Thursday, June 27, 2013

Why I Decided to Learn Spanish and Surf in Costa Rica

Andrea Holt
CSI Student
Several years ago I decided to learn Spanish.  I knew that immersing myself into a Spanish speaking area and studying abroad were in my future.  I did what I often do when I get an idea and began researching how to make this idea become a reality.  I stumbled across Costa Rica Surf Institute, which offered a Spanish and surfing lesson combo. with its sister school, CSI 
Goldmine!  Immediately, I knew this was a brilliant fit for me as learning to surf was on my agenda anyway.  Furthermore, I assumed I would go brain dead with too much study and not enough physical action.
The balance between an academic challenge and a physical challenge really spoke to me, so I went.  I studied at CSI for a month back in 2010 and I have not been the same since.  Turns out I loved to surf and I loved learning Spanish (most days, sometimes my brain hurt).  Being able to exercise my body and my mind in such a fun setting was an awesome experience.  Plus, practicing Spanish while waiting in the line up was a great combination!  I’ve returned twice since then and will be going back again this fall.  
Take home points:
• Immersion is key when learning Spanish
• Exercising the body and the mind helps cement learning
• Practicing Spanish while out on the waves is also fun!
Pura vida,

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Why Tamarindo Is The Perfect Place to Learn to Surf

Ben Williams
Former CRSI Student           

Before I came to Tamarindo my previous surfing experience involved lock-leggedly wobbling to my feet and struggling to stay standing as the tiny wave I had somehow caught thrashed about behind me. After three weeks in Tamarindo I now choose my waves with discretion, paddle for them with surety, and surf them with a confidence that seemed impossible just a short time before.

Tamarindo is the perfect place to learn to surf, and I don’t use words like perfect lightly. Tamarindo’s beaches have miles of soft sand arrayed in a large cove, cutting down on currents and giving both a north facing and south facing break. In all my time here there hasn’t been a day where there haven’t been good, surfable waves.

Waves are formed when water comes close to shore and the diminishing space between the ground and the surface of the water forces the water to swell upward. This rising water crests into foamy white tumult, and there are few things in life as exhilarating as to be standing on top of a surfboard at this crest. Tamarindo’s beach has a nice, steady slope outward, so steady that you can be well over a 40 meters from shore and still be only chest deep. This slope keeps the waves consistent, predictable and great.   

Depending on the direction of the wind, the height of the tide, and other aquatic variables, Tamarindo’s waves will either muddle their way to shore in still-surfable under-a-meter swells, or they will barrel towards the beach as towering ten-foot monsters. Experienced riders can find plenty of challenging, large waves, but for the rest of us, the bend of Tamarindo’s beach means that there is always a place with waves that are the right size for any given surfer.  

Want to learn to surf in Tamarindo like Ben?  Join us for a surf camp thus summer.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Watch the Mesmerizing Trailer for "Hangs Upon Nothing"

Jeremy Rumas set out to document the beauty of surfing while employing a thoroughly DIY approach.  The director shot the entire surf movie on 16mm film, composed the soundtrack himself and even drew his own cover art and marketing materials.

He says, "Hangs Upon Nothing is a film about experiencing life on earth."  The trailer will definitely inspire you to experience more.