Costa Rica Surfing Program Reviews

Customer Comments

"I am a trainer, and I set a very high standard for myself and tend to measure all other trainers with the same high set of expectations.  If a trainer finds genuine joy and excitement in even the smallest growth and change in her clients, that is a trainer who cares.  All my expectations were met and exceeded, and I was truly touched at the patience and joy the gals seemed to have in my very humble attempts!  I am a very very beginner surfer who is still happy on the inside...but, I can speak to the absolute joy of the experience which totally transcends any lack of skill or ability.  There is nothing like just letting go and trying something new, I tell my own clients all the time- jump in and see, try something new, why not?! I am very excited becasue this gives me an impetus to continue facing my fear of open water and to challenge myself to keep getting in the water, even if it's just the pool.  Excellent adventure, thank you so much!" 

-Kathleen S, February 7, 2012

 

"Absolutely amazing! If you want to learn to surf and you like adventure and especially if you are a woman - this is the place to go! The instructors are knowledgeable, patient and fun. Costa Rica is beautiful! You will be exhausted and exhilarated! Great surfing, great food, great people and great fun!"

sslmann Bloomfield, NJ- via TripAdvisor- March 7, 2011
 

"Cross it off the Bucket List, I learned to surf!  If you ever wanted to learn to surf here is your chance. I have wanted to learn to surf for a long time, it even is (make that was) on my bucket list. So searching around I found Surf Diva Surf School. Ok, I"m not a girl, but they teach guys too and I listen way better to female insturcters usually anyway. Our Surf Coach (Ashley) gave us all the info and instruction we needed in a straight forward and fun way. We (Me, my wife, and my 13 year old son) all loved it. Ashley is a great teacher. And we all go up on the board. Surf Diva provided the boards and wet suits. We definetly want to go back for more. What are you waiting for??? Go SURF. You will love it. Your kids will love it. You will never remember your best day sitting on the couch watching TV, you will remeber this!"

BossHossZZ4 Bismarck, North Dakota- via TripAdvisor- February 26, 2011
 
 

"I keep coming back to Surf Diva because your instructors are the best-- I've tried several other outfitters and they just don't come anywhere close."

- Eris Weaver '10

"Melissa was incredible.  Meeting her was instantly like visiting your long-time friend.  Her instruction was incredible.  She was so encouraging and patient.  She did some research for me for some potential recreational activities.  We all had so much fun together.  This experience wwas well beyond what I anticipated.  The girls were great and Melissa made this trip so much fun.  I was able to make more progress surfing than I thought I would."

- Rebecca Gullott '10

"I learned and improved more in one day of surfing with Surf Diva than I did in three weeks of surfing on my own.  The instructor was great, very helpful, friendly, and responsive to my  questions.  The Hospitality Coordinator was also very friendly and arranged everything for us, including our canopy tour, which made our trip very relaxing and stress-free."

-Jennifer April '09

"One of the best weeks of my life! Would highly recommend Surf Diva...to many of my girlfriends."

-Sonia December '08

"This was the most amazing vacation I have ever been on. It truly changed my life. I really needed something like this at this time in my life. The location was beautiful and the people I met along the way were helpful, fun, and inspirational."

-Krista December '08

"This was perhaps the best week of my life. I was extremely pleased with the high level of professionalism and ability of all of the Surf Diva staff. I cannot wait to reunited with my fellow Divas!"

- Joanne December '08

" I had the most amazing time at surf camp. I raved about it for weeks after returning home. I've recommended it to all my girlfriends. The locale couldn't not have been better. The instructors and staff were so friendly. The camp is really well-organized and the atmosphere is unbelievably supportive. I was so lucky to have met such an awesome group of women."

-Jennifer July '08

"I enjoyed every minute of my trip. For me, this trip was about empowerment and challenging my body and my mind. I got all that I wanted and met a group of wonderful women on top of it all. PLUS, I now consider myself a surfer after never being on a surfboard before in my life."

-Sally '08

"The combination of location, surfing, GREAT staff and new great diva friends was profound."

-Melissa '08

"I didn't know how to surf before the trip and I now feel like a surfer. I have traveled around the world and domestically a lot and I've never experienced anything like Surf Diva."

-Sandee July '08

"It was not just the critique but also the encouragement which gave me a lot more confidence in the water than I would have otherwise had. As far as I'm concerned every surfing spot in the world could use a little Surf Diva, have taken lessons before but never thought of myself as someone who could ever surf and your chicas really changed my mind. Thank you for your Surf Diva philosophy and how it spills over into who you choose to teach and where you choose to have your camps...muchas muchas gracias."

-Kara '08

"My experience at Surf Diva Costa Rica was a fun and unique vacation that I know I will cherish. The team in Costa Rica made us feel comfortable instantly in Nosara, in the water and as a group. There was something special about begin apart of the family week. I truly enjoyed being with a group to succeed. This dynamic makes this week feel like I was spending my vacation with old friends and not strangers."

-Gabrielle '08

"The program was really well organized and well put together. I was very impressed. It was a great experience and exceeded my expectations."

-Lori May '08

"I can't believe I waited this long to do the trip!"

-Adrienne March '08

"As always, Surf Diva highly exceeded my expectations."

-Dorothy '08

"You exceeded my expectations. That is hard to do. The best part was at every meal we all laughed at something and had a really great time together. One of the reasons I chose Surf Diva was because through out all my research I kept coming back to the level of professionalism put into the running of the company as a whole. There is a method and process in place within your organization to teach this sport. That's something missing in every other surfing lesson I've taken."

