diria hotel was a great choice as well with good food and impeccable service as well.

I mentioned that I wanted a great surf experience when we spoke and your team provided just that. The waves were great and the instructors were courteous, helpful, and seemed to take great pleasure in what they do. Kudos to all! I have to give Chino extra praise as he made the trip special and made sure that every need that I had was taken care of with great expedience.

I have traveled quite a bit over the years but I have never been to a place where the people were so gracious and truly nice. Tamarindo is wonderful and will always remain on my list of places that I must visit again and again. Thanks so much for the great experience and I will be calling upon you again.

Live to Learn,
Thomas D. Smith

April 2011

Hi Gary,

Sorry this took so long. Life stays so busy but I wanted to tell you and everyone else who is interested in surfing Costa Rica how beyond incredible my experience with CR Surf Adventures was. Even though I decided to make this trip very last minute and start it the day before New Years Eve, Gary and Roberto (Chino) went out of their way to make it happen for me, including finding me accommodations when there was not a room to be had any where in Tamarindo over the New Years weekend. It ended up being the best New Years ever! Gary even went above & beyond and even got my flight booked for me. The surf coaching I got while I was there was incredible! I am a self taught surfer of 2 years and had taught my self many bad habits which Steven, Cezar, Rafa & Chino all helped to correct and greatly improve my surfing skills. I was origionally booked for 2 1/2 weeks and ended up extending for an extra week as i had such an incredible time. The experience of surfing so many different beaches around Tamarendo was incredible and Steven's coaching ability gave me the confidence to surf the biggest waves i had ever surfed. Actually surfing overhead waves at Witches Rock was definitely one of my highlights! I can't wait to come back for more!!!!

Thank you,

Kathy Wilder

April 2011

"The crew is composed of a great bunch of guys (and a gal). Kudos to Roberto (Chino), Cesar, Stephen, William, and Keilani. The CR Surf Adventures people are knowledgeable and make surfing fun. They love to push the students to learn. But they are patient and friendly when doing so. Above all they are very professional. I went by myself to Tamarindo. My goal was to improve my surfing. And I definitely did. I can tell now that I got back to Southern California and use their surfing tips. I hope one day to go back again."

George Cuzakis

March 2011

Gary,

The only words are amazing. My surfing improved immensely and Steven and Cesar are great coaches. They were always on time, friendly, and professional. I can't believe the changes in my life as a result of this trip. Thanks for everything and I will be in contact soon about perhaps another trip.

MAC

March 2011

Dear Gary,

My husband and I have wanted to go surfing in Costa Rica since we first learned to surf 5 years ago. This year I was determined to go, with or without him. Well long story short, I left my husband at home and went with my friend Ashley over spring break. Ashley and I are both teachers and she had never surfed before. Since it had been several years from the time I was last on a board we both signed up for the beginners group. We were so excited for our trip and this excitement only went away as we were being driven back to the airport to return to our “real lives”. We didn't want to leave Costa Rica or the new friends we made there. I can truly say this was the best vacation I've ever been on! All of the instructors are so nice, patient, and entertaining. You can't help but have an amazing time when you are around such great people who really love their job.
The one-on-one attention we got during our surf lessons catered to our different levels. Chino, Cesar, and William pushed us to improve each day. This attention helped me become a better surfer and got my friend hooked. I have to say THANK YOU to Chino. You really pushed me and gave me the confidence to take the biggest waves I've ever surfed. I can't wait to come back!

Miss you guys!
Pura Vida,
Erica Farris
St. Louis, MO

March 2011

Truly an amazing visit to Tamarindo! The scenery, ocean, and locals were the obvious attraction, but working with CR Surf Adventures was truly a joy! Each crew member was so professional, experienced, patient, and friendly. We felt so comfortable with the personal attention we received for each fun activity – and what a difference it made in learning how to surf. We highly recommend anyone who’s new to surfing or just wanting to brush up on their veteran skills, to work with CR Surf Adventures. We were so sad to leave but we promise we'll be back!!

Thanks again,
Nigel West

March 2011

Hi Gary,
I spent the best vacation with CR Surf Adventures! The instructors were
very professional, I learned a lot and had a great time surfing! Rafa, Cesar,
Kailani, Steven and Chino - I can't thank you enough! I had an amazing
time and will come back!

Camille Frank


February, 2011

Hi Gary,

Trip was great and my teenage boys loved it. We all did!!! The boys got amazingly good at it by the end of the week. We didn't want to come home.
Can't wait to come back!

Brenda,
Ryan,
Jared
February, 2011

I had the most amazing trip! I came alone and started with a week package. After, I was planning on traveling to other parts of Costa Rica, however, I fell in love with Tamarindo, its surf and the people I met. I ended up staying two more weeks! Chino, Raf, Caesar, Steven, Kailani and everyone else were so helpful and fun. They know their surf, their town and how to show everyone a good time. Tamarindo is amazing and I can't wait to go back. Gary, thanks for your lightning speed responses and to you and everyone for accommodating my changing plans.
See you again soon,
Pura Vida!
Angela
February, 2011

Hi Gary -
Had a great time!

We had the most amazing time! Roberto, Rafy and Cesar really took great care of us and made sure we got the total Tamarindo experience! They were so patient with us in and out of the water. We laughed constantly and had a blast - what more can you ask for? Gary was the ultimate concierge - he knew which accommodations would be best for us, always was available when we called, and responded quickly when we had a request. My surfing improved but more importantly, I was able to share my passion with my friend, Maria, who had never surfed before but became totally hooked after this trip. I just wish we could've stayed longer.....

We're looking forward to booking our trip for next year....

Nan
February, 2011

Hi Gary,
Just wanted to thank you and your Costa Rica team. We had a great time and all went well thanks to all the coordinating and effort on behalf of CR surf adventures. As a business owner myself I know the intricacies involved of making people happy and your team did just that. We all agree a return trip is in our future!

