As they say, surfing is more than just a sport. It’s a lifestyle. And this lifestyle comes with its own language/terms. When you’re beginning surfing, it pays to know what certain things mean for you to not get confused, and let’s put it honestly, for one to not appear to be such a newbie, or worse—a poser.
The easiest, most painless and fun way to surf in Costa Rica is to book in one of many surfing hotels. The hotels provide the whole package, from food and lodging, to surfing equipment, to surfing instructors, learning packages and month long surfing camps.
There’s a culture. There are terms. There’s etiquette. For me, one of the hardest things to figure out was the line-up—most precisely—where to put myself in the line-up.
Although a fair amount of localism (and drop-ins) can produce the most awesome black-eyes ever, I think one of the best things I got out of surfing was the lack of aggression I feel after every session. Surfing is so physically exhausting sometimes that I get out of the water feeling like I’m 90 years old.