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Named after the First Step for surfers, TAKE OFF!!!!!
Take Off Surf School is dedicated to foster a diverse, alternative surf community in the Santa Teresa, Mal Pais, Playa Hermosa, Manzanillo and all around the world.

We do this by offering surf lessons locally, to introduce people of all ages and backgrounds to the great sport of surfing. We sponsor community events and create media which celebrates the surf culture, highlights the achievements of diverse surf pioneers, and challenges many of the pervasive media norms surrounding surfing. We love to sponsor, support, and empower surfing around the world that works towards a positive social change.



OUR MISION



We want to practice various activities that complement each other to promote surfing and riding wave’s sorrounded by spectacular nature, allowing visitors, families and children to develop their experience during their stay with great determination, perseverance and confidence.
Also to show national and foreign tourists one of the safest ways to learn one the best sport in the world.


OUR VISION



In TAKE OFF Surf School we are focused on being a sustainable tourism agency, been the best surf school in Costa Rica, we compromise to our clients to provide the safest service and quality surf lessons in paradise. TAKE OFF SURF SCHOOL envisions a world in which surfers are connected, collaborative, and engaged in using surfing as a force for personal empowerment and positive social change.

Surf School in Santa Teresa Costa Rica

LOCATION

Costa Rica is sometimes referred to as the Switzerland of Central America due to their comfortable lifestyle, peaceful democracy and overwhelming natural beauty. Enjoy the country of creatures ranging from howler monkeys to toucans, which are popular and relatively easy to detect. The waves are the best in Central America, beauty is stunning and seductive. An oasis of peace in a region full of nature, this small nation has the highest amount of biodiversity on the planet. Given the increase in quality of life across the country, the “Ticos” are generally self - sufficient and very passive that support their political and unarmed democracy. They are also conscious and environmentalists, vocal and vigilant with all the country´s nature; this is Costa Rican´ proud.
For those more active travelers that enjoy wild adventures like surfing, hiking, ATV ride and much more this is the place to start. Costa Rica incredible topography allows you to walk the cloud forest one day, then visit an active volcano the next day, and finish relaxing on a white sandy beach.

TAKE OFF SURF SCHOOL LOCATION

Located in Puntarenas Province at the South of Cóbano, 15 km to the East, at Santa Teresa/Hermosa beach, where you can find typical and international restaurants, supermarkets, gas station, Medical Center and ATMs.
Santa Teresa has become one of the most popular beaches to start riding waves in Costa Rica. It has a magnificent coastline with white sandy beaches that presents ideal conditions for surfing.
The forest extends to the edge of the beach so the views are large and covered with forests from Hermosa Beach, across from Santa Teresa, Mal Pais and Cabo Blanco.

Playa Hermosa and Santa Teresa are awarded ¨Bandera Azul¨, a blue flag for clean beaches, untainted water and regular community beach cleanup events. They are on the top ten most beautiful beaches in the world.

Surf lessons Costa Rica Take Off Surf School

PRICING

Our surfing courses can be customized to suit your needs, desires and level. Most surf packages include two daily lessons with acertified surf instructors by I.S.A, with CPR, and lots of experience on the surf spots. For those advance guests, we can arrange transportation for a surf tour to some of the best spots in the Nicoya Peninsula.

Here are some options for your customized Surf Couse:
How many times a day do you want surf lessons?
Do you want to attend Yoga classes? How often?
Do you want to include massages? How often and when?
Are you interested in site seeing trips around gorgeous Costa Rica?

If you are a beginner, we educate you on surf techniques and knowledge of the ocean, pre-surf stretches, paddling out, standing up and all the necessary skills so you go home stoked and surfing safely on your own.

Check out some of our pre-built surf course to give you an idea of what you might do on your trip.

Surf Packages or courses

One Typical Day Surf Lesson…
Rise up and hear the amazing sound of nature, the birds and howler monkeys in the distance, get some fresh Costa Rican coffee, a natural juice and fresh fruit tray, get ready and waxed the surfboard. Once on the beach, we do some basic stretches, we talked a little about the conditions, tides and strategies, then we enter the water and start surfing.

