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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!

Playa Tamarindo – February 20, 2019

Time: 12:00PM Location: Playa Tamarindo, Costa Rica Wave Height: 1-2 feet Wind Direction: Onshore Wind Speed: Gentle High Tide:3:28PM Low Tide: 9:34PM Description : noon with regular conditions for surfing Subscribe to our YouTube channel for daily surf reports...

Playa Camaronal – February 19, 2019

Time: 9:00AM Location: Playa Camaronal, Costa Rica Wave Height: 2-4 feet Wind Direction: Onshore Wind Speed: Light High Tide:2:38PM Low Tide: 8:42PM Description : morning with good conditions and semi glassy water surface Subscribe to our YouTube channel for daily...

Playa Tamarindo – February 18, 2019

Time: 10:00AM Location: Playa Tamarindo, Costa Rica Wave Height: 1-2 feet Wind Direction: Offshore Wind Speed: Gentle High Tide:1:46PM Low Tide: 7:47PM Description : Small waves, around 11:00 am changed the direction of the wind Subscribe to our YouTube channel for...

Witch’s Rock Employee Profile: Flaco

Introducing Juan Carlos “Flaco” Surf Guide for Witch’s Rock Surf Camp.His name is Juan Carlos but everyone knows him as “Flaco” . He’s such a pura vida laid back guy who not only rips, but most importantly loves being a surf instructor. His job is not just being a rad...

Playa Tamarindo – February 16, 2019

Location: Playa Tamarindo , Costa Rica Wave Height: 1-2feet Wind Direction: Onshore Wind Speed: a bit strong High Tide: 11:36AM Low Tide: 5:44PM Description : Very few waves Subscribe to our YouTube channel for daily surf reports delivered to you inbox! The post Playa...

Playa Grande – February 15, 2019

Location: Playa Grande, Costa Rica Wave Height: 1-2feet Wind Direction: Offshore Wind Speed with bursts High Tide: 10:36AM Low Tide: 4:24PM Description :Today with few waves Subscribe to our YouTube channel for daily surf reports delivered to you inbox! The post Playa...

Playa Grande – February 14, 2019

Location: Playa Grande, Costa Rica Wave Height: 1-3feet Wind Direction: Offshore Wind Speed Light High Tide: 9:26AM Low Tide: 3:22PM Description : Good waves and excellent for surfing Subscribe to our YouTube channel for daily surf reports delivered to you inbox! The...

Why You CAN’T Teach Your Partner How To Surf

Picture it now…. Traveling to a premier surf destination on the other side of the world with your significant other, and they’re JUST AS STOKED as you are! Say goodbye to the days of a resentful, sunburned girlfriend / boyfriend who just spent the last 5...

Why you CAN’T teach your partner to surf..

I was going to name this article, “Why you CAN’T teach your girlfriend to surf”, but then I remembered we’re in the 21st century and the correct term nowadays is partner… So in order to be fair to all the surfers out there who have...

Maximize your wave count with these positioning techniques

All surfers aspire to catch more waves. Plain and simple…Why else would we spend hours bobbing around in the ocean, burning our skin, squinting our eyes, and putting ourselves at the raw risks of mother nature? Surfing is an interesting sport. In a 2-hour session, you...

What Age Can Kids Start Surfing?

Parenthood is the most glorious and most hectic time of your life. The highs and lows never seem to balance out to a steady equilibrium and the “to-do” list never gets any smaller. As a parent of 3 year-old twin boys, I never knew my heart could be overflowing with...

How It Happened: the Making of the Movie “The Endless Summer”

In 1963 Bruce Brown, Mike Hynson, and Robert August completed an 8-month surf journey that circumnavigated the globe. Bruce shot tons of film, edited it, and released the surf classic The Endless Summer later the next year. The rest is history. But how did this all...

Who Will You Meet at WRSC?

Tamarindo is a true melting pot of cultures. Name any country, and we can tell you about a guest we’ve met over the years at WRSC. Travelers come from all corners of the world to visit our surf camp, each with their own unique story. If you’ve ever been to WRSC,...

Costa Rican Slang for Your Next Surf Trip

Do you need to speak fluent Spanish to visit us? Of course not! All our staff are bilingual and love to test out their English skills with our guests. But if you want to make an impression and get some genuine smiles from the locals, surprise them with some of these...

So Bad It’s Good: North Shore the movie

If you haven’t seen this 1987 surf classic, STOP what you’re doing right now and add this movie to your collection. Hollywood surf flicks are pretty lame… It’s a combination of the terrible computer-generated images, the millionaire actors attempting to portray...

How To Transition From A Longboard To A Shortboard

Do you currently only ride a longboard, but you really want to learn how to ride shortboard? Are you ready to do tighter turns, drop in deeper, and take your surfing to the next level? After meeting and teaching thousands of aspiring surfers, this is one of the most...