Lilly

February, 2011
Costa Rica Surf Adventures showed me the time of my life! I have always dreamed of learning how to surf and of course Costa Rica was a destination on the top of my list. I don't believe I could have done it any other way than experience a fun interactive and social surfing experience with the crew. As a single surfer (meaning I came on this trip alone and little bit nervous I'd have to say) I just want to say thank you once again to the Tamarindo team that helped us out every step of the way. The guys not only woke us up every morning to get out on our surf boards and push us to our greatest potential, they entertained throughout the entire trip! They took everyone out for a wonderful Sushi dinner and different destination beaches around the local area, it was a blast! The beaches were so beautiful I could hardly believe my eyes. I can't wait to do it again... counting down the days as we speak!:)

THANKS AGAIN AND MISS YOU ALL!!!:)

Rachel Bowman
February 2011
Hey Gary,
There are no words to express how fabulous your team was. This trip to Costa Rica was a 21st birthday present for my son who wanted to surf Costa Rica. Stephen was his surf coach while we were there and he really helped my son take his surfing to the next level. But it was so much more than that. We had a blast with your team. As well as Stephen, Rafael and Cesar were great. It was cool how proud they are of their country and how much they wanted to share their history and culture with us. It was the small things- like stopping when they saw a cashew tree, asking the owner for permission to pick one, and then bringing it into the vehicle and showing it to us. I'd never seen a cashew other than in a Planters jar! There were so many of these examples that I could ramble on about but I think you get my point. The other tourists we met who had also booked through you were great people. And our side trips of ziplining and ATVing were a hoot too. The accommodations you recommended were ideal. I would definitely suggest everyone book the Diria with you - and upgrade to the ocean view. It was incredible. I also took advantage of the incredible massage on the beach at the ridiculously low price. One of the best massages I've ever had.

I've already recommended Costa Rica Surf Adventures to several friends who are looking for a great vacation and I'd recommend anyone considering Costa Rica Surf Adventures not think one minute more - BOOK IT NOW! You won't be disappointed.

Stacey Marmolejo
St. Paul, MN

Nate Beck
Los Angeles, CA

January 2011

Hi Gary and Roberto
At 62 years old, I decided that it was very much a now or never decision to plan a lifelong dream of a surf trip to Costa Rica. Coming from Northern California, I was used to the head to toe wetsuit and ice cream headaches from the cold water. The image of warm water, offshore breezes and perfectly sculpted waves was the draw of Costa Rica. After a considerable amount of web surfing, I made the decision to go with a ten day package through Costa Rica Surf Adventures. The program was absolutely flawless, from beginning to end. Gary was very helpful in taking my reservation and was always readily accessible by phone when questions came up. When I cleared customs at the airport in Liberia, Jose was there with a big smile holding a sign with my name for the shuttle ride to Tamarindo. The accommodations at the beachside Hotel Diria could not have been nicer and the massive buffet breakfast kept me going all day long. Steven and Cesar were terrific surf guides/instructors and their patient encouragement helped me improve considerably during my stay. I had the good fortune to experience good waves and uncrowded conditions on trips to both Ollie’s Point and Witch’s Rock, which were the high point of the trip for me. Having these days documented by the photography of Raffa and Jonathan was the icing on the cake, and a great souvenir for my wall back home. It was so reassuring to be traveling around with a crew who were clearly respected by the local community. The dinner out the last night of the trip with Roberto (Chino) and Steven was bittersweet. I was in a wonderful country with what had become very good friends, and it truly felt like I was leaving part of my family. Back home in the States, I find myself daydreaming about this wonderful trip and trying to figure out how to get back sometime in the future. For a true experience of Costa Rica’s Pura Vida, you simply can’t go wrong with Costa Rica Surf Adventures. Be ready for the time of your life.

Brock de Lappe

December 2010
Hey Gary,

From the moment we arrived in Tamarindo, we knew we were in for an adventure. We were greeted at the airport by smiling Jose as we began the drive to our hotel. In the morning we met some of the guys, who took us out for our first day of surfing. We received a lot of encouragement and instruction and were up on our first few waves...and decided we were in love with surfing.

Roberto, Steven, Raphael, and Cesar all took part in getting us to surf the best we could. Whether it was screaming for us to paddle our hearts out to catch a wave, to sitting in the ocean for a while waiting for a wave, the guys were always positive, fun and friendly. We loved joking around with them (especially Steven and Roberto!) and their laid back attitude, but also appreciated their contagious passion for surfing. They showed us all the best places to eat and go out in Tamarindo, and even took us out for a traditional Costa Rican lunch (very yummy!!). They also picked us up in the mornings in the CRSA Landrover if we didn't want to meet them at the beach, and drove us to breakfast or back to our hotels after surf lessons with them. Cesar was always happy to drive us and Roberto organized our activities, no problem. By the end of the week, we were much more comfortable on our surf boards. The guys adapted to our level of surfing and pushed us to improve the skills we had learned and become better surfers.

Nothing but good memories, thanks for an AMAZING trip. We can't wait to get back out on a surf board (instead of snowboards...).

A HUGE thank you to Roberto, Steven, Rafa, and Cesar...these guys gave us a really great experience in Costa Rica.

Lauren and Steph

December 2010

Hi Gary,

I just wanted to let you know that I had an amazing time. The guys on your team are really amazing and their love for surfing really does make a difference in the whole experience.

Best, John Chang

December 2010

To all at CR Surf Adventures,

I wanted to thank everyone at CRSA for making it possible for me to have the greatest experience of my life. The first person I met from CRSA was "Jose", at the airport in Liberia, CR. When I first saw Jose and the smile on his face I felt very reassured, and for some reason very safe. Now keep in mind this is my first trip outside of the US as well as traveling alone for 2 weeks. The 45-60 minute drive from the airport with Jose was so much fun. I tried to speak a little Spanish and was butchering the language, but it didn't matter, Jose was more than happy to help educate me. What I will always remember about Jose was how much he smiled and how happy he was and is. This was the beginning of my eyes opening up....Thank you, Jose.

Surf camp the next morning was early in the am, but no problem because that is why you come here. To Surf your Brains Out... The next morning I got to meet my surf instructors: Cesar, Stephen, Chino, as well as the photographer, Rafael. These three guys are awesome...It's kinda like they are brothers from another mother. I got picked up by one of CRSA's sweet Land Rover in the morning and the trip started. After having knee surgery 2 1/2 weeks before leaving the US, I was a bit nervous about my knee holding up but there are no worries or problems with these guys, and they all made sure that I was taken care of throughout the whole trip. Cesar and Stephen were very patient with me and my knee, and were better instructors than I had imagined. They taught us the basics of surfing, safety, awareness of other surfers, breathing techniques, paddling out, taking a wave that is going to crash on, etc. And if you want the best fuel for surfing, these guys know where to get it. The restaurant they took us to a few times was called "Soda las Palmas in Villareal. Huge plate of food for real cheap and the best, freshest, glass of Passion Fruit Juice. When we weren't surfing we did the Zip Line Tour and the guys took us on an awesome Quad trip through out the jungle (I highly recommend). CRSA picked a great group of instructors that are very happy, awesome surfers, and more than willing to help and take care of you. Thank you Cesar, Stephen, Rafael, and Chino for everything, you guys helped change my life more than you can ever imagine.

