I never thought I would take a surfing lesson, but when I was visiting one of Costa Rica’s most popular surfing towns, Tamarindo, I knew I had to give it a try. I decided to take a lesson with Iguana Surf, who supplied me with everything I needed.. wet suit, surfboard and an awesome instructor! There is a locker room in the back of the surf shop where I was able to change and leave my valuables. My instructor, Tom picked out which board he thought would work best for me and we were ready to head to the beach (which is right across the street).
We started with some practice on the beach first. I sat and watched him, as he showed me how to find my “sweet spot”, lay/stand properly and all of the “do’s” and “dont’s” of surfing. Then he had me give it a try. I felt a bit silly pretending to paddle on the sand at first, but it was pretty amusing and helpful. Now, it was time to give it a try in the ocean with some actual waves!
Thankfully, Tom picked the waves that he thought I would be able to surf on. This was valuable info, as I would obviously have had a pretty tough time figuring out which ones were at my level. Here we go, it’s time for my first wave! He pointed my board in the right direction and sent me off! He even yelled to me when I should begin to stand. “Paddle, paddle, paddle, go!” As fast as I went up, I went right back down. One of my biggest fears was falling off and cracking my head open, but earlier he showed me the best way to avoid that. I remembered what he said, so I covered my head as soon as I fell off and counted to 10 before I came back up, to make sure I cleared the board. Even though I didn’t stay on long, it was still fun and I was ready to get back on and give it another shot.
I kept standing up, but falling off pretty quickly. After a while I got the hang of it, but only after Tom showed me that my footing was completely off. Once I changed that, I was doing great and actually riding waves! Once my lesson was over, I was a bit bummed, as I was having so much fun. I wanted to try again the next day, especially as you can come back and use the surf boards free of charge if you have already taken a lesson. Unfortunately, I was leaving Tamarindo the next day, so I didn’t have the opportunity to go back and get more practice in. However, I assure you, this will not be the last time I surf and I really cannot want to do it again!
**Thank you Iguana Surf for my surfing lesson. As always, opinions are my own.