Tamarindo Backpackers is a traveler’s hostel promoting a fun, relaxed vibe with a social atmosphere. We cater to surfers of all levels from around the world.
Elias Tobia runs his surf school SALT - Surf as Life Therapy. He is an incredibly passionate surfer who loves sharing his stoke with others. Elias also offers professional photos, video analysis of your surf lessons, theory and etiquette, and breath and physical training. He is a fun and professional instructor and an advanced surfer with more than 16 years of experience. He teaches beginner through advanced surfers. Elias loves helping others to really take their surfing to the next level! Elias can take you to nearby beaches to explore other breaks and test your skills.
from Canada, July 2019
"Amazing solo trip to Tamarindo!!"
My first solo trip at 49yrs young was the most life changing for me. I met great people at the Backpackers Hostel including the volunteers and the manager. Walking in through the front gate the layout and design of the grounds and pool area make you feel at home and very comfortable. You can lay by the pool and watch the monkeys overhead almost every day! The vibe was relaxed from day one right through to the last day and the surfing was hard but well worth the effort, I can’t wait to surf again! Elias is a superb instructor with a great soul and a knack for understanding his students who usually become his friends. The restaurants and shops of Tamarindo are second to none. If you accept “pura vida” you will have a great experience:) thank you Tamarindo!!!
from United States, June 2019
"Great Vibes All Around"
I visited Costa Rica for about a week after an American music festival and rainy season began the day I arrived. At first, I had a difficult first few days dealing with the weather and other issues and really just wanted to go back to the states but Elias and the people running the hostel were so great and turned a trip where everything was going wrong into a pleasant vacation. By the end of the week I was honestly really sad to leave the place. Everyone at the hostel was super fun and inclusive, and Elias was extremely flexible with the schedule.
from United States, February 2019
La buena onda de los chicos que trabajan ahí! Feli, Santi, Yaya, Cynthia y Hada, gracias por todo!!!!
from United States, December 2018
"Amazing time with Elias"
Elias is an amazing instructor! Overall a very calming presence and very patient. He wants you to succeed and is so happy when you can catch the waves. He genuinely loves what he does and it’s infectious to everyone!! Great experience. I want to come back and surf again with Elias.
from Sweden, March 2018
We were really satisfied with the surfcamp. Definitely worth the money
Amazing! So happy and so grateful that i got the opportunity to do this surf camp and meet our teacher Elias. I've had a few surf instructors before but non where like Elias. A brilliant surfer, instructor and person.
Adapting his lessons all the time to meet our needs and desires . With all his positive energy and constant feedback really developed during these days not only as a surfer, but as a human as well. Elias always cheered at us to keep going and his whole way was just inspiring.
If you want to learn how to surf or improve your surfing and have a really good time, this is with no doubt the place.