REBEL surf school

Rebel Surf School was born of the desire to teach, work and live what we truly love. A natural progression from our early years spent in close contact with the sea, to the ways we've experimented with and perfected our professional teaching techniques over 10 years living, surfing and teaching others to surf along the magical coasts of Costa Rica.

Rebel Surf School is designed to cater to all surfing levels, from beginners to experienced surfers, with three specialized training levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced. We find deep gratification in sharing our passion for the legacy of surfing and teaching our students to safely overcome the boundaries of their comfort zones, supported by our quality instructors every step of the way.

Our surf lessons, surf coaching and surf camps are perfect for individuals, couples, and groups of friends, and we specialize in family surf lessons. 

We offer:

  • Surf lessons: private lessons, group lessons (including families), and surf coaching - from one-day surf experiences to two-week all-inclusive packages in our Surf Camp.
  • Equipment rentals: surfboards - shortboards, longboards, soft-tops, paddleboards and bodyboards.
  • Professional surf photography - on land and in the water, plus GoPro and drone footage.
  • Custom surf trips throughout Costa Rica.
  • Accommodations for all budget levels. 

OUR visiOn:

Our primary objective is the complete satisfaction of our students, whether you're looking for a fun day of surf, to improve your skills and style in the water, or seeking an experience of deep connection with the sea. We teach a well-rounded understanding of surfing from sport development to learning how to flow with the rhythm of the sea - accessing the greater lessons for life both in and out of the water. Our approach honors the sacred origins of surfing's early civilizations and its lasting mysticism throughout the modern commercialization of the sport. Our students see and feel how surfing is always entwined with the magic and passion that have changed the lives of so many of us sea-faring souls.

surf lessons:

Your surf lesson includes all necessary equipment (surfboard, leash, rashguard and wax), and consists of a two-hour session divided into theory and practice according to the level of surfing experience, adjusting our pace to each student's rhythm. Each instructor works with a maximum of three students at a time to maintain optimum safety and personalized attention in the water. Private lessons also available.

Lessons are offered in three successive experience levels, plus surf coaching for intermediate to advanced surfers who wish to improve their skills and style in the water. Optional photography and video sessions available for all lessons and coaching sessions.  

  • Level i / beginner:

Surfing white-water waves. The introductory theory segment is divided into two parts: safety and surfing techniques (basic knowledge of yoga postures is very helpful). Once everything is understood on land, we dive right in to the fun part - learning to stand up and ride the white-water waves breaking close to shore. Students are always assisted by their instructor. Upon learning all safety techniques  and demonstrating adequate skill in the water, students are then ready for the second level.

  • level II / Intermediate:

We teach students to read the waves, paddle on their own and control the direction of their board on the waves. Assisted by their instructor, students begin to surf on the open face of the wave, both right and left, surfing the 'inside' section of the beach near to shore. As soon as the student can ride these smaller waves consistently in both directions, they are ready for level III. 

  • level iii / advanced:

The student is trained for the first time to go out into the lineup, past the breaking waves. It's a super exciting transition and a unique experience where understanding and trust between student and instructor are vital. Students who have progressed with us from level I will always work with the same instructor to develop that deeper connection in the water. At this level, both student and instructor paddle out to the lineup on their own board, and the goal is to catch the open face of the wave before it breaks by following the instructions of the surf instructor, who helps the student choose the right waves and learn which way to turn. We also teach students in this level to read the direction of each wave, important details on the type of surfing breaks (beachbreak, reef, pointbreak, river mouth, etc.), tips for risk management, how to read and escape from challenging ocean currents, and a bit about the different types of surfing maneuvers.

surf coaching:

When the student has demonstrated proficiency in the three previous levels, but wants to improve their surfing style and techniques to better develop their maneuvers (barrels, snaps, turns, etc.), to overcome fear in extreme ocean conditions, or simply looking for local knowledge to surf in the correct spot at the correct tide and type of variables with respect to the swell and have the best possible session. Optional photo and video are highly recommended for a deep examination of how to improve style and technique.

REBEL surf camp

For those who really want to learn how to surf and are ready for a full immersion surf experience, we offer one- and two-week all-inclusive surf camp packages, including professional daily surf instruction, surfboard rentals, accommodations just steps from the waves, and delicious gourmet food.  

Roots Surf Package:

  • All-inclusive surf camp package (choose 7 or 14 days).
  • Accommodations: comfortable casitas with en-suite kitchen, WiFi, private bath, and super chill ambience, off the beaten path but with necessary amenities nearby, and most importantly just a few steps from the sea. Air-conditioning optional. 
  • Meals: includes one hearty surfer breakfast or gourmet dinner per day.
  • Surfboard rental attuned to your surfing level and experience.  
  • Daily surf lesson taught and supervised by our team of quality professional surf instructors, who will work with a maximum of three students per lesson. 
  • Equipment available for you to surf on your own, all day every day. 

