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Barefoot Surf Travel

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
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About Barefoot Surf Travel
Beginner? Intermediate? Surfing is more fun the better you get. We help you surf better, faster. - tailored surf coaching - 6 coaches for 12 students - authentic travel experience - only the best surf spots for your level
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Benjamin M wrote a review Feb 2021
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*I travel frequently, but never leave reviews - my experience with Barefoot was so awesome I felt compelled to write this. If you're looking to quickly improve your surfing skills, I cannot recommend the Barefoot program enough. As someone who took 10+ surfing lessons BEFORE doing the Barefoot camp, I can honestly say that learned more in the first two days with Barefoot than from all of my previous time in the water. From a cost/instruction standpoint, Barefoot is a no brainer. Add on the amazing team, and location (I was in Nosara, Costa Rica) , and its hard to imagine a better value Surf Camp. I plan to try to return annually! This review would be missing something if I didn't mention the amazing team of instructors that made the experience so worthwhile. Naomi, Josh, and Chris were the most knowledgeable, kind, and FUN group of instructors you could ask for. They were extremely technical in their critique and feedback (which is key if you're focused on improvement), and also incredibly encouraging and patient. They're such a great team, I imagine it would be fun to travel with them, even if no surfing was involved. I'll definitely be sad if I return to Barefoot and don't have them again - thanks again you guys!!
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Peter K wrote a review Feb 2021
Nosara, Costa Rica5 contributions2 helpful votes
I just returned from a 7-day surf camp in Nosara, Costa Rica, and my surfing ability improved more in that week than I really could have expected. I've been surfing for 9 months, and took about 15 lessons at home over course of those 9 months prior to attending the camp. I have to say, on a dollar for dollar basis, the surf camp is more than worth it when you compare it to the cost of taking lessons at home. Firstly, the written materials and videos they give you are the best complete set of instructional surf material that I've seen for a beginner to intermediate level surfer (you will have access to them before and after your trip). The in-water instruction is also great, but what sets them apart from your typical surf lesson are the video analysis sessions. During every morning surf session they had people on the beach filming everyone. Then, every afternoon, we would have a video analysis session with one of the instructors, where we would see ourselves surf and be given some things to work on. That would roll nicely into the next day's surf sessions, where we would implement those things. Having those videos to watch made all the difference. Watching those videos was comparable to the first time I heard my own voice in a recording - not at all what I thought! Josh, Naomi and Chris were amazing folks to learn from and spend a week with. And on top of the great surf instruction, you get a nice vacation to boot! I plan on returning to another Barefoot camp one day, and would recommend it to anyone who wants to improve their surfing in short period of time.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Jennifer M wrote a review Mar 2020
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This was my second trip with Barefoot Surf and I highly recommend their surf camps. I went on their Nicaragua retreat a few years ago as a complete beginner, having never surfed, and returned this year for their Costa Rica trip. The Barefoot coaches — Naomi, Chelsea, Erin, and Chris — are amazing: so warm and encouraging and helpful and professional. The same was true of the staff in Nicaragua. As a surfer you get paired in the water with one other traveler and a local surf instructor so you get a ton of individualized attention. In Nicaragua the trip had several beginners at my level and Costa Rica had new surfers and also people who were intermediate, which was cool. It was comforting to be with new surfers and inspiring to see people who had more experience on the water, and Barefoot really meets you wherever you are and helps you advance from there. They give you videos to help you understand what to improve as you go out and surf and really sit down with you and try to help you make progress, which is deeply satisfying. I’ve gone to Barefoot twice as a solo traveler and stayed in the shared rooms. It’s always a little scary to not know how the group will be or who you’re rooming with until you get there, but both times I made great friends who I’ve kept in touch with and had incredible experiences. The vibe of the surf camp is warm and friendly and joyful; everyone is there to really improve as a surfer, so you get close with people and make friends from all over the world. The accommodations both times were heaven — beautiful and quiet and clean and stunning — and the staff is always around and happy to help you with whatever you need, whether it’s a recommendation on where to grab dinner or how to book a little afternoon excursion on the day off. I had a fantastic time on both Barefoot trips and would go back again and again, and I know all of us on the Costa Rica trip felt the same way. A few of us are staying in touch and are already aiming for Bali. Barefoot is a really special experience. I can’t recommend their trips enough.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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jbsterner360 wrote a review Feb 2020
Denver, Colorado4 contributions4 helpful votes
Fantastic week. Exceptional staff was always attentive making sure you were getting the most out of the experience. Far superior to any surf instruction I had received prior. I learned a great deal and feel much more confident in large line ups. I definitely will attend another Barefoot camp in the future.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Aimeé N wrote a review Feb 2020
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This Surf Camp was incredibly fun! Accommodations were lovely and all the staff was super friendly. The instruction was world class and I feel I went next level with the skills I learned here. I will be back definitely
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Date of experience: January 2020
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