Last few spaces available on our Costa Rican all girls surf road trip in December!

To all my ladies! There’s only a couple of spaces left on our all girls surf road trip in Costa Rica on the 6-15th December 2012…We are so excited, it’s our favourite trip of the year and we want to get as many of you to come and join us as possible!On this epic 10 day road trip you will be treated to door to door service from the moment you touch down in San Jose airport. We start in Tamarindo with three days to get to know the gorgeous Guanacaste and itโ€™s white sandy beaches, as well as the fun surfer town and itโ€™s nightlife. A stunning drive down the coastal dirt road brings us to Nosara, our tranquil two night stop for surf, yoga and the best sunsets in Costa Rica. Our final destination is the very tip of this dramatic peninsular journey; the cosmopolitan surfer village of Santa Teresa, whose beach was recently voted one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world! You will be travelling with professional surf instructors and guides Nancy and myself, who will be giving you free surf tuition every day and will be showing you around the best of what Costa Rica has to offer. Don’t miss out :-). For any more details contact Nancy or I at info@ricasurf.com, and secure your spot on this awesome trip! Here’s a little taster video to get you all as stoked as we are! See you soon! You can also get all of the details from our website here,

Three days exploring Tamarindo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Location: Tamarindo
Surf Spots: Langosta, Playa Grande, Tamarindo Bay, Avellanas, Playa Negra
Road Trip Playlist: Clay Marzo Just Add Water Soundtrack
Hostel Accomodation: Oveja Negra (amazing!)
Favourite Bars: Sharkys, The Beach Access
Favourite Breakfast Spot: Kahiki Restaurant
Favourite Dinner: Wok n Roll

On saturday morning last week we set off on a Rica Surf road trip with three girls to go and find waves in the North of Costa Rica up in Guanacaste. The swell was perfect, coming in at 5 feet and 20 seconds, and leaving us dreaming of pealing right hand point breaks and peaky beach breaks. Harriet is visiting from England, and having spent three days getting back into the groove of surfing in Jaco, we thought it would be a nice idea to take her exploring and surfing the northern beaches. The North of the country is stunning with a huge choice of waves. Even at this time of year when you can expect a lot of rain here in Costa Rica, it tends to remain much drier up there and the water is still the gorgeous picture perfect turquoise that you see on the postcards. We drove 5 hours up to Tamarindo from Playa Hermosa, and arrived in time for a super fun sunset surf session in the Tamarindo Bay. It’s a great wave when it works, with fun wedgy lefts and rights breaking off a set of rocks sat in the centre of the bay. It generally needs quite a bit of swell to produce a fun sized wave, so with the predicted forecast we knew we were going to score some good surf. The great thing about the Tamarindo area though is that even with little swell you can always find a wave to surf. In other words if you end up driving up there and being fronted with a flat bay in the middle of town, don’t freak out because there are plenty of other spots where you will be able to find some fun surf :-).


Just North of Tamarindo is Playa Grande, which is a much better facing direction and much more open to picking up swell, so if the main bay looks flat head to Grande to find waves. While we were up there however, because of the size of the swell and the direction, we surfed Langosta on our first morning which is a ten minute drive south of Tamarindo. It was super hollow when we arrived and pretty heavy, breaking on a shallow sand bar, but between the closeouts we scored some fun barrels and had a great session! The next two surf sessions we hit up Avellanas and Playa Negra accompanied by our local surfer boys Beto and Miguel :-). You can find these waves a further 20 minutes South of Tamarindo. We arrived at Avellanas on the low tide and walked down to the rivermouth to find an overhead A-Frame style peak and little crowd. Perfect!The great thing about the Northern beaches of Costa Rica at this time of year is the offshore winds. You can wake up to a glassy surf in the morning, the offshore starts to blow at around 10am/11am, and then you can expect a glassy sunset session. It’s a dreamland. We ventured to Playa Negra after Avellanas, a right hand rocky point break that works well on a mid to high tide. The conditions were great, although we were still a little early for the tide and it was looking really shallow and rocky. We ended up heading back to town for breakfast at our favourite restaurant Kahiki. They do the best and biggest breakfast in town, and its amazing value. We worked our way through the menu over the course of the three days between the five of us. There were burritos as big as your head, amazing local gallo pinto with fried cheese, extra orders of pancakes for only $1, unlimited coffee, granola fruit plates, and my personal favourite; nutella filled strawberry topped cinnamon sprinkled french toast. Oh Yeahhh.
Tamarindo was awesome. We scored amazing waves, ate amazing food and enjoyed amazing company. The town itself is really fun with loads of great bars, clubs and hang outs, and there’s more surf spots than you can count on your fingers and toes. People tend to be turned off by how built up the town is and the reputation it has for being a tourist hotspot, but as a travelling surfer I thought Tamarindo rocked. Everything is reasonably priced, the nightlife is buzzing, the surrounding beaches are gorgeous, and the waves are insane! Thank you for an incredible three days!! We will be back soon ๐Ÿ™‚

