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3 Day Surf Camp in Jaco, Puntarenas

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Damian Zilio

Reviews (39)

Alex Lovell

from United States, July 2024

Everyone was very nice, and the instructors gave good criticisms during each lesson, which helped me learn quickly.

Jason Rardin

from United States, June 2024

"Feels like family"

Great for every age and every experience level. All the instructors gave great advice, and were passionate about surfing and making you a better surfer. Perfect conditions to get comfortable and the professional photographer was a plus!

Jared Stout

from United States, May 2024

"Stellar Surf Camp"

I had a fantastic time with Damo and the other instructors at Damo Surf Camp and would recommend it to anyone! As an intermediate surfer, Damo immediately put me in a group appropriate for my skill and we worked on reading the surf, catching unbroken waves, and improving technique and fixing any bad habits I had picked up. Damo was very accommodating and flexible with my schedule. I was mostly with Lucas for lessons, and he was INCREDIBLE, he gave clear, useful feedback, provided great instruction, and was just all-around great to work with.

Veronika Axenova

from Canada, May 2024

"Damo Surf Camp - one love! "

It was amazing experience at Damo Surf Camp! Damo and Max are fantastic coaches, providing great explanations and support for beginners. The camp’s location is stunning, with beautiful beach and great waves for all skill levels. The daily schedule balances surf lessons with other activities like yoga, hiking, etc.. If you’ve never tried surfing before, I highly recommend starting with Damo’s camp. It exceeded all my expectations!


from Spain, May 2024

"Very good experience. Very good ratio Instructor - Sufers. "

I liked the quality of the surf lessons. The instructor was always ready to assist surfers during the class, with explainations and help.

Sean Campbell

from Canada, May 2024

"Great Experience with great people"

The Instructors were very helpful and encouraging. And all the other guests and workers at the hostel were very inviting.

Linus Mehringer

from Germany, April 2024

"Perfect Surf Camp, also for beginners "

Everyone is very nice and the teachers are very friendly and professional

Neil Reinhardt

from United States, April 2024

"Father / Daughter trip"

Damo and his staff exceeded expectations. They created the perfect atmosphere of fun and learning for my daughter and myself. They took care of scheduling everything from airport transfers to off site excursions. Fantastic experience.

Ngan Le

from United States, April 2024

"Everything was perfect "

Everyone there is super nice, friendly and welcoming. All of my instructors are so cool, Lucas helped me a lot, I’m a beginner but I didn’t feel like it’s too hard because they made it really fun to learn. I made a right choice of taking that lesson, if you like to experience something different, I totally suggest that you should try that. The food was so good too. Walking along the beach every morning and night made me feel so peaceful. I felt safe being there and will definitely come back soon.

Sylvain Michel

from United Kingdom, April 2024

"Really good vibe"

I was end of March. The location is very close to the beach and the waves are pretty consistant (perfect for beginners and internediates who want to improve). The food served is not local but pretty good. There is a really good vibe with people coming form a lot of different places.


from Canada, March 2024

"Very good place!!"

Pool beach food surf and accommodation


from United States, February 2024

"Great experience and I learned a lot"

I loved the instructors and the focused feedback and attention I received during lessons.

Thomas Truesdale

from United States, January 2024

"Great trip great people great surf"

I was surfing with Damo and the crew for most of December, the accommodations at "room to board" were very nice, very clean and well maintained. The surfing was great, as surfing can be, some days better than others, but thats how waves are. But the people were amazing! all the crew was super helpful and friendly. Damo went above and beyond too get the things i was looking for and was always giving me helpful tips when we were out on the water. The crew he has with him as also great, Lucas, Max, Ron... all really cool. I switched boards and got to progress and Damo even helped me pick out a used board to buy at a local shop. I cant say enough about how great the service was, they truly care about their guests! Every evening was an amazing sunset, the beach and breaks were not crowded and the water was clean and warm! I also did some SUP paddling and SUP surfing, Damo helped me get the equipment i needed! I cant wait to get back. Pura Vida

Char Love

from United Kingdom, January 2024

"Surf adventure of a lifetime!"

We’ve surfed many beaches with many instructors but Damian and his team are truly the best. We were all up and riding waves quickly thanks to his excellent instruction. He has a super positive approach and made sure we had both the skills and the abilities to start building muscle memory and catch waves on our own. Damian and Lucas were particularly good with our kids - aged 11 and 13 - and made them feel like total champions on their boards. We also booked a range of additional excursions with his team which exceeded all our expectations. We cannot say enough positive things about this experience - deep foundational memories were made for our full family


from United States, January 2024

"Damo and team are fantastic instructors!"

Damo and his team were very caring and phenomenal instructors for our group. We came with a large group of 10+ people and his team was able to cater our lessons to all our varying skill levels. We've been to a few surf camps, and the instructors here were the best and most attentive to details to help us all improve. The accommodations were nice in that we could take our boards and walk to the beach to surf, while also able to walk into Jaco and experience restaurants and things to do. Would highly recommend the camp for great value and great caring instructors!

Patricia Holder

from United States, January 2024

"Damo SurfCamp "

Damo is very organized he runs his camp vet professionally he is a knowledgeable and patience instructor . The accommodations and the food where as expected . The quality in in the instructor. The staff from rooms2board was very nice too.

Louis Bruce

from Panama, November 2023

"Awesome surf experience!"

Damo and Lucas are fantastic teachers and my surfing got so much better in the week I was under their guidance. The hostal is also an awesome spot with such friendly and helpful volunteers and staff. It was a great week in Jaco.

Loup Meric

from France, August 2023

"Excellent surf camp at Jaco"

Great vibes at the hostel room to board, met Nice people.

The surf teachers Damien and Lucas were really great and pushed me to next level. They were really Nice too and it felt like they really care.