1 Lesson – 1:30 min
BEGINNER*
$65 *Price per lesson per person

Location: (depending of the conditions and tides)*
• Playa Hermosa
Includes:
• Snack
• Surfboard
• Rash guard
• Wax
• First Aid Kit


Surf Class



Private Lesson- 1 lesson (2 hours per lesson)...read more

If you are those people determined to stand on a wave, a group of friends or a family who want the experience of surfing, or an experienced surfer who needs technical information, we recomend you our private surf lessons, the staff will give you special attention and details by a professional instructor that will work with you.
Together you will set some goals, to determine your current level, and if you are a beginner, we will give you the safest and proper handling of the options presented, so you can enjoy the waves. If you have surfed before, we will help you move to the next stage faster, focusing on technique and carry out your natural ability.

Great for:
• Beginners who have fun time surfing and want to improve quickly
• Children who are showing the talent or respond better to one-on-one
• Families wishing to share the experience
• Intermediate surfers willing to improve their skills and learn to surf alone.

Can last two hours the idea of private surf lesson is to get a good understanding of your level of surfing, develop a plan to improve that level. The idea is to do great during your private surf lesson, and leave with a solid understanding of "what to do", while on your own.

BEGINNER* / INTERMEDIATE* / ADVANCED*
$100
*Price per lesson per person

Locations: (depend of the conditions and tides)*
• Playa Hermosa
• Santa Teresa / • Playa Carmen and more spots


Family course...read more

(we do not accept less than 4 pax )
1, 3, 5 or 6 Lessons (2 hours per class)*

This package is ideal for groups or families who want to have a life time experience and enjoy nature, friends/family all at the same time. We count with certified instructors. ALL ages and games for the little ones, plus a trip with complete safety!

Location: (depend of the conditions and tides)*
• Playa Hermosa
• Santa Teresa
• Playa Carmen
• Manzanillo

Includes:
• Transportation
• Snack
• Surfboard
• Rashguard
• Wax
• First Aid Kit
• Photos and video go pro (mini SD cart)
*GROUPS OF 4 PEOPLE (we do not accept less than 4 pax)
1 Lesson * x pax
$250
3 to 7 Lessons *
$200
Extra person*
$50
*Price per lesson per person


TAKE OFF 3 day course...read more

(we do not accept less than 4 pax )
3 Lessons (2 hours per class)
This Trip is perfect for those who want to learn, travel and ride more waves in just a few hours in the most beautiful places of the Peninsula, where you can find on the way wild animals, rivers, a recital of birds and poultry. Check with local instructors on different areas to enjoy different points and other locations.

Location: (depend of the conditions and tides)*
• Playa Hermosa
• Santa Teresa
• Playa Carmen and more spots

Includes:
• Transportation
• Snack
• Surfboard
• Rashguard
• First Aid Kit
• Photos and video go pro (mini SD cart)
BEGINNER*
$80 x pax
INTERMEDIATE*
$80
ADVANCED*
$100
*Price per lesson per person


LOCAL EXPERIENCE...read more

6 Lessons (1:30 min per class)
If you want a very local experience, enter the wild and ride amazing waves in secret spots... This is your package! Will take you to some of not very known spots of the Nicoya Peninsula, we will give you information about the place, the people, the way we live. Information that you can only get from real people! So let's TAKE OFF soon......

Location: (depend of the conditions and tides)*
• Playa Hermosa
• Santa Teresa
• Playa Carmen and other spots
Includes:
• Transportation
• Snack
• Surfboard
• Rashguard
• Wax
• First Aid Kit
• Photos and video go pro (mini SD cart)

BEGINNER*
$385
INTERMEDIATE*
$385
ADVANCED*
$455
*Price per lesson per person


GETTING PRO!...read more

Costa Rica Full Experience - Surf, Yoga
10 Lessons (2 class per day)
HELL YEAH! This is your time to show your experience on the board and your abilities. Ride the waves with the support and expertise of our instructors, in good and perfect green and open waves, and close to finally ride like a Pro...

Fun and adrenaline are growing with us, the wonderful surf spots around!

It is not to be Pro .. It is about feeling Pro!

