Advanced Shortboard Tube Riding Clinic – Playa Negra


2018 . OCT 27 – NOV 03

Email [email protected] to book your spot!

If you’re ready to work on your barrel riding skills or get your very first tube, then come and join us our annual shortboard-only advanced clinic.

So you’ve never been barreled before? Or maybe you have, but you have no idea how it happened or how to make it happen again. How do you learn how to get tubed? Go to a place where hollow waves are plentiful, team up with a crew of other supportive ladies to cheer you in, seek advice from people who know what they’re doing and can help point out what you’re doing wrong or how to do it better! We’re here to make that happen and we are super excited about it!

The Surf

We’ll be focusing our attention on a righthand reef break that has great waves, works at all tides, and while it can be crowded sometimes, we’ll be going at a less crowded season. If the waves aren’t great there, we’ll also be checking out other spots in the area for some variety or a change of pace.

Our goal will be to get you your first legitimate tube ride (and your second and third…). We’ll be getting up early and paddling out at sunrise, then coming in for breakfast, and paddling out again! This retreat is about surfing our brains out!

The last week of October/first of November is the transition season from rainy to dry. In Northern Costa Rica, that means we may still see some showers, but are also likely to get good offshore winds. Of course we cannot perfectly predict what the conditions will be like (if only we had that power!), but early November is typically graced with good winds, and nice small to medium-sized swells, which is exactly what we want for this location.


We’ll be staying at hotel on the beach right in front of the wave. We’ll be watching the surf in between sessions from the restaurant so we can be on it whenever it’s good! Typically the hotel doesn’t open until Nov 1st, but has agreed to open a week early for us, which means we should have it all to ourselves!

There’s a gorgeous ocean view yoga studio, a large swimming pool, and cute cabanas. The normal package price includes a fan-cooled cabana to be shared by 2-3 guests, but there’s the option to upgrade to an AC room or a private room for an extra cost (email for availability and details).


This week is all about the surf and learning to improve your technique to surf better. We will try to surf as much as possible depending on the conditions. To stretch everything out and ease tired paddling muscles, we will be doing daily yoga sessions in the gorgeous surf view yoga studio. We’ll be doing surf theory classroom sessions in the evenings.


This retreat is open to short boarders only (under 7′) and we HIGHLY recommend you bring your own board. We do have some shortboards available for use, but email to find out dimensions. If you would like to use one of our boards we will ask for a rental fee of $100 for the week with a $200 refundable deposit for damage. If we surf the beach break out front in the afternoons, you are welcome to use one of our fishes or longboards at no extra cost.


Get coached by our advanced surf coaching team led by Holly Beck and Alejandra Berning. Our yoga teacher as well as surf coach who is from the area and knows all the spots is Coco Barbier.

Advanced Shortboard Tube Riding Clinic Details

$1900 for a fan-cooled room shared by 2-3 guests

$250 upgrade for AC room. Private rooms also available.

What’s Included

  • 2 way airport transfer between Liberia International Airport (LIR) and the resort (provided you arrive and depart within our recommended windows) (you may find cheaper flights flying into San Jose (SJO), then getting a jumper flight to LIR on (
  • All meals, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages consumed at the resort or in our cooler during surf missions/activities
  • High quality individualized coaching both in water and during video review sessions
  • Surf Theory Classroom sessions by Holly Beck
  • Other activities TBD
  • Daily yoga sessions
  • All your video footage from the week.

Optional extras (cash)

  • Massage
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips to staff
  • Photos by our water photographer (TBD)