Roots Package Rates: $2,000 USD for 7-day package / $3,500 for 14-day package.

Contact us

For reservations, discounted Green Season rates (May through October), or to inquire about our all-inclusive VIP surf camp packages.

tarantulasurf@gmail.com / +506 6333-9563

 

Our location / map:

We are located in Playa Hermosa de Cobano, Costa Rica, at the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, 3km north of Santa Teresa. Playa Hermosa is famous for its reputation as a pristine, undeveloped beach and the best spot for learning how to surf, with perfect waves for beginners as well as barrels and consistent beachbreak conditions for advanced surfers. Playa Hermosa is an ideal spot for accessing all of the best surf spots along this special stretch of coastline.

Activities:

It's not just surfing! Playa Hermosa offers a range of epic activities for a well-rounded surf vacation. Take a short walk to experience impressive natural tide pools, great for snorkeling and seaside relaxation. Yoga classes, horseback riding tours for sunset or beneath the full moon, deep-sea fishing, zip-line canopy tour adventures, ATV rentals, eco-friendly electric all-terrain bicycles and beachcruisers, stand-up paddle board (SUP) tours, kayak rentals, world-class restaurants for the most exquisite of palates, professional photography for sport, wedding and personal lifestyle sessions, Spanish lessons, world-famous electronic dance parties and reggae nights, live music in town, and a long, empty coastline for miles to enjoy with family, friends, or in the tranquil space of your own free soul.

The possibilities are endless...

instructor profiles:

Pedro Uribe

I was born in Caracas, Venezuela in the year 1985. As a kid I spent most of my time skateboarding - my introduction to the world of extreme sports, and specifically to the world of board sports, complete with its rebellious lifestyle, which fit perfectly with my ideals and endless search for adrenaline-filled experiences. My first encounters with the ocean were near-traumatic, yet finding trust among the tumult, my desire to stand up on a surfboard was born. At 9 years old I had some idea of what surfing was, motivated in large part by my father who took me to my first surf spot, Puerto Carayaca. At age 12, I had experienced what it was like to paddle out and surf in the lineup, and take my first drops into waves that, to me, were absolutely giant at the time. Throughout my adolescence, I rolled with a crew of friends who were more like brothers - like-minded warrior-seekers of adrenaline, waves, skate spots, downhill skateboarding, and mountaineering. When I was 21 I left Venezuela for a surf trip to Peru with a much more solid foundation of six years of surfing experience under my belt. An incredible and challenging scene awaited me - catching my first big-wave barrels it was impossible not to turn my life entirely in the direction of surfing.

Today, I've lived in Central America for 10 years, on Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula - my home base for traveling to surf new and more demanding waves. I decided to become a surf instructor as a natural progression from 25 years' experience as an extreme sport athlete, professional experience in ocean rescue training and surf instruction techniques - the perfect ingredients I needed to first help co-create TakeOff Surf School and now open Rebel Suf School as my own endeavor, offering safety, comfort and professionalism to my clients, while living a life of passion for the sea. 

Rebel Surf School works with the best surfers and certified instructors in the Playa Hermosa area, all of whom belong to the global tribe of surfers from all oceans of the world. 

testimonials:

Daniel Kessous, Sarasota, Florida

Pedro - I wanted to relate to you my appreciation of the surfing classes I have taken with you. Not only have you given me time and time again “that surfer smile" when you finally get up on the board and hit a great wave, but you have also taught me the appreciation of the surfer lifestyle, the respect for the ocean and all it has to offer. Your classes are not just about getting up on a board, even though you are the best I have seen at teaching that, but your classes are an inspiration for a better lifestyle and taking surfing to the highest limit possible. I want to thank you for being there every time I call for a class and the appreciation for Costa Rica you have taught me.

Oriana and Shanti Fernandes, portugal

Me and my sister had a week of amazing surf classes with Pedro in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. Pedro was a very attentive surf instructor, providing a good balance between fun, adventure and technique and always attending to our safety. We progressed greatly under his instructions and he always challenged us to do better while at the same providing very useful tips. The most incredible thing about Pedro is that he is passionate about surfing and teaching surf. He took us to the an amazing beach one day, we were the only ones surfing there ans caught the best waves of our lives! Thank you Pedro for your patience, dedication and fun-loving personality. 

contact us to book camp, lessons & Coaching:

tarantulasurf@gmail.com / bleed72@hotmail.com / tlf.: +506 6333-9563

Escuela de surf:

Rebel Surf School fue creada en la necesidad de hacer, enseñar y trabajar en lo que realmente amamos. Tenemos una experiencia de contacto con el mar desde el principio de nuestras vidas, experimentado y perfeccionando las técnicas de enseñanzas de manera profesional durante 10 años en las mágicas costas de Costa rica, excelentes para todos los niveles de sufistas desde principiantes hasta experimentados. Hemos desarrollado  3 niveles  de capacitación - principiante, intermedio y avanzados. Es gratificante para nosotros trasmitir el legado que tanto nos apasiona y lograr enseñar a los estudiantes a sobrepasar sus limites de manera segura. Especialistas en grupos familiares.

