CSC is pleased to bring you specialized surf retreats in SW Costa Rica at our property Rancho Diandrew!!!
These retreats are aimed to boost your surfing skills in a relatively short amount of time by logging multiple hours in the water per day with expert coaching in and out of the water, including video analysis of your sessions. Each student will develop specific goals for each session from popping quicker to being more aggressive to learning how to pump and turn. Retreats also include: seminars on wave judgment, swell forecasting, body positioning, trim technique, paddling form, body surfing and body boarding at low tide (to learn how to ride the barrel), waterfall tours, and cave swimming adventures. ALL ABILITY LEVELS ARE WELCOME!!!
2018 Dates and Pricing:
January 9-19, $350 per day USD per person
March 17-24, $350 per day USD per person
Make your own dates: We can book you for the entire duration of the retreat or you can come in and depart when it works for you, given your schedule. Can negotiate rates for travel days if you do not manage to get in a surf or a meal on those days.
What is included: Two meals a day, lodging, transportation to and from Quepos/Manuel Antonio Airport, transportation for duration of camp, surf equipment and personalized surf instruction with Dion and Andrew Mattison 2-3x a day for 7 days, videoed sessions, one waterfall tour. Not included: airfare to Costa Rica, alcohol, food in local restaurants.
How to Book: Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to book your retreat and arrange payment. We require a deposit of 50% retreat price to book your spot and the other half one month before the retreat starts. We accept Cash, Personal Check, Venmo, or Chase Quickpay. The earlier you book the better. Roundtrip flights for the December retreats are currently around $400 USD. This goes up considerably as the date nears. We can help you find flights and arrange for your travel to Rancho Diandrew.
Accommodations: Rancho Diandrew is situated in direct proximity to a variety of great surfing spots. We will adapt a flexible approach to each day's surfing destination(s), picking the spot(s) that works best for reasons to do with tide, swell, weather, and crowds. RDA has 2 cabins that sleep up to 2 guests apiece these are perfect for couples and small families. There is also a spacious 3 bdrm house with an outdoor hammock and yoga deck. We have additional access to two 1 bedroom units that are located just across the road from our property. The land is perched on a mountain, overlooking the famous Whale's Tail of Uvita (Bahia Ballena). Cabins and house feature breathtaking jungle and ocean views. There is also super fast wifi, a washer/dryer, and a ping pong table. Additionally you will pay witness to the vast jungle wildlife including tropical birds, butterflies, and monkeys. For larger groups we have access to various houses and properties nearby.
Rancho Diandrew has excellent reviews on TripAdvisor. Check them out: here.
Equipment: CSC + RDA provides wave riding tools including boards, leashes, and wax. We have a variety of boards to choose from. You are welcome and encouraged to bring your own equipment, especially if you have a board you're trying to dial in. If you do choose to bring a board please let us know in advance and we will help you organize alternate travel, as the planes that fly to Quepos Airport, where we pick people up, are very strict with baggage rules. You should be fine if you're bringing a board under 6'6", but Sansa and Nature Air do not allow longboards of any sort, and these are usually better for beginning to intermediate surfers. For those bringing boards we will arrange a shared shuttle for you from San Jose to Dominical or Uvita and we'll pick you up from there. Also be aware that if you do decide to bring you own equipment that the airlines that you take down to Costa Rica will charge you extra to bring your boards. Some charge by the bag and some charge by the board. Factor this when booking your ticket. Sometimes an airline with a more expensive ticket will have a less expensive board policy and vice versa.
Food: If there is one thing that RDA is more famous for than its views and impeccable hospitality, it is the food. Consistent 4 star reviews on TripAdvisor rave about RDA's wonderfully prepared and presented dishes. All meals are well balanced and popping with freshness. Meat or fish will be served at dinner, and all meals can be made vegetarian or vegan. A sample day: coffee, fruit, and toast for breakfast, kale and mango salad for lunch, grilled pork chops, steamed rice, and sautéed vegetabes for dinner. All food at the camp is included, food in town and on the road is not. Please notify us of any preferences, allergies, or health issues at time of booking.
Day 1: Travel day. Fly into Juan Santamaria Int'l Airport (SJO). We will help you find the best flights, and these are those that arrive earlier in the day (before 1p). If you arrive the day prior you will have to book a hotel in San Jose. If you're not traveling with boards, catch another flight to Quepos Airport (XQP) on either Sansa or Nature Air (the only two airlines that provide this service). If you do have boards, travel to Uvita or Dominical via shared shuttle (we also help you arrange this). We will pick you up from Quepos Airport or downtown Dominical/Uvita in the afternoon and head up to Rancho Diandrew. You will settle into your lodgings and then we'll have a welcome bbq and orientation.
Day 2: Dawn patrol! Wake up at 5a. A small breakfast of coffee and fruit will be ready for you. Depart from RDA at 5:15a and surf 5:30-7a. Breakfast in town then bodysurfing and bodyboarding clinics at low tide. Back to RDA for siesta. Evening surf at local beach. Dinner and video review at RDA.
Day 3: Same dawn patrol schedule as day previous. Picnic breakfast at the beach. Lowtide bodysurfing and bodyboarding sessions. Back to RDA for siesta. Evening surf. Dinner and video review.
Day 4: Drive to Pavones, a perfect lefthand cobblestone reef (2 hrs). Settle in house that overlooks the point. Surf our brains out and learn how to read a long wall. Dinner and video review. Plan for following day.
Day 5 : Surf Pavones all day. Mix it up with stretching sessions and video review. Night lecture on the history of surfboard design.
Day 6: Surf Pavones in the morning. Drive back to RDA in the afternoon. Roadside dinner. Nightly video review.
Day 7: Casual morning. Stretching and video analysis. Lowtide bodysurfing and bodyboarding seminar. Midday hightide surf. Afternoon waterfall tour. Sunset and beers at RDA.
Day 8: Cave body boarding at Playa Ventanas. Lunch and waterfall at a local fish restaurant set back in the mountains. Secret spot surf session for remainder of afternoon. Video analysis and last night bbq at Rancho Diandrew.
Day 9: Travel day. We will escort you back to Manuel Antonio/Quepos Airport full of amazing visions, stories, and video and photo to prove it!!!
Over 2 months in advance: 50% returned.
1-2 months in advance: 25% returned.
Less than 1 month: No return.
BOOK HERE: http://www.conatussurfclub.com/contact/ and please mention which camp(s) you're interested in, your ability level, and how many people you plan to come with you.