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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!
How To: A Perfect Bottom Turn

How To: A Perfect Bottom Turn

    Becoming a good surfer takes time, plain and simple… Sure, you can have a thrilling session as a beginner just B-lining towards the beach on the white water, but as you progress, the thrill seeking becomes more intense and the mental flow state is more enjoyable....

NEW 2019 / 2020 Dates | All Women Surf Retreats w/ Andrea Diaz

NEW 2019 / 2020 Dates | All Women Surf Retreats w/ Andrea Diaz

Female surf retreats are here to stay! The girls have been so stoked and showed such enthusiasm these past weeks that we decided to add 6 MORE WEEKS to our All Female Surf Retreats. If you’ve been holding off on your surf trip, now is the time to capitalize on an...

FREE ROOMS this FALL—First come, first SURF

FREE ROOMS this FALL—First come, first SURF

What’s the Deal? During September and October, we give the rooms away for FREE and you only pay for the surf program A room with double occupancy (or more) gets the room for free and the 7 night price is $805 p/p with beginner or $910 p/p with Intermediate or Advanced...

WRSC Family Surf Trips: Save Money and Maximize Fun!

WRSC Family Surf Trips: Save Money and Maximize Fun!

Taking your family on a successful vacation takes courage, planning, and downright luck. Even though the logistics can be complicated, it shouldn’t stop your family from creating unforgettable memories that you will reminisce about for years to come. In the past...

Get on Board, Ladies! — Celebrating Womens Surfing in Costa Rica

Get on Board, Ladies! — Celebrating Womens Surfing in Costa Rica

Surfing is not just for boys. In fact, it has NEVER been just for boys… Archaeologists estimate that women have been dancing on water since the early 1600’s. This time-frame was established when a balsa-wood surfboard was discovered in Princess Kaneamuna’s burial cave...

What’s May Like in Costa Rica?

What’s May Like in Costa Rica?

Are you planning a surf trip to Costa Rica in the upcoming months but not sure when to come? If you’re a seasoned Central American traveler, you know that Costa Rica’s dry season ends in late April and May is blessed with the first rains of the year. The dusty, brown...

Playa Avellanas – Thursday, March 14, 2019

Playa Avellanas – Thursday, March 14, 2019

Time: 7:00 AM Location: Playa Avellanas, Costa Rica Wave Height: 2-4 feet Wind Direction: offshore Wind Speed: Moderate High Tide: 7:56 AM Low Tide: 1:54 PM Description: Finally we have waves again! Morning with waves of good size and good shape Subscribe to our...

2019 All Women Surf Retreats with Andrea Diaz

2019 All Women Surf Retreats with Andrea Diaz

Back by popular demand, the 2019 All Women Surf Retreat dates have finally been announced. If you’ve been holding off on your surf trip, now is the time to capitalize on an unforgettable week of surfing with the best female surfer in Costa Rica, Andrea Diaz. This is...

Maximize your wave count with these positioning techniques

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...

Podcast: Pancho Sullivan: My Surfing Life

Born on the Island of Kauai and raised on the North Shore of Oahu, Pancho Sullivan has become recognized as one of the best power surfers in surfing. Pancho has seen success as a free surfer, earning a spot on the Rip curl SEARCH team for many years. He qualified for...

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

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...

Costa Rican Slang for Your Next Surf Trip

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...

Volcano Brewing Company Opens New Brewery In Tamarindo

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...

When is the Best Time to Surf Tamarindo?

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...

The Surf Seasons of Costa Rica

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: 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...

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

5 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...

8 Ways Strength Training Will Improve Your Life And Your Surfing

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...

Why You Shouldn’t Limit Yourself to One Board Type

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

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...

Yes, It’s Safe to Travel to Costa Rica

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...

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

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

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...

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

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

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

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

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...

Ditching the Cold for Costa Rica

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

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...

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

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...

How to Enjoy a Post-Surf Beer

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...

Surfing’s Sleepy Start in Costa Rica

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...

Explaining Your Passion to the Non-surfers in Your Life

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...

Brewery + Surfing = Chet’s Favorite Place

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...

How to Pack for the Perfect Surf Trip

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

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...

When Can We Go Back?

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...

Costa Rica Surf Calendar

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...

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