I, after coming across Marco’s website and speaking with him on the phone, spent my 50th birthday with him and his wife Lydia. It was my first trip to Costa Rica. I traveled alone, and yet I was never alone and I had the time of my life. I came with the idea of improving my flat water paddling skills. I never thought I could learn to surf, not really. But, Marco never, never gave up on me and, while perhaps slower to learn, the first time it came together for me was the purest bliss and the greatest joy. Marco and Lydia gave me a gift. The gift of knowing how to handle my body in the water, when to jump, when to dive, how to go over the waves. How to catch the waves. I can surf and I actually caught a lot of waves! If Marco can teach me, you must know he is the best teacher. And he is, because he is about teaching you to understand the water, the waves, the wind, how to be safe, how to truly know what you are doing and what the environment is doing.
The teaching is not just a rudimentary “surf lesson,” it’s quite in depth, it is supported, it is photographed. You learn so much. About SUP surfing and paddling but, also about yourself. Marco will give you skills to take home with you.
And, as I said, Marco teaches you to see and to respect. I went to learn to paddle and I left with significantly better paddle skills, but also a better ability to look at and appreciate my environment.
I highly recommend signing up for the “camp” experience versus renting/having a singular lesson. Particularly if you are traveling alone or truly want to improve your skills. I was so pleased with the Tamarindo Diria (great access to everything) and I had 3-4 hours with Marco or Lydia daily, and airport transfer (if you get Olman as your driver, he is a wealth of knowledge and so kind).
In essence, I would highly recommend Costa Rica SUP Adventures for anyone who is interested in standup paddleboard. You will have the teacher and the trip of a lifetime. For myself, I am counting the days until I can come back.
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