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Costa Rica Surfing

Costa Rica is a legendary surfing location and is seen as more of a 'hardcore' surfing trip. Its geography makes it a classic surfing destination choice having two coastlines - the Caribbean and the Pacific - which both produce great waves and have quality surf spots. The Caribbean side has a short surfing season and produces large swells from tropical storms off Mexico. The Pacific coast has smaller but more consistent surf generated by low pressure systems located off New Zealand.

Costa Rica is not known for offering tremendous size in its waves, but rather, consistent headhigh surf at any time of the year. Many people think that the best way of surfing in Costa Rica is to rent a car and try to follow the surf. This, with very few exceptions, is the best way to spend a lot of unnecessary time in your car and miss the waves. Costa Rica's surf areas are defined by location and seasons which make surfing in Costa Rica very user friendly. The Northern Pacific Coast is generally the most consistent destination from December until April. During this season, strong offshore winds combine with ideal swell directions to put breaks like Witches Rock, Playa Negra and Playa Grande in perfect form. The Central and Southern Pacific Coasts are generally best between May and November as the south swell season creeps in while the Carribbean Coast tends to pick up the best conditions from November to March.

These are certainly generalizations which are by no means, guaranteed. However, using these characterizations is the best way to plan your vacation. The most efficient way to take advantage of surfing in Costa Rica is to pick one or two towns to use as your home base and use your rental car by day to explore the nearby breaks. As most breaks are located within less than an hour drive from your home base (and over half are located within 10 minutes), this will allow you more time in the water and less time on the road.
In order to choose the best time of year to come to Costa Rica, you should look at the regional seasons outlined above, in addition to taking into consideration several other factors such as weather and crowds.
Costa Rica does not really know all 4 seasons. During the summer months (mid December to April is known as summer in Costa Rica), temperatures are extremely hot and the chance of rain is very unlikely. However, crowds during these months can get pretty fierce, especially over Christmas, New Year's and Easter Week. This is Costa Rica's high season and therefore, hotel and car rental prices will be higher during this time of year than the rest of the year. The best surfing from December to April can be found anywhere along the northern peninsula (Nicoya) or on the Carribbean.

The rainy season technically starts in May and lasts until the end of November. However, during the months of May, June, July & August, temperatures are still hot and the heavy rains have yet to fall. Common weather at this time is sunny skies with late afternoon or early morning rain showers. The real rains truly begin in September and last until the end of November. The biggest advantage of traveling during these months are lower prices (this is the low season) and much fewer crowds.

Safety

One of the reasons that Costa Rica continues to grow as one of the world's top surf destinations is because it is one of the few destinations where travelers can feel safe exploring almost any part of the country. Costa Rica is proud to boast an extremely low rate of violence and most crimes reported are petty theft. Speaking of theft...theft in hotels is not really a problem in Costa Rica. Most problems arise when confident surfers wake up for a dawn patrol and take their rental car down to the peak...and decide that their Rolex, digital camera and wallet/passport will be safe on the dashboard! Just because you are on vacation, does not mean that you can leave your intelligence at home!

Regarding water wafety, the only real warning that we will give you is to be on the lookout for crocs as many of the breaks here are rivermouths and therefore, heavy rains can bring out a few more heads in the lineup. The majority of the breaks in Costa Rica are beach bottom, with the exception of Salsa Brava, therefore, you do not have to worry too much about late drop ins.

The use of a rental car is highly recommended as this will allow you to take full advantage of your time in Costa Rica and, of course, reach those out of the way places that often produce the most satisfying results. We understand that renting a car in a foreign country can be an intimidating experience, which is why we use the country's largest and most respected agency whose cars, staff and service outshine all of their competition.

Over the past few years, the government has made a tremendous effort to improve the infrastructure of Costa Rica and the result is that almost all routes are completely paved (sounds pathetic, we know) and even the most remote spots are becoming more accesible every day. However, as rain is abundant and potholes/dirtroads are inevitable to reach some destinations, we do recommend the use of a 4x4 in order to avoid the hassles of flat tires, and certainly, for added comfort.

We do recommend that all driving be done during daylight hours as mountain passes and unmarked roads are commonplace. Before your trip, we will provide you with a marked road map and DETAILED driving directions in order to make your travels easier.

