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Pura Vida Surfers gives a solid ground for anyone who wants to become a better surfer with relaxing and balancing yoga practices.
Victor St. Clair has been a professional surfer, competing around the world and teaching surf lessons for decades. Growing up in Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean coast, he surfed Salsa Brava, Costa Rica’s largest wave from an early age, and has been in love with the sport of surfing since he was a kid.
Born and raised in the Santa Teresa area, Christian competes nationally and is famous for big airs and 360s.
Victor is a surfing instructor of Pura Vida Surfers.
Marcos is a surfing instructor of Pura Vida Surfers.
Cristian is a surfing instructor of Pura Vida Surfers.
Andrés is one of the instructors at Pura Vida Surfers.
from Canada, September 2019
"Some ups and downs "
Accommodation was in a beautiful spot with a pool, coffee area, hammocks, yoga area and little kitchen.
Selina South staff we’re extremely helpful, especially Caroline who went above and beyond everyday to help us.
Victor and Andres are great surf instructors, keen to get you out there and will coordinate other activities if you want.
from United States, June 2019
Surf instructors were very friendly
from United States, May 2019
Food was awesome, surf instruction was great, the hostel had a great vibe and felt very safe. Victor went above and beyond making us feel like family!
from Great Britain, March 2019
The surf and yoga itself was amazing. Beaches incredible, with amazing waves. The surf instructors were great guys, really instructive, helpful, and had a laugh with all of us.
I went as a solo traveller, and ended up meeting some amazing people in the surf class. It was a great way to meet people.
I stayed in selina north, which was a nice hostel. It had a good balance between chill and party, noise and quiet for me. Would recommend.
The all inclusive meals option was perfect in my opinion. Loads of options for restaurants to go to. It made life so easy. I hear the fridges in the hostel were a bit crammed. So to have the option of not having to think about food was amazing.
Overall, it was a super fun trip. I learnt to surf over my 5 days, and feel confident I could go out solo now. Would highly recommend!
from Canada, March 2019
"Amazing Experience "
Pura Vida Surfers were an awesome team, they make learning fun and take the time to actually teach you how to surf. The flexibility of this retreat is great - you can choose when to take yoga versus when to surf and there are various food options. As a solo traveler, I would highly recommend this package!
Caroline Den Hoed
from Netherlands, February 2019
"Amazing Surf Camp Pura Vida Surfers"
Geweldige week gehad in Santa Teresa. Mijn surfkunsten zijn deze week onwijs verbeterd met dank aan de goede surfinstructeurs.
Ideale opzet waarbij je dagelijks kunt kiezen waar je ontbijt, luncht en dineert. Ook voor de yogalessen kun je kiezen uit 5 verschillende locaties en meerdere soorten en tijden.
Iedere avond videoanalyse waardoor je je bewust wordt van waar je aan moet werken. Bovendien is dit vaak de start van een gezellige avond.
Leuke mensen ontmoet. Al met al een vakantie die voor herhaling vatbaar is!
from United States, February 2019
"Escaping the polar vortex"
They put us in hotel Otro Lado, which was super calm and relaxing, compared to Selinas where most people stay (it's a younger crowd there). I loved that the surfing and yoga were incorporated into every day, and the community of international travelers that was super chill. Felt very well-taken-care-of, with several of the surf instructors available for questions/anything, and also fun to hang out with. Santa Teresa / Nicola Peninsula is some sort of magical zen zone (with partying Thursday night at La Lora if you're up for it!). Would definitely recommend.
from Netherlands, January 2019
"Excellent yoga and surf retreat experience! "
The classes were very well organized and monitored by the instructors. We spent a good time in the water practicing and surfing! After the third day, I was already catching cool waves in the green waters... Yoga in the evenings was a nice complement to the surfing practices. I enjoy the fact that we could choose different schools to practice. The accommodation was in a very nice and nature-driven spot in Santa Teresa, with an amazing sunset view!
from Canada, January 2019
"A pura vida experience of a lifetime over the holidays"
Coming to Santa Teresa over the holidays and travelling alone for the first time, I was concerned I made a mistake being away from family. That feeling went away the minute I met the pura vida crew. These guys were not only welcoming but really went out of their way to make you feel you belong and like you are apart of something. They are loving and caring with the best expertise in surf. They are passionate and determined to make everyone the best surfer they can be. As one of the wise surf instructors informed me, you have to want it!
Also having the option to choose different eateries and different yoga studios in the Santa Teresa town while being included in your package really allows you to see the town and be apart of it. This was the best retreat I could have asked for and more. I could not be happier with my experience and hope that I have made friends of a lifetime here as I will be back again and again.
from United States, January 2019
"One of the best ways to do a yoga & surf trip"
The amazing thing is that there is a lot offered but everyone is free to chose what they want to do. The pura vida Surf team takes really good care of every person.
from United States, October 2018
"Progress and pura vida "
the surfing in different locations was challenging and so much fun. andres is very patient, skilled and pushes you to your best. he knows what you can do and helps you to achieve progress, very easy to trust him. He really wants you to be safe and read the ocean. awesome.
tavoo as second teacher was patient and confident too, he helped us to enjoy every single part of surfing.
vero as a female national champion in costa rica and lifeguard made us feel more than secure.
i feel much more confident and even more excited to get into the ocean again.
pictures and videos have been taken to get together every night for a review. it was a lot of fun and because of all tips andres gave us there, we were even more motivated for the next day.
I got some vouchers for yoga and meals, so i had the whole variety and options santa teresa had to offer. There are around five yoga studios that offer different yoga styles. even if i focused more on the well organised surfing lessons, i took part at a yoga class every evening to help my body to relax.
santa teresa is a beautiful little nature town and the stay in selinas brings all cultures together within a colourful environment.
so if you search for surfing at breathtaking beaches with the best surfers of costa rica as instructors, experience enlightening yoga lessons on a open platform within the dschungle (funky monkey hostel) and live pura vida as its best, book now! :-)