Harry, the head coach at Surf Simply, had his birthday last week which always calls for some type of enthusiastically comical beach based shennanigans. Even with an afternoon rain storm creeping in, all the Surf Simply team piled down to the beach with costumes, props and blow up sharks for the Harry Nite comedy invitational.
While all our instructors commit most of their year to teaching at Surf Simply, some of them continue to work on their own projects in their months off. When Kerianne isn’t teaching surf lessons and yoga for us, she’s developing her own business, Kerianne Kreger Yoga Expeditions, which includes Yoga classes, Workshops, Retreats and Yoga Teacher Training courses.
Having played NCAA Division 1 Volleyball, Kerianne knows how important it is to keep your body free from pain. She often uses her qualifications as a 500 Hr RYT and an Ayurvedic Health Educator as well as her experience in gym based fitness therapy, to help Surf Simply guests work through injuries during their stay with us. She also is great at planning goal specific, on going health and fitness regimes.
On her days off in Nosara, she teaches Vinyasa flow classes and progressional workshops at the Yoga House, a near by studio. When she heads home to California for the Costa Rican wet season in September and October, she will be hosting a Yoga Expedition in Avila Valley, CA. This particular trip, at the end of October, entails a three day, two night All Levels Yoga Retreat with yoga, hiking, massage, rest and relaxation at the Sycamore Mineral Springs, on the Central Coast of California.
To be honest we’re never quite sure where she gets all her energy from. For more information about the retreat, click here.
Francela is one of very few girls, along with Gem & Jesse, who you will see paddling out at Playa Guiones when the surf is triple overhead and pumping. But she’s more than just one of Costa Rica’s best female surfers, she is also, we are proud to say the yoga instructor at The Surf Simply Resort and one of the first friends we made when we moved to Costa Rica.
At Surf Simply we approach yoga from a sports perspective and so Francela designs her daily classes around flexibility, core strength or relaxation depending on what condition your surf session has left you in. Francela really knows her stuff too. She is a Senior Pranassage Practitioner and Interdisciplinary Yoga Teacher having graduated from the (now world famous) Nosara Yoga Institute in 2007 (where she is also teaching on the Pranassage Practitioner Training). She earned the 500-RYT designation from the Yoga Alliance in 2010 and as if all that wasn’t enough, she is also a Pilates instructor.
When Francela isn’t in Nosara she often works as a private instructor in both The States and Costa Rica for various celebrity including Marsha Williams (Robin William’s wife), Susan Sarandon & Tim Robbins. While Francela is very much an A-list yoga teacher she still has her feet firmly on the ground or, more likely on her surfboard, here in Nosara.
The biggest swell of the year so far came rolling into Nosara last week. Jeff (below), one of our guests, dropped into this bomb with his usual casual style on Thursday morning while most people were struggling just to get through the white water.
Another of our guests, Bill (above) is photographed here pausing for a moment to contemplate what the day might hold in store for him.
One of the reasons Guiones is such a great surfing classroom, is that even when it’s big on the outside, there are still some great little waves for the entry level surfers to get to grips with some of the more technical side of the sport or, as in this shot of Heather, just beam from ear to ear while cruising along in the warm water.
Despite all our best efforts to make the surf coaching, yoga, massage & meals here at the Surf Simply Resort second to none, somehow Sausage the dog always manages to upstage everything and steal the show.
Every week we make a movie for our guests but it’s been a while since we posted one on the blog. As well as getting some awesome photos from last week, I think Laura did a great job of making a beautiful movie out of my rather shaky camera work.
We’re so lucky to have such a great surfing playground/classroom here in Nosara. For the last three months we’ve had fun sized, offshore, warm surf. It can be pretty hard to stay away as Damien (below) found out. We are always so stoked when people like Damien return for a second stay with us, having obviously put so much thought into their surfing in the interim. The charmingly incredulous Damien impressed us all with how much he had improved (next trip it’s going to be white water climbs and floaters).