Beyond having the best location, the staff at Shaka is absolutely fantastic. From the moment you arrive, you are welcomed and treated like friends/family. Whether it is the general vibe of Costa Rica, or a product of the attention Shaka pays to bringing on positive people and encouraging a warm atmosphere (probably both), they have managed to find the perfect balance of professional hospitality and friendly kindness.
— Romiami14, Shaka Guest, April, 2016

 

Tailored Classes

Choose the Surf Package at Shaka and we'll tailor classes to your level of experience. If you're a complete beginner and looking to learn how to stand on a surfboard for the first time, our experienced surf coaches will provide you with the building blocks to achieve your goal. If you're an intermediate or advanced surfer and have progressed to surfing green waves ‘out the back’ we'll help you fine-tune your skills. Simply let us know your surf level and we’ll find the right conditions for you.


 

Ocean Safety

For complete beginners our goal is to give you all the essentials to kick-start your surfing career; from the mechanics of standing up on a surfboard and riding waves to board-handling techniques, water safety, and understanding tides, wave formation, and ocean currents.


 

'Pop-up' Practice

But it doesn't stop there; there are many ways to get up on a surfboard and we'll help you find the technique which best suits your level of fitness and flexibility, and your surfing goals. We'll ensure that you have the right combination of 'pop-up' practice on the beach to increase 'muscle memory', and repetition and drills in the water for ongoing skill development.

Depending on the conditions we'll aim to get you up and riding small green waves and turning the surfboard so you can start 'riding down the line' (surfing the face of a wave to the left or the right rather than simply surfing straight ahead).

We'll teach you how to choose the best waves to maximise your time in the water, explain ambiguous surf 'lingo', and help you choose the right board for your level. Your surf experience is important to us which is why we don't use a one-size-fits-all approach.


 
 

Angled Take-Offs

Cutbacks

Turns

For intermediate surfers - whether your experience is of a few weeks of surf classes or you've been riding green waves for some years – we'll help you take your surfing to the next level.  We'll ensure that you leave Shaka with more knowledge and experience than when you arrived including assisting you to improve your ability to 'read' waves and perfect the timing of your take off down the face of a wave. Shaka surf coaches will help you to master angled take-offs, top and bottom turns, and cutbacks.


 

Quality
not Quantity

Most importantly, we keep our student-to-coach ratio low to ensure that you don't get 'lost in the crowd'. At the most, you'll be with just 2 other students with our maximum 3:1 coaching ratio. However we're not a big surf camp, preferring to focus on quality not quantity, so it's more likely that you'll be working with just one other student or receiving one-to-one surf instruction. In addition, we don't mix beginners with advanced students so you won't feel like things are going too quickly (or too slowly!) for your level.


If surfing is not your passion choose our Chill Package to enjoy all the other benefits of Shaka, including daily yoga classes in our private jungle yoga studio.