OFRECEMOS:

  • Lecciones de surf: lección privada, grupos familiares, grupos en general, coaching, desde un día de surf hasta paquetes de dos semanas con todo incluido (ver Surf Camp abajo). 
  • Renta de equipo de surf / tablas de surf  desde shortboards y softops hasta paddle boards y boogies.
  • Fotografía surf profesional adentro y fuera del agua, GoPro.
  • Surf trips alrededor de Costa Rica
  • Hospedaje

nuestra visión:

Nos esforzamos primeramente en la satisfacción total de nuestros estudiantes, desde un día divertido de surf o aquellos que buscan una experiencia mas profunda de reconectarse con el mar. Tratamos de enseñar el entendimiento para un desarrollo deportivo, hasta el entendimiento del ritmo del mar que nos ensena técnicas para estar en el como afuera de el. Nos gusta dar una imagen de lo sagrado que fue y es el surf para las antiguas civilizaciones y su misticismo hasta la comercialización moderna, y ver y sentir como por siempre va a estar envuelto de magia mística y pasión, llegando a cambiar la vida de muchos.

surf lessons:

La lección incluye todo el equipo necesario (tabla, cuerda, licra, cera), y consta de 2 horas cada sesión divididas en teoría y práctica según la condición del nivel que se requiera. En todas las lecciones vamos al ritmo del estudiante, y cada instructor puede manipular hasta un máximo de tres personas para mantener la seguridad y la atención personalizada. También hay lecciones privadas si el estudiante lo requiere. Las lecciones se desarrollan en 3 niveles y coaching. Opcional material fotográfico y audiovisual.

  • Nivel I/principiante:

Practicamos en la orilla del mar. Introducción teórica se desarrolla en dos partes: seguridad y técnicas (muy útil el conocimiento básico de posturas de yoga). Una vez entendido esto y aclaradas todas las dudas vamos a la parte mas divertida - práctica en el mar. El estudiante siempre es asistido por el instructor. Cuando el estudiante conoce todas las técnicas de seguridad y su desempeño en la practica es bueno, estaa listo para el segundo nivel.

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  • Nivel II /intermedio:

Enseñamos al estudiante a leer las olas, a remar de manera independiente y maniobrar las direcciones de la tabla en las olas. Asistido por el instructor comienza a surfear olas abiertas con direcciones especificas, esto se desarrolla en el "inside"(orilla) de la playa. Una vez que el estudiante domine esto pasa al nivel 3.

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  • Nivel III / avanzado:  

El estudiante esta capacitado para por primera vez ir a mar afuera a la rompiente (outside/line-up). Es una transición super emocionante y una experiencia única donde la comprenetacion y confianza con el instructor es indispensable - por eso una persona que comienza su primer nivel con cierto instructor lo mantenemos para que exista una conexion mas profunda. En este nivel el estudiante va a mar afuera con su tabla al igual que el instructor va con su tabla. La meta es agarrar olas abiertas antes de romper con las indicaciones del instructor lo ayuda a seleccionar la ola correcta y en que dirección desplazarse, también le enseñamos a leer las direcciones de donde vienen las olas, los diferentes tipos de  rompientes (beachbreak, arrecife, pointbreack, rivermouth, etc.), riesgos, como leer y escapar de corrientes, los diferentes tipos de maniobras.

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surf coaching:   

Cuando un estudiante ha superado los 3 niveles anteriores pero necesita asistencia para mejorar sus técnicas de surf para mejor desempeño de maniobra (tubos, cortes, snaps, etc.), o para sobrepasar miedos en condiciones de mar extremas, o simplemente buscar conocimiento local para surfear el lugar indicado con la marea correcta y el tipo de variables respecto al swell y así tener la mejor sesión posible. Es fundamental el material de audiovisual para un examen profundo de como mejorar las técnicas, esto es opcional.

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surf camp

Roots package:  

  • Paquete de surf camp todo incluido (7 días o 14 días)
  • Hospedaje: cómodas casas con cocina, WiFi, baño privado, y ambiente agradable super chill no céntrico pero con facilidades cercanas, y lo mas importante a un par de pasos del mar. Aire acondicionado (opcional). 
  • Comida: se incluye un desayuno o una cena diario.
  • Tabla de surf según el nivel y la experiencia
  • 1 instructor por lección diario el cual maneja un máximo de 3 estudiantes por clase.
  • 1 lección diario de dos horas supervisadas.
  • Equipo disponible durante los siete días para surfear cuando quiera.   

