Tamarindo Sur Blog

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!

Playa Tamarindo, Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Catalina with your Wednesday, August 15 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 6:00 – 9:00 am Today in Playa Tamarindo, waves are 1-3 feet with good conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing...

Playa Grande, Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Buenos Tardes! This is Catalina with your Tuesday, August 14 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 3:30 pm Today in Playa Grande, waves are 2-4 feet with fair conditions. Winds at the time of the report were onshore providing us with...

How to Make Costa Rica’s Famous Plantain Dishes

If you’ve paid us a visit to Costa Rica, you have surely fallen head over heels in love with plantains. They are the absolute perfect side dish. They can be served sweet or salty, soft or chewy, even infused. They go wonderfully with breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even...

Playa Tamarindo, Monday, August 13, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Catalina with your Monday, August 13 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 2:30 pm Today in Playa Tamarindo, waves are 1-3 feet with good conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with...

Playa Tamarindo, Saturday August 11, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Giovanny with your Saturday, August 11 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report:11:00 am Today in Playa Tamarindo, waves are 1-3 feet with good conditions. Winds at the time of the report were  offshore providing us with...

Playa Tamarindo, Thursday August 09, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Giovanny with your Tuesday, August 09 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 10:00 am Today in Playa Avellanas, waves are 1-3 feet with good conditions. Winds at the time of the report were  onshore providing us with...

Surf Forecasting Explained

At every break, there’s always that one surfer who knows exactly what the waves, tide, and wind are doing at any given time. He or she is so in tune with the ocean, they seem to have an internal surf forecasting mechanism that’s never wrong. If your knowledge of your...

Playa Tamarindo, Wednesday August 08 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Giovanny with your Tuesday, August 07 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report:11:00 am Today in Playa Tamarindo, waves are 1-3 feet with good conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with...

Playa Grande, Tuesday August 07 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Giovanny with your Tuesday, August 07 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 feet with good conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with...

Playa Tamarindo, Monday August 06, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Giovanny with your Monday, August 06 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 11:00 am Today in Playa Tamarindo, waves are 1-3 feet with good conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with...

Tamarindo – Saturday, August 4, 2018

Buenas tardes ! This is Jonathan with your Saturday, August 4 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 10 AM Today in Tamarindo, waves are 2-3 feet with good  conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with water...

Playa Grande – Friday 3 August 2018

Buenas Tardes! This is Jonathan with your  Friday 3 August surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 7AM Today in Playa Grande  , waves are 3-4 feet with good  conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with...

Playa Grande “Casitas” – Thursday, August 2, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Jonathan with yourThursday, August 2  surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 7AM Today in Playa Grande  , waves are 2-3 feet with good  conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with water...

How to Buy Great Used Boards on a Budget

If you’re a little strapped for cash but you’ve been bitten by the surfing bug, you’ve gotten yourself into quite the dilemma. A reliable new surfboard can cost anywhere from $500 to $1200 and, of course, you’re going to want a board for every single wave type you...

Tamarindo – Wednesday, August 1 2018

Buena Tardes! This is Jonathan with your  Wednesday, August 1 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 6AM 8AM 10AM Today in Tamarindo, waves are 1-2 feet with good  conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us...

Avellanas – Tuesday July 31 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Jonathan with your Tuesday July 31 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 7AM Today in Playa Avellanas , waves are 1-2 feet with good  conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with water...

Behind The Desk With Oscar Rojas

When you come to Witch’s Rock Surf Camp, we want you to have life-changing experiences, make new friends, and enjoy every second in Tamarindo. We know our service plays a big role in your adventure which is why, in a series of posts, we’ll introduce some of the...

Tamarindo – Monday, July 30 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Jonathan with your Monday, July 30 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 6AM Today in Tamarindo, waves are 1-2 feet with good  conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with water glassy ...

Playa Tamarindo, Saturday, July 28 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Giovanny with your Wednesday, July 25 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 1:00 pm Today in Playa Tamarindo, waves are 2-3 feet with good conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with...

