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Witch’s Rock Surf Camp

Witch’s Rock Surf Camp, founded in 2001, is located directly in front of Tamarindo’s main surfing spot, as well as nearby many of Tamarindo’s restaurants and shops. The camp has eighteen rooms, two restaurants, a micro brewery, and offers Tamarindo surf lessons as well as surf tours to prime surf destinations such as Ollie’s Point.

At the WRSC surf shop Endless Summer’s Robert August shapes one of a kind custom boards, and holds surfboard shaping seminars. If you like surfing, you’ll love Witch’s Rock Surf Camp!

Avellanas – Thursday, April 19, 2018

Buenas tardes! This is Jonathan with your Thursday, , April 19, surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 7AM Today in Playa avellanas  , waves are 1-2 with good conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with...

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Playa Grande Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Buenas tardes! This is Jonathan with your Wednesday, April 18, surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 3PM Today in Playa grande , waves are 2-3 with fair conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with choopy...

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5 Reasons to Visit Costa Rica During the Rainy Season

The rainy season gets a bad rap, probably due to its name. But the truth is, Costa Rica is never more alive than it is during the rainy season – and remember – we’re talking tropical rain; so it’s always warm! And thanks to nervous travelers who are scared to get...

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Playa guiones -Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Buenas tardes! This is Jonathan with your Tuesday, April 17 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp   Time of report: 10AM   Today in Playa guiones, waves are 2-4 with good conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with...

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Playa Nosara – Monday, April 16, 2018

Buenas tardes! This is Jonathan with your Monday, April 16 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 10AM Today in Nosara , waves are 2-4 with good conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with semi-choopy...

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Playa Tamarindo, Saturday, April 14, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Catalina with your Saturday, April 14 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 9:45 am Today in Playa Tamarindo, waves are 1-2 feets with fair conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with...

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Playa Grande, Friday, April 13, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Catalina with your Friday, April 13 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 9:30 am Today in Playa Grande, waves are 1-3 feets with fair conditions. Winds at the time of the report were onshore providing us with semi...

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The Hype Around Costa Rican Coffee

My favorite time of day in Costa Rica is the morning. Nothing quite compares to rising just before the sun, throwing on some board shorts, pouring yourself a fresh cup of joe, and checking the surf. I like to think of coffee as my surf fuel. It helps that Costa Rica...

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Playa Grande, Thursday, April 12, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Catalina with your Thursday, April 12 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 9:00 am Today in Playa Grande, waves are 1-3 feets with good conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with...

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Playa Avellanas, Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Catalina with your Wednesday, April 11 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 8:30 am Today in Playa Avellanas, waves are 1-2 feets with good conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with...

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Marbella, Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Catalina with your Tuesday, April 10 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 8:30 am Today in Marbella, waves are 3-4 feets with good conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with semi...

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Playa Grande, Monday, April 9, 2018

Buenas tardes! This is Catalina with your Monday, April 9 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 8:00 am Today in Playa Grande, waves are 2-3 feets with good conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with semi...

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Playa Tamarindo – Saturday, April 07, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Giovanny with your Saturday / 06 April surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 10 a.m. Today in Playa Tamarindo, waves are 1-3 with good  conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with...

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Playa Grande – Friday, April 06, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Giovanny with your Friday / 06 April surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 8 a.m. Today in Playa Grande, waves are 1-3 with good  conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with Glassy...

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Thursday, April 05, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Giovanny with your Thursday / 05 April surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 8 a.m. Today in Tamarindo, waves are 1-3 with good  conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with...

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6 Money Saving Tips for Your Next Surf Trip

Surf trips can really break the bank, we get it. Not everyone can afford to hop on the next flight to some corner of the world to chase swell. Surf trips are a privilege and we at Witch’s Rock Surf Camp do not take that lightly. So whether...

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Top 5 Exercises For Surfing

By Nick Holt Surfing is hard enough as it is, don’t let your lack of fitness get in the way of your surfing. Whether you’re a newbie just learning to pop-up or an experienced wave ripper, here are 5 exercises that will help you get stronger, improve your balance, and...