Surfing Vacations

Surfing and travelling go hand in hand. Surfing different waves in different locations is all part of the fun. If you live in a heavily populated area you may never have had the experience of surfing great waves with only a handful of people around. You have all seen the surf video where there is not a drop of water out of place and there is just a couple of guys surfing - sometimes all you need to do to live this is do a little travelling and take a surfing vacation. If you are not sure that you want to travel yet why not watch The Endless Summer If watching this movie does not make you want take the rest of your life off to have one great surfing vacation then you obviously did not watch it properly - go back and watch it again. If you still don't want to travel the world in search of waves - WATCH IT AGAIN!!!

Waves

As any surfer already knows - Waves are what it is all about. Here we discover just what types of waves there are out there. One of the things that makes surfing so much of a challenge is that every wave is different. Which wave have you been surfing lately?

Types Of Surf Break:

The Three Main Types Of Waves

Beach Break - The Beach Break is where the waves break on the sandy seabed. This type of wave is the best to start surfing on. A good example of a classic beach break is Hossegor in Southern France which can hold perfect barrels up to 20'.

Point Break - The Swayze / Reeves flick entitled Point Break was named after the type of wave! The Point Break is a wave that breaks onto a rocky point. A good example of a Pointbreak is Bells Beach in Australia (nice how this links the film and the wave together!)

Reef Break - The Reef Break is a wave that breaks over a coral reef or a rock seabed. These waves are usually the classic ones that you can see on the surfing videos. These waves can be unforgiving if you happen to wipe out badly, but can be the most rewarding in their perfection. Cloudbreak is a superb example of a Reef Break.

Lefts, Rights And Peaks

We now look a little deeper into the world of waves. Who knows what a left hand point break is? Hands Up. Which way does a Left hand wave break, or a Left-hander as you will soon be referring to them as? A wave is either a Left or A Right depending on which direction the wave breaks from the point of view of a surfer paddling and riding the wave. If a surfer is paddling to catch the wave and it is breaking from right to left (the surfer will have to turn left to get on the wave) then this wave is a left. From the beach the wave will be seen to breaking to the right - but the surfers point of view counts OK! A right is obviously the opposite to a left, just in case you had not worked that one out yet.

A peak is a wave that breaks forming a rideable wave both left and right, two surfers can surf it at the same time in different directions.

Onshore, Offshore and Cross Shore

The wind is where the waves come from, and is the ultimate deciding factor between a really great days surfing or a day of non surfing. An Onshore Wind is the worst wind for surfing. The wind blows from out to sea and ensures that all the waves crumble and have no shape, making the waves un-surfable. A Cross Shore is not desirable either, not giving shape to the waves. An Offshore Wind is the best wind for surfing. It ensures that the waves rolling in are well formed and break cleanly. If you want quality waves then you want an offshore wind. If you are going to go surfing then make sure you keep an eye on the weather - but that is a whole other section!

Costa Rica is a country that is blessed not only with consistent waves year round but also many great surf spots. If you are a fan of pointbreaks (lets face it - we all are!) then Costa Rica is your ideal destination. Costa Rica waves of note are Playa Naranjo (featured in the Endless Summer II video ) and the quality right rivermouth pointbreak at Potrero Grande (Ollies Point). There are also tons of spots just waiting to be discovered. Costa Rica surfing is definitely recommended, and for the adventurous it could be the trip of a lifetime.

Caribbean

1 - Manzanillo A very fast beach break located 20 km from Puerto Viejo, Limon. Here you find rustic lodging and typical food. Located close to an unpaved road, and easy to get to.

2 - Puerto Viejo A very thick and voluminous wave that comes from deep water onto a shallow reef, also called "salsa", for its juice power. This place gets very big and tubular (legitimate big wave). Salsa is approximately a 3-1/2 hour drive from San Jose and there is a restaurant and accommodation close to the point.

Puerto Viejo has certainly most known for being home to what has been called the heaviest wave in Costa Rica: SALSA BRAVA. Salsa, although fickle, has definitely earned this reputation offering a thick "sauce" breaking over a shallow reef. The wave is very competitive and certainly, for experts only. More intermediate surfers can check out the beach break just south at Playa Cocles. The Caribbean coast is quite different than the Pacific as you will find it is not as nearly built up and the culture/atmosphere is even more laid back than other parts of Costa Rica.