12 Must Follow Surf Instagram Accounts

Social media can be a hindrance to our daily lives. Spending hours on end glued to our phone screens is far from healthy. But, social media also has the ability to connect us to friends around the globe, transport us for brief moments to beautiful locations all over...

Playa Avellanas, Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Catalina with your Wednesday, July 25 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 11:00 am Today in Playa Avellanas, waves are 3-5 feet with good conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with...

Playa Tamarindo, Tuesday, July 24 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Giovanny with your Monday, July 23 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 11:00 am Today in Playa Tamarindo, waves are 2-5 feet with good conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with...

5 Things to Consider Before Dating a Surfer

Dating a surfer definitely has its perks. For the most part, we’re in decent shape, tan, adventurous, and in touch with nature. But before you let yourself fall completely head over heels for a surfer, there are some things you should consider. 1. We’re late, a lot…...

Playa Avellanas, Monday, July 23, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Catalina with your Monday, July 23 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 9:00 am Today in Playa Avellamas, waves are 2-5 feet with good conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with semi...

Playa Tamarindo, Saturday July 21, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Giovanny with your Saturday, July 21 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report:  10:00 am Today in Playa Tamarindo, waves are 1-3 feet with good conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with...

Playa Grande, Friday July 20, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Giovanny with your Friday, July 20 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report:  8:00 am Today in Playa Grande, waves are 1-3 feet with good conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with semi...

Help Me Change My Vacation from Nicaragua to Costa Rica

We recently received an email from a lady in Louisiana asking if it was too late to change her travel plans. We posted it up and asked both locals and tourists for their input. *While we’re always excited to meet new guests, our hearts go out to our brothers and...

Playa Grande, Thursday July 18, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Giovanny with your Thursday, July 18 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report:  8:00 am Today in Playa Grande, waves are 1-2 feet with good conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with semi...

Playa Tamarindo, Wednesday July 18, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Giovanny with your Wednesday, July 18 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report:  6:00 pm Today in Playa Tamarindo, waves are 1-2 feet with good conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with...

Playa Grande, Tuesday July 17, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Giovanny with your Tuesday, July 17 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report:  2:00 pm Today in Playa Grande, waves are 1-3 feet with good conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with semi...

Carlos Muñoz: Costa Rica’s Premier Professional Surfer

The perfection of Costa Rica’s waves was bound to produce an elite professional surfer eventually. The manifestation of thousands of ripping Ticos across the country is none other than Carlos Muñoz. Carlos is a Red Bull sponsored athlete who competes on the QS and...

Playa Tamarindo, Monday, July 16, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Giovanny with your Monday, July 16 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 6:00 am and 4:00 pm Today in Playa Tamarindo, waves are 1-3 feet with good conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing...

Tamarindo – Saturday, July 14, 2018

Buenos Dias ! This is Jonathan with your Saturday, july 14 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 10:30AM    Today in Playa Tamarindo , waves are 1-2 feet with  good  conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us...

Playa Grande – Friday, July 13, 2018

Buenas Tardes ! This is Jonathan with your Friday, July 13 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 1PM Today in Playa grande, waves are 1-3 feet with good conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with...

Playa Grande – Thursday, July 12, 2018

Buenas Tardes ! This is Jonathan with your  Thursday, July 12 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 10AM Today in Playa Grande , waves are 1-3 feet with  fair conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with...

8 Ways Strength Training Will Improve Your Life And Your Surfing

We all know of the physical benefits of strength training, but what about the mental and psychological benefits. Let me tell you a story… It was a beautiful, sunny day. The wind was offshore and the swell was lining up to the south. Here I was, sitting on my surfboard...

Playa Tamarindo – Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Buenas Tardes! This is Jonathan with your  Wednesday, July 11 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 9AM – 11AM – 1PM Today in Playa Tamarindo, waves are 1-2 feet with  good  conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore...

Playa Avellanas – Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Buenas Tardes! This is Jonathan with your Tuesday, July 10 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 9AM Today in Playa Avellanas, waves are 1-3 feet with  good  conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with...