-Suzanne '08

"Great surf town. Nice and small. Great beach...The break was very consistent and fun...to surf."

-Jennifer January '08

"I went from being a non surfer, to feeling confident that I could go out and surf on my own. If that is not beneficial, I don't know what is."

-Krista December '07

"More than beneficial. I walked into the camp afraid of the water and left as the most 'intense paddler'. I can't believe I can catch a wave on my own now! The whole week was amazing- a trip NEVER to forget."

-Sarah November '07

"I am so grateful to [Surf Diva] for helping me to have my dream come true, to finally learn to surf. This is the first time I have gone on a one week adventure and felt like I was away for three weeks because so much was packed into my daily schedule...I had a blast and began 2007 with a totally new perspective. I feel so physically strong...I highly recommend this program to my friends and also to anyone interested in really learning to surf."

-Marina January '07

"This trip completely exceeded my expectations. I can't say enough good things about [my instructor]. She was so professional, yet friendly and fun to be with."

-Lori February '07

"It was an active yet relaxing vacation. I feel very lucky to have experienced this with the group of women that were there. They were all professional, adventurous, smart women who were there to enjoy their time and learn something new. I felt more brave and empowered being among them all-including the instructors. It is a wonderful program and I would recommend it to my friends. Overall, it was an exceptional experience, one that I will forever remember fondly. "

-Gloria February '07

"I had never surfed before and now I am hooked! Planning vacations where we can include surfing. We had a great time and were pleasantly surprised with the whole adventure."

-Kim July '07

"I had zero expectations going into this trip since I had never surfed before. I was thrilled with the instructors, the town, the pace of the entire trip. It was the perfect mix of downtime and activities. Attending the camp was one of the best decisions I've made!"

-Mara-Lisa July '07

"It was so awesome! I absolutely loved it."

-Susan February '07

"This was overall an amazing, wonderful experience! Costa Rica is an amazing country. Everyone there is totally friendly!"

-Anna July '07

"Overall, an awesome experience, awesome trip! Met some fantastic people! Improved my surfing skills, saw Costa Rica! No complaints!"

-Camillia February '07

"Overwhelmed with level of professionalism, skill, talent, and social skills of the teachers. We all felt safe and happy under [our instructor's] generous care and experience."

-Cat February '07

"Great location. The camp was absolutely awesome!"

-Ann May '07

"Beautiful area; beautiful people; loved the beach...It was a wonderful trip. The instruction was great-I was able to pop-up and stand my first morning session which amazed me. The location was beautiful and I would definitely go back."

-Angie July '07

"This was one of the best vacations I have ever taken. We knew we would love Costa Rica and I have surfed with Surf Diva before in San Diego, but this trip exceeded my expectations! Thank you and we will see you soon!"

-Debbie July '07

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"This was a great experience! Even as a non-athlete, I felt like I could keep up. The instructors were all friendly and encouraging. Annie was my instructor and she was wonderful-always with a smile on her face and a word of instruction or encouragement. She helped make this a fantastic time! Lise was very capable-we always felt secure whether in the water or in a cab. She had everything under control. Great staff!"

-Terri April ‘06

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"I had a great time at Surf Diva camp. My surfing dramatically improved and I am on my way to having some confidence in my skills. Thanks to Lise and the other instructors for always cheering-it really helps when you are struggling and nervous! I would love to come back to camp. Thanks for a great vacation."

-Kristin March ‘06

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"This is obviously a very professional organization with a well run program. Our instructors (Poppy, KT, and especially Annie) were top notch in caring for our needs. I have already recommended your trip to others. I’ll be back in Costa Rica for sure. Mahalo! P.S. I loved the camaraderie that the all women camp fosters. Great work ladies!!"

-Lisa April ‘06

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"I had a wonderful time. Our instructors did a great job with a large group. Every minute was pure fun. I would do it again in a minute (and hope to next spring with my daughter) and I will strongly recommend Surf Diva."

-Mary April ‘06

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"I had a blast. I’ve always wanted to learn to surf and love the ocean. I can’t imagine a better place to learn or better folk to teach me. A best buddy of 22 years went with me and she loved it too. Our husbands and kids are really proud of us. This group really had a good time together. Nice variety of ages. I’d surf again with you all in a heartbeat!"

-Mimi April ‘06

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"I really enjoyed my time with Surf Diva in Costa Rica! The instructors are great. Lise is a very good coordinator. Annie is a very friendly and helpful instructor. Poppy was so much fun to surf with."

-Erica April ‘06

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"This was a great experience. I’d do it again without question."

-Jennifer March ‘06

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"Had a great time. KT and Poppy were awesome."

-Anonymous April ‘06

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"Annie and Poppy and Lise were wonderful!"

-Tori April ‘06

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"Lise corrected all the things I was taught incorrectly by past lessons and I got much further than I ever dreamed!"

-Holly December '06

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"Truly, Lise is a rockstar! She could not have made us feel more at home, safe, and confident. Her knowledge of the town helped us to have an equally fun time on land as we did in the water. The trip exceeded all of my expectations."

-Joyce December '06

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"I think that Lise is a great surf instructor. I am glad that I got her. She was so motivating and cool. She never made me feel stupid that I hadn’t got up on my first try. She was very encouraging the whole week."

-Brandi November '06

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