Location: (depending of the conditions and tides)*
• Playa Hermosa
• Santa Teresa
• Playa Carmen and others spots
Includes:
• Transportation
• Snack
• Surfboard
• Rashguard
• Wax
• First Aid Kit
• Photos and video go pro (mini SD cart)
BEGINNER*
$55
INTERMEDIATE*
$55
ADVANCED*
$70/ *Price per lesson per person


SURF AND WELLNESS...read more

Take Off School and Gaia Body-Work and Wellness offers a week long, all inclusive yoga, surf and massages to restore balance and lightness to one’s life. Through one daily yoga practice, fun surfing sessions and 3 x 60 minutes massages, plus ton’s of laid back hammock time, we encourage you to just ‘be’ and enjoy paradise.

Location: (depend of the conditions and tides)*
• Playa Hermosa

Includes:
• Snack
• Surfboard
• Rashguard
• Wax
• First Aid Kit
• Photos and video go pro (mini SD cart)

BEGINNER*
$160
INTERMEDIATE*
$170
ADVANCED*
$200
*Price per lesson per person


STAND UP PADDLE...read more

This new way of surfing on flat water is especially for those who love the ocean and want to try something different from the conventional way of surfing. Stand Up Paddle is also a great way of exercising because it involves your entire core: your shoulders, arms, chest and back, while having fun exploring and observing the beauty of the Nicoya peninsula natural treasures.

You do not need previous experience on this adventure, or be at an advanced fitness level to try Stand Up Paddle. SUP gives you the opportunity to experience the sport even if it is your first time, no matter your age or experience.

Tour Duration 2-3 Hours
Location: (depending of the conditions and tides)*
$120.00
*Price per lesson per person

Included
• Transportation
• Professional Bilingual SUP Instructor
• SUP Board
• Snack
• Paddle
• Rash Guard
• Bottle of Water
• Sunscreen
• Go pro 4 pictures & video


Surf Instructors in Santa Teresa Costa Rica

Surf Instructors

We are a team of certified instructors by the international surfing association (I.S.A) we have The Lifeguard Program approved and CPR. Our instructors are high-level surfers and with an important knowledge of on our surf spots. Most of them born in the peninsula, or lived in it for years, so that makes them experts on the area and the conditions. We intend to give a unique experience, yet totally safe!!!

Nombre: Pedro
Apellido: Uribe
Apodo:
Playa Favorita: Puerto escondido y chicama
Goofy O Regular: Regular
Edad: 28
Medidas De Tablas: 6'3, 6'1
Experiencia Laboral: 6 Años
Hobby:
Años Surfeando: 17

Nombre: Jesús
Apellido: Zabala
Apodo: chamo
Playa Favorita: Pavones, Santa Teresa, Nicaragua
Goofy O Regular: goofy
Edad: 38
Medidas De Tablas: 6'3, 6'2
Experiencia Laboral: 6 años
Hobby: bicicleta, yoga, caminatas x la montaña
Años Surfeando: 20

Nombre: Armando
Apellido: Pérez
Apodo: mandó
Playa Favorita: Playa Hermosa
Goofy O Regular: regular
Edad: 21
Medidas de Tablas: 5'9, 5'10
Experiencia Laboral: 3
Hobby: Música y videos de surf
Años Surfeando: 12

Nombre: Luis Alfredo
Apellido: Perez
Apodo: Gero
Playa Favorita: Playa Hermosa
Goofy O Regular: Regular
Edad: 24
Medidas De Tablas: 5’11, 6’0
Experiencia Laboral: 4 años
Hobby: Surfing, Futbol, Leer.
Años Surfeando: 14
Maniobra Favorita: Tubo, snap

Nombre: randall
Apellido: gamboa
Apodo: randolfo
Playa Favorita: Hermosa
Goofy O Regular: regular
Edad: 27
Medidas De Tablas: 5”11 y 6”0
Experiencia Laboral: 4 años
Hobby: futball, terapia física
Años Surfeando: 20

Tips in what to bring :

A big smile to share, an adventure spirit.
Come ready to enjoy paradise, surrounded by jungle, one dirt road and magnificent beaches. Bring comfy clothes, a pair of flip flops , sun block , sun glasses , insect repellent, rash guard, and bottle of water to never be thirsty.
Surfing Santa Teresa

