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Whether it's your first time or returning to reach the next level in your surfing, at Tao, they are ISA-certified and have the skills, experience, and dedication needed to help you reach your goals and excel in competition. Just beginning or more advanced? You will spend hours surfing with your surf coach along uncrowded stretches of beaches and lush jungle. Tao knows how to pick the right beach to surf depending on your skill level and the conditions of the day, making sure you have the best time possible. Surfing on these pristine beaches is a unique, unforgettable experience!
Stay in one of the spacious rooms with a full pool view and lush gardens around, a king-size bed with 400-count luxury linens, and an en-suite bathroom. Spend your mornings surfing or relaxing around the pool within a surrounding jungle, which is home to the private resort Howler Monkeys that can be seen traveling around; you’ll feel completely relaxed.
Take an evening swim in the infinity pool. Read a book in a rocking chair on your balcony or under a mango tree. Grab a beer, wine, juice, smoothies, brownies, or tropical fruits whenever you’d like from the open kitchen! With porcelain and ceramic floors, large glass windows, and a communal kitchen table, Tao Destinations has a warm, open ambiance they know you’ll find inviting!
At Tao, the most important steps in learning to surf is safety and responsibility. Water safety and proper wave etiquette are taught to ensure that proper techniques are learned and mastered. Stretching and conditioning is also a big part of your surfing curriculum. You will receive professional instruction on paddling techniques and duck diving, along with standing and riding the face.
When you feel that you have mastered your current surfing ability and want to learn other maneuvers, the instructors can guide you through the process of ripping.
Never surfed before or looking to improve? At Tao Destinations we coach based on your needs and level when you arrive. They combine fun with proper technique and our experienced coaches to make sure you enjoy surfing as much as they do and feel the stoke for ever!
Once you book, they’ll ask you about your surf level (if any), needs, and goals so that you get the most out of your experience. Whether you have never surfed before, "bad habits", just need to progress to the next level. They'll focus strongly on foundations and use dry training, daily video coaching, pool training, and of course, in the ocean coaching.
Do you want to become a surfer? This is the first step on your journey. Whether, you have never surfed before or you want to build a solid foundation of skills to get up and riding, or you took a lesson before and need a refresher, you’ll start the week weRe you left off. Once you build confidence through practicing in the safety of the infinity pool, your comfort zone will increase to the ocean environment.
Are you ready to take your surfing up a notch? If you mastered standing in the whitewater, catching occasional green waves, and want to feel the rush of sliding down the line and sitting “out the back, Leel 2 is for you . The coaches will get you into the lineup and take off on some clean green waves with proper angled take offs, trimming, and body position to set you up for the next level.
Want to stake your claim at the local spot? Level 3 is for surfers riding unbroken waves front and backside and are comfortable sitting in the lineup. Harness the speed of the ocean and unlock the turns of your dreams. You’ll be trimming down the line and carving clean arcs before the week is out (Strong emphasis on video coaching).
Already ripping turns and hungry for more but you feel "stuck" to further progress, you are open for feedback and love to see your video analysis, Level 3 offers more advanced wave riding techniques for surfers ready to step up (Strong emphasis on video coaching).
You will be greeted at the Liberia, Costa Rica Airport with ice-cold water and driven to Tao Destinations Surf Resort.
When you arrive at Tao, the staff will greet you with a complimentary drink and give you a chance to settle in. Dinner will be waiting for you after a short introduction to the facility.
Breakfast will be from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. Today, you will meet at the pool for the "Target Stretching" class and introduction to surfing. You will be going over the unique maneuvers that make up the sport of surfing, above all, how to be safe and comfortable. Depending on the group, you can head to the beach afterward or you can relax around the pool until lunch at 12 p.m.
There will be a class at 4 p.m., today's topic will be an introduction to the different aspects of surfing and assess your ability.
Breakfast will be from 6 to 8 a.m. After breakfast, Tao will set you up with your board for the day. Depending on the group, you will meet for stretching at the pool for a class or at the restaurant to depart for stretching at the beach. Class is in session! Go over a targeted set of stretches to maximize your flexibility for the surf.
You will be going over the basics here: paddling the board in flat water, paddling through the broken white water to the outside, turtle over technique to let the waves pass over you, catching wave techniques, and getting you to stand up. It's a lot for one day, the most important part is to have fun. When you feel like you have had enough, usually, three hours is plenty, it's time for lunch.
Lunchtime is 12 to 2 p.m., this gives you time to relax around the pool before you meet for class in the A/C restaurant at 4 p.m. Today's topic is different types of surfboard tails. Here, you will go over your day and help you see what you are doing correctly and what could use some work.
During class, they'll give you practical and proven knowledge of the different aspects that make up this magical sport of surfing. Each day is a different topic with a workbook you can follow along with and take notes if you would like.
Breakfast will be from 6 to 8 a.m. Set up with your board and off you go. Every day starts with target stretching, each day, there will be three to five hours of surfing depending on what you would like, as the resort is just an eight-minute walk from the beach, you can come and go as you please. Lunch is from 12 to 2 p.m. and the class is at 4 p.m., today's topic is different major and minor maneuvers.