This Is Your Brain On Surfing

Every surfer knows it, even if they can’t put it into words, surfing is good for your mind and great for your soul. We paddle out often tired, frustrated, or rundown by the burdens of daily life but when we exit the water we are in a state of blissful glee. Many...

Playa Tamarindo – Monday, July 9, 2018

Buenas Tardes ! This is Jonathan with your Monday, July 9 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 8:30AM – 10:30AM  12:30PM Today in Playa Tamarindo , waves are 1-4  feet with  good  conditions. Winds at the time of the report were...

Playa Tamarindo, Saturday, July 7, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Catalina with your Saturday, July 6 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 9:30 am Today in Playa Tamarindo, waves are 1-2 feet with good conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with...

Playa Grande, Friday, July 6, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Catalina with your Friday, July 6 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 8:00 am Today in Playa Grande, waves are 1-3 feet with good conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with semi...

Playa Avellanas, Thursday, July 5, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Catalina with your Thursday, July 5 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 7:00 am Today in Playa Avellanas, waves are 2-3 feet with good conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with...

Costa Rica Surf Calendar

For us, surfing is a year-round gig. No matter what season, Costa Rica provides mild weather and mind-blowing swells. We’d love for you to live here with us permanently, but since that probably isn’t going to happen (yet,) we’ve put together a surf calendar to help...

Playa Tamarindo, Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Catalina with your Wednesday, July 4 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 6:00 – 9:00 am Today in Playa Tamarindo, waves are 1-3 feet with  good conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us...

Playa Avellanas, Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Catalina with your Tuesday, July 3 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 7:00 am Today in Playa Avellanas, waves are 1-3 feet with good conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with...

The Evolution of the Modern Surfboard

Today’s modern thruster (three fin shortboard) has become the typical image associated with surfing. And while progression is the goal of the beginner surfer, everyone wants to eventually wind up riding the coveted shortboard – capable of fast turns and big airs. But...

Playa Tamarindo, Monday, July 2, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Catalina with your Monday, July 2 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 6:00 – 9:00 am Today in Playa Tamarindo, waves are 1-2 feets with good conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us...

Playa Tamarindo – Saturday, June 30, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Giovanny with yourSaturday, June 30 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 11:00 am Today in Playa Tamarindo, waves are 1-2 feet with good conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with...

Playa Grande – Friday, June 29, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Giovanny with your Friday, June 29 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 2:00 pm Today in Playa Grande, waves are 1-3 feet with good conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with semi...

Playa Grande – Thursday, June 28, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Giovanny with your Thursday, June 28 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 2:00 pm Today in Playa Grande, waves are 1-3 feet with good conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with semi...

The Perfect Surf Warm-up

It’s easy to forget because you’re having so much fun, but surfing is serious exercise. Most surfing injuries don’t come from shallow reefs and gnarly wipeouts but from overuse. Nothing is more frustrating than not being able to surf because of a bad shoulder or sore...

Playa Tamarindo – Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Giovanny with your Wednesday, June 27 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 1:00 pm Today in Playa Tamarindo, waves are 1-3 feet with good conditions. Winds at the time of the report were cross/offshore providing us...

Robert August Surfboard Giveaway Winner

We ran a contest, throughout the month of May, entering everyone who made a new reservation into a drawing for a FREE Robert August surfboard! And the winner is………………………………. Sean Eckerty Congrats Sean! We’ll be in touch so you can pick your sweet new stick! Robert...

Playa Avellanas – Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Giovanny with your Tuesday, June 26 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 2:00 pm Today in Playa Tamarindo, waves are 2-3 feet with good conditions. Winds at the time of the report were onshore providing us with semi...

5 Weird Surfer Habits Explained

We’re a weird bunch. Surfers have strange, kooky habits that often don’t make sense from afar. Luckily for you, we’re here to break down the five weirdest surfer habits. So sit back, relax and uncover why your surfer friends do the strange things they do. 1. Waxing...

Playa Tamarindo – Monday, June 25, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Giovanny with your Monday, June 25 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 10:00 am Today in Playa Tamarindo, waves are 1-3 feet with good conditions. Winds at the time of the report were cross-shore providing us with...