Sincerely,

Jesse Waters

December 2010

To Roberto & Gary,

I am sitting here in Toronto, today’s temperature is – 6 degrees Celsius, it has been snowing up north for about 3 days now, with a total of over 80 centimeters (36 inches) received in the ski areas, and the ski & snowboard season is upon us…………….but to be perfectly honest, I would rather be surfing and hanging out with the crew in Tamarindo.

From my first phone call to Gary inquiring on what Costa Rica Surf Adventure’s was all about, to receiving the help I needed to get everything booked was carried out with the up most professionalism, the explanation of the services, accommodations and area, all allowed me to make an informed decision. As I had explained to Gary when we where talking, that it being Thursday, I was hoping to be in Tamarindo Saturday, and Gary took care of all the details and made it happen.

I was met at the airport by Jose in the infamous CRSA Range Rover, and my week of adventure in Costa Rica had begun, on the drive from the airport Jose was a welcoming ambassador to CRSA and Tamarindo, his introduction to the area was informative and friendly, I was made to feel as if I where a friend coming to visit from a long time away, not a tourist, which, as I came to understand over the week in Tamarindo, was how everyone made you feel, as if you had been there before and had just been away to work, and was now home to kick back, enjoy your friends, food, fun and surf.

Sunday morning I was met outside the Vista Villas by the instructor crew, Cesar, Steven, and Raphael again in the Rover, and we where off to surf, I was wondering how It would go, although I have skied most of my life, I had never attempted to surf, for that matter I had never even held a surf board in my hands until that morning unloading it from the truck, so I was pretty sure Cesar and Steven had their work cut out to get this frosty white dude up on a surf board……….

All I can say is that the instruction was phenomenal, they had me up and surfing the first morning, the education I was given on the board, stance, paddling, and the all important jump, was in depth and constant, with every success they added a new challenge so that my progression was constant and confident. Being immersed in that environment was amazing, with Cesar’s & Steven’s coaching I was able to progress through the entire week, by the final 2 days, they had me out catching my own waves, reading some breaks, and having an overall understanding of what the sport of surfing is, or should I say what a surfing life can be “Pura Vida” {Perfect Life}.

This letter started as a testimonial to Costa Rica Surf Adventures, but has changed into something more of a thank you and recommendation to anyone, if you are looking to learn how to surf, and more importantly looking to learn what a life of surfing could be, than these are the people to help you find it, I was amazed at the entire week, from the unbelievable beaches, food, people, to the phenomenal instruction, to hanging out with the crew, going for dinners, and just chillin after a great day of surfing.

I teach and instruct for a living in my chosen profession, but very seldom have I had the opportunity to be involved with such generous, phenomenally talented and gracious professionals, most importantly was the amount that I was taught and how I was taught. Not only did I receive a strong foundation in the technical aspect of surfing, and Tamarindo’s incredible beaches and natural beauty, but you showed me how important it is to take the time to enjoy it with friends, to embrace life, to laugh, relax, to float on a board in the sea with only the thought of catching the next wave, thanks Cesar & Steven.

To Chino (Roberto), Cesar, Steven, Raphael, Jose and Gary, thank you for an incredible vacation and learning experience, you are all truly gracious ambassadors of Costa Rica, Tamarindo, and surfing, thank you for allowing me into your lives for a week, and making me feel at home, it is something that I will never forget, see you all again in February brothers, Pura Vida.

Kevin Doucette
Toronto, Ontario
Canada

November, 2010
Hi Gary
Hugely enjoyed my trip to Costa Rica and the company of the CRSA team down there. Am definitely aiming to head back at some point and surf with you guys. Sooner rather than later I hope.

Many thanks
Gareth
September 2010
What can I say about Costa Rica Surf Adventures? In a word Funtastic!

From my first contact with Gary through their web site, to the last goodbyes with my new found Costa Rican surfing bro’s, the experience was one of the greatest in my life. Everything was taken care of just as they said it would be in the brochure. I went as a surfer that had not been on a board in 20 plus years so I opted for the surf camp with lessons. In two days I was up and doing bottom turns and working the face again. Chino, Cesar, and Steven are great teachers and give you all the feedback you need to get you surfing, whether you are just starting or return to the sport. Cesar even got to coin a new surfing term while he was teaching me, “Goofular foot”. I always ride front side so I can ride with either foot forward. Strange, I know. He thought it was too. There were others in the school with me that had zero experience and they were riding waves the first day. So when they tell you that you will be up and surfing the first day, they mean it.

The waves at Tamarindo beach are perfect beginner waves. The high tide break is forgiving but powerful enough to give you fun rides even if its only waist high. The low tide break is steep and hollow, next time.

If you are sitting on the fence trying to decide if Costa Rica Surf Adventures is the right group for you, get off. I highly recommend them for their attention to customer service. I must have asked Gary a thousand questions and he was always quick to answer and never seemed to be bothered by even the silliest questions. If you choose the Best Western as your hotel be sure and meet Jonathan, the hotel manager and all around great guy. He and his staff do a bang up job making sure you have everything you need to be comfortable. He’s a pretty good surfer and has a cool dog (Snoop) too.

I felt safe and like I was among friends from the very moment I was picked up at the airport. The Tico’s and Tica’s in Tamarindo were all very friendly and I never felt pressured like I have in other countries on vacation.

So if you are looking for a surf camp that delivers, look no further.

Pura Vida!

Rob Brown

surf trip, surf camp
July 2010
Hi Gary,

Just wanted to write to say that both Natalia and I were extremely extremely happy with the level of professionalism and service we received on the Surf and Yoga package we booked with CR Surf Adventures. The accommodations were AMAZING!!...both in Tamarindo and Nosara. The surf instructors were soo nice and patient and kept encouraging us no matter how much we struggled at times! All 4 of them are top notch...Luis, Roberto, Cesar, and Stephen. Cesar was our driver from Tamarindo to Nosara and even took us to the grocery store to pick up snacks and drove us to some local restaurants in Nosara...the whole experience was wonderful! Also, not to forget the yoga instructors which were also very good and challenged all different skill levels...we were especially impressed with the outdoor Yoga Institute in Nosara..it was sooo beautiful and peaceful!!

