The last retreat of our winter/spring 2016 series in Costa Rica was blessed with very large surf. At first the Amigas weren’t very excited to hear that until we explained that it meant that we’d be able to surf some different spots that are more protected and only break with a larger swell. Everyone ended up getting the right sized waves for their appetites and scored some of the best waves of their lives. We got so much great footage that we broke it up into two videos. See below!
A big swell gave Amigas a chance to explore new surf spots via boat. They also got a chance to surf the infamous Pavones wave and blaze their own trail on horseback!
Our first retreat of 2016 in Costa Rica was awesome! We scored awesome uncrowded waves at Pavones, galloped down the beach on horseback, and laughed a lot with a new group of friends.
The retreat hadn’t even officially started yet, but three of the Amigas showed up on the early flight and with a solid swell running and the froth factor high, we took them to Pavones for their warm up session. It was incredible! Holly and Michelle were frothing so hard. The current was ripping along the point making it impossible to stop paddling for even a second while well overhead doubling up lefts were steam rolling down the point.
We were a little nervous taking the girls out at first. Molly is from Chicago and had only surfed one week before, during her first retreat with us almost a year ago. Luckily she’s a really strong paddler and had total faith in the instructors. She dodged the sets and scored a couple of sweet rides.
Karen is 66 years old and lives on Kauai. She is so inspirational. She paddled out through a heavy set and then out to the peak. Her goal this week is to catch some waves without going to her knees. She caught 4 or 5 of the most beautiful waves before calling it a day.
Amber is from the gulf coast of Florida and surprised herself being able to surf big Pavones, especially on the first day of the retreat. She took a gnarly wipeout on a big wave that was unfortunately not captured on video, but shook it off and got one good wave after that.
This is the highlight video from our first ever retreat in Costa Rica. As you can see, it was incredibly awesome. We hiked, we danced, we rode horses, we explored the jungle, we did yoga, and of course we surfed! We are super stoked and have decided to make the Costa Rican retreats an annual event. Stay tuned for details on future retreats.
Our first ever retreat in Costa Rica was a great success. Super cute long peeling lefts in warm water with great friends. The girls were cruising and shredding and loving life on the edges of the jungle. Everyone improved so much over the course of the week. We’re loving this place and looking forward to the retreat starting up tomorrow.
Join us in Spring 2015 for our next Costa Rican retreats!
I came across this video of a shredding goofy-foot surfing a long left and it reminded me of Pavones. I’m so excited about that trip and am looking forward to trying to get some shots like this of Amigas shredding with the GoPro. We have just one spot left for the March 29-April 5th week and 3 spots left for the April 6-13th. Imagine long lefts like this, but no wetsuit required! If you’re interested, email me asap! firstname.lastname@example.org
Previously, we had avoided planning any retreats in Costa Rica because Costa Rica is so overdone. Instead, we’ve been focusing on less common locations like Nicaragua, El Salvador, and the Philippines. But as a goofy-footer, I’ve always eyed those long lefts at Pavones with amazement. It’s time to go check them out! Anyone want to surf super long lefts with me?
Like any world class wave, Pavones can be crowded. So, we’ll stay at a mellow place in the jungle about a ten minute drive (or 20 min bike ride) from the point. This place has a private little wave right out front that is super easy and user-friendly when small, and more powerful and tubular when the swell is bigger. The nice thing, is that we should have it mostly to ourselves! There are several other waves within walking distance of where we’ll stay which will be awesome for the afternoon sessions. We can even hop in a boat and check out some rights across the bay!
We’ll hit up the main spot at off times to try to avoid the worst of the crowd and we’re going slightly early in the season, so it shouldn’t be too bad. Plus, we’ll paddle out in a pack of bikinis and smiles, so that should definitely work in our favor!
The place we’ll stay is nestled in between jungle and ocean. This region in Costa Rica is regarded as one of the most biologically diverse places in the world. There’s a nature trail from the hotel to a waterfall where we’ll check out monkeys! We’ll go on an adventure to a native indigenous village. We’ll relax and reconnect with nature.
The accommodations only have space for 10 amigas and while some of the rooms are slightly more eco-friendly than others, all are super comfortable.
There will be yoga too of course!
Dates: March 29 – April 5, April 6 – 13
– Transfer to/from the resort to/from the Golfito Airport
– 7 nights accommodation in a shared room
– All meals (alcoholic beverages are extra)
– Surf coaching/instruction with video feedback
– Surfboard rental (if you can’t bring your own)
– Daily yoga
– Other adventures
Fly into San Jose Costa Rica on whatever airline works best for where you’re flying from.
Connect with Sansa Regional Airlines and get a flight from San Jose to Golfito. They have three flights per day and flights look about $103 each way ($206 roundtrip).
We’ll pick you up at the Golfito airport.
For booking info, contact email@example.com
Check out this video of an 8 year old girl loving the long lefts of Pavones
And to see what 4 years of surfing awesome long lefts can do for your surfing, here she is at 12 years old!