Puerto Viejo is an ideal location for laid back surfers and travelers looking to avoid the more commercialized Pacific coast. This Carribbean getaway is home to reggae music, "smoking" nightlife and an overall, unique experience for surfers, backpackers and "eco" tourists. There are a variety of accommodations in Puerto Viejo, however, we recommend heading just south to Cocles Access: Drive 2 hours east from San Jose until you reach Limon and take a right and continue for one hour until you reach Puerto Viejo.

3 - Black Beach, Cahuita An excellent beach break, not well known and therefore not heavily visited. Nevertheless, there are waves all year round.

4 - Westfalia A stretch of beach breaks extending south from limon to Cahuita, offering lefts and rights that tend to close out where the swell gets too big.

5 - Playa Bonita A point/reef break known for its very thick, powerful and dangerous left. Located 5 km north of limon (downtown).

6 - Portete A small bay located north of playa Bonita. With a right working off the southerly point. Since it is close to limon, you will find easy access.

7 - Isla Uvita An island off the coast of Limon. Here you will find a good left. Isla Uvita is about a 20 minutes boat ride from Limon with passage available at certain times of the year.

8 - The North Caribbean Coast Good beach break waves accessible via Tortuguero channels or by private plane. You can rent a boat to take you through the channels near Puerto Moin, 15 km north of playa Bonita.

Central Pacific Coast

9 - Potrero Grande A right point break, with very fast and hollow waves. Located 270 kms from San Jose with no road access. You must go to playas del coco or playa Ocotal and proceed from there by rented boat.

10 - Playa Naranjo (Witch's rock) one of the best breaks in the country, with very strong off-shore winds from December to march. This wilderness point is located in the national park of Santa Rosa. You must go totally prepared for camping since there are no facilities. A good 4wd is a must, and don't forget you mosquito net.

11 - Playa Grande Beach break, located about 20 minutes north of Tamarindo. Accessible by road.

12 - Playa Tamarindo Here you will find two mains points : a- Pico Pequeño a rocky point in front of the hotel Tamarindo, and b-el estero, an excellent river mouth break.

Tamarindo remains to be the most popular and well known, "surf mecca" on the northern pacific coast. This area is centrally located on the coast to offer easy access to a wide variety of surf breaks for all abilities including beach, rivermouth and of course, reef breaks such as Witches Rock and Ollies Point. Tamarindo is a great place to use as home base to explore many of the area breaks to the north and south.

There are several breaks in town including the rivermouth of Tamarindo and the more challenging break at Langosta. However, the real attraction of Tamarindo is its central location between the world famous break of Playa Negra (south) and Witches Rock (north). Logistically, Tamarindo provides the easiest place to explore the most surf in the shortest time. Moreover, Tamarindo offers a wide variety of accommodations from beachfront hotels, condominiums to private house rentals.

This is the best place on the northern pacific coast to go for the perfect mix of a variety of waves, accommodations, restaurants and nightlife. Playa Grande is a good option for those looking to avoid the crowds often found in Tamarindo and surf world class waves right out their front door.. Grande offers one of the area's most consistent waves and there are several private house rentals located right on the beach. This offers surfers a more remote option than Tamarindo while still offering easy access (15 minute drive) to the amenities of the town. Grande has very few services such as restuarants, shops,etc, however, all house rentals are equipped with full kitchens (so, if you are not feeling like cooking, ask about our private chefs or head to Tamarindo).

Access: Tamarindo is accessed by paved road all the way from San Jose (4 ½ hrs)or by shuttle plane (no boards over 7ft) into the local airport. Playa Grande is accessed by paved road from San Jose and a 10 minute ride on the dirt road just outside of Tamarindo or by shuttle plane into the local Tamarindo airport (no boards over 7ft)

13 - Langosta A right and left point break that curls off the mouth of a a small river, located I km south of Tamarindo.

14 - Avellanas Good beach break, 'guanacasteco' featuring very hollow rights and lefts. Located 10 km south of Tamarindo.

15 - Playa Negra A right point break with very fast waves, 350 kms from San Jose. Playa Negra is one of the best breaks in the country. Located 5 km south of playa Avellanas.