I will definitely recommend your company to all my friends who are planning a similar trip. I have also posted pics on my facebook profile which has the company web site so hopefully you will get some referrals.

Best,
Fazillah

surf trip, surf camp
Greg Walski and group
June, 2010
Gary & Chino,

We just wanted to thank you guys for providing our group with another great trip to Costa Rica. We have been going to Costa Rica for many years and have always gone to different spots, for waves and fun, however we have use Costa Rica Surf Adventures for back to back trips now. Doug and I talked about what a great time that we had in 2009 with my son Stuart and Chino on our first trip with your company, and we worried that it would be like trying to catch lighting in a bottle to match the 2009 trip. But it comes as no big surprise that Costa Rica Surf Adventures, steps up to the challenge and delivers another great trip, for everyone in our group. We can not wait to make a return trip, and will be booking with you guys again. Stuart is still in high school and that limits our trips to his holiday breaks, but Doug and his family are already to visit again. Chino, thank you again for the friendship that you share with us on our visits, and making all our days in Costa Rica such a great time.

My best to all

Greg Walski

surf trip, surf camp
Stephanie, Kristen & Alison
CRSA Testimonial (May 2010):

Gary,

Would you like to know how to make three grown women cry? Send them off to Costa Rica for a one week CRSA trip - make sure they have the time of their lives – then send them back home back to reality!

Hands down, this trip far exceeded any expectations we had. The surf lessons were one-on-one and loaded with constructive feedback and encouragement from the instructors. All of our activities were planned and organized so that we could make the most of our days. Chino, Cesar, Steven and Luis did everything to ensure we had an awesome time, felt safe and comfortable, both in the water and around town. They are a solid team of instructors and an asset to CRSA. They have the customers best interest at heart and the trip would not have been the same without them.

We arrived as three best friends, and made so many more during our stay. We miss everyone are already planning our next trip back! Until then…puravida.

Stephanie, Kristen & Alison


surf trip, surf camp
Noah Reggae, Geraldine Maldonado, kimberly zimermman, Luis Seitour, Lisa Horstmann, Megan Mecca
March 2010
Chino! Thank you for an amazing week. CRSA exceeded all of my expectations!! You, Cesar, Noah and Mono Bonito were so great at making us feel comfortable in and out of the water. I'm already planning my next trip. Thanks to Nidia for making us feel so welcomed as well. See you soon...

Megan

April 2010
Hey Gary,

I had an amazing time in Costa Rica and the surf instruction was excellent. Several of my friends are interested and plan to do this trip.
Thanks.
Tam

February, 2010
Gary,

We had a great time. Roberto (sorry “Chino”) and his crew (Luis, Cesar, Kevin) were great. My daughter had a ball, she cried on the way to the airport because she wanted to stay (I almost cried too….).

Regards,
Rudy

February 2010
Hello Gary and Roberto (Chino),

I would like to compliment you guys for making Michele and I surf vacation a wonderful experience. We will never forget the great time we had at your surf camp. We have vacationed all over the world for many years and this vacation has to be one of the top vacations we have ever had. This vacation made our 25th wedding anniversary very very special to us.

I would like to give a special thanks to Cesar for the extra effort that he spent with Michele. I still can’t believe he had her standing up riding a wave on the first day in the water. I was so stoked over that, amazing!! It is etch in my memory forever. He took very good care of us. Cesar spent extra time with Michele on the ATV to ensure she had a good time. Trust me that was not easy feat to accomplish. Our whole family owns and ride dirt bikes and ATVs for many years. We could not get her to even touch one, but to ride one was out of the question. Cesar is an asset to your company.

I would also like to compliment Nester on the horseback riding adventure. Michele and I really enjoyed that! That was the best horseback riding adventure we had out side the USA. Amazing ride to the hill side cliffs and on the beach during the sun set. Nice long ride. The horses were fun to ride not a bunch of dead beat follow the leader horses. Please let Nester know that we had a great time and would do again for sure.

We really enjoy our stay in Nosara in the condo, very nice. Your staff there were very good. The grounds were well kept nice the pool was always clean. Daniel was great, really nice guy. He showed us the empty condos for sale. We are interested in one of them. Can you send us detail information on the end unit on the lower level ? Daniel told us some information but he did not have detail information. Thanks

I would like to thank Roberto (Chino) for making sure we were taken care of. Well I’m sure we will be back for another surf adventure but this next time we will include our kids.

Thanks again for a great time in Costa Rica !!! Pura Vida

Regards,
Randy Havener

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My Surf Mates and Instructors - Michael Rod, Luis, Noah, Bashan Aquart, Chino
May 2010
The Most Awesome Surf Camp in the World!

Hey Gary,
Mike and I had a great time. It's definitely a trip I will return to and recommend to everyone I know.

Thanks again,
Bashan Aquart



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Group Picture of Guests
January 2011
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2 Guests - Tamarindo Surf Camp
January 2011

Carla catching her first wave September, 2010

Carla looking like a Pro

Our Land Rover 4X4, River Crossing

One of our Land Rover's loaded and ready

Carla, Roberto, Anna, Samantha, Cesar Sept. 2010

Anna, Cesar, Samantha, Carla, Roberto Sept. 2010

CRSA Surf Instructor Cesar, Carla, Samantha in Nosara after a good day of Surfing Sept, 2010...
Greg Walski one of our favorite guests with the bosses girl
Kyle Doug & Brendan Wenzel surfing Witch's Rock by Boat
June 17, 2010
Canopy Zip Line Tour
June 14, 2010
Doug Wenzel and family at Carolina's for dinner June 17, 2010
Doug Wenzel catching nice waves in Tamarindo 6/18/10
Greg Walski getting an adjustment by the local Chiropractor
Kyle getting some pointers from Greg
Having fun at night in Tamarindo
Kate Wenzel catching
some nice waves
last dinner in Tamarindo Ashley Ziegler, Luis Seitour, Kerilyn Graham, Roberto Sibaja, Janice Magdalena
Kate Wenzel enjoying the beach
Kate Wenzel
Kyle catching another nice wave
Kyle having the waves all to himself
Brendan on a longboard
Kyle Wenzel catching some nice waves in Tamarindo
Kyle Wenzel
surfing Tamarindo
Pool at the Tamarindo Diria
Some nice waves in Tamarindo
June 2010
Steven Gutierez Costa Rica Surf Adventures Instructor / Surf Guide
Stuart Walski and Brendan Wenzel
Tamarindo's unspoiled beaches - Heaven on Earth

