Questions About Surfing in Costa Rica

Frequently Asked Questions About Surfing in Costa Rica

How Can I Prepare

General fitness is a very good start but here are some additional workouts that may prove useful:

  • Though there is nothing quite like paddling, swimming can be very helpful in building up those muscles needed in the water.

  • Stretching and yoga is very helpful with your balance and with pop-ups on the board.

  • Workouts that include weight lifting and even body resistance will be helpful. You will use all your muscle groups so be sure to include lower body exercises (squats, deadlifts, lunges, split squats, skater squats), upper body exercises (push-ups, rows, pull-ups, kettle ball work, overhead presses, snatches) and core work.

  • Endurance is a large part of this sport as it takes a lot of energy to paddle out there. So general endurance training with running, biking, swimming, jumping rope, etc will be beneficial.

What should I bring?

  • Swimwear

  • Sunscreen

  • Bug spray

  • Sunglasses/Hat

  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste

  • Cash

  • Finally, your positive and adventurous spirit!

Do I need to speak Spanish?

Nope. Our instructors largely speak English and most Costa Ricans in tourism do as well.

Can I use USD?

Yes, everyone takes USD. ATMs usually offer USD or Colones.

Do I need to bring a surfboard?

You are of course more than welcome to bring your own board. However we do have a broad selection of boards across a wide range of sizes. So you should be able to find something that you’d love to ride.