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Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Giovanny with your Wednesday / 04 April surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 4 p.m. Today in Tamarindo, waves are 1-3 with good  conditions. Winds at the time of the report were onshore providing us with Glassy...

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WRSC’s Definitive Ranking of the “Best” Worst Surf Films

For some reason, Hollywood cannot seem to nail Surf Movies. I’m not talking about classics like Bruce Brown’s Endless Summer or recent hits like John John Florence’s A View From a Blue Moon. Hollywood generally has no part in traditional surf films, which are focused...

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The Ultimate Costa Rica Road Trip

Whether you’re hitting these breaks for a day trip from Tamarindo, traveling with the WRSC crew on a guided adventure down the coast, or going for the long haul road trip, you’re not going to want to skip out on these spots. Beautiful beaches, quaint towns, and...

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A Tribute to Costa Rican Craft Beer

Believe it or not, Costa Rica wasn’t always the craft beer haven of Central America that it is today. In fact, barely a decade ago, it was hard to find anything other than the classic beach beers, Imperial and Pilsen. Now, admittedly, I have had my fair share of...

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Ditching the Cold for Costa Rica

By: Scotty Nelson Every year I go on a cruise with my brother, David, and his wife Nancy. Last year, while spending Thanksgiving with them, I asked David where we would be cruising on the next one. Imagine my surprise, when he answered, “Alaska, and it’s a couples...

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Surf Science: How to Properly Check the Surf Forecast

By: Ryan Waldron Getting Skunked Sucks… But it’s an inevitable part of surfing. Ask any surfer about a “skunk story” and they will painfully recite a handful of memories including onshore winds, the swell that never came, or mile-long closeouts. When dealing with a...

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How Not to Look Like a Beginner Surfer… Even If You Are

I totally agree with the old saying “Looks aren’t everything” but the plain truth is that style has naturally integrated into surfing culture since the times of Gidget. It has done so because, with the help of Hollywood and media stereotypes, the sport has become...

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The Greatest Thursday of My Life

By: Natasha Feduik It happened during my fourth return trip to Witch’s Rock Surf Camp. After arriving on Saturday, the 8 of us from New York had acclimated to our temporary life in paradise. Not to say we ever take the beauty of the luscious environment and lifestyle...

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A Reading List for the Intellectual Surfer

Surfer’s aren’t typically thought of as intellectuals, but traveling surfers are not your typical beach bums. As traveling surfers, we’ve developed an acute desire for the things in life that money cannot buy. We’ve honed our skills as minimalist travel experts. We...

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Paddling Out…Finding Joy

By: Rebecca Gullott I first discovered Costa Rica in 2010 when, after leaving my career at age 35 to pursue a graduate degree in a new field, I traveled solo to Nosara to pursue my life-long desire of learning to surf. After returning from that trip, I changed how I...

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Costa Rican Slang to Keep You in the Know in the Lineup

While the official language of Costa Rica is Spanish, Ticos (Costa Ricans) seem to have developed a language of their own when it comes to slang. This is especially true for the surfing community. Your friends at Witch’s Rock Surf Camp want to keep you in the know in...

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A Guide to the Wildlife of the Guanacaste Region

It’s no secret that Costa Rica is a global leader in wild life conservation. Chances are that when you’re visiting us here in Tamarindo, you might encounter some wildlife. Whether you’re road tripping up the coast hunting waves, crossing the river to Playa Grande, or...

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5 Yoga Poses to Improve Your Surfing

Yoga and surfing. While these two activities seem to have stark differences, they are often and increasingly paired together. Other than the admiration of granola-types, what do these two sports have in common? And why are surf legends like Gerry Lopez becoming...

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How to Enjoy a Post-Surf Beer

You’ve dragged your limp, weary body from the ocean after surfing the best waves of your life (well, at least until tomorrow). Your arms are so tired you can barely lift your board. Your legs are cramping from lack of nourishment. It’s time for refreshments. A little...

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Giving Thanks for Witch’s Rock (10 Trips and Counting)

by: Paul Minders My Witch’s Rock story started back in mid-2012 when a couple of friends in Chicago suggested that a few of us in Dallas check out Tamarindo and WRSC. They had just spent a week in Costa Rica without their kids, and had grabbed a few days in Tamarindo....

