¿Who we are?

How we started..

Mauricio Ortega is the founder of the Avellanas Surf School. Mauricio moved from San Jose to Avellanas Beach when he was 15 years old. There he was mentored in surfing by a local by the name of Freddie who had been living and surfing there since the 1970’s. Freddy became his teacher and from then on surfing became his passion and his lifestyle.

In 1998 Mauricio moved to Playa Tamarindo and worked as a bartender. While tending bar he met a French family who asked him to teach their children how to surf. So, without any teaching experience Mauricio dove right in. The French were surfing! Through this opportunity, he had the idea of starting his own surf school. Shortly afterwards, Mauricio partnered up with another to form the first full fledged surfing business on the coast.

All of these of experience have allow us to maintain our main goal, which is to teach you surfing with patience and
professionalism.

We make sure that you and your family will be able to enjoy the surf, our costarican surfing life style, the people and its natural beauty..

We take very seuriosly to choose the most knowledgeable surfer locals to help you with your surf technique and skills in a very personal, patiently and humbly way..

We want you to be part our family here in playa avellanas, sharing with you and ensuring that your vacation become unforgettable. is no light.

Your family’s safety is first!

The surf school experience in Costa Rica has exploded over the last 10 years. Places like Playa Tamarindo and other beaches all over Costa Rica are rich with many choices of surf schools. There are a lot of options. We advise you to do your research and take your families safety very seriously.

At the Avellanas Surf School, with 10 years of operation, our instructors are local surfers with the proper knowledge and training that comes with years of experience. Our “Surf Coach’s” know the surf breaks, the currents, and the reefs. They are real surfers that are ready to share their experience with you and to insure that you learn to surf in the safest conditions, enjoy your surroundings and have fun doing it.

Your Families safety is our first priority.

Surfing naturally involves some risks, but as in every nature sport real risk is minimized if our level and form are in the right relationship with the difficulty of the respective situation. That requires knowing how to properly assess both our level and the sea conditions. If this is possible, the legitimate question is whether it is not more likely to get a band disc incident when playing chess than to hurt yourself during surfing …

It is true that you can learn the necessary theory and safety rules through reading but what you cannot do through reading books is to acquire the ability to correctly assess the situation in the water. That is exactly why it is not advisable to abandon the support of an experienced surf teacher.

What you could do before your surf holiday . . .

Physically prepare yourself before your holiday, swimming (even better: paddling a surfboard in prone position into a lake, river or a pool), snorkeling and practice skateboarding. Like this you will enjoy surfing more from the beginning of your holiday, being in a better physical condition will ultimately provide more security in practice.

New beaches
are exciting
but . . .

the follow you will not know until you go into the water

– Characteristics of the shoreline and seabed, rocks or coral

– Sandbanks and places of risk with possible currents

– Direction and intensity of possible currents

– Effects of the oceans

– Other hazards

– Location of your emergency responders and emergency
telephone number

Never place yourself in waves if you cannot swim back to the shore from that position without a surfboard, because the leash can tear !!!

Before you
start . . .

At the beach you already know, always before you go in, you should look at the waves and check the status and your equipment:

– Are there currents?

– The height of the waves and how they break?

– How many waves are there in one set? How much time
passes between two sets?

– What do other surfers do?

– Is there a dumping shore break (hollow waves that break
right on the shore)?

– The leash is flawless?

– The fins are well established?

– The board has enough wax?

– You are wearing a suit that gives you enough insolation?

– Are you protected from the sun?

– You’re in good physical and mental shape?

– Your level and your form are sufficient for sea conditions?

At last the
water . . .

– Never go in alone when there are dangerous conditions!

– Under non-hazardous conditions, at least one person would watch you from the beach!

– Never carry your board between your body and the wave, if you’re not on the board always carry it to your side!

At the
peak . . .
waiting for
the waves . . .

– Always look at the waves!

– Often look at the shore to see if the current is taking you.

– Always when you’re not catching waves or paddling, you should sit on your board so you’ll see the waves in advance, others will be able to see you better and you can turn faster.

Let´s Start the Lessons

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A surf trip to one of the best beaches in Costa Rica

Surfing Playa Avellanas

Are you considering taking a surf trip to one of the best surf spot places in Costa Rica and you are not sure where yet?

