We teach surf theory and mechanics as well as an understanding of the ocean to all of our students. We focus on safety first.
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Surf Lessons


Manuel Antonio Surf School was started by Luis Gattgens in 2004. Luis opened this school with a dream to share his passion for surfing. He believes that there is a right way to teach people how to surf and has built his business off of this principal. We teach surf theory and mechanics as well as an understanding of the ocean to all of our students. We focus on safety first. Our instructors are qualified locals who are equally passionate about surfing and are trained in water safety and first aid.

We offer a variety of lesson and tour options that can appeal to anyone from the beginner to the advanced surfer. We have a lot of experience with families and children, for whom we provide a practiced and patient lesson. At the same time we love perfecting the skills of intermediate and advanced surfers. We can customize any lessons or tour to fit your needs and ensure a personalized experience. And, with us, you will experience the local culture while you learn how to surf.

For the past 10 years we have helped thousands of students fulfill their dreams to surf. We promise to get every student up on a wave by the end of every lesson. We are dedicated to providing unforgettable and safe surf lessons to all of our students. We want our students to remember their experience with us forever.

Why us?

We get everyone, from age 7 to 70, up and surfing before the end of the lesson. You will live your dream to surf with us! We have something for everyone from the beginner to the advanced surfer and even those who just want to watch and enjoy refreshments while experiencing the real Costa Rica. We have access to several breaks and therefore always have the perfect wave for any level and during any season. Our exclusive surf spot on Isla Damas is a completely secluded beach. You will have no crowds while you learn to surf and the waves are very consistent here. We are passionate about what we do. We don’t just throw you into a wave, we teach you surf mechanics before getting into the ocean. Safety is a top priority for us and lessons are taught by experienced instructors with safety lessons first. You will leave with new skills and knowledge about surfing and wave mechanics. Lessons are taught by locals who truly know the wave. Our instructor/student ratio provides you with the attention that you need to learn how to surf.
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“We will cherish our memories of Costa Rica for a long time, especially since it is minus 22 degrees Celsius right now here in Canada. Esperamos regresar (y aprender español).”
- Maria Sievers and Bernard Wood -
January 21, 2015