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Surfing’s Sleepy Start in Costa Rica

Surfing is ingrained in Costa Rica’s coastal culture, but it hasn’t always been that way. In 1974 there were just 20 native surfers here, and traveling surfers of that era thought Costa Rica was too remote. So how did surfing catch on in Costa Rica? In the 1980’s, the...

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Most Common Surf Injuries.

And How to Avoid Them. People often ask, “Are you afraid of getting attacked by a shark when you surf? I always respond by saying I am in more danger driving to the beach than I am while actually in the water surfing. The reality is that getting bitten by a shark is...

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Some Things are Worth Saying Twice

by: Joe Fortney I honestly can’t remember how many years we have been coming to WRSC, or how many times we have been there… It’s an annual event for us, and during one year we visited twice within the space of a few months. However, frequency is not important, there’s...

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Explaining Your Passion to the Non-surfers in Your Life

Photo Credit: Chris Topher Surfing has an all-encompassing nature to it. Once it grabs hold, it does not let go. How we eat, how we exercise, how we think, and what we focus on can become influenced by the sport. It can have a philosophical impact, so much so that a...

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How Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Ruined My Life

by: Kathryn Rutti (Insta: @kathrynrutti) In April of 2016, I booked a 10-day solo surf trip to Costa Rica, 7 days of which were spent at Witch’s Rock Surf Camp. I desperately needed to get away. At the time I was living in the Bay Area and working at a new tech start...

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5 Defining Moments in Surfing History

Duke Kahanamoku & George Freeth Introduce Surfing to the World While surfing has been around for thousands of years, its presence as a mainstream sport in the United States was almost non-existent. That is until two legends, Duke Kahanamoku and George Freeth, came to...

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Brewery + Surfing = Chet’s Favorite Place

by Chet Collins In the winter of 2016, my company got hired to build a Brewery in San Jose. I personally took the job, in order to see the beautiful country and to learn to surf. I did research and decided to visit Witch’s Rock Surf Camp, partly because of the...

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Make 2018 Your Best Surfing Year Yet

This time of year, we reflect. As surfers, life is pretty good. We chase a simple passion: board in hand, looking for swell. But there are always ways we can grow. It could be a change in habit, an improvement in health, a check next to a bucket list item, or a...

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15 Years at Witch’s Rock Surf Camp

by: Maggie Smith I have slowly gained many “big brothers” since 2003. I have watched the board cage move to 3 different locations, the hotel grow, another restaurant added, but most importantly, I still feel at home when I walk into Witch’s Rock. I think I have stayed...

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Life Lessons from Between the Waves

For many, surfing evolves to more than a sport, more than a hobby. It becomes a way of life—one of many lenses through which to view the world.   The specific reasons why are unique to the individual. But when surfing grabs hold of a person, it does not easily let go....

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Remembering the Early Days at Witch’s Rock Surf Camp

by Danny Mitchell Last week we lost a surfing icon. Bruce Brown brought surfing in far away places right into your living room.  I remember going to Santa Monica Civic Auditorium to watch Endless Summer with Bruce narrating.  What a great movie!! I grew up in Hermosa...

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Robert August Remembers Bruce Brown

By Robert August With: Ryan Waldron Even as a youngster, Bruce was one of my best friends in the neighborhood and would always hang around my parents’ house in Seal Beach, California. Everyone seemed to gravitate towards our house because my Dad was sort of a mentor...

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The Relay and the Wipe Out

by Chloe Hall It was the last day of the trip and the instructors at Witch’s Rock Surf Camp had organized a relay for the students. It had been a good week. I graduated from beginner lessons to intermediate tours over the course of 7 days. I had convinced myself that...

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How to Pack for the Perfect Surf Trip

Alright, you’ve done it.  You purchased a plane ticket to some far-out corner of the globe for one purpose, and one purpose only: to chase waves. Where you’re going, you will most likely be basking in the endless sunshine of some remote tropical paradise, but this...

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