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Posted by Rick Civelli | 02.11.2013 | Costa Rica Surf Camp

Camper Journal: Adult Costa Rica, Part I

Check out the beginning of this 3-part blog from one of our valued clients on one of our Adult Costa Rica Surf trips!

Part I: Arrival Day

In my entire life, I have never been what one might call athletically gifted: while my brother was the kind of kid who could hit a baseball over the left field wall the first time he picked up a bat, I was lucky if I could tip a foul off after having ridden the pine most of the game. But I do love being active, traveling, and trying new things. So when I signed up to go to this amazing Costa Rica Surf Camp to learn to surf, I could not wait to get there!

I attempted to surf twice before in my younger days while touring in Hawaii- well, I was out there with a board. Thinking back now, I can see that no matter how many times I was pushed into a wave or tried to pop up, I never did actually ride a wave; any thoughts of surfing grandiose receded like the low tide.

I imagine that WB Surf Camp’s other clients had experience similar little exciting jitters leading up to an adult surf camp adventure like this. But I’ve always felt an attraction to surfing’s approach to life and, as such, couldn’t wait to get my journey started. So despite the mild embarrassment I’m certain to feel as I wipe out and swallow a gallon of water for those first few rides, I know it will all be worth it if I can ever manage to stand up sometime this week.

Now I’m sitting here at our beautiful Tamarindo Beach hotel room as an iguana walking along the rail of our deck and howler monkeys chattering in the distance. We are, literally, living on the beach and the getting to watch the sun set tonight over the ocean was worth the trip, alone. The food has been phenomenal and I can’t remember the last time I had such fresh fruit.

Our professional surf instructors have been unbelievably upbeat and helpful and advised us to get some sleep early tonight because tomorrow is going to be tiring- at this point I’m just hoping that I’ll be able to keep up. Still, I can’t help to be reassured with all the positivity that they have generated. During dinner my awesome instructors took a solid amount of time to orient us and detail what to expect in and out of the water here in Costa Rica. I wish I could say that any sort of hesitation has been completely erased, but that would be a lie. However, with the good vibes floating,  I am beyond excited to get out there and learn to surf tomorrow. Or, at least, pop up. Wish me luck! Pura vida!