Playa Tamarindo – Saturday, June 23, 2018

Buenas Tardes ! This is Jonathan with your Saturday, June 23 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 10AM Today in Playa Tamarindo , waves are 1-3 feet with  good  conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with...

Playa Grande – Friday, June 22, 2018

Buenas Tardes ! This is Jonathan with your Friday, June 22 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 10AM Today in Playa Grande, waves are 1-3 feet with  good  conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with...

Playa Avellanas – Thursday, June 21, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Jonathan with your Thursday, June 21 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 9AM Today in Playa Avellanas, waves are 1-3 feet with good conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with glassy...

Why You Shouldn’t Limit Yourself to One Board Type

A lot of surfers seem to define themselves by what they ride. They’ve either fully invested themselves in high-performance shortboards, or they have labeled themselves as “a longboarder.” Very rarely, do these surfers stray from their comfort zones, so why should you?...

Playa Tamarindo – Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Jonathan with your  Wednesday, June 20 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 6AM – 8AM – 10AM Today in Playa Tamarindo, waves are 1-2 feet with  good  conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore...

Playa Avellanas – Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Jonathan with your  Tuesday, June 19 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 7AM Today in Playa Avellanas, waves are 1-3 feet with  good  conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with semi...

Every Season Has a Reason to Visit Tamarindo | Part 2 | Wet Season

Costa Rica has two main seasons. The dry season, which runs from November to May, and the wet season from May to November. During July and August, the country experiences a special, mini-season known as El Veranillo de San Juan. During the rainy season, overall...

Tamarindo – Monday, June 18, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Jonathan with your  Monday, June 18 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 6AM-8AM    Today in Playa Tamarindo, waves are 1-3 feet with  good  conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us...

Tamarindo – Saturday June 16, 2018

Buenas Tardes ! This is Jonathan with your Saturday June 16 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp   Time of report: 2PM   Today in Tamarindo, waves are 1-3 feet with fair  conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with...

Playa Grande – Friday, June 15, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Giovanny with your Friday, June 15 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 1:30 am Today in Playa Grande, waves are 2-3 feets with good  conditions. Winds at the time of the report were onshore providing us with...

Playa Tamarindo – Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Giovanny with your Wednesday, June 13 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 11:30 am Today in Playa Tamarindo, waves are 2-3 feets with good  conditions. Winds at the time of the report were onshore providing us with...

Playa Avellanas – Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Buenas Tardes ! This is Jonathan with your Tuesday, June 12 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 11AM Today in Avellanas, waves are 1-3 feet with good conditions. Winds at the time of the report were onshore providing us with...

The Top 5 Surf Apps

In today’s technological age, we are a mere click away from accessing infinite amounts of information on whatever topic we desire. Whether you are into American football, cooking, endless pictures of cats, or our personal favorite, surfing, you can find just about...

Playa Tamarindo – Monday, June 11, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Giovanny with your Mondayay, June 11 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 10:30 am Today in Playa Tamarindo, waves are 2-3 feets with good  conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with...

Playa Tamarindo – Saturday, June 09, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Giovanny with your Saturday, June 09 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 9:30 am Today in Playa Tamarindo, waves are 1-3 feets with good  conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with...

Playa Grande – Friday, June 08, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Giovanny with your Friday, June 08 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 7:30 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...

Playa Tamarindo – Thursday, June 07, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Giovanny with your Thursday, June 07 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 7:30 am Today in Playa Tamarindo, waves are 1-2 feets with good  conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with...

Yes, It’s Safe to Travel to Costa Rica

When planning a vacation, especially with the family, it’s natural to be concerned about safety. Is the hotel in a good area? Is there a lifeguard at the pool? When planning a vacation abroad, these feelings can become even more unsettling. Is there political unrest...

Playa Tamarindo – Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Giovanny with your Wednesday, June 06 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 7:30 am Today in Playa Tamarindo, waves are 1-2 feets with good  conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with...

Playa Tamarindo – Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Giovanny with your Tuesday, June 05 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 7:30 am Today in Playa Tamarindo, waves are 1-2 feets with good  conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with...