Volcano Brewing Company Opens New Brewery In Tamarindo

Wow. What started as a side hustle in 2011 has grown into another business entirely. For years we have been producing our own craft beers under the label Volcano Brewing Company. We’ve had incredible response, selling everything we could produce at our 3 surf camp...

The Time is NOW… For Your Solo Surf Trip

Stop waiting around for a travel buddy, the time is NOW to chase your passion to Costa Rica. At Witch’s Rock Surf Camp, traveling solo has never been easier. You’ll still enjoy the sense of adventure that goes with visiting a new part of the world by yourself, but...

Building the Ultimate Costa Rica Surf Van (part one)

I’ve always been into camper vans, ever since I was a kid. I was 18 when I bought my first van, a pea-green 1979 VW Westfalia I scored for $1600. This was the first car I ever bought and it changed my life. I started camping and surfing in Baja every month, getting my...

When is the Best Time to Surf Tamarindo?

This may seem like a loaded question, but that’s because it is! Ask 10 Tamarindo locals and you’ll get 10 different answers. And to complicate it further, when you say, best time, what does that actually mean? We’ve made it easy for you and broke it down into...

Tamarindo Receives Awesome Northwest Swell To Start 2019 Season

Psst! The Tamarindo Rivermouth is breaking again! If you were lucky enough to be down here this past weekend, you saw some giant waves breaking up and down the beach as a booming northwest swell slammed into Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. These were the same waves that...

New Playa Grande Concierge Boat Service Starting Dec. 1, 2018

We’ve got an awesome new surf tour service that you’re going to love. Starting on December 1st, 1018, all guests in our Intermediate and Advanced surf programs will have free access to our new Playa Grande concierge boat.   What This Means: Every day...

The Surf Seasons of Costa Rica

Waves are nothing more than traveling vessels of energy. Born from strong winds blowing in all corners of the planet, ocean waves traverse thousands of miles through open water just to come crashing down for our enjoyment. Aside from the visual aesthetics of watching...

Surfing Etiquette: 5 Surf Rules Everyone Should Know

Surfing Etiquette can be described as the official list of rules for the sport of surfing. Having these rules allows us all to surf in harmony with one another.  If there were no rules to surfing the lineup would be total chaos! For this blog I researched the Internet...

6 Eco-Friendly Surf Products You Can Feel Good About Using

As surfers, we are some of the first to feel the effects of pollution and climate change. The ocean is our playground and we try our best to keep it clean, but when the tools of our trade are contributing factors to rising oceans and carbon emission we are put in a...

Your Guide to Bringing Home the Best Costa Rican Coffee

It’s no secret that Costa Rica has some of the world’s best coffee. Our temperate inland climate, rolling grassy hills, and rainy season provides the optimal conditions to produce supreme quality coffee beans. With every sip you take each morning you’re here, you’ll...

Celebrities Who Rip

We’ve all seen the tabloid snapshot depicting some A-lister hanging on to a foam board, for dear life, while vacationing in Bali or Hawaii. But there are, in fact, a few celebrities who legitimately rip. Whether surf tripping with pros or pulling into barrels in front...

10 Breathtaking Hikes to Take in Costa Rica

You came to Costa Rica for the waves, we get that, so did we. But there is so much more to Costa Rica than the coast. Costa Rica’s highest point of elevation is 3,820 meters (12,533 feet) that’s just under the elevation of Mount Owen in the Teton Range of Wyoming....

Fin Set Up Explained

Over the years, surfboards have evolved. We’ve seen longboards, shortboards, fishtails, and many more. Just like boards, fins have evolved over the time as well. As high-performance surfing advances and new maneuvers come into existence, fin setups must change to keep...

10 Fascinating Facts About Costa Rica

Everyone here knows it, but do you? Costa Rica is one of the most diverse, naturally beautiful, and interesting countries on the planet. Costa Ricans are widely known as some of the happiest people in the world, and every year millions of people travel to Costa Rica....

How Does Your Workout Stack Up? Test It Here!

By Nick Holt What does the “perfect” workout look like? Or better question, does “perfect” even exist? While Men’s Health, Shape or any other mainstream fitness magazine might try and convince us that the “perfect” workout does exist (just buy our magazine to find...

What It’s Like to Tour One of Costa Rica’s Magnificent Volcanoes

It’s no secret that Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. But if you only think of tropical beaches when you picture Costa Rica, it might surprise you to learn that Costa Rica has over 200 identifiable volcanic features with approximately 100...

Costa Rica v. Nicaragua | The Differences

When it comes to world-class surf, sights, and scenery – Central America is the ultimate seaside escape. Comprised of seven countries, each with its own unique history and breathtaking beaches, it can be challenging to decide on a single destination. For adventure...

The 5 Best Podcasts for Adventure Loving Surfers

Podcasts are like books but without all the work. You can dive deep into fantasies, learn something new, or listen in on a stimulating intellectual debate. In the last half-decade or so, the popularity of podcasts has exploded. There seems to be a podcast for every...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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…...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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?...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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