Avellanes/Negra - Playa Avellanes and Playa Negra offe some excellent surfing and for those looking for a remote vacation experience, these are the ideal destination. There are comfortable & affordable accommodations here within walking distance to the surf however the only services offered other than those found in nearby Tamarindo, are those at the hotel. This is an ideal location for surfers looking for a more relaxing, remote surfing vacation with less nightlife and more, dawn patrol sessions. Although most travelers opt to stay in Tamarindo and make the drive to these breaks, if you choose to stay at these locations for your surf vacation, the best way to enjoy these breaks is to stay at the respective hotel in front of the break (see list below).
Access: Avellanes and Negra are accessed by a dirt road from Huacas (just outside of Tamarindo). Check road conditions before driving (beach and internal road available).

16 - Nosara Beach break, with lefts and rights. About 350 kms from San Jose. You go from San Jose to Nicoya and from there to Nosara. It takes approx. 5 hours to get there.

Nosara has become increasingly popular amongst traveling surfers as it offers a more laid back, relaxed atmosphere than its bustling neighbor to the north, Tamarindo., while boasting world class surf almost all year. The small community of Nosara offers visitors a unique experience with a variety of moderate accommodations, activities such as surfing, fishing, horseback riding, etc….This area receives consistent swells, good wind conditions and has become a popular spot for longboarders. Nosara has become a popular destination for repeat visitors to Costa Rica who are looking for a different experience than Tamarindo or Hermosa. This is one of Costa Rica's most beautiful areas and the only noise that you will hear in Nosara is the sound of the waves crashing and the monkeys howling.

Access: Nosara is accessed by taking the ferry from Tempisque Ferry (by the end of the year, you can take the new bridge) across the Nicoya and then drive @ 2 hours until reaching Nosara

17 - 18 - 19 - Playa Coyote, Manzanillo, and Mal Pais Beach breaks, with very consistent lefts and rights and several points. A 4 wd vehicle is recommended. Now you can find a lot of places to stay.

Mal País, located on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, is another rising, yet still fairly untouched, surf destination in Costa Rica. Mal Pais/Santa Teresa is a very small community scattered along the pale, gold beaches with a beautiful backdrop of green vegetation. This area is ideal for surfers looking for a remote surfing experience with no nightlife, just good, consistent waves and a great atmosphere. Most waves in the area are best for intermediate surfers, however a large swell will put the area's more fickle reef breaks in epic form for advanced surfers

Access: Mal País is accessed by taking a ferry from Puntarenas and then driving about 1 hour on mostly paved road into town.

Central pacific Coast

20 - Boca Barranca A river mouth with a very long left, located 100 kms of San Jose with excellent access, paved road. Many places to stay. Dark water during rainy season scares off many. Boca Barranca and any other nearby beach are no contaminated. Boca Barranca offers some of the best waves pf the country.

21 - Puerto Caldera This spot has very very good left located 3 km south of Boca Barranca, Puntarenas.

22 - Playa Tivives and valor Featuring a variety of waves from beach breaks (Tivives) to a rocky point (valor). Good quality rights and lefts.

23 - Playa Escondida Excellent point break that peaks up forming a very good left and a surfable right. Accessible by land I you are a member of the beach club there (fresh water shower on the beach for member and guests), or by taxi boat to the cove to the south. You can rent a boat from playa Jaco or playa Herradura.

24 - Playa Jaco Can be good beach break when the surf is not too big. Tends to close out when it gets over 5 feet. Playa Jaco is approximately 2 hours from San Jose( 140 km), and the waves are not always dependable. One of its principal attraction has been surfing, this because of its location on the central pacific and it being so close to great quantity of places, specially playa Hermosa, playa Escondida, and Boca Barranca, Puntarenas. Jaco is a growing center of tourism enjoyment, with hotels, cabins and camp grounds.

25 - Roca Loca Located 1.5 km south of playa Jaco. A rocky point with rights that break over submerged rocks. To get the point, you will have to climb a small hill.

26 - Playa Hermosa and Others Very strong beach break. This long stretch of break peaks working any given day, but the preferred sand bar is located in front of a large tree known as the Almendro. The waves conditions are generally best when the tide is rising. Don't forget the tip the kids who open the gate for your car.

Playa Hermosa is the definitive surf mecca of the central pacific coast. This area argueably offers the most consistent year-round surf with over 3 ½ miles of steep beaches with excellent exposure to swells from almost any direction. Although this area is extremely popular, there are so many peaks up an down the beach that you are likely to find an uncrowded, head high peak at almost any time of year. Playa Hermosa is a small community of surfer friendly hotels and small restaurants & all accommodations are located beachfront with surf right out the door.