Behind the Desk with Yohan Rojas Acuna

When you come to Witch’s Rock Surf Camp, we want you to have life-changing experiences, make new friends, and make the most of your time in Tamarindo. We know our service plays a big role in that. In a series of posts, we’ll introduce some of the individuals who make...

Playa Grande – Monday, June 04, 2018

Buenos Dias! This is Giovanny with your Monday, June 04 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 7:30 am Today in Playa Grande, waves are 1-2 feets with good  conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with...

Tamarindo – Saturday, June 2, 2018

Buenas Tardes ! This is Jonathan with your Saturday, June 2 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 8AM Today in Playa Tamarindo, waves are 1-2 feet with good conditions. Winds at the time of the report were onshore providing us with glass...

Playa Grande – Friday, June 1, 2018

Buenas Tardes ! This is Jonathan with your Friday, June 1 surf report brought to you by Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Time of report: 7AM Today in Playa grande, waves are 1-3 feet with good conditions. Winds at the time of the report were offshore providing us with glass...

The Components of Style in Surfing (And How to Develop Your Own)

What is style in the surf world? I’m not talking about the latest boardshorts here, I’m talking about style on a wave. Style to a surfer is akin to the style of a painter. It defines your craft, separates you from the pack, and ultimately, it’s your signature on the...

Behind the Desk with Shawna Mullen

When you come to Witch’s Rock Surf Camp, we want you to have life-changing experiences, make new friends, and make the most of your time in Tamarindo. We know our service plays a big role in that. In a series of posts, we’ll introduce some of the individuals who make...

Costa Rica Puts Renewable Energy On the Map

Yes, we love to surf, and yes, we usually write about surfing. But today we’re going to break from our regularly scheduled program to brag a little about Costa Rica’s commitment to clean energy. Did you know that 99.62% of Costa Rica’s electricity is renewable? In...

10 Family & Kid Friendly Activities in Tamarindo

So, you’re taking your kids on a surf trip. To your friends, that might sound crazy. But at WRSC we know that surfing is a great family activity that will ultimately bring you closer together. Whether you’re traveling with toddlers, teenagers, or anything in between,...

How to Get Over Your Worst Wipeout and Get Back in the Water

If you’ve been surfing for a while, it’s definitely happened to you. You took off too late on a wave that may have been a tad out of your league. You missed your drop, you skipped down the face of the wave like a smooth stone on a pond, and then you were picked up and...

Improve Your Surfing With This 5-Min Routine

By Nick Holt Moving well is crucial to surfing well. As you know, surfing requires the body to get into challenging positions, and if you’re always tight, stiff, or in pain, surfing will be almost impossible. You need to be supple, loose, and flexible. Here’s a simple...

Your Guide to Fine Dining in Tamarindo

Just because you’re on a surf trip does not mean you have to rough it on date night. In fact, Tamarindo is home to some of the best fine dining options in Costa Rica. Gone are the days of sketchy eats and cheap beer fueled surf trips. We want you to have the best...

5 Lessons You’ll Learn Your First Time on a Shortboard

Transitioning to a shortboard can be tricky, frustrating, yet ultimately rewarding. There are a few lessons you’ll have to learn the hard way. And you’re going to spend a significant amount of time falling. That being said, we want you to be as prepared as possible...

The Best Surf Films Streaming on Netflix Right Now

It’s no secret that the average person spends a slightly embarrassing amount of time binge watching Netflix TV shows and movies. And who can blame them, there are literally tens of thousands of options with the click of the button. There is truly something on Netflix...

5 Common Mistakes to Avoid if You Want to Improve your Surfing

Like all sports, surfing has a learning curve, and we want to help you accelerate your progress. Whether you’ve learned to surf here in Tamarindo, or are coming to WRSC to improve your surfing, we have compiled a list of things for you to keep in mind while you are...

Behind the Desk with Sara Vargas

Meet Sara Vargas, a customer service representative at the front desk in the Witch’s Rock Surf Shop. She has been here for two years, and she’s one of the first faces you’ll see when you check in and go through orientation. What’s the mood of guests when they first...

