We’ve come to the end of our first full season at the Surf Simply resort.For the next two months, as the rains fall hard in Nosara, the Surf Simply team have spread far and wide. We’ll all be back here in November though, ready for the sunshine and perfectly groomed off-shore waves which Playa Guiones produced so mechanically from mid-November onwards.
We’re sad to say goodbye to Alex, who is heading back to the UK to pursue a career in oceanography and marine biology. Al has been a cornerstone of Surf Simply for the last few years and we’re really sad to see him go (we luv ya Al).
Al put in hours of extra time video coaching young competitors from all over the States. Here, Becky and Al are with super groms Zale & Luca.
Al was also always a favorite among Surf Simply guests for his passionate approach to surf coaching (and his wild-man hair cut).
Al tucking into the shade at Playa Guiones, giving him a whole new perspective on oceanography.
We’re so stoked with how our first season has gone, and all our guests seem to have a had a good time too if their TripAdvisor reviews are anything to go by. The bookings are coming in fast and furious for next year with almost a third of the places available for the entire year already gone!
Here, cut together for your view pleasure by Sam, are some of our favorite moments from our last week at Surf Simply…
Last week was a beautiful week at the Surf Simply. Some great sessions were punctuated by heavy rain storms followed by the sun burning through the green steaming jungle.
We were joined by surfing honeymooners, Rachel and Murray, all the way from the biting cold waves of Scotland. They both were charging with Braveheartesque enthusiasm and got some sick waves (as you can see).
Murray nearly got barreled on this one although we think he was a bit too focussed to hear the hoots from the beach.
Deliciously bubbly school teacher Andrea’s expressions when riding waves seemed to be either intense concentration or beaming for ear to ear but not much in between.
Veteran surfer Rob caught some of those classic glassy Costa Rican waves which put the country on every surfer list of places to go. His toes are getting progressively closer to the nose too.
Matt, Dani and Camilla completed the perfect week with a wonderful combination of comedy moments, high fives and our favorite moment of the week, Camilla coming down the face of an over head wave in a perfect yoga pose. (Check all the photos on Facebook.)
Hope we see you all again…
Sambo (above left) stepped up to the editing plate again this week to produce another classic Surf Simply movie. Ian, Camilla, Michelle, Andre (above right) and Zsolt stayed with us a few weeks ago and it was a blast. Michelle and Zsolt ended up staying for two weeks and Camilla is still here doing her yoga teacher training at the Nosara Yoga Institute next door.
My favorite bits of the movie are Michelle’s sunset session with the GoPro camera at the end, Andre’s massive take offs and Ian’s first ever unbroken wave (you can’t beat the first time). I hope we’ll see you guys again and don’t forget to tell us about your future surfing exploits. We’re always stoked to get emails and photos from Surf Simply guests showing us the surfing they’ve done since staying with us. As a coach there’s nothing better.
Having a willingness to wipeout and not be too “precious” with your waves is one of the most import lessons to learn in surfing. It means that ultimately you progress a lot quicker and up enjoying the sport all the more as the years tick by. We, the Surf Simply team, secretly prefer a good wipeout photo to a shot of a great wave. There’s simply more entertainment value in it (just look at Ru’s Facebook profile pic). This week we managed to get some of our favorite all time wipeouts on camera and may we tip our collective hats and offer much kudos to all the protagonists.
Most good surfers wipe out on more waves than not, because they’re trying to do something new. That’s where the fun is in surfing. So a wipeout isn’t a fail, just as standing up and riding a wave isn’t necessarily a success. I think it was Rudyard Kipling who said that you need to “meet success and failure and treat both imposters just the same.” Good one Ruyard (he must have been a heavy shredder).
If you’ve put in the preparation and planning, you may wipeout over and over but eventually it will all come together. It’s only a matter on time.
Zsolt and Ian – putting it all together.
(This blog was sponsored by www.OneTravel.com the cheap flights website.)
After over a decade of coaching and nearly 15,000 students I have never seen anyone surf like this during their first lesson out the back. It was an unbelievable performance from Abbie, one of the guests this week at the Surf Simply coaching resort in Nosara. If anyone in the world has ever surfed better than this, the first time they paddled out into unbroken waves, then we definitely want to hear about it.
On Sunday Abbie was working with Luke, one of the Surf Simply coaches, just getting to grips with controlling the board in the white water.
This morning (four days later) she paddled out the back with Sam. The swell wasn’t particularly small either.
Sam gave Abbie a bit of a push to get her into her first wave…
and it all turned out rather well.
She seemed to build a bit of confidence and spun round and paddled into this over head bomb all by herself.
She made the drop with a cheeky grin as the wave exploded behind her.
After that she simply didn’t hold back and charged into wave after wave until we all lost count. This photo is amazing as it shows Abbie’s absolute commitment on the take off.
So what made Abbie such a stand out surfer? And what can the rest of us learn from her? It was really three things.
1) She was a competitive swimmer. You don’t have to be able to swim at all to have a lot of fun surfing in the white water but once you start paddling out the back, spending a few months in the pool (free style, not breast stoke) before a surf trip means you’re going to get out faster and catch more waves.
2) She had got her stance pretty solid. When she was practising in the white water Abbie wasn’t just trying to stand up she was trying to get in the a functional stance and do it often enough that it became instinctive. (Check out the Surf Simply Podcast for more on the functional stance).
3) Finally, and this is huge, she was completely committed on every wave she tried to catch. She didn’t waste time and energy worrying about what might go wrong instead she focused on trying to remember all the things she knew she needed to do in order to make the drop.
Hats off to you Abbie, that session was truly inspiring.
(This blog was sponsored by Surfing Nosara. The Nosara real estate experts.)
For Harry’s birthday, Becky had the idea of spelling out all the letters of H-A-P-P-Y B-I-R-T-H-D-A-Y H-A-R-R-Y in increasingly amusing and time consuming ways.
Gem & Ru found a copy of Richard Pryor reciting the alphabet for Sesame Street and rearranged the letters so that it made a nice little voice over for the video. We all got together in the evening to pay our respects to arguably the world’s most enthusiastic surf coach (and to play the video a rather gratuitous number of times). Happy Birthday Harry, we love ya!