June 2012, the south Pacific lights up during June, July & August giving us overhead waves almost everyday.
As we approach the end of the dry season here in Nosara, everyone can’t wait for the rain to start. Although the surf has been all time, the jungle is dry and dusty and the wells are getting low. The Surf Simply Resort has back up water tanks for when the main water gets turned off but even so, we can’t wait to see the jungle spring back to life as the consistent annual south swells start to roll in over June, July and August.
June, 2012, Surf Simply Resort manager Daniela walks down for a surf through the thick green jungle as the Surf Simply guests and coaches unload their boards ready for the morning session.
Over the last 3 years June, July and August have actually been our busiest time of year. Some people are surprised that we are busier in the green season (May-Nov) than we are in the dry season (Dec-Apr) but actually it makes a lot of sense. Of course rain makes no difference once you’re out surfing because you’re wet anyway and during June, July and August overhead surf is the norm rather than an occasional treat (as you can see by looking at the historic surf data on Playa Guiones on MagicSeasweed). In fact Outside Magazine chose to come down here and do this story on us during August.
July 2012, stepping out from the thick jungle canopy onto the beach on a typical July morning in Nosara.
We typically have sunny mornings with glassy surf followed by just an hour or two of rain in the early afternoon. Actually the rain can have the effect of cooling the land as well, meaning that the midday winds often drop giving us glassy surf again in the afternoon. The term wet season is really just comparative because we have no rain at all from December until May.
Above, July 27th and below, July 13th the head high surf is also punctuated by smaller fun sized days for trying new turns or just messing around in.
Once or twice a year we have a week long low pressure system which covers the whole of Central America and it can rain everyday. As a rule however we have less rain at this time of year than most northern hemisphere countries do during their summer months. You might like to have a look back at our weekly photo albums on Facebook from any given week to give you an idea of what the surf is like.
August 14th 2012, a humpback whale breaches the surface during our morning coaching session.
We tend to get booked up several months in advance and at the moment we’re full until June 15th. We close on August 30th as we’re heading to France and then Dubai to run two surf coaching projects in the fall. We do still have spaces here at our resort in Costa Rica for most weeks between June 15th and August 30th.
In an earlier blog, we spoke about Australian surfer Sally Fitzgibbons using a wave pool to give her the most consistent conditions to practice some new manoeuvres, we’re now going to turn the focus onto our own coach, Oli Davis and his mission to improve his surfing.
It all started back in February, when some of the Surf Simply crew took a little trip across the border to Nicaragua. In between some fun little surfs, the team found that the hotel they were staying in had built a nifty concrete skate ramp, and even had a few old skateboards lying around. Harry and Oli decided this would be the perfect opportunity to, like Sally, get multiple attempts at adjusting some bad habits.
Oli in particular had never really had an opportunity to use a skateboard on a ramp before, but after a few tentative goes got fully stuck into his turns, and pretty soon both the boys began to feel their turns improving. Back out in the water, after several sessions on the ramp, Oli’s newly rotated shoulders had allowed him to tighten his cutbacks and helped improve the hit rate on his top turns. Mission Success.
Now, we have to state here that we are definitely not advocating barefoot skateboarding with no helmets (trust us, concrete hurts), but a little practice out of the water can really go a long way. Swimming when we can’t surf will help us catch more waves when we can, rolling around the block on a skateboard (with a helmet!) can really help your balance in the waves and a little stretching each day will make everything much easier when you hit the water!
In part 2 of this blog we’ll see how Oli likes a taste of his own medicine, when he gets a week of intensive video coaching back at Surf Simply HQ.
We’ve just re posted this article written by Surf Simply coach, Harry, as we can now excitedly confirm that we will be running a week of coaching this September at the Dubai wave pool featured below. The week will only be open to former guests of our resort in Costa Rica as a foundation knowledge level will be required. Drop us a line if you’re interested on firstname.lastname@example.org…
Learning anything can become frustrating at times, but with all the variables involved, surfing can sometimes be tough. A few months ago, Sally Fitzgibbons, currently ranked #2 in the world, set out to learn a new skill with hopes of taking the world title in 2013. She spent 3 days in a wave pool with her coach trying to master an Air Reverse.
The wave pool gave her the perfect platform; waves on demand, a perfect air section on every wave, video feedback from her coach in the water and no crowds hustling for the sets.
So wave after wave she tried, and on wave after wave she fell. After hundreds of attempts, the frustration boiled over into tears; all that effort and no result. But after a little pep talk she went back out… and nailed it!
Each week at Surf Simply, our guests work with their coaches on new skills and techniques, everything from standing up, to surfing down-the-line, to performing carving turns on the open face of a wave. And at some point everyone hits a moment of frustration when, for one reason or another, their body won’t do what their brain wants it to. Some swear and curse, some punch the water, and some, like Sally, may release a tear or two. But, like Sally, it is all forgotten in that moment when everything clicks, and that impossible target is achieved.
Our aim with our coaching is not to teach you to surf in a week, but to teach you how to teach yourself, so that when you leave, you can carry on pushing through those frustrating plateaus, and move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. So next time you feel frustrated in the surf, remember the company you keep, and maybe one day it’ll be you chasing the world title!
Local surfer and old friend of Surf Simply, Adilia Zuñiga Diaz approached us a few weeks ago with the idea of starting a surf club for local Nosaranian girls who wanted to get into surfing. We were really stoked to get involved and so we took on the role of sponsoring the club with boards and equipment. They had their first meeting on Sunday and plan to meet every Sunday from now on at 4pm in front of the main beach car park at Playa Guiones. We just want to congratulate Adilia for seeing the project through and wish her the best of luck.
Last week one of our guests was front man of the Lt Dan Band, Jeff Verzain. That’s him above rocking out with fellow band member and actor Gary Sinise. On the last night of his two week stay, Jeff wrote and performed a song about his stay at Surf Simply. It was obviously musically really good but it was funny too and at the end more than one of the Surf Simply coaches had a a bit of a lump in their throat.
And here’s how Jeff and the rest of his fellow guests, who you can here him lyricising about got on with their surfing…