Beautiful garden at the Hotel Tamarindo Diria
Doug Wenzel surfing Tamarindo
Having some fun in Tamarindo
Brendan catching some waves

February 2010
Gary,
I returned home from Tamarindo yesterday (only after much persuasion by my family), and I can't even begin to express what a fantastic vacation I had. Traveling solo as a female in a foreign country can be a daunting idea, but I felt nothing but safe and relaxed with your group's coordinating efforts. Every instructor (Roberto, Luis, Kevin, and Cesar) were friendly, attentive and incredibly educational. They care about the students and truly want you to learn. I was never left unattended or uncared for in the water, and I already feel like a stronger surfer. Our daily activities were timely, organized and fun. If there was ever a question as what to do in town or where to go, the guys were always helpful in giving advice. As a participant in the yoga package as well, I loved the instructor and enjoyed experiencing the difference in practice as compared to home. Though I've only seen one small portion of Costa Rica, the country's beauty and culture have left quite an impression on me. I thank you and your crew for making such a memorable experience, and I hope to return to CR again in the near future.
Chao,
Angela Hanna

July 2010 Our LandRover Defender crossing a river on our way to Nosara for some great Surfing
July 2010 - Loaded up and going surfing


July 2010 - Howler Monkeys

July 2010 - Lionel Ortiz and Lissette Bouret
July 2010 - Tara catching another wave
July 2010 - Tara catching a wave
One of our company owned Villas in Nosara
July 2010
Canopy Zip Line Tour
July 2010 - Emile catching one his first waves
Hi Gary-

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Rob Fleming
Just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know I had a great time in Costa Rica! The trip was smooth and worked itself out very nicely.

The guys were great - Allejandro, Luis, Roberto and Caesar. They exceeded expectations and were just a ton of fun. Lot’s of laughs and very good instructors. Made the trip even that much better.

Because of them, I’ll definitely be back. Tell them “Hi” and I’ll keep in touch.

Rob

Rob Fleming
American Mortgage of Montana, Inc.

Dear CR Surf Adventures,

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Mary Jo Kisko
I recently returned from your surfing excursion to both Nosara and Tamarindo. We had the most wonderful time! Although our group had varying interests from those of the hardcore surfers to avid bird watchers, Chino and Luis always exceeded our expectations in accommodating everyone. They are the best!!

Chino and Luis, you made our vacation a trip with so many memorable moments. Your knowledge of the local surf was a tremendous asset. We would never have been able to search out all the best places without you. Your love and respect for your country was infectious. It helped us to take the time to appreciate all Costa Rica has to offer. My son, Kyle will never forget celebrating his birthday with you! My deepest gratitude for all of your kindness, patience and attention to our needs! It was an adventure of a lifetime!
I especially enjoyed meeting Nidia and Johnny. Nidia, you are a very special person, I hope to have the pleasure of seeing again. Best of luck in all of your endeavors!

Gary, the Nosara house was well equipped and beautifully maintained both inside and out. I would highly recommend it to anyone! Additionally, we stayed at the Diria in Tamarindo. It was an easy walk for the surfers to go to the river mouth and the others to explore the town. It’s location and access to numerous surf spots made it an excellent choice.

Bob, your assistance and patience in helping to plan our trip was invaluable! Your guidance and personal attention sets CR Surf Adventures apart from the rest!

We can’t wait to come back to what I consider paradise! Although I arrived in Costa Rica as a stranger, I left behind people I now consider friends.

Mary Jo Kisko and Kyle Morgan

Hi Gary,

Just wanted to drop you a note to let you know how much I enjoyed my trip to Costa Rica primarily because of Costa Rica Surf Adventures. I felt like we had an extended family there to support us and to make sure that our needs were taken care of….you've established a great team with Roberto (Chino) and Luis…we learned so much and we're so appreciative of the attention and care we received. Again, I will highly recommend Costa Rica Surf Adventures to my clients, friends and associates. We truly enjoyed ourselves and would love to come back to continue our adventures with you and your team.

All my best,
Matthew

Tamarindo at Night
Erin, John, Roberto, Luis, Cesar Abbey getting ready to go Snorkeling
First Day Learning to Surf with Costa Rica Surf Adventures
Melissa Horseback Riding
ATV (Quad Tour)
Getting ready for the ATV (Quad ) Jungle Tour
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Jennifer Siller





Hey Gary,
We are all on our way home. I wanted to let you know that we had a great time. The hotel was great and the guys were great surf instructors. We are already planning our next trip! Thanks again - Jen

February 2010

We had an great trip! Roberto and his team did an outstanding job across the board and I would highly recommend your Co to anyone considering a Costa Rica surf trip. If you would like, I'll ask Dorothy to write up a short testimonial that you can use on your site if that's of interest.

Thanks,

John Doyle

Kim Spencer, Maria Wilson, Kim Wilson, Kimberly Barbee, Vanessa Hotchkiss
Maria and Kathy Hendricks with Surf Instructors Luis and Cesar - June 2010
Hotchkiss family with CRSA Surf Instructor Luis
Natalia, Kim, Kaitlyn, Fazillah, Ceasar, Roberto, Luis
Evelyn and CRSA owner Roberto Sibaja
Horseback riding on the beach
Surfing and Relaxing at Tamarindo Beach
Christine Canariato, Cesar Cespedes, Jaime Costello, Stephen
At the Beach getting ready to catch some waves
A group of our Guests with Roberto and CRSA Surf Instructors
Last day surfing for Christine and Jamie
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Steven and Cesar
In this photo: Max Kanter, Lisa Kohler, Azeem Pasha, Scott Samlan, Kelly Hedlund Kanter, Jarrod Wright
January, 2010
Gary,

best surf lessons costa ricaJust wanted to send you a note about our trip last week....it was great. The CR Surf Adventures crew in Tamarindo was excellent - very good instructors, and great people in general. Both Peter and I improved at a pace in-line with our highest expectations (and we typically think we will be able to do more than is realistic!), and we had a lot of fun doing it.

I'm not sure how often you get feedback on your team, but I wanted to share ours with you. Consider this a 10 out of 10 review from us. Chino/Roberto was great at pacing us at the right speed - picking the right breaks and boards for us as the conditions and our abilities changed; Johny and Ceasar (who worked with us in the water the most) were both very good helping us progress as quickly as we were able to. ...special mention to Ceasar, who took us to Nosara, helped me get my board to Nosara (after Delta failed to get it on the plane with us to Costa Rica!) and always made sure we were set up in terms of where to eat, non-surfing activities, etc.