I find happiness in surfing

After four months of solid (but fantastic!) Rica Surf camps, I am now back training with my surf trainer Geancarlo. The final camp finished on Saturday, so I had a relaxing weekend catching up on some much needed rest, and began training again yesterday. I have to say the first session I was a little bit nervous about, because I don’t feel like I have put a lot of mental energy into my surfing in the last months, and definitely don’t feel like I have improved like I wanted to. Geancarlo however was amazing. I had a free surf for 20 minutes (because he told me to go and wake up haha), and then we did some co-ordination exercises on the beach. This is the first time I have ever done this kind of practice. It helps you to work on your mental state while riding the wave, taking you through each manoeuvre slowly from paddling, position as you drop in, to your bottom turn, up to your top turn, and then reading down the line again. All of this we walked through in steps on the beach, on a line which had been drawn representing the line we would be drawing on the wave. He made me repeat each body position five times on each section in a slow movement. For example, the rotation of my shoulders and leading with my hands at the bottom of the wave for my bottom turn, whilst flexing my back knee and putting pressure on my heal and back foot. We did the same practice with the top turn, rotating with my arms and chest to look back down the wave, remembering to stay strong in my legs and engage my abs. What surprised me about this exercise was how much it HURT my legs haha, it burned so much! So what I learnt was that I am clearly not using my legs enough whilst surfing or getting in the right position to make the most out of my bottom turn and get really vertical into the wave. This is something I have been struggling with for a while. Straight after doing this beach exercise, Geancarlo sent me back out into the water to surf again. The results were incredible. The repetition of the body positions on the beach that he made me do again and again until my legs were going to fall off were coming so naturally to me in the water. I could already feel the difference in my bottom turn; the power generated from my back foot and getting my chest turned by leading with my hands and my head. It filled me with so much energy and stoke to be back out in the water and making positive steps to getting better. There was something about yesterday that I feel is going to change my surfing in a serious way. I was actually so stoked on what I had learnt that I surfed all day, even throughout the high tide at midday when there pretty much no waves haha. And today I did the same. I feel so empowered to surf and my passion and love for the sport (which I didn’t think to get any bigger) just tripled. I want to thank Geancarlo for taking the time to train me, I appreciate his help, energy and input so much, and every time I surf with him I become a better surfer, so THANK YOU! I can’t wait to train again tomorrow and the next day and surf and surf and surf…because now at last I can ๐Ÿ™‚

Todays Fabulous Calavera Surfer Girls!

We had such a great time surfing in Jaco today with Rica Surf. All of the girls rocked their new Calavera Bikinis, looking and surfing like rock stars! Great day girlies!! Looking forward to another awesome surf lesson with you tomorrow xx

Protect your skin in the sun!

It’s so so important to protect your skin from the sun, especially when you spend as much time out in it as we surfers do. Our faces are sensitive so we need to take good care of them as much as we can ;-). A great and fun way to protect your skin in the sun while surfing is by using this awesome coloured zinc. It’s really easy to apply, waterproof, and acts as a complete block against the sun. The Rica Surf Camp girls showed up this morning with three different colours which we all slapped across our faces and noses…Pick your colour and rock it! Thank you girlies x
Here is the link where you can check out this fabulous coloured Zinka

Day 1 of the Rica Surf Camp and look how many Calavera bikinis!!!

I was stoked to see three of this weeks Rica Surfers wearing Calavera Bikinis to the first surf lesson this morning! The Calavera word is spreading! Everyone looked super cute and the bikinis defiantly worked and stayed on in some rough conditions in Jaco. The girls surfed great and everyone was standing up and riding within the first 10 minutes. It’s going to be an awesome week! x

Movie Night! Hunger Games

Nancy and I last night decided to go to the small cinema and in Jaco and watch a movie. It’s been months and months since either of us have been to the cinema, so we went full out with candy’s, popcorn, tracksuit bottoms, mega size drinks and prime seats! We have been desperate to see the Hunger Games ever since we were lucky enough to have Erika Schimik down here surfing with us a few months back. She works for Lionsgate and played a major part in the publicising of the film. Having told us all about it and getting us so excited about the release, at last we had a moment free and we were able to go and watch it. I have to say it was amazing. The whole movie was exciting, unique, and had both of us desperate to see the sequel. I am heading straight out to buy the second book to see what happens in the next chapter! Jennifer Lawrence who plays Katniss Everdeen was definitely a highlight for me. She is beautiful, mesmerising, and plays the role so well; they couldn’t have casted a better star. Thank you so much to Erika for telling us to go see it, and we really hope to have you down here surfing with us and for some more super good times soon! We love you! And for all those who haven’t watched the Hunger Games yet, or read the books, I can highly highly recommend both :-)…Simply Amazing!Surfing with Erika Schimik and the girls in Nosara, Costa Rica