The big surf camp interview in Costa Rica

18 June 2015 | Central America

Every week we say hello to our 360° Surf providers. Today, it's Séb's turn, manager of the Costa Rica surf camp to give us some news ! He tells us about his surf spot, his surf camp but also about his good plans and his best memories in the water...


360° Surf : Hi Séb, can you introduce yourself in 2 words ?

Séb : I am Sébastien, the director and co-manager of the surf camp.

Can you tell us about surfing at home?

I live in Jaco beach, Costa Rica. You can surf here between 9 and 10 months a year!

When is the best time to go?

The best season for surfing is October-November (the end of the rainy season), but as I said before you can surf most of the year. It all depends on your level and what you're looking for in waves.


Can you give us a spotlight for beginners, intermediates and experts? 

There are 3 spots on Jaco:

  • Playa Jaco: 4 km long, especially for beginners and intermediates, Playa Hermosa for good intermediates and advanced, Esterillo for experts.

Playa Jaco offers several peaks, both left and right... There is room for everyone! This is also where the surf schools are.

  • Playa Hermosa : 4 km from Jaco and Playa Jaco it is a good spot for good intermediates and experts, the waves are bigger, 2 m/2,50 m in average, there is a little current.

You can surf with a longboard if the swell is 1.50 m/2 m. This is the best spot in the region.

  • Esterillo, 20 km south of Jaco. Very good surf spot for experienced surfers... Beware of the current!

Playa Hermosa

Do Jaco's spots have any special characteristics? What are its dangers?

The waves in the majority break quickly, only one or two manoeuvres on the same wave.

The dangers are: heat and dehydration especially between 11am and 3pm, the current in Hermosa and Esterillo, never overestimate your ability in the water even if you are confident!

Tell us about the atmosphere in the line-up?

The atmosphere in Playa Jaco is cool. Respect the priority rules and everything will be ok. On Playa Hermosa and Estirillo the level is better and it's a bit harder to get a place, the ticos don't do any favours on these spots...

What is your best story about this spot?

On Jaco, a nose riding for almost a minute, surfing at sunset... magic!

In another register, meeting a crocodile at the line up in Hermosa... it took me a few days to get over it ;) !


Sunset Jaco beach

What are your good plans? Spots, what to see, what to do, where to eat? In short, life there? 

The jungle, zip-lining, quad biking, national reserves, tropical animals are to be seen and done. El casado, ceviche, fruits are delicious.

What advice would you give to a globetrotter?

Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful countries in the world with its white and black sand beaches, national parks and reserves, volcanoes (arenal, poas, etcc). 3 to 4 weeks are necessary to appreciate the extent of the country, but you can feel the Pura Vida in 15 days!

Take a rental car, which is really handy for getting around.

In a few words, why come to you?

The surf camp is a small hotel with 6 rooms and A/C a dormitory for 4 people, the hotel has a kitchen and a TV, wifi and a swimming pool. It is a place to meet after surf lessons or just to relax during meals.


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