Thanks, and maybe we'll end up down there again sometime in the future...

Regards,
-Peter
July 2010 - Bouret and Frazier families
Dinner with the entire gang, including our instructors Chino, Cesar, Steve, and William - or as the kids nicknamed 'em, The Pirates.
Roberto with the Bouret and Frazier family Girls



Geraldine catching a wave

Horseback riding on the beach - Great fun for the entire family
Another Beautiful Tamarindo Sunset
Getting ready for our ATV Jungle Tour
CRSA Surf Student waiting for the next Wave
Surfing Student catching a nice wave

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CRSA Student Catching a Nice Wave

Gary,

I wanted to take a moment to tell you that the experience that I had on this vacation was the best vacation of my life. The country, the surf, the people, the food, and most importantly the staff. Chino, Ceasar, and Luis were fantastic. The care, concern and attention they provided to me and Anissa was unbelievable. I can't say enough good things about them and I am telling all my friends not only about Costa Rica but about CRSurfadventures. I didn't look at these guys as employees of CRsurf but as Amigos. I hope to be planning another trip in December of this year because my experience was so fantastic. I am including a picture of all of us that we took one day. I am soo happy that I picked your company for this experience since I got to see first hand at the other local companies that were providing lessons which looked so impersonal as to what we had. Take care and thanks again.

ps. just wish I could get the Pilsen beer here in Florida!!

Michael Peters

April, 2010
Hi Gary, Roberto,

Just wanted to let you know that we had a great time surfing Nosara and Tamarindo areas. To get Witche's Rock and Ollie's Point all to ourselves was one of the highlights of the trip. You have 2 great ambassadors in Caesar and Steven and they went out of their way to make sure 3 old amigos were looked after. We enjoyed their company immensely.

Best Regards,
Brian Peachey
Australia
Hi Bob,

We had an incredible trip! Chino, Cesar and Luis were fabulous surf instructors. They are also great guys, and it was a lot of fun hanging out with them on land. I would have liked to stay in Costa Rica for at least another month to get better at surfing! The first two days were spent adjusting to being in the ocean and under the ocean when turtle rolling. Once I got more comfortable with salt water up my nose, it was a super fun experience. We surfed with a great couple from Chicago. Unfortunately, we didn't get their email addresses. Their names are Rick Sterns and Peron. If you happen to have contact info for them, I'd love to connect again. We were supposed to snorkel on the last morning, but it didn't work out, so we didn't have a chance to say goodbye. The rest of the trip details were amazing and I think Chris and I will try to save up to go back. I'll do a better write up of the trip if you'd like. Just let me know what details you'd like me to comment on.

Hope all is well with you,

Leah

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Annisa Smith
Hello,

I wanted to let you guys know what a wonderful time I had on my trip. Chino, Luis and Cesar were awesome!!! They really made my trip that much better! Luis had me riding waves my first day out!
Since I had such a great experience, I'm planning another trip in December, and will be recommending your company to my friends. Thanks again.

Sincerely,
Anissa





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 Aimee Stuit, Roberto, Louis and Alixandra Pettrovich
Luis Seitour (photos) , kim price , morgan jones , chino
Getting ready to watch the Sunset into the Pacific Ocean
Geraldine catching a wave, not bad for a beginner
Girls getting ready for a day of Surfing
After a hard day of Surfing
Hi Gary-

surf packages designed for beginners to the advanced surfers
Rob Fleming
Just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know I had a great time in Costa Rica! The trip was smooth and worked itself out very nicely.

The guys were great - Allejandro, Luis, Roberto and Caesar. They exceeded expectations and were just a ton of fun. Lot’s of laughs and very good instructors. Made the trip even that much better.

Because of them, I’ll definitely be back. Tell them “Hi” and I’ll keep in touch.

Rob

Rob Fleming
American Mortgage of Montana, Inc.

Dear CR Surf Adventures,

nosara surf trip
Mary Jo Kisko
I recently returned from your surfing excursion to both Nosara and Tamarindo. We had the most wonderful time! Although our group had varying interests from those of the hardcore surfers to avid bird watchers, Chino and Luis always exceeded our expectations in accommodating everyone. They are the best!!

Chino and Luis, you made our vacation a trip with so many memorable moments. Your knowledge of the local surf was a tremendous asset. We would never have been able to search out all the best places without you. Your love and respect for your country was infectious. It helped us to take the time to appreciate all Costa Rica has to offer. My son, Kyle will never forget celebrating his birthday with you! My deepest gratitude for all of your kindness, patience and attention to our needs! It was an adventure of a lifetime!
I especially enjoyed meeting Nidia and Johnny. Nidia, you are a very special person, I hope to have the pleasure of seeing again. Best of luck in all of your endeavors!

Gary, the Nosara house was well equipped and beautifully maintained both inside and out. I would highly recommend it to anyone! Additionally, we stayed at the Diria in Tamarindo. It was an easy walk for the surfers to go to the river mouth and the others to explore the town. It’s location and access to numerous surf spots made it an excellent choice.

Bob, your assistance and patience in helping to plan our trip was invaluable! Your guidance and personal attention sets CR Surf Adventures apart from the rest!

We can’t wait to come back to what I consider paradise! Although I arrived in Costa Rica as a stranger, I left behind people I now consider friends.

Mary Jo Kisko and Kyle Morgan

Hi Gary,

Just wanted to drop you a note to let you know how much I enjoyed my trip to Costa Rica primarily because of Costa Rica Surf Adventures. I felt like we had an extended family there to support us and to make sure that our needs were taken care of….you've established a great team with Roberto (Chino) and Luis…we learned so much and we're so appreciative of the attention and care we received. Again, I will highly recommend Costa Rica Surf Adventures to my clients, friends and associates. We truly enjoyed ourselves and would love to come back to continue our adventures with you and your team.

All my best,
Matthew

Tamarindo at Night
Erin, John, Roberto, Luis, Cesar Abbey getting ready to go Snorkeling
First Day Learning to Surf with Costa Rica Surf Adventures
Melissa Horseback Riding
ATV (Quad Tour)
Getting ready for the ATV (Quad ) Jungle Tour
tamarindo surf
Jennifer Siller





Hey Gary,
We are all on our way home. I wanted to let you know that we had a great time. The hotel was great and the guys were great surf instructors. We are already planning our next trip! Thanks again - Jen
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Mason Ballard, Robert Latta, Matt Alley, Anthony and Crsa Boys Chino, Cesar, Alejandro

My trip with CRSA was really fun. Chino, Luis, Caesar and Alejandro are a great team. They took me to fun waves every day and really showed me the Costa Rican lifestyle. They treated me like family and that's what made my experience so great. Oh, and surfing overhead Ollie's Point was kinda fun too...