Because the surf in Playa Hermosa is more challenging than nearby Jaco, this area attracts a more experienced surfer. Although there are a few restaurants in the area, most choose to head into nearby Jaco for food, nightlife, shops, etc. Playa Jaco, located just 2 short hours from the international airport, has become one of Costa Rica's most visited beach towns, especially amongst the traveling surf community. Jaco is a small, yet extremely active town geared towards surfers, parties & nightlife. As you walk down the "strip," you will find countless surf shops, restaurants, bars, discos and a variety of accommodations.

This is the ideal destination for surfers or young travelers looking to be in the middle of the action. As mentioned above, Hermosa is geared more towards the hard-core surfer while Jaco is designed for the active type looking for plenty of hotels, surf shops, bars, discos and an overwhelming nightlife

Access: One of Hermosa's greatest advantages: located just 2 hours on paved road from the international airport.

27, 28, 29, 30 Esterillos Este, Esterillos Oeste, Bejuco, Boca Damas. Beach breaks, good wave forms, the points located very close to playa Hermosa, making easy access and many nearby accommodations. The wave conditions are very similar to those of playa Hermosa.

31 - Quepos This small left point is found at the river mouth in the city of Quepos, easy access with many restaurants and accommodations.

32 - Playita - Manuel Antonio Beach break, lefts and rights with good shape. This coastal area needs larger swell for the surf to show.

Manuel Antonio is a beautiful town located about 45 minutes south of Hermosa offering beginner surfers, or, surfers traveling with non-surfing partners an excellent destination. Manuel Antonio combines breathtaking jungle and ocean views, exotic beaches, unique wildlife, a wide variety of adventure activities, friendly local & tourist community and plenty of restaurants and bars creating an unforgettable experience for travelers of all walks of life Although this town is not a true surfing destination, there are some fun beach breaks at the local beaches and some excellent uncrowded breaks within a short drive.

Access: Manuel Antonio is accessed by a paved road (almost completely) from San Jose (3 hours) or by a shuttle flight into the local airport in Quepos (no boards over 7ft).

33 - Playa El Rey Rights and lefts beach break peaks. Best access to get there is taking the road to playa Dominical, 25 minutes from Quepos, in Roncador go right 11 kms and you will be there.

34 - Playa Dominical Good, strong beach break with lefts and rights. Beautiful landscapes and very tropical.

Dominical is a good option for those looking for similar conditions to Playa Hermosa in a more relaxed atmosphere. The surf here is mostly beach break, however, tends to close out on bigger swells as it is not as steep as Hermosa. There is a point break just to the south which offers some good surf on a bigger swell. Dominical, is a small laid back town surrounded by pristine rainforest and beautiful coastlines. This surfer's paradise offers fairly consistent surf, numerous local restaurants, bars and a wild nightlife. Dominical is geared towards serious surfers who wish to avoid the heavy crowds of Playa Hermosa and are looking for a more relaxed, tropical atmosphere

Access: Dominical is accessed by a dirt/gravel road from Manuel Antonio (1 hr) which can be accessed by paved road from San Jose or shuttle flight into the local airport of Quepos.

35 - Drake's Bay and area Accessible only by boat. This remote break offers long, powerful waves when the swell is running. Boca del Rio Sierpe, is another place with exciting potential for the same kind of waves . Corcovado national park is an adjacent kingdom of lush, tropical wilderness, approximately 1-1/2 hours by boat.

36 - Pavones Excellent left point, considered one of the longest in the world. Good shape and very fast. It is located 400 kms from San Jose (8 hours by car). Bring camping gear if you wish to hang there. Out on the peninsula across Pavones, a half-hour boat ride away, is reputedly a series pf right points the equivalent of Pavones½world class lefts.

Surfing in Costa Rica: Pavones is one of Costa Rica's most famous surf breaks offering one of the world's longest lefts which, on a good day, can connect for 2 - 3minute rides. The wave has several sections which allow for carving, pumping and, of course, showing off for the folks sipping on their Imperials at the Cantina at the end of the break. This area is extremely remote and if you can catch it on a good day, the logistical nightmares surrounding your arrival will be well worth it. However, there are many things to consider before traveling to Pavones. Due to its location on the interior of the Golfo Dulce, it is blocked from many swells and can go for weeks with no surf. Moreover, once the swell hits, it is common to see a large crowd of international travelers (+ the protective locals) battling for position. We recommend not going here until you know there is surf...once you get there, it is a long way back! There are very few hotels in the area and almost no services.

