Packing suggestions for your upcoming stay at surf simplyWhat to pack
What to bring for your upcoming stay at Surf Simply
- What you'd like to surf in. *We strongly recommend that women bring surf shorts or leggings. Most female surfers prefer to wear shorts or leggings for the sake of modesty during particular maneuvers.
- Clothes (free laundry service on site Tues + Thur) *We recommend bringing closed-toe shoes, a pair of long pants and a top that you wouldn't mind getting a bit muddy for your day off activity (e.g. mountain biking, zip-lining, horseback riding, etc). If you're joining us from May- Nov, you might want to pack a lightweight waterproof jacket.
- Flip flops (you'll only need closed toed shoes if you're signed up for activities, e.g. zip lining)
- Sun protection (e.g. hat, sunglasses)
- Cash for your day off lunch + dinner (USD is accepted everywhere- debit/credit cards are accepted most places)
- Personal entertainment for downtime (e.g. books, music, magazines, etc)
- Any necessary medication (e.g. epi-pen)
- USB drive (60gb or more to bring your raw coaching clips home)
- Surf Simply rashguard
- Bug spray
- Rubbing alcohol + cotton balls
- Hair dryer
Looking After Your Body:
You will find that you when you're surfing, the skin on your knees will get
pretty sore from constantly rubbing against the wax while you're paddling. Guys often get it too on their ribs and girls often on their hips. It can be really uncomfortable and the best way to avoid it is to begin a regime of rubbing a little rubbing alcohol (which you can buy from any drug store) with cotton wool on your knees, hips and ribs, twice a day, for a week before you come to Costa Rica. (FYI: It also works if you're going on a long walk or are getting blisters from new shoes).
You wont need to bring much cash with you for your week at Surf Simply. You will need some money for lunch and dinner on the Wednesday, which is your mid-week day off from surfing. If you do decide to bring some cash with you, then American dollars are accepted everywhere in Costa Rica (although often not $100 bills). If you don't bring any, thats fine. There is an ATM at the airport as well as here in Nosara where you can get Colones, the local currency if you need it.
Many of our guests ask about leaving a tip for their coach at the end of their stay. So just to preempt that question: like a growing number of businesses, we do not accept tips at Surf Simply due to the inherent pressures and unfairnesses of the tipping system, on both employees and customers. If you feel, as we hope you will, that we have gone above and beyond, and would like to show your gratitude to us at the end of your stay then, rather than tipping, we would really appreciate it if you left us a review online (TripAdvisor, Google+, Facebook, for example). We are reliant on these reviews to grow our business, which in turn, benefits the entire team in a more long-lasting way. This may seem unusual but I hope it makes sense. Please rest assured that the Surf Simply team are all very well paid professionals and are not reliant on, or expecting to be, tipped. If you still feel that you would like to leave a monetary gratuity at the end of your stay, then we will gladly accept donations to the Surf Simply Kids Club which gives free surf lessons to local, Costa Rican kids.