Nosara Ranks what??? in the world for best places to learn to really surf!

In a world where fake news circulates in a matter of minutes via social networks I decided why not speak of Learning to Surf in Nosara from my own perspective, not some blog writer who was given a free week surf retreat in exchange for an article. If you disagree then we can agree to disagree. While we all want to pretend it’s Utopia here, people who are not reaping the benefits from crowding the lineup with NSP funboards are really  like, “how the hell can there be another Surf School opening up in the area and who the hell are these people writing articles that rate Surf Destinations for beginners?” The lineup in Playa Guiones is probably one of the most dangerous lineups in all of Central America as far as inexperience goes and the majority of the instructors probably won’t even notice you’re hurt because they are too busy catching the set wave behind yours (which was why you were blindly pushed into your wave).

I suffered a major accident in Playa Guiones while surfing that took me a total of 9 hours to get to a hospital (including private plane to ambulancel) where I stayed for a couple of weeks and underwent a couple of surgeries . Although it was my own fault, it was not fun. After 25 years of surfing, a waist high wave flipped my board back into my eye and ripped it in half. I was blind for a week but after the second surgery I regained some vision but lost my iris (needed to block out sun) and my internal lens, which sharpens focus . While in the hospital the doctors asked me to do one thing. Inform the people of the risk and how dangerous the nose and fins of a board are. I’m living proof they are pretty freaking dangerous. I have to wear goggles when I surf now – forever and it sucks. It’s because of this, and the endless frustration of being run-over by beginners that I write this article.

We want to sell you surfing but ask yourself do you really want to be in a position where you’re at greater risk of getting hurt if you don’t have to be? 16-20 surf schools with up to 16 people for each surf school is on average who you are surfing with during the high seasons here. So if the outside is packed with the intermediate, just think you also have all the  beginners in the white water on the inside. Mix in the locals who are doing their daily surf sessions and the tourist who are there to surf because they already know how and you will see it is an absolute recipe for disaster. Nobody in this area  wants to address the elephant in the room.

I write this article in hopes that someone steps up to this over-saturated  surf school/camp/retreat area and regulates. The older Ticos are already having talks about more organization and teaching the proper etiquette but talk is talk. I never thought I would say this but maybe Central America should have a Surf Zone in areas like this putting the schools in designated areas so the others can enjoy more  and the designated areas can maybe have lifeguards or rescue stations.

In this area no one is getting news updates of all the accidents occurring weekly, if not daily, but if you’re curious maybe you should ask a local doctor how many people he has stitched up this week.

Book your vacation smart and during a time when you can receive the most out of it and don’t be afraid to be concerned for you or your child’s safety. Try to surf during daybreak or mid-day if you can stand the heat. Use Tico business for everything, even photography if you can,  and don’t ever forget you’re in COSTA RICA. Respect it’s ways and people.

Be safe yall,

Graham Swindell


Be safe,  pay attention