Access: Access to Pavones is achieved via a paved road all the way down south or fly into Golfito (no boards over 7ft) and catch a cab down to Pavones.

37 - Matapalo Excellent right point located in front of Pavones, you can get there by road from Pavones or by car from Golfito. Perfect waves. 38 - Punta Burica Very remote reef breaks. Accessible only by boat, No accommodations. Not much known. If you really want to get away...
Matapalo Situated on the extreme tip of the Osa Peninsula, Matapalo offers the extreme adventurer with an opportunity to witness one of the few untouched, pristine regions in Costa Rica. Matapalo combines dense jungles, breathtaking beaches, world class surfing in a peaceful, remote setting.

Matapalo offers three excellent point breaks that, with the right swell, will make any traveler unpack, and stay a while. However, there are several downsides to staying in Matapalo. First of all, the surf is not very consistent. Second, because this area is one of Costa Rica's few remaining pristine destinations, the "locals," (which in this case, any American who got there before you), are not very welcoming to new faces. Also, it is important to mention that this area is extremely remote and all power here is provided by solar energy. There are no restaurants, bars, shops and therefore, all hotels include all meals in their stay (which means rustic accommodations, does not mean "rustic" prices!)

Access: Access to Matapalo is via a paved road from San Jose all the way down south (there are some sections towards the end that are not paved…4x4 recommended) or via a shuttle flight to the local airport of Puerto Jimenez and then a one hour cab ride into Matapalo.

Basic Rules To Surfing
Here are the Basic Rules To Surfing - read them and you should be safe in the surf (and so should everyone else). They are in no order of importance but all are relevant. Remember - surf safely and respect your fellow water babes.

Surfing Do's And Dont's

  • Alcohol. Surfing under the influence is not a good idea. Save the drinking for the after surf bragging session at your local, telling everyone just how many barrels you got earlier.
  • Be Aware. Be aware of other surfers and water users, of the surf conditions, and of where you are surfing (see Patrolled Beaches).
  • Comfort Zone. You should surf in waves that you are comfortable in, don't get in over your head.
  • Fitness. Make sure you are physically fit when surfing. You need to be able to swim back to shore if you lose your board at the end of an exhausting session - no mean feat in a 3 metre swell.
  • Food. As with swimming, do not go surfing for at least 45 mins after a meal.
  • Fun. Surfing is all about having fun, keep it in mind when you are out in the waves.
  • Hold or Throw. Know when to hold onto your surfboard and when to get rid of it. If you are paddling out then keep hold of your board, you'll get out back to the line up more quickly and you will not put anyone paddling out behind you at risk. If you are about to wipe-out then get rid of your board. You are far more likely to sustain an injury if you and your board are getting washed around together.
  • Patrolled Beaches. If you are surfing on a patrolled beach make sure that you keep within the designated surfing are. Take note of where you should be surfing before you go out, and make sure you stick to it when you are out.
  • Priority. Always make sure that you are not taking anyone else's wave. Remember, the surfer who is closest to the breaking wave has priority. If you see someone already on a wave then the wave is taken and you'll have to wait for the next one.
  • Practice. If you want to improve then you need to be in the water surfing as regularly as possible. No-one got any better at anything by staying home and watching TV.
  • Respect. Respect the locals if you are visiting a beach. Remember that you are a guest and that waves should be shared.
  • Rips. A rip is a current that goes straight out to sea and if caught in one that you should not panic and paddle parallel to the beach until you have escaped.
  • Sun Block. Always wear a good waterproof sunblock. You'll know about it if you have been out for a few hours surfing in the sun without it. Also if you are not wearing a Wetsuit it is a good idea to wear a UV proof rash vest for body protection.
  • Surf Buddy. Always surf with at least one other person. Not only will you have more fun if you are sharing your waves but you will always have someone to help you out if you need it.
  • Surf Conditions. Make sure that the surf is safe before you go in. If you are going surfing at a spot you are unfamiliar with it is a good idea to get some advice from a local. Check out the surf spot while warming up.
  • Warm-up. Always have a quick warm-up and stretch before entering the surf. This will reduce the risk of muscle injury or cramp whilst you are surfing. It also gives you time to check for any rips or where the best spot to catch waves is.

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