Couldn’t have asked for anything more from my first surfing experience! I had always wanted to attempt surfing and Pura Vida was recommended by a friend. I was very nervous to travel alone but Cesar helped make planning the trip very easy with the detailed instructions online and speedy replies to email.
I was picked up from the tiny airport in Tambor and was shown around the small town that would be my home for the next few days. After settling into the hotel (Ritmo Tropical – very clean comfortable residence with a great restaurant and friendly staff, short walk to the beach) my first surf experience began. Cesar gave simple but complete instructions on surf safety and beginner technique. And while I failed miserably on the first day Cesar was very patient and continued to review the technique with encouragement and without judgement. By the second day I managed to stand with some consistency in the ‘white water’! My performance over the next few days was variable but each day new pointers were given and my confidence and comfort dramatically improved.
I saw lots of other people being taught to surf while in Playa Carmen/Hermosa. None of the other instructors even came close to Cesar’s attention and instruction. All their students seemed to flounder in the surf with little direction and little opportunity to stand on a wave. I, on the other hand, was put on to wave after wave after wave. . .
Cesar was also very helpful in arranging excursions outside of surfing. I loved my zip line adventure!
All in all it was definitely a trip I’d recommend! I always felt completely safe, well taken care of and free to enjoy the experience as it best suited me!! ☺️☀️
Kelly from U.S.