Then, let us show you a little bit about Avellanas Beach.

It is located on the North Pacific Coast of Guanacaste Providence.

Playa Avellanas Lola’s beachfront bar & restaurant, Avellanas Surf School Camp, and has its base in the famous Lola’s beachfront bar & restaurant. A chill-out place where locals meet.

We are the only school in this area that has been guiding and teaching to surf these seven different surf breaks for more than 20 years.

It is also the same beach where the JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa and Hacienda Pinilla Homes.

Surf Lessons for children

Coming to Costa Rica with kids?

Undoubtedly, your children will enjoy learning to surf during their vacations on perfect small waves and the best conditions for them in Playa Avellanas.

As a matter of fact, the beach offers the best 7 different surf spots around the area altogether ideally for beginners with gentle waves. Without a doubt, perfect for kids.

What does the lesson include?

Take into consideration that the minimum age is 6 years old, considering 17 years old the maximum in this type of lesson.

✔️ A total of 1 hour and 30 minutes of coaching in a fun way: 20 minutes learning and practicing the technique on the sand, stretching and emphasizing safety tips and the rest of the time on the water.

✔️ Sof-tops in excellent conditions.

✔️ Comfortable, customized rash-guards.

✔️ A private instructor for children between 6 and 8 years of age. Between the 9 and 17 years old, two kids share one surf instructor.

$65 per person
(IVA included)

Usually, the conditions are perfect. Mid tide coming in is the most recommendable to start the lessons. Anyhow, we make sure they take as many waves as possible.

* Please consider that surf lesson times are set according to tides and wind conditions. For your safety, please be flexible in rescheduling if needed.

Group Surf Lessons for Adults

Private Surf Lessons
There is always a first time for surfing!

This is an enjoyable lesson in Playa Avelanas for those adults (18+) who enjoy learning in the company of others.

Go for it, conquer your fears, your doubts, and live. Experience the rush and the adrenaline that will revitalize your body and mind.

We will guide you to face and overcome anything. You are in good hands!

What the lesson includes

✔️ A total of 90 minutes of instructing: 20 minutes learning technique on the sand, stretching and receiving safety tips and the rest of the time applying what learned on the water and taking as may waves possible.

✔️ Friendly attention and personalized instruction according to your level of surfing.

✔️ Custom-designed beginner surfboards in excellent conditions.

✔️ Comfortable lycra shirt to avoid rashes in the abdominal area.

✔️ One surf instructor for 3 people.

✔️ Safety is our priority with all staff trained in Ocean Rescue & 1st Aid.

$55 per person
(IVA included)

* Please consider that surf lesson times are set according to tides and wind conditions. For your safety, please be flexible in rescheduling if needed.

Semi - Private Surf Lessons

Have the most fun experience as a couple or with your friends by surfing together!

There is nothing that can explain the empowering feeling that comes by taking surf lessons with another person.

The commitment and achievement standard grows to a higher level.

It includes:

✔️ A total of 1 hour and 30 minutes of coaching in a fun way: 20 minutes learning and practicing the technique on the sand, stretching and emphasizing safety tips and the rest of the time on the water.

✔️ Sof-tops in excellent conditions.

✔️ Comfortable, customized rash-guards.

✔️ A surf instructor for the two surfers.

$65 per person
(IVA included)

* Please consider that surf lesson times are set according to tides and wind conditions. For your safety, please be flexible in rescheduling if needed.

Private Surf Lessons

One to one with a private surf instructor

This type of surfing lesson is ideal for you who would like more personal attention. Get the most out of your surf coach’s knowledge and improve your surf skills.

It is open for beginners and intermediate surfers. Also, for the more advanced ones who want a guide to surf different breaks in the area.

It includes:

✔️ A total of 90 minutes of coaching: the first 20 minutes learning and practicing the technique on the sand, stretching and safety tips and the rest of the time on the water taking the most waves you can (except for the advanced surfers). 

✔️ Individual attention and personal training.

✔️ Soft-tops boards in excellent conditions for the beginners and shorter high-performance hardtops for the intermediate and advanced ones.

✔️ Comfortable rash-guards.

✔️ A personal surf instructor.

$75 per person
(IVA included)

* Please consider that surf lesson times are set according to tides and wind conditions. For your safety, please be flexible in rescheduling if needed.