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.
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.
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.
After being closed for September and October, Surf Simply opened again on Nov 13th. With four new surf chalets and a new yoga / massage room, the resort is bigger and better than ever. Our favorite improvement is the new video coaching room. It has black out blinds and a projector, so that we can now do all our video coaching with an 8ft high image on the wall rather than just using the TV. Ru and Harry (the eternal geeks) now want to complete the set up with a laser pointer.
(Left to right) Amy, Dave, Joe, Scott, Mo, Max, Ray, Lily, Kelly, Phillipe, John & Drew (Drew was still out surfing when we took the pic) were our first group of guests and were all chatting away with each other like old friends on the first night.
Some of them were absolute beginners and some of them had been surfing on and off for years, but the head high off shore waves which Playa Guiones served up were perfect for everyone.
There were some great waves and wipeouts this week. Our favorites were when Phillipe and Max didn’t seem to fall so much, as launch themselves from the board. In the middle, John Lancaster gets a refreshing punch in the face.
With the overcast evenings of the wet season behind us, it’s nice to see the beautiful nightly Nosaran sun sets again.
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…