Posted by Rick Civelli | 01.29.2008 | Adult Surf Camps
Day 4, Costa Rica Surf Camp
Rick, Patti, Eileen, Moe, Steve and I boarded our personal boat for a quick run over to Avellanas’s picture-perfect beach breaks. We zipped around the southern tip of Tamarindo, past Playa Langosta and little Hawaii in smooth opean ocean swells. During the short ride we were lucky enough to witness several manta rays breaching the surface just offshore. After our captain anchored the boat, we jumped overboard to paddle towards the empty lineup. As we approached the shore, we could tell that it was going to be another amazing day. The surf was waist to chest high, clean, lined-up with light offshore winds, crystal clear water and not a cloud in the sky. Upon arriving, Rick and I decided to take advantage of the ideal coaching conditions and guide Eileen, Kathy and Patti into so many waves their arms were about to fall off. After trading off beautiful waves for over three hours, we paddled back out to the boat and climbed aboard for a relaxing ride back to Tamarindo. Our skilled captain was able to navigate the mouth of the Tamarindo Eustary and drop us off right in front of our hotel.
After grabbing a quick bite to eat and a short siesta in the shade, we headed over to the canopy tour to do their zip-line course. First off, seeing everyone in hard hats and funny harnasses was definitely an ice breaker. Steve reminded each of us of your local cable guy, which was good for a few laughs. It was funny to see Steve and Rick a bit nervous and hoping their harnesses would not break.
Zipping through the rainforest, from tree to tree, 100 hundred feet off the ground, is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We were fortunate enough to see several howler monkeys, including some within only a few feet of us. The crew at the canopy tour couldn’t have been more professional and helpful.
We finished another great day with a meal that was as good or maybe even better (if that’s possible) than last night. The restaurant, Laguna del Cocodrilo, had the atmosphere to go along with their amazing menu. This place was actually rated one of the top ten places to eat in all of Costa Rica. Surrounded by palm trees, feet in the sand, the sound of the surf in the background and good company made for another memorable evening.