Matt - California

Hello, how are you? I had an awesome time. I was a little nervous going by myself at first but your staff and the guys I met were the best. I am very happy with my learning experience and feel very confident in being able to go out on my own now. I am really happy I found you guys. Thanks for an incredible experience.

Carrie M. Cox

Hi Gary, like many before me I feel compelled to "drop you a note." Sarah and I had a fantastic vacation. Many thanks to Cesar, Robert, Kevin ,Louis, and Johnny. Great guys with a lot of patience and personality. We fell in love with them and Costa Rica. They helped us obtain our goal of learning to surf. I'll be sure to recommend Costa Rica Surf Adventures to anyone who mentions surfing. Please express our gratitude to the guys, we appreciate all their help.

Thanks Gary, Cathy Cormier
ATV (Quad Tour)
Geraldine and Friend on ATV Jungle Tour
Chino, David Depto, Christian Froehle
Getting ready for a day of surfing
Preparing for the Canopy Zip Line
Snorkel Trip
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Jill Fojtlin

Hi Bob & Gary. I just wanted to touch base with both of you about our trip to Costa Rica. We had a wonderful time! Both Roberto & Luis are great guides. They worked very hard to make sure everyone was happy, including Anne & I (the birders). We were very satisfied with their recommendations for both activities & places to eat. They are both really good guys & we had a lot of fun traveling with them.

The house in Nosara was beautiful & perfect for our needs. Thank you for letting us use the laptop. It helped being able to go online for additional bird information. There were plenty of birds in the area to keep us busy. Joe was very interesting to talk to and knew a lot about the Natural History of the area.

In Tamarindo, Roberto & Luis helped us set up a boat trip up the estuary. Our guide was very good & we did get to see some new birds. Again, Roberto & Luis were a lot of help.

I would recommend CRSurfAdventures to anyone as I know the surfers had a great time as well.

Jill Fojtlin

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Alexis Rodriguez & Pamela Carton

Dear Bob, Gary, and Chino,

I wanted to send this email of thanks on my last full day here in Costa Rica.
I have had a most wonderful experience here, and owe it to Chino and Luis. And, of course, Nidia!
Bob and Gary, I have told Chino and Luis this, but wanted to share with you, that our (Alexis and mine) lives have changed from this trip and from meeting Chino, Luis, Nidia, and Johnny.
Luis is a great instructor and I am confident that he is, and will remain, a supreme asset for you all. He is kind, patient, and knowledgeable person, and truly one of a kind.
So, as I lay here on the sand of Tamarindo writing this note to you on my first Christmas Eve away from my family, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.
Happy holidays to all.
Con muchas gracias and amor,
Pura vida,
Pam

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Bree Iskov

Hey Bob,

Sorry for not getting back to you sooner, I have been in transit to my new job and am now in Vanuatu.
My trip to Costa Rica was amazing!!! It was everything I could have hoped for and more. What really made the trip special was Chino and Nidia, they are such warm, friendly, happy honest people. I had so much fun surfing, getting sunburnt, mixing with the locals, eating food and chilling at my resort. I was totally exhausted each day after surfing in the sun and that was exactly what I wanted, i love that feeling when you know you have made the most of your day!!!
The day we went out on boat was great, I felt really safe and secure with Chino, Luis and Johnny all there sharing their local knowledge.
I certainly will recommend you guys to my friends and I hope to get back to Costa Rica with some more time to spend there and I can guarantee I will be contacting Chino and the crew.
Thanks for all your help in organising the trip with such short notice, I really appreciate it.
See you in the blue,
Bree Iskov

Joanna, Roberto, Victoria
Roberto, Luis, Ashley, Nicole, Alixandra
Alex, Luis, Joanna, Victoria, Roberto, Geraldine
A Night on the town after a Great Day of Surfing
Joanna Grzeskowiak-Victoria Chuidian-Nidia-Chino-Luis-Geraldine Maldonado-Aimee Stuit- Cara Brenholtz-Ashley Martin-Alexandra Petrovich.

Aimee Stuit-Geraldine Maldonado-Luis -Nidia-Alexandra-Ashley Martin.

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Kim Price, Chris Price, Joe Lee, Chino, Erick Gross, Nidia, Sara Moll, Luis Seitour (Photos), Kelly Fuller, Morgan Jones, Cara Knight, Taylor Price

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Joleen, Joe Walsh, Melissa Smith,
Matt Behrens

Hey Gary!

I just wanted to send you a quick note saying I had the BEST time with Chino and Caesar in Tamarindo. Thank you so much for everything. I was not ready to leave, and I will have to stay longer next time. I look forward to my next vacation with those guys. The trip was way more than I could have hoped for, better than I could have imagined, and just what I needed

Chao,
Joleen

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Joe Walsh, Chino, Cesar

Gary everything went great. Roberto and the guys were awesome and took care of everything we needed. Thanks for making everything so easy. It was truly an incredible experience.

Joe Walsh
Hi Gary- Just wanted to let you know I had a wonderful trip and was very impressed with crsurfadventures. The instructors were very knowledgeable, patient and friendly! I will definitely book another trip next year for two-three weeks as I found I wished I had more time to explore. Could you do me a favor and forward my email address to Roberto so that he can send any photos from surfing?.
Thanks again. –Ginny Miller
Hello Gary,
I had a great time and learning experience with the guys here in Tamarindo from 4/11-4/18.
The guys at Costa Rica Surf Adventures really do a great job that separates them from anyone else.

Regards,
John
Hi, Gary.

I am sad to say that I am leaving tomorrow. I had a great time; it was just what I needed. Roberto, Jonathan and Luis were all very nice and I really enjoyed surfing with them. Poor Jonathan was stuck with me most of the time, teaching me how to surf. I did also get to torture Luis and Roberto with my novice surfing skills. I'm glad I got to surf with all three of them because I learned something different from each of them. They were all so patient with me (especially Jonathan) but they also knew when to push me (which I needed). I can't say enough good things about them. They were all great to me and Roberto took great care to make sure I was taken care of.

