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Address: | 300 mts north from the main crossroad, next to Ronny#1 supermarket, Santa Teresa 0001, Costa Rica
Phone Number:
+506 2640 0391
Fee: Yes

Nalu Surf School & Shop offers professional surf lessons 1, 3 & 5...

Nalu Surf School & Shop offers professional surf lessons 1, 3 & 5 day courses for all ages. New and used boards for sale. Ding repair, surf tours by land and boat, surf clothing and accessories. With 12 years experience in the area and 29 years surfing experience we will help you with all your surfing needs during your visit.

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Perfect lesson for beginners

We had a 90-minute lesson with Ben from Nalu for our first surfing experience and it could not have gone better. Ben is patient and a great teacher. He had three beginners (us and... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Jennifer F
New York, United States
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New York, United States
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had a 90-minute lesson with Ben from Nalu for our first surfing experience and it could not have gone better. Ben is patient and a great teacher. He had three beginners (us and another woman) who all turned out to have different aptitudes for the sport, but he was able to give everyone the attention they needed. We highly... More 

Thank Jennifer F
Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I met Ben (owner of Nula) through a mutual business acquaintance/friend during my yoga retreat in Montezuma. Once I found out he was a surf instructor I of course made arrangements for lessons. On the day of my lesson he was nice enough to pick me up from my hostel and take me to shop where we got the board... More 

Thank SanfranTata
Charlestown, Rhode Island
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Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

If your going to rent a board this is best place. It was recommended by a local Tico friend. They have a lot of choices and the prices are good. I have had very bad experiences retuning boards at other shops in the area where they try and charge for preexisting damage. The staff here was very friendly upon returning... More 

Thank GaryMcCoy
Toronto, Canada
1 review
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

Ben was awesome, me and my friend did three days with him. I have surfed a bit before and my friend hasn't really done much other than surf the wash but we had a blast :) my friend was nervous about paddling out one of the days and he made sure she was comfortable which helped with the nerves. He... More 

Thank Andrea D
Berlin, Germany
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

I took surf lessons with Ben on three days. I had surfed before but didn't feel confident enough to go surfing on my own. Ben gave me great advice and showed me good ways to improve my technique. He is quite serious about surfing but we still had lots of fun. I really enjoyed the time with him. Compared to... More 

Thank Frau_Tiger
List, Germany
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4 reviews
Reviewed 3 March 2017

My sister and me have been in Santa Teresa together. She surfed before, I only did wind- and kitesurfing. I was a little afraid of beeing the only absolute beginner in our Group, but soon I discovered that there should not be any worries. Ben is an excellent instructor and we got the waves from our first day on. Even... More 

Thank DaniGePuraVida
McMinnville, Oregon
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28 reviews
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Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

I was so glad I took a lesson from these guys my first time surfing! It made a huge difference. They fit me in even though I hadn't made a reservation ahead of time and you can keep the board the rest of the day. The instructor was super knowledgeable and helped me figure out what I did wrong if... More 

Thank sallyjonathan2000
Yellow Springs, Ohio
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

Little did we know that we WOULD be able to stand up on that board and ride some waves. Ben gave us such excellent instruction and patiently helped me succeed despite some trepidation on my part. My husband was soon up and away on his own but I needed a bit more of a push to catch the waves. It... More 

Thank Libby R
Toledo, Ohio
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Reviewed 9 February 2017

The guys who taught our group gave us amazing tips when we went to Santa Teresa. The beach also has 3 breaks so they were the perfect waves for beginners. They made sure to walk you through how to get up and then they went out to sea with you to make sure your board was lined up properly and... More 

Thank Brittany W
Burnaby, Canada
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Reviewed 24 January 2017

I booked my adult daughter a surf lesson at Nalu which is the shop that was recommended by our hotel staff at Casa Marbella. Nalu was at the bottom of the hill from the hotel and across the street from the beach so the location was very convenient for us. I did no research regarding surf shops and didn't bother... More 

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