Breakfast is at 8 a.m. for you to be ready for departure by 9 a.m. After three days of surf, Tao will give you a break from class and you'll have the option to go on one of the day trips that are available at the time of the season. There are lots to choose from waterfall tours, Diamante Adventure Park, volcano tours, ATV tours, and many more.
Breakfast will be from 6 to 8 a.m. Set up with your board and off you go. Target stretching and any other tips Tao can offer before you're in the line-up. There will be three to five hours of surf instruction and then it's time for lunch from 12 to 2 p.m. Class will be at 4 p.m., today's topic is fin discussion.
Breakfast will be from 6 to 8 a.m. Set up with your board and off you go. Target Stretching and any other tips Tao can offer before you're in the line-up.. It's your day to shine and show off your skills to your instructors. Any other tips and tricks that you are wanting to know, Tao will be there to give you all the knowledge they have to offer.
You can surf as long as you like, lunch is at the same time, and as the class will not be going today, you will have a graduation dinner party with highlights from your time with Tao, so enjoy relaxing by the pool with your beverage of choice.
Tao will be serving food all day so you can enjoy your time with no rush before your shuttle ride to the airport.
For the activity we highly recommend the Rio Celeste waterfall tour it is an all day adventure and we take care of everything for the outing just bring your hiking boots and a camera and prepare for the view of the magical waters of the Rio Celeste.
If you enjoy horseback rides in the beach, let us organize one for you as the horses come to you here at Tao Destinations.
Chocolate tasting is a night to remember as we bring the tastes of Costa Rica to you as you can see how chocolate is made from the all natural Cocoa bean.
Day trip to Tamarindo. If shopping for souvenirs is up your alley then let us take you to Tamarindo were you can check out local crafts.
Depending on the season there is the day trip to observe the turtles as they come to the beach to lay their eggs or as they depart back into the ocean.
Tao has been teaching surfing for over 25 years started teaching at Zuma Jays Surf shop in Malibu, Ca in the 90’s. Competing and winning surf contests in San Diego at the Army Navy Academy 6 years in a row. Tao is registered with the ISA for judging. Tao was a professional snowboarder in Aspen, Colorado competing in the US Extreme Championship in Crested Butte, Co. Tao is a professional race car driver competing in Pro Outlaw 1/4 mile racing, Pro Modified Time Attack Racing, and now Legends Racing.
Playa Avellanas has six different surf breaks ranging from beginner to advanced surfing ability. Tao Destinations is located just an 8-minute walk to the beach so you can always be in the water at the perfect time. With zero drive time to the beach, you can ensure your time will be spent in the water, not traveling to get there.
For this surf camp, all daily meals, snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks are included. Tao Destinations has an open kitchen where you can grab a beer, wine, juice, smoothies, brownies, or tropical fruits whenever you’d like. Vegetarian meals are also available.
Local Costa Rican legend has it that when God finished painting the sky, he washed his paintbrush in the Rio Celeste or Light Blue River. Beginning with a challenging trek through Tenorio Volcano National Park, you will discover the abundance of flora and fauna that abound in the park on the way to Rio Celeste Waterfall. Your guide will point out the wonders of the forest and explain the science behind Rio Celeste’s brilliant blue color.
One of the best ways to experience the sunset is on horseback at Playa Avellanas Beach of Guanacaste. The perfectly gentle and safe horses will carry you for two and a half hours of riding, beneath the canopy on the way to the beach. This is a great opportunity to see the Howler Monkeys and other wildlife in their natural habitat.
Fun is the name of the game. Transfer by ground to Diamante Eco Adventure Park and Animal Sanctuary. The park has a variety of family-friendly excursions including a zipline, Superman zipline, Quick Jump, Tarzan Swing, kayaking, botanic garden, stand-up paddle boarding, snorkeling, hammock beach access, hiking trails, and mountain biking.
Visit the animal sanctuary to see Costa Rican rainforest animals up close. The rescue animals that inhabit the sanctuary include toucans, jaguars, pumas, sloths, monkeys, and a variety of frogs and birds. Don’t miss a walk through the butterfly observatory.
Witch’s Rock is considered one of Costa Rica’s best surf spots. Made famous by Robert August in the movie Endless Summer II, Witch’s Rock (or Roca Bruja as the locals call it) provides world-class surfing along its sand bottom beach break almost every day of the year. Ollie’s Point (called Potrero Grande in Spanish) is a right-hand point break located only a few miles north of Witch’s Rock.
Ollie’s Point is near the Nicaraguan border and is named after Oliver North’s use of the location to smuggle arms to the Contra rebels. (Remember the “Iran Contra Affair”?) The take-off zone is next to a series of rocks with a slow entry, the wave then stands up and races endlessly over a rocky bottom into deep water almost ensuring a long ride that doesn’t close until the beach.
A one-hour relaxing massage is included in the package price.
Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport
Tao Destinations Surf Resort Playa Avellanas will be waiting for you after you pick up your bags with cold water and a sign to greet you with.
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