Adam O' Kane

from Ireland, July 2023

"Improver course"

The instructors gave constructive feedback from start to finish and even took time out in the evenings to talk to us about how we were doing on the water. There was constant encouragement which was a great boost

Sunjue Li

from United States, July 2023

"It's an amazing trip"

The instruction was top-tier, with teachers demonstrating patience and deep knowledge of surfing.

It's easy to make friends from different countries in the hostel.

The camp offered an unforgettable surfing experience. I highly recommend it to everyone.

Nina Kleinlein

from United States, July 2023


We‘ve had an absolute blast last week! 🌴🏄‍♀️

Never done surfing before, but we all managed to stand up on the board and rode some waves after the first lesson.

Damo is an amazing teacher, who gently pushes you to go a bit further every lesson, but always keeps you safe on the waves!

Highly recommending this camp and his lessons to you!

Thanks so much, Damo !

We’ll be back! 🤙

Paulina Presse

from Germany, April 2023

"Amazing surf teacher, Damo SurfCamp 100% recommendation !!"

Damian is an awesome person and surf teacher! We were absolute beginners. Damian adjusted every single lesson to our personal skill level and feeling in the water. He made everything possible and did everything for us to feel comfortable and reach our best in the water! Also our other surf teacher, Joaquín, was great and helped us a lot!

Everyone in the surf shop was always ready to help also with questions not about surfing.

As well the sunset hike and the sunset yoga lesson with a wonderful teacher were great!

We are definitely planning to go surfing again thanks to Damo Surf Camp!

Alex Silchenko

from United States, April 2023

"Fantastic "

All around great hostel and surf instructors. Damo was awesome.

Pascal Jauch

from Switzerland, March 2023

"Very nice surfcamp right on the beach"

Very nice Hostel, Bar with very tasty food downstairs, comfy hammocks on the rooftop for chilling out and all of that almost at the beach.

Surf lessons were nicely structured, no problems (also for a beginner, like me) to get started in the sport and also going beyond the breach after a few days. One day when we were 6 "students" on the water, an additional instructor came along, so every single one was in very good care. In general a very good vibe that was spread by the instructors, can only recommend this surfcamp to anyone :)

Danielle Goldbach

from Mexico, March 2023

"Great time in Jaco"

The lessons were well structured and super fun. I can absolutely recommend the 6 days program. Also important to mention that the hostel is a great place for a solo traveler, short way to the airport and everything you need in Jaco accessibility on a walking distance. Thank you so much for the great time, Damian 🤗 Hope to come back very soon 💙

Joe Knowles

from Peru, February 2023

"Super surf camp with the best instructor!"

The best surfing experience I've had. I've done surf camps in Gran Canaria and Lanzarote, as well as surfed a small amount back in the UK...surfing in Jaco, Costa Rica, with Damo (fantastic surf coach!!) won hands-down on all fronts: the location, consistency and quality of waves, water temperature, accomodation, and of course the coach. All the other staff were also super friendly, and the food cooked by their own kitchen/restaurant was really good. There were also plenty of food options in town if you wanted to venture out.

Last thing I'd add is this camp is suitable for intermediate surfers as well as beginners. I know, I know, everyone who's jumped on a surfboard once in their life thinks they're now an intermediate surfer, but as someone also putting themselves in that bucket (lol), I can confirm Damo was really good at adjusting his coaching to my prior experience. We would head out together and with one or two others, and Damo would then help me identify the best waves and give me pointers on technique whilst observing me (some photo/video feedback days also included), as opposed to being a full hands-on beginner's coach...but which he can also do if you are starting out for the first time!

...If you're on the fence about taking your next surf trip here, I'd tell you to go ahead and book!

Angel Munoz Cerrato

from United Kingdom, February 2023

"Great time and surf "

The surf class was better that expected,great location,great accomodation and great staff and food was amazing....I will repeat

Debby Ladouceur

from Canada, February 2023

"Best surfing experience"

My sons improved their surfing skills greatly and were treated very well by Damo.

Lahan Zemer

from Costa Rica, January 2023

"Amazing experience, Damo was professional!"

The surf lessons

Finn Beckmann

from Mexico, January 2023

"Comfortable on Ocean by Damian"

Damian is an absolute lovely guy that helped me to learn surfing in a period of a week.

I feel now very comfortable on sea and know how to act safely out there. The program is well planned, structured, always on time and funny! Had a lot of fun with Damian and was able to catch some good waves from the start on. His surfing background is amazing and helped me to understand the situations. The Hostel was very comfortable and a chilled place, would recommend that with 5 stars. You can relax, have good conversations and learn surfing the whole time. All in all it was an absolutely amazing experience within this camp. 5/5

Lydia Wenell

from Sweden, January 2023

"Damian is the best! "

Very cosy hostel, you easily connect to other travelers. The staff were very helpful! The food was very good. The surf camp was amazing! Damian is very professional and kind. Also helpful with so much more, ex shuttles, restaurants and other recommendations. Would 100% recommend you to go there! Thank you Damian for wonderful days! /Lydia, Emma and Hilde

David Logan

from United States, December 2022

"Made me love surfing!!"

I got to Jaco not really sure what to expect as I’ve never been to Costa Rica before and never surfed. Damien walked me through how to get from San Jose to the city, how to get to the hotel, and even met me outside when I arrived!

The next week was action packed with a 2 hour surf lesson everyday, group hikes, yoga classes, and food included for the extent of my trip. The whole thing was planned out, but Damien was flexible about when we went out as well. He taught us what different waves were, what to catch and what not to, as well as what it takes to be a proper surfer! In 6 classes I learned how to catch a green wave on the big board and even moved up to the smaller ones!!

I told all my friends about this surf camp and I genuinely would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn to surf in a beautiful beach like Jaco.