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Surfing Etiquette

Every sport in history has a set of rules, the same goes for surfing. After living in surf destinations for years I have seen my fare share of people getting heated from other surfers dropping in on their waves. Dropping in on a wave means stealing the wave from another surfer. There is nothing worse than waiting on the lineup for a great wave to come in, popping up on your board and gliding across the ocean while feeling like a rockstar then out of nowhere some surfer cuts you off and takes your wave, leaving you to cut your ride short and jump off your board to avoid crashing into them. Its almost like being in traffic on the freeway then a driver tries cuts you off while merging onto the freeway forcing you to slam on your breaks to avoid hitting them. To avoid this there is a universal surfing etiquette that all surfers try to follow. Many new surfers are unaware of the rules and often just go for every wave they see coming and are able to catch. I know it can get confusing on who turn it is to go, or when you have the right of way so I found this chart online that helps explain a few rules to follow while surfing with us at Blue Surf Sanctuary in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica.

surfing etiquette
surf etiquette

Recent Traveler's Reviews

A True Sanctuary

We are perfect for first time surfers! Our surf instructors will start you off with the very basics of learning about surfing and surfing safety. We will make sure you have a healthy respect for the ocean. You will soon understand why surfing becomes a life style as you enjoy an experience of a lifetime.

by Bearpaw , May 2020

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Perfect Surf Getaway

“Had the best time at the Blue Surf Sanctuary. Lovely part of town, with the sea and amazing food options nearby. Couldn’t fault it really….”

by max g , feb 2020

5.0

Excellent
228 reviews

#9 of 29 hotels in Santa Teresa

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Blue Surf Sanctuary is a boutique surf hotel located near world famous surf spots at Mal Pais and Santa Teresa Costa Rica. We have 4 wonderfully equipped Bungalows and a beautiful open air kitchen located a very short walk from the beach. Our front desk is open and staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Do you want an active Costa Rica vacation or retreat? Improve your surfing with our surf instructors, Relax, Yoga, repeat daily! Awesome surf and yoga in paradise is a great way to spend your Costa Rica vacation. Restore your balance in paradise. Experience nature and find yourself in beautiful Costa Rica. Your inner Pura Vida is waiting for you!

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