Friday, October 2, 2009

Surfing lesson

This is a "student" getting a surfing lesson at Tamarindo beach. Tamarindo is an ideal place to learn to surf for several reasons.

First, the beach slopes very gently out to sea, so you can stand up right where you surf. You can see that in this photo. The instructor is standing and is ready to give the student a push to help her catch a wave.

Second, you can regulate the size of the waves you want to surf. To the north end of the beach, there are bigger waves that roll in from the open ocean into Tamarindo beach. On the southern end of the beach, the waves are smaller because there is an off-shore island and a volcanic reef under the water that partially shelters the southern end of Tamarindo Bay from the full force of the ocean waves. (The partial protection from the island and reef is what enables boats to be moored in the waters of the southen part of Tamarindo Bay, as you can see in this photo.)

Third, Tamarindo has lots of surf shops where visitors can rent surfboards and get surfing lessons. I often see small groups of tourists getting surfing lessons and progressing from riding the waves while lying down, to kneeling on hands and feet, to standing up.

5 comments:

brattcat said...

I think I'd be quite content to stay at the first stage.

Sharon said...

This is not something I would attempt, but I it sure would be fun to watch these lessons as the progress.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

i am with sharon, i think my days of learning to surf are past but I would enjoying watching people learn

Jarart said...

Sounds like an ideal spot for learning the skill.

magiceye said...

that is interesting

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