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...

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...

Each Season Has a Reason to Visit Tamarindo – Part 1: Dry Season

Costa Rica has two main seasons. The dry season, which runs from November to May, and the wet season from May to November. During July and August, the country experiences a special, mini-dry season known as El Veranillo de San Juan. Tourism in Costa Rica peaks in the...

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...

Alison Avellan’s at Witch’s Everyday and Wants to Meet You

When you come to Witch’s Rock Surf Camp, we want you to have life-changing experiences, make new friends, and make the most of your time in Tamarindo. We know our staff and service plays a big role in that. So, we wanted to open up our Talk Story to some of the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Your Guide to Costa Rica’s Unique Cuisine (5 Must Try Meals)

Costa Rica is an absolute culinary gem in the Latin American world. The unique flavors and dishes from all over the country attract countless tourists annually. The fresh produce, tropical ingredients, and years of traditional cooking make these dishes well worth...

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...

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...

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...

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...

5 Things to do in and Around Tamarindo for When You’re All Surfed Out

You’re going to get the best waves of your life when you come visit us here at Witch’s Rock Surf Camp in Tamarindo, no one doubts that. But sometimes, every so often, we simply feel “surfed out.” Our arms are tired from paddling and our skin is a bit burnt from the...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

Feliz Navidad

by: Natasha Feduik Traveling with a group is always fun and entertaining, and traveling with a group to Witch’s Rock Surf Camp is even better! Because of the “camp” vibe, there’s already a communal feel that welcomes solo travelers or groups alike. I have visited WRSC...

Bring Surfing to Shore with a Few Great Films

We all have our favorite surfing movie. Some inspire us, some impress us, and some transport us to far-flung destinations we visit in our dreams. Sometimes movies feature surfing but are not really about surfing at all. The ones that we highlight here are about...

When Can We Go Back?

by Lindsay Sutula In 2010, my husband (then boyfriend), Jason and I crashed a friend’s trip to Tamarindo, Costa Rica. We were poor young professionals in our 20s. We stayed at a hostel in the center of town where one of our friends knew the owner so we got a deal. A...

WRSC Guide to Surfboard Shape

Whether you are new to surfing or have been surfing for a while, choosing the right board can be a challenge. There seems to be an infinite amount of different shapes, lengths, and fin set-ups. Then there are the slightly more complicated, yet equally important,...

Holiday Gift Guide for the Surfer in Your Life

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and that means the holiday shopping season is too. If you are stumped at what to give the surfer in your life… or if you are a surfer and your family is always asking you for a list, we did the heavy lifing for you both this...

“Mama” Catch’s a Wave

By Natasha Feduik After taking different groups to Witch’s Rock Surf Camp over a few years, certain people in my life started to ask, “When’s the next surf trip?”  “When can I go?”  The last time, it was my family. So, this past January, the Feduik’s took WRSC by...

Take a Break: Your Guide to the Three Main Types of Waves

A surf break is a place along the coast where a wave created from a storm thousands of miles away meets its demise as it crashes into land. Although simple in concept, surf breaks (also referred to as “surf spots”) are very complex in nature. This article will provide...

Sometimes Surfing Leads to Love

by: Nayereh Pater-Rov People often ask us how we met, and when we say, “At surf camp in Costa Rica,” they want to know more. So, here’s our story. It was Ryan’s second trip to Witch’s Rock Surf Camp, and my first. Ryan traveled from Toronto with his sister,...

Surf Science: The Importance of Swell Angle

Every few weeks in Costa Rica, surfers are hyping about the newest purple blob that appears on the swell charts. “Have you seen the next swell? It’s gonna be the biggest of the year!”  Surfers love to create unrealistic expectations of waves we’ve yet to catch. We...

How I Caught My First Wave

by Ivano Stellato Ever since I can remember, I wanted to learn to surf.  Growing up in Toronto that dream seemed more like a fantasy than a reality but that didn’t stop me.  Many years ago, on a trip to Florida, I bought a surfboard and practiced to exhaustion but I...

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