Everyone at Pasatiempo were wonderful. I spoke to Roberto a little bit today and told him how much I enjoyed my time with them. I don't think I thanked him so could you please pass this on to him?

I'm already thinking about my next surf trip. We'll see how fast I can save up for it.

Kind regards,
Lydia

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Dorie Herndon and Gang in Tamarindo
Boys at the pool after a great day of surfing
Hey Gary,
Just wanted to let you know that I am had the best time I have ever had! Your staff is absolutely, fantastic, professional, polite and very helpful with any of my needs. The way your staff maintains your equipment sure says a lot about you and your company. It makes a person feel comfortable knowing that everything is in top notch condition and maintained. This is my first time out of the country and I couldn't have made a better choice than to come to Costa Rica and pick your company and have you guys show me around. I have thought what I would do different next time and there isn't anything that comes to mind other than stay longer like maybe forever! I would be more than happy to right a review for you guys if you would let me.

Thanks again
Lance Sprague
Hello Gary....

Thanks for the DVD. We just received it.................We enjoyed our trip enormously..........Everything was executed as advertised.......We were well pleased

Thanks to you from Sophie and I

Andy
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Daniel Kellum, Chris and Luis

Thanks you so much for a great week. Chris and I were glad to be able to learn to surf so quickly. The great thing about your company is that you are a great friend to us. You treat us like we are family. One of the highlights of the whole trip was the dinner at Carlitas. I am sending some pictures of the evening. Have a great summer. I hope we can keep in touch. Say hello to Nidia, Luis and Ceasar for me.

Thanks again,
Dan Kellum

Hello,
Sorry to be getting back to you so late. I am in the last month of my graduating year of my BA and it has been crazy busy since I returned home. I will probably write a longer letter when I have more time but I had an absolutely wonderful time, it was all I expected and more. Roberto and Luis were great and I met some wonderful people- the hotel was great, the weather amazing, the country beautiful , the airport more organized than Dallas, the food was great - I ate so well and even last a few pounds. I am hoping to go again next year. Thank you for all your assistance.

Melanie Strickland

Ray Huang during ATV ( Quad ) Jungle Tour
Victor Perry-Chino-Tiffany perry-Kristen Dixon-Stephanie Jamain-Alison Walker-Cesar -Steven at Noguis for dinner
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Charles Arnell and Family
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Lisa Merlino
ey Bob,

We are finally back home and today is my first day back at work. Chino is amazing and is a fantastic asset to your company. He took excellent care of us and was a total star at trying to find things to do aside from surfing. If you need a reference I will be happy to provide one.

Thanks for all,
Lisa LoBue Merlino

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Jonathan Isenberg
Hi Gary,

Meeta and I just returned from Costa Rica. Costa Rica and your team are a 10! Thank you for the experience.
If I can ever help you do anything to expand your business or convince other people to visit CR through your company, please let me know. I couldn't have asked for a better guide than Caesar. Chino is highly professional, understated but entertaining. The boys took us to some local places; I won't forget them. Tell Luis(a), to "Paddle, fuerte, fuerte, fuerte!"

Please ask Roberto / Chino to email me.
Kind regards,
Jonathan
Cara and her Surf Instructor Luis
Hotel Pasatiempo Pool Area
Canopy Zip Line (No Hands)
Tamarindo Beach - Surfers start young in Costa Rica
Everyone having dinner at the Taco Stop
Roberto, Luis and Sarah
Live entertainment at the Hotel Pasatiempo
Yep - We brought Flip Cup to Costa Rica ( really Morgan and Joey did )
A little gamesmanship after Dinner
Sarah getting surfing lessons
Sarah catching her first wave
A Great Breakfast to get the day started
Breakfast on the Beach
Kelly and Sarah at Sharkey's
Luis and Roberto - Costa Rica Surf Adventure Surf Instructors
Sunset Surf Session - It does not get any better
Banana Pancakes are the Best
Talking about the waves we caught
Geraldine Looking Good
One our way surfing and we hit a traffic Jam
Chilling after a day of Surfing
Umphrey Girls.
Brook, Cooper, Macy
Looking Good
Future Pro
Debra Gallant and Family
Catching his first wave
Luis taking the Canopy Tour
Chilling on the Beach
Everyone having Lunch on the Beach at Avellanas
Luis Seitour Surf Instructor
checking out the waves
Heading out for our Snorkel Trip
Land Rover Defender 4x4 Truck - we can go anywhere
Taking a little break from
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Roberto Sabaja Owner of
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Roberto Sabaja - owner of Costa Rica Surf Adventures
Surf Camp Student catching some waves
Johnny Yonkers - surf instructor with Guests
River crossings - No problem
Caesar (Surf Instructor) with Paula and Cynthia
Nosara Sunset
Paula catching her first wave
Tamarindo has the best learn to surf waves in Costa Rica
Caesar, Cynthia, Roberto, Paula, Nida and John
Caesar - surf Instructor, Chris, Roberto CRSA owner
Caesar, Sabrina, and Roberto getting ready for surf lessons
Nidia, lyric, john, Tave heading out for our Snorkel Trip
Sunset in Tamarindo
Petra catching her first wave with
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In this photo: tim dayton, david novotny, petra koukal, bethan thomas, mike stevens, ginny miller, chino
In this photo: Roberto Sibaja (photos), Scott Samlan, Kari Fitzsimmons, Jarrod Wright, Azeem Pasha, Max Kanter, Cesar
Damn emissions testing, I want a Defender 110 in the states.
Heading in for battle.
In this photo: Max Kanter, Jarrod Wright, Scott Samlan, Roberto Sibaja (photos), Azeem Pasha
In this photo: Azeem Pasha
In this photo: Kelly Hedlund Kanter
In this photo: Max Kanter
In this photo: Max Kanter, Kelly Hedlund Kanter, Azeem Pasha, Jarrod Wright, Lisa Kohler, Scott Samlan, Stacy Gibbons, Don Gibbons, Kari Fitzsimmons
In this photo: Azeem Pasha
In this photo: Kari Fitzsimmons, Lisa Kohler, Scott Samlan, Azeem Pasha, Max Kanter, Kelly Hedlund Kanter, Jarrod Wright
In this photo: Max Kanter, Scott Samlan, Azeem Pasha, Jarrod Wright, Lisa Kohler, Kelly Hedlund Kanter, Kari Fitzsimmons
In this photo: Max Kanter, Lisa Kohler, Azeem Pasha, Scott Samlan, Kelly Hedlund Kanter, Jarrod Wright




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