Surf Camp tarifas: Roots Package todo-incluido de 7 dias: $1995 / 14 dias: $3,495

*Contáctenos por opciones VIP y precios de temporada baja (mayo a octubre).

Ubicación/mapa:   

Estamos en Costa Rica, en la península de Nicoya a 3 km al norte de Playa Santa Teresa, en la famosa Playa Hermosa - famosa por su reputación como el mejor lugar para lecciones de surf, buenos tubos y olas perfectas para expertos y su accesibilidad para muchos diferentes puntos de surf. 

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Actividades:

No todo es surf - tenemos unas impresionantes piscinas naturales de mareas bajas para la práctica de snorkel o simplemente relajarse, yoga, tours a caballos tanto de día como tours de luna llena, días de pesca con botes a mar afuera, canopy, rentas de cuadra-ciclos y bicicletas eléctricas todo terreno de bajo impacto ecológico, stand-up paddle board tour, kayaks, restaurantes para los mas exquisitos paladares, sesiones de fotos deportivas, de bodas y privadas, lecciones de español, fiestas desde música electrónica a reggae night y música local en vivo dependiendo del día, y una extensa costa de arenas blancas para disfrutar en familia y en tranquilidad.

PerfilES de los instructores:

Pedro J. Uribe A.

Nací en Caracas, Venezuela en el año 1985. Desde niño practicaba skateboarding siendo una introducción al mundo de los deportes extremos en especifico al mundo de las tablas y su rebelde estilo de vida, los cuales cuadraban totalmente con mis ideales y búsqueda de experiencias llenas de adrenalina. Mis primeros contactos con el mar fueron casi traumantes; sin embargo, al sentirme en confianza nació la idea de pararse en la tabla. A los 9 años podía tener cierta idea de lo que era el surfing, en gran parte motivado en especial por mi padre al llevarme a mi primer spot, Puerto Carayaca. A los 12 años ya había experimentado lo que era llegar al line-up y mis primeros drops en olas - para mi - gigantes en ese momento. En mi adolescencia conté con un grupo de amigos hermanos guerreros afines buscadores de adrenalina, olas, spots de skate, downhill skate y montañas que caminar.

A los 21 años salí a un viaje a Peru a surfear teniendo ya una experiencia mucho mas solida de 6 años de practica. Un increíble y retador escenario me esperaba - al surfear mis primeros tubos en olas en días grandes, era imposible no tornar toda mi vida en esa dirección que marcaba el surfing. Ahora vivo en Centro América hace diez años en la península de Nicoya en Costa Rica donde es mi centro base para viajar a conocer nuevas y cada vez mas exigentes olas. Decidí ser instructor de surf al ver la facilidad y la conexion que durante 25 años he aprendido con el mar. Es una herramienta super útil de trabajo, y al combinar experiencia personal como deportista y experiencias profesional de cursos de salvamento y técnicas de enseñanzas, fueron los ingredientes exactos para co-crear la escuela TakeOff Surf School y ahora abrir Rebel Surf School como proyecto propio, para brindar seguridad, confort y profesionalismo a mis clientes, y vivir mi vida desde mi pasión por el mar. 

Contamos con los mejores surfistas e instructores certificados de la zona - todos pertenecientes a la gran familia global de este deporte.

testimonios:

Daniel Kessous, Sarasota, Florida

Pedro - I wanted to relate to you my appreciation of the surfing classes I have taken with you. Not only have you given me time and time again “that surfer smile" when you finally get up on the board and hit a great wave, but you have also taught me the appreciation of the surfer lifestyle, the respect for the ocean and all it has to offer. Your classes are not just about getting up on a board, even though you are the best I have seen at teaching that, but your classes are an inspiration for a better lifestyle and taking surfing to the highest limit possible. I want to thank you for being there every time I call for a class and the appreciation for Costa Rica you have taught me.  

 

Oriana and Shanti Fernandes, portugal

Me and my sister had a week of amazing surf classes with Pedro in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. Pedro was a very attentive surf instructor, providing a good balance between fun, adventure and technique and always attending to our safety. We progressed greatly under his instructions and he always challenged us to do better while at the same providing very useful tips. The most incredible thing about Pedro is that he is passionate about surfing and teaching surf. He took us to the an amazing beach one day, we were the only ones surfing there ans caught the best waves of our lives! Thank you Pedro for your patience, dedication and fun-loving personality. 
  • Jen Soule

 

Photo gallery:

Playa Hermosa

Costa Rica

 

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contacto:

tarantulasurf@gmail.com / bleed72@hotmail.com / tlf.: +506 6333-9563