SPOTS SURFING

Name CEDROS / alternative Montezuma
QUALITY OF THE SPOT
Quality of the wave Normal
Level: all levels
Frequency regular
WAVE
Style river rocks
Direction right
Bottom flat rocks
Power fun, litter power
Short distance Normal (50 a 150m)
Long distance Normal (50 a 150m)
TIDES, WAVES Y WIN
Good direction with North, West, East.
Direction of the wind
Condition of the tides stared Starts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds well
Condition of the tides Only at high tide
Batter rip tides Mareas ascendants y descendants
MORE DETAILS
Empty populated during the week
Village on weekends Empty
Webcam link
DANGER
- Rocks

Malpaís
SURF SPOT QUALITY WAVE QUALITY WORLD CLASS
EXPERIENCE ALL SURFERS
FREQUENCY VERY CONSISTENT (150 DAY / YEAR)
WAVE
Type-break Left and Right Direction
Flat rocks with sand
Background
Power
Average Average length (50-150 m)
Maximum Length Length (150-300 m)
TIDE, SWELL AND WIND
SURF RIGHT DIRECTION
WIND DIRECTION
Surf size Starts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to
Condition medium tide and low tide Tide
Best tide movement rising tide
MORE DETAILS
EMPTY POPULATED DURING THE WEEK
VILLAGE ON WEEKENDS FEW SURFERS
WEBCAM LINK
HAZARDS


MAR AZUL / Alternative name: Blue Sea
Surf Spot Quality
Quality waves: Normal
Surfers experience: Advanced surfers
Frequency: Regular
WAVE
Type coral reef
Left direction
Fund Reef (coral, sharp rocks etc ...)
Power Ordinary, Fun,
Ledged Average
Average length (50-150 m)
Length (50 to 150m)
TIDE, SWELL AND WIND
GOOD DIRECTION NORTHWEST HANGOVER, WEST, SOUTHWEST
WIND DIRECTION SOUTHEAST, EAST, NORTHEAST
Surf size Starts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to
Condition medium tide and high tide
High tide Best tide movement
MORE DETAILS
EMPTY POPULATED DURING THE WEEK
WEEK-END TOWN
WEBCAM LINK
HAZARDS -
ROCKS

SANTA TERESA
Surf Spot Quality Wave quality World Class
Experience All surfers
Frequency frequently works
WAVE
Type-break Left and Right
Direction Flat rocks with sand background Hollow, Fast, Powerful, Fun Power
Short normal length (50m) Maximum length Normal (50 to 150m)
TIDE, SWELL AND WIND
GOOD DIRECTION NORTHWEST HANGOVER, WEST, SOUTHWEST WEST
WIND DIRECTION
SURF SIZE STARTS WORKING AT 1.0M-1.5M / 3FT-5FT AND HOLDS UP TO 2M + / 6FT +
CONDITION MEDIUM TIDE AND LOW TIDE TIDE
BEST TIDE MOVEMENT RISING AND FALLING TIDES
MORE DETAILS
WEEK CROWD FEW SURFERS
TOWN WEEK-END CROWDFEW SURFERS
WEBCAM LINK
HAZARDS

SUNSET REEF
WAVE QUALITY WORLD CLASS PROS OR KAMIKAZE EXPERIENCE...
FREQUENCY WORKS SOMETIMES
WAVE TYPE REEF-ROCKY LEFT DIRECTION FUND REEF (CORAL, SHARP ROCKS ETC ...)
POWER NORMAL
LENGTH NORMAL (50 TO 150M)
MAXIMUM LENGTH LENGTH (150-300 M)
TIDE, SWELL AND WIND SURF RIGHT DIRECTION
WIND DIRECTION
SIZE SURF BEGINS AT 1.5M-2M / 5FT-6FT
CONDITION MEDIUM TIDE AND LOW TIDE
TIDE BEST TIDE MOVEMENT RISING TIDE MORE
DETAILS
WEEK CROWD FEW SURFERS
VILLAGE ON WEEKENDS FEW SURFERS
WEBCAM LINK
HAZARDS
- ROCKS

LOCAL SURF REPORT










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